Chicago Zine Fest 2014 Post-Mortem!

Dude… Chicago Zine Fest was awesome!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by!  Here is my table:

zinefest14tableI was lucky to have awesome tablemates in Violet & Jay.  They did zines and comics about METAL.  So we got along great.  They were even keeping the mix tape alive:

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That’s right… that’s a CASSETTE MIX TAPE!  Flipping awesome.  This one was a mix of doom metal, which happens to be my music obsession at the moment.

As usual, there were tons of great artists exhibiting.  Here is my bounty from a day of tabling and meeting artists:

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There is some really good stuff in there:

Stranger to Stranger and Depictions from the always kind R. Hendricks

Beth Hetland’s Fugue series COLLECTED.  Man I can’t wait to re-read that series in one book!

Kuwai Shen’s Suburban Mystic had gorgeous drawings accompanied by intense and soulful prose.

Jason Walz’s Homesick is an masterful meditation on loss in life.

Someone Please Have Sex With Me is the newest in black comedy from one of my favorite’s, Gyna Wynbrandt

– The green pumpkin-y one there is a filled with delicate ink drawings by Nick Straight

– I traded Mr. Steve Keiser for his mini comic You text your mama with that font?

– Another trade acquisition was Drew Damron’s Comics for Something

Not a bad haul.  To be honest though, I was most excited to get 3 new comics from the amazing young comicker, Henry Comerford.  Henry can’t be more than 6 years old, but I’ve seen him at the last two Zinefests and traded with him.  His work continues to get better every year.  This year, one of his newest comics was a profound meta-comic.  It’s simply called ‘The Comic’:

zinefest14henry1In The Comic, Henry shows a sequence of inanimate objects making statements of what they can do in a comic.  A crab saying how this comic is “where crabs have two legs” or an egg salad with a gun saying that “egg salad is evil”.  Even The Comic makes an appearance IN the comic:

zinefest14henry2It’s pretty much the most amazing comic I’ve read in years.  It ends with this perfect image on the back cover:

zinefest14henry3Inspiring stuff.  Can’t wait to see what Henry cooks up next.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi!  Special shout out to those who recognized me from Brain Frame, even sans beard!

I’ve been VERY busy.  Here are some sneaky peeks into what I’ve been working on…

Here is the cover of the next Chapter of UPGRADE SOUL, which will feature my INKING!

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It comes out later this month, so go get caught up on the story NOW: Upgrade Soul for iPad

And here is the Simon piece I recently had featured in the Chicago Reader Comics Issue:

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And…

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That’s all I have time for at the moment.  Thanks!

– Tyrell

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