This week we add two books I’ve been hoping would join the Radiator catalog for a while now. Don’t Cry Wolfman Chicago by Nate Beaty collects a frenetic and biting look at modern adult life in a bustling city. Freddy Stories by Melissa Mendes collects quiet and fun, moments in the life of a tom boy. Each book is the culmination of looking at life from a particular angle, and each is delivered in pitch-perfect styles appropriate for the stories they tell.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve added a tote bag, in which you can place these books.
ALSO! I wanted to give some big thank you’s to Redmoon for having Radiator Comics as one of its vendors at the Great Chicago Fire Festival, Jeff Zwirek, Marnie Galloway, Sam Sharpe & Leslie Perrine for joining me at the Radiator kiosk, and to everyone who stopped by the kiosk and took a look at the comic books we were selling!
If you’ve followed the news about the festival, you probably heard that the finale didn’t go exactly as planned, but everything else went really well! Redmoon had spent the past year hosting thirty events all over the city, building a sense of community. On Saturday, they involved businesses from 17 different neighborhoods in the neighborhood bazaar, they hosted performances by local musicians and dancers, and they encouraged a tremendous sense of wonder and fun on a cold wet day in a part of town most Chicagoans tend to avoid.
Radiator was honored to be a part of it, and thrilled to be able to present alternative comics to so many people who had no idea what we were selling until we told them, “you’re welcome to pick up and read these comic books!”
Jeff was a really great sport, as he joined me for the entirety of the day, from the cold rainy “set up” hours (which amounted to covering up the kiosk with a tarp and huddling under a nearby awning hoping for the rain to pass, and the sun to come out), to the final dark and cold hours of break-down. Marnie showed up early and provided supplies to dry off the kiosk, and keep the comics from all blowing away. And Sam and Leslie braved the cold and engaged with attendees and helped make the day even more fun!
It was a really great experience talking with folks about the types of comics we carry at Radiator, and the positive response we got from most of them. You’ll definitely see Radiator Comics at more public events, hopefully with our artists in tow!
Here are some photos from the day, taken by Jeff, Marnie and Me.