This week we add two very different publications, both from the super-talented Melissa Mendes!
Can’t Lose, is a fanzine Melissa put together for her and her friends to profess their love for the television show, Friday Night Lights. It’s a fun collective love-letter to the high school football drama, featuring everything from speculative fiction to a scrap book of RJ Casey’s FNL-themed wedding proposal.
The Weight is a depression-era story based on the childhood of Melissa’s grandfather, Jack. We’re honored to be carrying the first chapter of what promises to be Melissa’s biggest and most impressive project to date. The Weight is full of the small patient detail that makes Melissa’s Freddy Stories so endearing. You can read it online as she is drawing it at http://www.mmmendes.com/partone/, and you can support her directly by giving to her Patreon account.
This weekend is CAKE! The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo! Stop by Radiator’s table, No. 52B. Caroline Picard will be staffing the table with all of her Fortuna minis (including THREE NEW ONES?!?!!!??!). Cathy Hannah will also be at the table from 2:00 – 3:00pm each day, and Jeff Zwirek is also planning to make an appearance (TBD). There are 16 other exhibitors that Radiator distributes, and four of the CAKE core staff members are distributed by Radiator. It’s a real family affair, and it’s Free! If you’re in Chicago, we hope you’ll make it to the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and say hello!
We’re back with the two latest issues of the Cartoon Picayune! Edited by Josh Kramer, the Picayune collects cartoon journalism: everyone in the comics are real people, every word balloon is a direct quote. The subjects and the angles of the stories are have the variety and idiosyncrasy one comes to expect in a minicomic!
It’s a perfect blend of straight-forward reporting and weird takes on subjects you didn’t even know you wanted to know about! We’ve got issues five, six and seven waiting for you in our store!
Isabella Rotman joins the Radiator family this week with not one or two but SIX amazing comics and zines, that cover topics from safe sex to animal sex to eating things you find growing in the ground! Isabella’s line work and writing are both quite precise and whimsical at the same time. This leads to tons of fun on the page & a little bit of info to boot!
If you want to impress your friends with some of the weirdest facts about animal reproduction, or if you want to make sure you’re protecting yourself and your partner when you’re acting out those facts, Isabella’s comics are the way to go! And who can argue with her amazing sense of design?!
The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo has announced the inaugural Cupcake Award, which will be given to a self-publisher to help them make a minicomic for next year’s CAKE! Read on from CAKE’s own announcement:
Self-publishing is at the heart of our event and community, and supporting emerging artists and helping them grow is central to our mission. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the self-publishing of a new minicomic by any artist who has not yet had a solo work printed by a publisher. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest judge Annie Koyama. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.