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The Land Line – party! and call for subs
November 17, 2011, 2:32 pm
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Chicago (and beyond)! Get excited for The Land Line, a new quarterly being put together by Robin Hustle, Grant Reynolds, Edie Fake, and a bunch of other folks. A descendant of famed Chicago underground newspaper The Skeleton, The Land Line will be a free, ad-free tabloid-format journal uniting weird poetry and nonlinear comics with cultural criticism and research-based essays.

The Land Line is open for submissions (deadline November 25) and we’re having a party this Saturday to raise $$. See below for party info; followed by the call for submissions and a link to The land Line’s Facebook page.




The Land Line is a new quarterly journal with wild dreams and schemes, and we’re seeking submissions for our first issue. We’re looking for work that’s raunchy, flamboyant, interdisciplinary, and intellectually rigorous. The journal is a kaleidoscope of research-based essays butting up against nonlinear comics, cultural criticism leaking into poetry. We want to hear about the film you’re working on or the community organizing you’re doing, but we also want writing that goes beyond your field and expertise. The essay you couldn’t publish anywhere else because it’s too sleazy for academia, too long for most magazines, too obscure for your local weekly.

Here’s some of what you can expect in our debut issue:
-Sheridan Lefanu and sleep paralysis
-Independent contractors; labor organizing and performance by exotic dancers and televised wrestlers
-History and new developments of crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing disparities
-Ask a Virg-ho, sex advice from a sex worker
-First installment of a column about names, self-naming and name-sharing

The journal is put together by a loose collective of staunch amateurs, distributed for free, and free of ads. We do layout by hand and print on newsprint, black and white, tabloid format. We’re all feeling giddy about the first issue of The Land Line and hope you’ll be a part of the project. Deadline is November 25th, but we’d love to hear about what you’re working on as soon as possible so we can start piecing things together and, you know, get even more excited.

Robin Hustle, prose editor
Edie Fake and Grant Reynolds, comics editors
Fionnuala Cook, poetry editor
and all of us at The Land Line

Facebook page:


Artifice #4 Release Party (Chicago)
November 2, 2011, 11:18 pm
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The release party for the latest issue of Artifice Magazine, a literary magazine edited by the delightful JAMES TADD ADCOX (a Mildred Pierce #4 contributor) is coming up! And while the magazine itself is pretty dang great, you should also know that these folks put on fantastic events.

Here are the details:

Artifice Magazine Issue 4 Release Party / Reading & Screening

November 12, 2011, from 8:00 to midnight

Elegant Mr Gallery

1355 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Artifice Magazine celebrates the release of its 4th issue with readings and a screening of short films based on work in the magazine. Readers include Devin King, Rebecca Elliott, Josh Kleinberg, and Jen Besemer; filmmakers include Colin Palombi, Cassandra Troyan, and Meghan Lamb. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

**Artifice is a nonprofit literary magazine devoted to prose and poetry “aware of its own artifice.” Based in Chicago, it has published work by such writers as Lance Olsen, Maureen Seaton, Blake Butler, Davis Schneiderman, and Molly Gaudry, among others. For more information or to order copies, please visit us at

Hope to see you!

Pippi Zornoza/Dirt Palace interviews at Bad at Sports
October 20, 2011, 12:49 pm
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Hey! Over at Bad at Sports, Caroline Picard has a really terrific and extensive interview series with Pippi Zornoza (interviewed in MP#4) and Xander Morro all about Dirt Palace. Check em out:

Dirt Palace: The Early Years (Part 1)

Dirt Palace: Rowing the Boat to Sea (Part 2)

Dirt Palace: And Now (Part 3)



MP in Woman Made’s Underground show; & Reading
July 31, 2011, 5:59 pm
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Mildred Pierce is one of a long list of publications featured in Woman Made Gallery’s Underground show in Chicago. The show features independent, underground, and self-published art and publications by women, queer, trans, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming artists and writers and is currently on display (with a pop-up library!) until August 18th.

Robin Hustle, "Some of her Uneasiness was Due to Her Awareness that She was Standing on a Hollow Floor"

MP4 cover artist Edie Fake is one of the featured artists, and MP4 interviewee Sabrina Chap‘s zine Cliterature is part of the library.

I (Megan) have been working with the curator, Ruby Thorkelson, who also has work on display in the show, to coordinate a reading on behalf of Uncalled-for Readings Chicago, the mostly queer, mostly prose reading series I host. Check out this spectacular lineup, and I hope you’ll make it out if you’re in Chicago!


(bios below)

We’ll hear readings in two sets, each of which will close with music performed by Curiouser Jane (a.k.a. Dalice Malice) and Marie Hunt, respectively.

Sunday, August 14, 2011
2 p.m.
Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Mairead Case is a writer, editor, and critic. She is a member of the Dil Pickle Club, Non-Fiction Editor at Another Chicago Magazine, a columnist at Proximity, and Volunteer Coordinator for Louder Than a Bomb. Mairead is at work on a short story collection, supported by a CAAP grant and recently excerpted by featherproof and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She programmed a radio show about dreams for Neighborhood Public Radio at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and her comic about Serge Gainsbourg, drawn by David Lasky, is forthcoming in Best American Comics 2011.

Curiouser Jane (a.k.a. Dalice Malice) is a zinester, blogger, queer-poly trans grrrl, academic, writer, poet, monologist, anarchist, dreamer, catholic, roller skate loving, one-woman firing squad. She blogs at and is a weekly contributor for Oh & she’s a folk singer:

Marie Hunt is an Oak Park poet, singer and songwriter. She has been a featured poet on the Romantic Hours website, as well as soloist and assistant musical coordinator at Bethany Union Church in Beverly. Mrs. Hunt has also been a featured soloist in such venues as the First United Methodist Church in the Loop, the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, and Hyde Park Union Church. She has produced five recordings under her record label Pashin Productions, and has recently released five books of poetry (a pentalogy entitled “The Palm”) from her own deLores Press. She can be seen this fall performing “Alone / Together” (along with her husband, tenor Henry Hunt) for her third company, Scavenger Hunt Productions at Woman Made Gallery.

Robin Hustle lives in Chicago. She writes and draws about sex, health, language, and public space. Her zines include Mirror Tricks, Curdled Milk, Leftovers Again?!, and Power of the Impotent. From 2007 to 2008 she co-edited The Skeleton News, a free monthly newspaper. Her drawings have been shown at Roots and Culture and Gallery 400, and she has presented slide shows and lectures about prostitution across the country. She is currently working on a solo band called Landscaping and a nursing degree.

Liz Mason has been self-publishing zines for fourteen years. Her work has been printed in such publications as The Chicago Tribune, Punk Planet, Venus,Lumpen and The Zine Yearbook. She has appeared on a reality show to provide instruction on publishing zines, which NBC executives referred to as “pamphlets” as if they were Marxist propaganda. Her most recent published work is Caboose #7: Britney Spears 101, which focuses on her experience undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, as seen through the lens of consumerism, celebrity obsession and public scrutiny. She also has a blog called Liz’s Masonic Lodge, and you should totally, totally, totally, totally visit it by clicking on this very sentence.

Jami Sailor wants to make a split zine with you. Her current projects include Your Secretary and Archiving the Underground (with Jenna Brager). Her long running zine, No Better Voice, was featured in Alison Piepmeier’s Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism.

May 7, 2011, 1:54 am
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Mildred Pierce will be in effect at Mayfair: A Zine, Small Press, and Music Fest, Saturday May 7 at the Ding Dong Lounge in scenic Manhattan Valley. Ding Dong is right near the corner of 106 and Columbus Ave and it is convenient from the C and 1 lines, although check for most current train shenanigans. The fair runs from 1-8pmish and I (John Bylander, one half of the MP editorial team) will be reading a few poems between 3-4pm. I will be tabling with Mildred Pierce Issues 2, 3 & 4. MP4 is selling out fast so get your’n before its too late, and the backstock of 2 & 3 is dwindling.  I’ll be reading sometime between 3-4pm. Full deets on all the readers and tablers at

Call for art/Zines/etc!!
April 27, 2011, 9:21 pm
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See this announcement from Woman Made Gallery (Chicago):

Direct link here:
Underground – Publication Submission (pdf)
Underground – Art Submission (pdf)

Exhibition Dates: July 8 – August 18, 2011
Open to women, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people from the international community who make self-published zines, comics, and chapbooks, as well as print, graphic, and comic art in all media. This exhibition will include both a pop-up library of zines, comics, and other self-published works, and a show of installed artworks in all media. Apply to show in one or both exhibition components, but please create separate entries for each.
For publication submissions: Enter one to three publications following the guidelines on the publication submission form (pdf link above). Mail-in or drop off entries only.
For art submissions: Use the online entry system (link below) or for mailed entries follow the guidelines on the art submission form (link above). Include an artist or project statement and a $30 entry fee.*
Online Entries Submit jpgs of three of your works on our website.
Curator: Ruby Thorkelson
Ruby Thorkelson is WMG’s Gallery Coordinator. She is also a visual artist working in drawing, comics, book-making, and collaborative projects, as well as a 2010 recipient of a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago. For more information, visit Ruby Thorkelson’s WMG Webpage.
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2011
Notifications: June 4, 2011 

*Scholarships readily available. Email Ruby –

see you @ the zine fest
March 25, 2011, 7:20 pm
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The Chicago Zine Fest, that is. MP is tabling with dear jaguar/vicky lim and or let it sink/jim joyce, i think one other person, too. I’ll be there with the last of Chicago’s Mildred Pierce #4s!!! They’re selling out fast…

Here’s the when and where:

Saturday, March 26, 10-5
Conaway Center
Columbia College
1104 S Wabash.

Come say hello!

Chicago Release party (repost): THIS SATURDAY!!
February 23, 2011, 12:42 am
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Please help us celebrate the release of MILDRED PIERCE ISSUE #4, “Comedy and the Grotesque”….

at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave) …

on SATURDAY, February 26th, 2011 at 7 pm.

Joining us to provide readings and performances are MP contributors James Tadd Adcox, Edie Fake, Jim Joyce, Vicky Lim, Ed Choy Moorman, and Ellen Nielsen!!!!! (Keep reading for these talented people’s bios.)

Wine and refreshments plus limited-edition zines! HOLY COW see you there.

James Tadd Adcox is the editor-in-chief of Artifice Magazine ( His work has appeared in The Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and Lamination Colony, among other places. He lives in Chicago.

Edie Fake is the author of Gaylord Phoenix, now available as a collection from Secret Acres. He’s received a Critical Fierceness Grant for queer art and was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists. His drawings have been included in Hot and Cold, Creative Time Comics, and LTTR. Currently, he lives in Chicago where he works as a minicomics sommelier for Quimby’s Books.

Jim Joyce graduated from St. Rita High School in 2004. His zine, Or Let It Sink, explores desire, failure, and personal mythology. Jim works in the education field and enjoys keeping a journal.

Vicky Lim has a zine (Dear Jaguar) and a blog (Personal Statements) and lives in Chicago.

Ed Choy Moorman is a New Jersey-raised, Minneapolis College of Art and Design-schooled, Chicago-based cartoonist. He is the editor and publisher of the 2009 Xeric Award-winning Ghost Comics anthology from Bare Bones Press. ( +

Ellen Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist whose body of work includes writing, performance, objects, video, and graphic design. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

February 14, 2011, 12:20 am
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Mildred Pierce #4: Comedy and the Grotesque is officially alive!! HUGE thanks to all who have helped make this issue possible.

This issue features cover art by Edie Fake, inside cover art by Eamon Espey; its guts include….

  • A review of the cult horror film Slither by Daniel Moseley
  • A slicing-dicing deconstruction by Bonnie Kaserman
  • Two comic vignettes by Ellen Nielsen
  • A Real Asshole — essay by Marc Baez 
  • Bernhard – Kinski – Theodore: Only a Madman Would Imitate Madness — essay by John Berndt
  • FEH-MUH-NIST: A Consideration of Offense in Diane DiMassa’s Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist — essay by Vicky Lim
  • Reinventing the Grotesque: Wangechi Mutu’s Beautifully Mutating Women — essay by Joyce Kuechler
  • Charlottesville’s Lady Arm Wrestlers: A Bawdy, Rowdy, Satirical, Political, Feminist, Community-Based Performance Art Movement — feature by Leeyanne Moore
  • Barf Transitive: Bulimic Writing as Feminist Resistance — essay by Megan Milks
  • You Want to Make a Joke About That? A Brief History on the Development of My Lisp by Jim Joyce
  • a feature on artist Jimmy Joe Roche by John Bylander
  • a feature on puppeteer Sean Samoheyl by Leeyanne Moore
  • fiction by James Tadd Adcox, Jake Hostetter, and Leeyanne Moore
  • interviews with musician/writer Sabrina Chap and artists Edie Fake and Pippi Zornoza
  • comics, illustration and art by Noel Freibert, Carrie Fucile, Zach Hazard, Gerry Mak, Sarah Magida, Jason Miles, and Ed Choy Moorman
  • and more!

Those of you who pre-ordered, we’re in the process of getting your copies out. The rest of ya, for now, while we’re working on distribution, can purchase an issue through PayPal: send $9 ($8 + $1 shipping) to including your mailing address in the note.

See you at Quimby’s on Saturday, February 26th!

//////////!!!Thank You!!!Party Time!!!\\\\\\\\\\
February 3, 2011, 1:58 am
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First of all, thank you so much to our friends and supporters who donated to the printing cause during our minifund drive! We are extremely grateful, and those that donated 10 dollars or more, consider yrselves ‘Zined (given zines, that is).  You can still donate–check out our last blogpost for more info–or you can just show up and get yrself a fresh zine at the:


Sunday, Feb. 6, 7-10pm at Current Space, 421 N. Howard St., Baltimore MD

With performances and readings by:

John Berndt, Leeyanne Moore, Megan Milks, John Bylander, Jake Hostetter, and special guests!

Refreshments by Current Space. Come get down with us and celebrate the new issue!