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Thursday, March 29, 2012


So last weekend I had a couple events in Chicago with my old pal Zak "Sammy the Mouse" Sally, and my new pal Dale "TOOTH" Flattum.  We did a reading at Quimby's in honor of Zak's hot-off-the-presses Sammy the Mouse Volume One, which collects the three Fantagraphics releases in one handy book.  One handy, completely self-printed book.  Yes Zak not only self-published this one on his trusty La Mano imprint, but he actually ran the press it was printed on.  Pretty amazing, and it looks great!

The Quimby's signing was a lotta fun.  It's always a good time to be there, experiencing the magic that is QUIMBY'S.

Afterwards Zak and I got cranky and walked around Wicker Park looking for something suitable to eat.  I wish I had pictures, but I forgot my camera.

Dale's silkscreened exhibition poster

Zak and John discuss those ceramic tiles that line the wall of the Charles Schulz Museum.

The next morning we headed over to Rational Park, a design and exhibition space a little bit farther west on North Avenue, and set up for our three-person show, PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.  For the show Zak hung every one of the 96 pages he drew for Sammy the Mouse so far, along with some beautiful inky poster originals.  Dale put up a bunch of his detourned xerographic screenprints and displayed his "Fluxus" boxes, handmade wooden boxes containing small repros of many of his works, a la Duchamp's Green Boxes.  Also on display were his handmade Brillo Boxes...  A box in every pot, a chicken in every garage!

Zak's wall.

TOOTH wall in progress.

I showed a variety of prints, drawings, photographs and original King-Cat pages.  I don't usually show my work on walls.  I generally like to hand it to people in zine form.  But it was nice to put up all our work together, and to be showing with these artists whom I admire.

John P.'s wall.

I wasn't sure anyone would actually show up, but show up they did.  Some old friends of mine made surprise appearances, and a bunch of Chicago Cartoonists were in attendance, stalwarts and whippersnappers alike.

Dale examines the proof of Zak's insanity.
(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)

Show organizer Grace Tran (left).
(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)
(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)

(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)

(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)

(Photo by Johnathan Crawford)

Afterwards we thought it would be a good idea to eat Chili at midnight.  Oops!

Sunday Morning Hobo Camp.
(Photo by Amy Jo)

Zak, on the way back to Minneapolis.
(Photo by whoever wasn't driving, I hope...)

(Photos by Stephanie Dorman, except where indicated)

Thanks to: Grace, Zak, Dale, Amy Jo; Stephanie; Johnathan; Quimby's; Rational Park; all who came out, and all at Johalla Projects.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Hey everyone, two whoppin' big events in Chicago this weekend--

Friday March 23, 7 PM

Zak Sally's SAMMY THE MOUSE VOL. ONE Release Party
with Special Guests™ Dale "Tooth" Flattum and John "Lizzardo the Living Lizard" Porcellino. 

Quimby's Queer Store
1854 W. North Avenue
(773) 342-0910

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Saturday March 24, 7-11 PM

Physical Evidence: The Artwork of Zak Sally, John Porcellino & Dale Flattum

A collaboration between Johalla Projects and Rational Park, PHYSICAL EVIDENCE is a group show celebrating the sustainability of DIY practices. The show, presented salon-style, will give viewers a chance to see the scope of the original works of art.

Hand-assembled and/or printed zines, comic books, gig posters and screen-printed sculptures by Sally, Porcellino and Flattum will be available for viewers to purchase. They are physical objects, hand-made and hand-distributed, reminders of the artistic means accessible to individuals with a desire to do it themselves.

Rational Park
2557 W. North Avenue

Facebook event page


Friday, March 2, 2012


Hittin' the road again, folks.  Stops in Gainesville, Chapel Hill, Durham, Baltimore, and Chicago--  dates below!

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March 5-9, 2012: SAW Workshop, Gainesville FL
5 Day Comix Workshop with John Porcellino

(Spit and a Half table will be manned by Jake Austen of Roctober Magazine)

March 14: Chapel Hill Comics, NC
John P. slide show, booksigning, and Q+A; 5-7 PM

March 15: Duke University, Durham NC
John Porcellino lecture: Perkins Library, Rare Book Room; 7 PM

March 16: Atomic Books, Baltimore MD
Slide show and Q+A, with John Porcellino and Dina Kelberman; 7PM

March 23: Quimby's Books, Chicago IL
Sammy the Mouse Vol. 1 release party with Zak Sally, John Porcellino, and Dale Flattum

March 24: Rational Park, Chicago IL
One-Day Exhibition: "Physical Evidence," a three-person show of comics, printmaking, zines and more featuring Dale Flattum, John Porcellino, and Zak Sally

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More in April:  Chicago, Columbus, Urbana