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Comics Tue Jun 10 2014

Postcards from the Mess: Lillie West

Postcards from the Mess is a weekly poem-comic about and inspired by art/artists, music/musicians, performers/performances, etc. This week, it's about Lillie West.

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Lillie West is a Chicago artist whose work ranges from comics to video and digital collage. The common thread running throughout these mediums is a peculiar sense of whimsy that often reveals the absurd nature of social networking, texting and selfies, as well as her fascination with the ubiquity of seemingly innocuous everyday objects of industry. The latter is exemplified by her obsessive blog focused on gallon-sized milk jugs (she even dips a cell phone into a glass of milk).

In her newest comic, Only Ghosts, which I picked up this year at CAKE, the printed color pages are milky pale. Her whimsy pervades, and yet it's met with an aura of melancholy.

My comic this week is a response to Only Ghosts...although, truth be told, I was also listening to Beyoncé's eponymous LP on repeat, and it seemed to have some influence...so I guess my comic is sort of a hybrid of the two.

To see sample pages from Only Ghosts, please click here.

 

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Theater Wed Aug 13 2014

An Epic, Tragic Win: All Our Tragic

By Benjamin Cannon & Mike Ewing

What then is to be made of the Hypocrites' new stage production, All Our Tragic? This massive opus, comprising all 32 surviving Greek tragedy plays re-written and directed by Sean Graney, lasts a staggering 12 hours, including intermissions and meal breaks. Ben and Mike go the distance.
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The Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Guest, This Is Where I Leave You, Tusk, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them & The Zero Theorem

By Steve Prokopy

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