lilli carré

lilli carré is awesome. and supremely talented. also supremely generous. years ago she illustrated two pieces for an issue of my zine and i am very grateful that she took the time to do it. here they are.





these were published in flotation device 12 which you can read in its entirety here:

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Mirror Empire – Kameron Hurley
Event Factory – Renee Gladman
Elysium, or the World After – Jennifer Marie Brissett
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
The Ninjas – Jane Yeh
On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
Texture Notes – Sawako Nakayasu
Just Kids – Patti Smith
Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock – Chris Connelly
Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews – Simon Reynolds
Lapsos – Inés Estrada
Susceptible – Geneviève Castrée
Heads or Tails – Lilli Carré

The total non-event that was RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7
The amazingness of Swansea City FC
The continuing sadness of the Chicago Fire
This fabulous season of the Chicago Red Stars
Women’s World Cup 2015
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Uncle Grandpa

(and as chosen by my son…)
Alice in Wonderland
The Wizard of Oz
Big Hero 6
Scooby Doo
Justice League

Syro – Aphex Twin
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP – Aphex Twin
Jerusalem – Sleep
Rosa – La Lá
Hasta la Raiz – Natalia Lafourcade
Ison – Me Jane You Listen
There are like ten songs that absolutely rule by Nicki Minaj. I’ve been listening to those.
Fountainsun, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Hide. Live at Bohemian National Cemetery. A live show, even!
The Unquiet Sky, Guiltless, and From All Purity – Indian

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flotation device 11

many years ago i was young. and i had no shame, no lack of ego and no concept that asking a bunch of artists to illustrate a zine of my writing wasn’t anything other than ordinary. now i’m older and i think, why the fuck did i do that? who the fuck did i think i was? wow! i’m glad i did it, but there’s no way i’d ever do that now.

anyways – i had this idea to write a zine about how i got into zines and then have comics people set the words to comics. at the time i was working at a comic book store in chicago and was in touch with many people who would shortly go on to be well known and published by large publishing types. again, at the time i was a dumb kid and these were mostly artists who were coming into the store and who were making mini comics that i was buying for myself and for the store. some of them were already well known at the time.

after many years i decided to get the whole issue back into digital print so that the artists’ work could be seen more largely. so feel free to read the thing here. or you can download a large pdf that contains the whole thing.

i am insanely indebted to the artists for their time and work and completely humbled that they agreed to help me out. those artists are: gabrielle bell, jeffrey brown, allison cole, benjamin chandler, dylan horrocks, kevin huizenga, onsmith, cole johnson, missy kulik, ted may, anders nilsen, ryoko oguchi, john porcellino, robert ullman, ted may – who made did the amazing cover art, and lilli carré – who did the border design on the last two pages. the funniest bit for me is that he drew me in my zine bunker with a portrait of myself on the wall. ego, natch!

“46 million” art auction for healthcare

hey kids. this is a quick one. pal anders nilsen put together an art auction to raise money for grass roots efforts to help influence the passing of universal health care. lots of amazing artists contributed some righteous art that you can own. artists include: anders nilsen, genevieve castree, ivan brunetti, jeffrey brown, chris ware, lilli carre, kevin huizenga, dan clowes, and tons more. original art, prints, photos, books, etc. you can go here to check it out. but check it out quick. the auction ends in a week.