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Talkin-Tech-Ocasio-Cortez-first-in-Congress-to-use-Twitch-platform-to-get-out-the-vote

  Talkin' Tech: Ocasio-Cortez first in Congress to use Twitch platform to 'get out the vote'

In what is a first, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the Twitch streaming platform for gamers to encourage gamers to help her 'get out the vote' before the Nov. 3 elections. She played the game Among ...


 
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  Five Worth Finding: Tom of Finland, help for renters, 'Batwoman'

—Rentervention (https://lcbh.org/get-legal-help/rentervention): This webpage begins with a daunting statistic: Each year, more than 20,000 people are evicted from their homes in Chicago. Rentervention—a part of the ...


 
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  Wizard World postponed until June 24-27, 2021

Wizard Entertainment, Inc. announced that its Wizard World Chicago convention, originally scheduled for Aug. 20-23 at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, has been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The revised dates ...


 
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  Chicago Alternative Comics Expo CAKE 2020 postponed

A statement to the CAKE community from Chicago Alternative Comics Expo: We know that many of you are rightly concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially affect Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and CAKE-related activities. ...


 
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  Pioneering gay cartoonist Cruse dies at 75

(WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, Nov. 26)—Howard Cruse—a pioneer in the LGBTQ cartooning movement and the author of Stuck Rubber Baby, a 1995 award-winning graphic novel about the intersection of race and sexuality ...


 
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  ACE Comic Con has same-sex marriage proposal

At ACE Comic Con, which took place Oct. 11-13 in Rosemont, John Chambrone proposed to his boyfriend, Richard Owen—while Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) witnessed the event. "Brie Larson was amazing! He said yes and ...


 
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  ACE Comic Con Midwest Oct. 11-13

ACE Comic Con Midwest will be at the Donald E. Stephen Convention Center in Rosemont on Oct. 11-13. Guests for this year's show include Oscar winner Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Chris Hemsworth ...


 
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  Comic Con dazzles with stars, cosplay

Thousands of pop-culture aficionados (many donning the costumes of their favorite characters) visited Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Convention Center on Aug. 22-25 for Wizard World Comic Con. There were ...


 
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  UPDATE: Travolta to attend Wizard World Comic Con

This year's Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will take place Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 22-25, at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd.—and it has just gotten some serious star power. It was announced Aug. ...


 
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  CAKE Chicago shows diversity in comics

CAKE (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) took place at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Ave., on June 1-2. According to its website, CAKE "is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago's rich legacy ...


 
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  Alternative comics expo June 1-2

CAKE (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) will take place at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Ave., on June 1-2. According to its website, CAKE "is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago's rich ...


 
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  2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation Nov. 10

EVANSTON, Ill. —- The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University hosts the fourth annual Chicago screening of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on ...


 
Chicago-based-Transit-Tees-launches-LOOP-The-Elevated-Card-Game

  Chicago-based Transit Tees launches LOOP: The Elevated Card Game

CHICAGO (October 29, 2018)—Chicago-based Transit Tees, an official manufacturer of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) products that also designs and produces its own local and transit-themed merchandise, is excited to launch ...


 
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  A new breed, Chicago artist draws his way to LGBT comic success

Tony Breed, a Chicago-based artist and writer who has been making comics which he publishes online since 2006, is also active in making sure the work of LGBT comic artists is amplified across the country. Breed ...


 
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  CAKE offering minicomic award

Organizers of next year's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Cupcake Award. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an ...


 
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  Ruby Rose to play lesbian superhero Batwoman

Orange Is the New Black alum/LGBT actress Ruby Rose has been cast to play lesbian superhero Batwoman (a.k.a. Kate Kane), Entertainment Weekly reported. The character will be introduced in the network's annual DC crossover event this ...


 
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  Temple Professor Helps Launch First Exhibit of LGBTQ Video Game Archives

From a press release

PHILADELPHIA — June 21, 2018 — For the first time worldwide, the queer history of video games will be explored in a major museum exhibition: "Rainbow Arcade" will open at Schwules Museum Berlin in December 2018. ...


 
Cards-Against-Humanity-Releases-Pride-themed-Expansion-Pack

  Cards Against Humanity Releases Pride-themed Expansion Pack

From a press release

CHICAGO — Cards Against Humanity announced today a new "Pride Pack," an expansion pack that contains 30 new cards about queer culture. "As a member of the queer community, it means so much to me when ...


 
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  Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart

A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged ...


 
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  Drawing on instinct: New Yorker cartoonist Tom Bachtell

"I just always wanted to be well-rounded," said New Yorker cartoonist Tom Bachtell. "At least in the way I'm informed about the world, and the way that I connect to the world, particularly since professionally I"m ...


 
Bill-cracks-down-on-Pokemon-GO

  Bill cracks down on Pokemon GO

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced a measure to protect sensitive geographical areas from augmented reality games such as Pokemon GO. At the Loyola Dunes Restoration Site in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, a PokeStop had been placed ...


 
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  Comic Con welcomes thousands, honors heroes

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

On Aug. 18-21, thousands of science-fiction and pop-culture fans attended Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Vendors of practically every stripe, artists and celebrities were on hand to ...


 
Wink-and-a-Nod-at-Driehaus

  'Wink and a Nod' at Driehaus

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will present the special exhibition "With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age," has opened. The exhibition features 74 rare original drawings created for ...


 
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  Pop-culture expo C2E2 comes to Chicago

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) packed the showroom of McCormick Place in Chicago March 18-20. While not heavy on the celebrities, the convention instead focused on the fans and their experience. Since last year ...


 
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  Gallery to host sexual-assault exhibit

The Awakenings Foundation—the home of the only known collection of rape-survivor artwork—has announced its first curated exhibit, "Graphic Relief," which will feature international comic book, graphic novel and zine media ...


 
Comic-book-creator-talks-masculinity-homoerotic-stories

  Comic-book creator talks masculinity, homoerotic stories

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Dale Lazarov wants to know "Which comic book made you gay?" For him it was Superman—in particular, the volume that first introduces supervillain Vartox. "Vartox is your basic science-fiction daddy," Lazarov said. Lazarov is the writer ...


 
Comic-Con-hoststhousands-of-fans

  Comic Con hosts thousands of fans

Hordes of comic-book, sci-fi and pop-culture enthusiasts were present in Rosemont, Illinois, as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Among the stars who appeared were two-time ...


 
Heroes-assemble-atcomics-convention

  Heroes assemble at comics convention

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Since 2010, comic fans have been treated to a pop-culture explosion at McCormick Place for C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. April 24-26 had the large venue overrun with heroes and villains collecting comics, toys ...


 
CAKE-Expo-returningto-Center-in-June

  CAKE Expo returning to Center in June

The fourth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is taking place June 6-7, and with more programming and workshops for attendees. "It really stands out as one of the top independent comic shows in the country," ...


 
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  Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change



In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for ...


 
Library-exhibit-Gay-cartoonists-view-of-same-sex-marriage

  Library exhibit: Gay cartoonist's view of same-sex marriage

From a press release

As recognition of same-sex marriage grows the Chicago Public Library presents Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh! by cartoonist Jeremy Sorese. In this engagingly illustrated exhibit, Sorese, a gay man, explores the idea of getting married. ...


 
Cartoon-on-DOMA-wins-Fischetti-award-from-Columbia-College

  Cartoon on DOMA wins Fischetti award from Columbia College

CHICAGO (Sept. 3, 2014) — Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image in The Columbus Dispatch depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after ...


 
Gay-superhero-eventtouches-on-genderstereotypes-diversity

  Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

I sit quietly in Dimo's Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave., and cut out various articles of clothing to design the outfits of my biologically male and female superheroes. It is fascinating to examine the nuanced characteristics ...


 
Comics-expo-at-Centertakes-the-CAKE

  Comics expo at Center takes the CAKE

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) returned May 31-June 1, with than 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted St. Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the ...


 
Chicago-Alternative-Comics-Expo-May-31-June-1

  Chicago Alternative Comics Expo May 31, June 1

From a press release

CHICAGO — May 2014 - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11am — 6pm with over 200 local, ...


 
Comic-book-publishers-sever-Uline-ties-over-anti-gay-ads

  Comic book publishers sever Uline ties over anti-gay ads

A Portland, Ore.,-based comics publisher announced April 8 that it is severing its relationship with Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.,-based Uline Corp. because of the office supply company's CEO's political ties. In a letter posted online, officials from ...


 
Thousands-at-Wizard-World-Comic-Con-Archie-artist-talks-Russia

  Thousands at Wizard World Comic Con; Archie artist talks Russia

Thousands of comic-book and sci-fi aficionados were in Rosemont this past weekend as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The event seemed literally larger as, this year, it ...


 
Lillstreet-Gallery-presents-Nicole-Hollander

  Lillstreet Gallery presents Nicole Hollander

From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. — Lillstreet Gallery presents "Will You Step Into My Parlour?," celebrating Chicago artist and living legend Nicole Hollander. Blending literature, performance, and visual art, this exhibition aims to ...


 
Comic-Con-Aug-9-12

  Comic Con Aug. 9-12

The pop-culture extravaganza known as Wizard World Comic Con will touch down at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Aug. 9-12. Loads of special guests are expected, including iconic illustrator Stan Lee; and actors William Shatner, ...


 
Gay-teacher-makes-big-impression-in-comic-book-world

  Gay teacher makes big impression in comic-book world

NUNN ON ONE: COMICS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Jose Villarrubia is a teacher, colorist and illustrator in Baltimore with roots in Madrid, Spain. This openly gay crossover artist has photography that was featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as in Latin ...


 
Packed-house-for-Alison-Bechdel-at-Women-and-Children-First

  Packed house for Alison Bechdel at Women and Children First

Author and comic-strip artist Alison Bechdel was at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark, on Nov. 13 promoting The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For as part of a book tour. Over 150 fans packed the store to capacity ...


 
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  Gay Mahjong Club Forms

Asians and Friends Chicago had its first night of mahjong for LGBT individuals on June 16—and a promising crowd of 16 people showed up. Future nights will take place on the third Saturday of each ...


 
Gerber-Hart-Library-to-Host-Sotomayor-Cartoon-Exhibit

  Gerber/Hart Library to Host Sotomayor Cartoon Exhibit

Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville, will hold an opening reception for its retrospective exhibition of the cartoons of the late Daniel Sotomayor, 'Unrelentingly Drawn: The Editorial Cartoons of Danny Sotomayor' on April 29 at 7 ...


 
Cartoonist-Alison-Bechdel-Stops-By-Chicago

  Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Stops By Chicago

Alison Bechdel, known for her popular comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, popped by Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, on July 9 to discuss her new graphic memoir, Fun Home. 'I never expected it to get this ...


 
Bridge-Tourney-in-Chicago

  Bridge Tourney in Chicago

While many athletes will be involved in the Gay Games, another set of participants will be embroiled in their own competition. The North American Bridge Championships will take place July 13-23 at the Hyatt Regency, ...


 
Bridge-Tourney-in-Chicago

  Bridge Tourney in Chicago

While many athletes will be involved in the Gay Games, another set of participants will be embroiled in their own competition. The North American Bridge Championships will take place July 13-23 at the Hyatt Regency, ...


 
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  TV's Simpsons Discussed at Forum

Pictured Deb Foote (right) with her partner Amy Booth at the Simpsons panel. Photo by Andrew Davis Although tabloids make it seem like Jessica and Ashlee are the only prominent Simpsons who exist, it was a ...


 
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  PURGATORI

A Comic With A Bite

If you need proof that comic book characters have moved beyond being simply good or evil, look no further than the Purgatori series, published by Ravenswood company Devil's Due Publishing (together with Chaos! Comics) . The ...


 
Myth-Thing

  Myth Thing

Throughout his career in comics, openly gay writer/illustrator Phil Jimenez has taken on some iconic and mythical characters and worlds, most notably that of queer icon/Amazonian hero Wonder Woman. Now he's whipping up whole new ...


 
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  Simpsons' Sis Comes Out ...

Marge Simpson's chain-smoking sis Patty Bouvier came out Sunday night on the much-ancitipated episode of The Simpsons of fictional anywhere-town Springfield Sunday night, just in time to take advantage of the town's cynical passing of ...


 
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  Marriage Activists Laud Same-Sex unions in Fictional Springfield

Members of the activist group Equal Marriage NOW! were at Crew Feb. 20 for a viewing party. According to an organizational press release, about a half dozen members of the group—some sporting Equal Marriage NOW! T-shirts—watched ...


 
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  Nation under fire for cartoon

The Nation is under fire for this rather insensitive (for them anyway) portrayal of a potentially gay Abe Lincoln. The progressive magazine's editors didn't quite give a full apology for the offensive Robert Grossman 'toon. ...


 
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  A Gay Board Game ... Or a Board Game That's Gay?

A new board game from Minneapolis-based Artistic Grounds Design Group was recently released in Minnesota and is now available for nationwide distribution. 'The Game of Pride provides players with a new game that envelopes any ...


 
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