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Chicago Invasion

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

I had a great time at the Second Life Community Convention (SLCC) last week but it didn’t leave me with much time to work on a proper comic. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep or alcohol consumption but I found myself seeing my characters peeking at me from various places in the city. I don’t know if it’s like this for most comickers or writers but my characters are with me all the time.
Walking through the airport I saw those Blues Brothers statues and immediately envisioned GingerDead as you see him above. It made me giggle which I hear is a good thing at airports nowadays. Frowny people are being ‘watched’.

The second image is polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz‘s Agora installation at a park on South Michigan Avenue downtown. It really was amazing to walk among these giant headless torsos. There are 106 of them and every angle you view it from looks different. Here’s an awesome article about it by Edward Lifson which has some good images and a bit about the artist.
Finally, on a morning java hunt I came across Monument with Standing Beast by urban artist Jean DuBuffet. The sculpture represents a tree, an animal, a portal and an architectural element. Peeking inside I expected to see a homeless person resting or at the very least be struck with strong urine odors, but it was all shiny and clean in there. I’m from New York originally so that sort of surprised me. Downtown Chicago is unbelievably tidy and quite friendly as well. Anyway, it was a cool sculpture, very cartoony black and white which of course made me think of my little pals.

Other highlights of the trip were the Art Institute, meeting up with Chicago’s coolest comicker Chris Hallbeck (The Book of Biff) and stumbling upon a puppetbike show. Big thank you to Gabe for showing me around, taking the Agora pics when I forgot my camera and rocking so hard in general.

See you next week with the usual comicky goodness you expect.

<3 calan

17 Responses to “Chicago Invasion”

  1. Rampage Says:

    1: The Blues Brothers are awesome.
    2: That was an awesome movie. Seen it dozens of times.
    3. Chicago is AWESOME! (I live there.)
    4. That’s the first time I’ve seen those statues, thank you for introducing them to me.
    5: Your comic is so flippin’ great. ^-^

  2. calan Says:

    aw thank you Rampage! i made a mistake the Agora installation is on south Michigan not North. I corrected the post but just in case you go looking for it. It was near the Chicago Hilton which is across from Grant Park, but his was like a little park right next to Grant if that makes any sense. It was only a few blocks from the hotel. You really should see it. The Dubuffet one is across the street from city hall on LaSalle i think. Chicago totally does rock. You could’ve met me and Mr. Book of Biff for a cocktail! Maybe next time 😉

  3. Seraphine Says:

    Hahahaha… the Blues Brothers got me laughing! Great idea and very cute. I love Chicago, especially the pizza, music and the warm people.

  4. Nihil Says:

    Wow. I’ve just recently stumbled upon your site here and must say I really enjoy what I’ve seen so far. I especially love todays entry, simply because the Blues Brothers are in it (^.^)

    Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
    *from your new fan*
    (^.^)

  5. calan Says:

    welcome Nihil 🙂

  6. coolioness Says:

    I swaer, the Blues Brothers and GingerDead together would be the best thing ever. I smell a T-shirt! (XD) calan, er. Mr. Great and Powerful C, awesome job!

  7. calan Says:

    coolio i’ll have you know i’m no Mister! i’m a girl and i’m adorable, damnit. 😛

  8. Vengence Opus Says:

    i’m glad i wasn’t walking down the street at the time. i may have come around the corner and lost my head upon sight of GingerDead…

    …and conventions are no fun headless. 😀

    best Chicago pics yet! 🙂

    ~Veng

  9. Seraphine Says:

    headless torsos walk
    lost in thoughtless wonderment
    pidgeon holed again

  10. avshar Says:

    hehe nice idea. Love the blues brothers. I feel like im seeing a a whole new side of Ginger lol. Who knew he could be cool. Wish i could have been there. Instead im working me buttocks off to get my comp fixed so i can get off this backup one. Glad your trip went well. Its good to get away every now and then.

  11. Fesworks Says:

    Gingerdead and Lenoir cameo in my comic! thanks again!

    http://fesworks.xepher.net/JENNY/039.htm

  12. Schazmyrrh Says:

    …that is so cute. decapitated gingerdead is adorable most of all.

  13. EvilCouch Says:

    Ginger Blues Dead Brothers!

    Fucking genius! 😀

  14. Sansarya Says:

    P2 is literally peeing his pants at seeing his favorite dudes with Gingerdead 😛 You really are adorable, it’s true 😉

  15. calan Says:

    thanks Sans 🙂

  16. Saturn-greenleaf Says:

    I really like your comic strips, they are cute and they make me laugh.

  17. calan Says:

    welcome Saturn and thanks. 🙂

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