Comics performances that prove Chicago’s zine scene really isn’t dead.
Zine Not Dead is a comic reading series that is hosted quarterly. The most recent Zine Not Dead was hosted on Feb. 26th at the Archer Ballroom. There were performances from Audrey Gallacher (BFA 2023), Kelly Wang (BFA 2022), Gabriel Mason Howell (BFA 2018), Lenny Jooce, Caroline Cash (BFA 2019), Alex and Hannah Larson Hall, and Tommy Parrish.
This was Tessa Gould’s (BFA 2023) first Zine Not Dead. Gould shared, “I wasn’t sure what to expect from Zine Not Dead. I was most excited to see how the artists were going to be presenting their comics, and I was not disappointed!”
It was Kelly Wang’s reading at Zine Not Dead. “Being able to share my work with a group of people I admire and love so much and hearing them scream and cackle at it is part of why I love this community so much.”
Lenny Jooce performed a piece about the praxis of their practice. “What am I if not a man standing on a dinner plate?”
Caroline Cash read a new comic, “Tax Season.” Pictured here is the opening panel, and on the floor is Zine Not Dead’s mascot, a snake named Zine.
Matt Davis and Brad Rohloff (BFA 2014), organizers of Zine Not Dead, perform a skit before introducing the next reader. Here they are showing off their super strength and lifting the snake Zine.