Tuesday, May 26, 2015

June showers us with Cookies, Comics and more

Flyer by Jon Drawdoer
Two Cookie Minimum is back in the swing of things and welcomes summer with a great lineup for their June reading.  The series has settled into its new home at the Comfort Station in Logan Square, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave.
The next reading, Tuesday June 9th at 8pm, will feature
Writer/performer Annabel Lang
Comics Artist Cathy Hannah and
Comics Artist Jon Drawdoer
Hosted by series curator Johnny Misfit.

The series is sponsored by Chicago Publishers Resource Center, at 858 N. Ashland. CHIPRC supports the local publishing community. Donations will be accepted at the door benefiting CHIPRC.

And yes, there’ll be free cookies! The readings are all ages.

Reminder, new location and time. Two Cookie is on the second Tuesday of every month, 8pm at the Comfort Station through  September.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Alex Nall does it again: The first full Two Cookie Comic Strip

Cartoonist Alex Nall has been a regular at Two Cookie for the past few years. We welcomed him when he moved to Chicago and gave him room to grow be it reading on stage or supporting his drawings of our readers each month. He writes for Chicago Literati and they have published his first Two Cookie comic strip.

Alex will be working on a commemorative comic, a follow up to his release last year of Cookie Crumbs, which will be full of his drawings and stories. Look for it at our July Two Cookie 5 year anniversary. 

Two Cookie Minimum Returns!
Its true, there is no drinking at the Comfort Station. Also, my mustache does not have a name.
Two Cookie Minimum Returns! 2

Two Cookie Minimum Returns! 4
 Its true, I did wear a Bulls shirt and I did have fun. Thanks Alex.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Cookie Minimum

The first Two Cookie Minimum at the Comfort Station is in the books. Upon entering our new space, one could be taken aback by the history of the space as well as the artwork that included patches of sod all over the floor. A plate of cookies and many smiling faces provided the old Two Cookie familiarity.

The reading on Tuesday, May 12th was the first reading in five and a half months. That is a long time and there was concern that people would have forgotten about the series or interest would wain. But we have some great fans and apparently offer a good time for attendees and readers alike. The first reading of our summer stint at Comfort Station was a packed house.
We had many returning regulars, new readers and guests, plus some foot traffic from the neighborhood. This was more than could be expected and Two Cookie is very thankful for the support.

We had 4 great readers of varying styles and topics, the typical lineup you'd get at a Two Cookie. There was a personal essay from Gina Marie LoBianco about getting prepared for her wedding, some creative nonfiction from Andrew Edwards about dressing up like Mario for a Nintendo promotion, person illustrations about family and ghosts from Laura Grothaus and a fiction story in 8 parts by Jillian Schumann.

Our resident cartoonist and documenteur Alex Nall had his notebook out easily capturing all the nuances and readers as he has done for the past 2 years. His work will find a home at Chicago Literati (we'll post those as soon as they are up).

This reading was a perfect gauge for what to expect this summer at Two Cookie. Stop by each month for a packed crowd (make sure to get there early for a seat).  Get turned on to some new authors, graphic artists, performers and self-publishers. Enjoy the history of Comfort Station and its patch of outdoor space in the middle of Logan Square. And as always, cookies cookies and more cookies.

Gina LoBianco and Laura Grathaus at May's Two Cookie

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chicago Literati Loves Us!

Thanks to the folks over at Chicago Literati, online lit mag and friends of Two Cookie. They graciously posted a welcome back article on our triumph return. Fanfare, confetti and cookies.
Read the article here.

Then feel free to join the Facebook event for our May 12th reading. Spread the word, tell your friends, holler back. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two Cookie Minimum Returns!

After a winter slumber, Two Cookie Minimum is back with a new location, new date and new sponsor.

Two Cookie will begin a summer engagement on Tuesday May 12th in the heart of Logan Square at the Comfort Station located at 2579 N Milwaukee Ave. at 8pm. The series moves to a new date, the second Tuesday of every month. Two Cookie will be at the Comfort Station each month from May through September.

For the first installment, Two Cookie welcomes writer Gina Marie LoBianco, comics artist Laura Grothaus, writer Andrew Edwards, and writer and co-creator of LUMPS zine Jillian Schumann. Hosted by the insufferable Johnny Misfit.

The reading will be sponsored by Chicago Publishers Resource Center, located in West Town at 858 N. Ashland. CHIPRC’s missions is to promote the local publishing community, so it is a great fit for Two Cookie. Donations will be accepted at the door benefiting CHIPRC.

Of course, there will still be free cookies for all. We didn’t forget that. The readings are all ages.

Friday, March 27, 2015

What's the Delay?

News is on the horizon. Check back soon.
Thanks to all the loyal Cookie Monsters.

Tom Hiddleston Teaches Cookie Monster About Delayed Gratification
Also, I mean Loki and the Cookie Monster, awesome.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Two Cookie Celebrates Final Reading at Hungry Brain with an Explosion of Guts and Emotion

Two Cookie Minimum closed out 2014 this past Tuesday with an explosion of sorts for the final reading at Hungry Brain. It was part send off and celebration, an out of control party and a 100% typical Two Cookie reading. There was a diverse lineup of storytellers employing various forms. All readers brought out some great material. There were comics, a biblical parody, pieces inspired by music and even some Mad Libs. I appreciated how two of the series regulars, Alex Nall and Dave Roche, mentioned the series in their readings. This meant a lot confirming that others really do enjoy the series.

As this was the final Two Cookie at the Brain, I closed things out with a bang; literally that was the noise of me falling on stage and causing a scene. What kind of send off would be more appropriate for a man in his thirties who still calls himself Johnny Misfit?  I appreciate all who stuck around until the end and hope all had a good time. Special thanks to those who contributed to the donation basket. My goal was to give one last tip to the bartenders Dan and Merle for all their hard work over these years.

Now I move onto 2015 and have to consider what the future of the reading will look like. Though I doubt to ever repeat my antics' during this reading, that of me spewing my guts and emotions all over the stage, I ain’t going out like that. I want to pick up and carry on for a while longer. Stay tuned for more. Here’s to a great 2015. 

- johnny misfit