Friday, August 1, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 15)


This is the week's last post in the series of Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages. Next Monday will be the final one! Then on Tuesday August 5th, come out to the Two Cookie Minimum reading to kick out our 4th year!

This submission is from Keiler Roberts. She didn't sign it, but I took a stab in the dark and guessed it was her. Her message shows exact the kind of fun that readers and audience members have at the series. By that I mean, yes you feel good, but there's cookies and sarcastic comments heard throughout the night (mainly by me on stage).


                                                           What is that? Llama, Alpaca or Guanaco? 

Come back Monday for one last message.

Couldn't do this without you all.

Best,
Johnny Misfit

What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 14)


We're up to part 14 in the series of Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages. This one is a favorite of mine. All were anonymous submissions, but based on the message, I had an idea who wrote this.
I confirmed my hunch was confirmed by asking poet, zinester and Two Cookie regular Collin Brennan if this was his message. That he said, "I wrote the one about the 98 Bulls. Of course." 

Collin's read at the series a few times and we've found we share a common interest in basketball. Being he's a frequent regular, he he knows the score (another sports pun). I really like his comparison of Two Cookie to the 98 Bulls. That was the last season the Bulls won a title. The team was a rag tag bunch with veterans, a flamboyant bad boy, an overseas star and two future hall of fame players (arguably two of the best ever to play the game). Like that team, each month I look to book a diversity of readers. There have been established writers, students, zinesters, comics artists, musicians, shadow puppets, comedians, mutli-media, etc. So if you've been on the Two Cookie roster before, thanks for making it a winning series (last sports pun). 

There are only two more of these message left. Don't miss them. 

Best,
Johnny Misfit

What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 13)


Lucky 13 in this series of Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages. Its another anonymous submission. I like how they keep it simple, short and sweet, much like the reading series.
A two cookie emoticon.

There's only a few more of these left to post. Check in until August 5th and then go to the Two Cookie Reading that night. It's gonna "Fun and Always Different" for sure.

Best,
Johnny Misfit

What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 12)


Today is Part 12 in the series of Two Cookie Minimum Maximum Minimum Anniversary Messages. This message comes from comics artist Jen Rickert. I think this was her first time to the reading series and as you can see from her wonderful work, I hope to she comes out to read one of these days.

What's great about this piece is well, look at all the stuff going on. Jen took elements from each reader on our July anniversary show and incorporated parts of their performance into this collage: see vivian the alien from Kevin Kern's story, a visual of Leslie Perrine, Eric Barholomew's treasure chest of sorts during his Junk Drawer Game Show and a quote from Keiler Roberts comic "Assplesauce". She even included the cookie cakes made for the event!

There's only 4 more messages left to post, so make sure you come back this week. 

Best,
Johnny Misfit


What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.


P.S. My fav parts of this illustration collage are my likeness in cartoon form advocating 'share the greatness' (I don't get a cartoon drawn of me all the time, so back off) and how she notes CHIPRC, a workspace I run that programs visual art and literary events.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 11)


This is the final full week of posts in the series of Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages. The 11th post comes from Sarah W, my sister. She comes out all the time to support the series, not out of obligation, but because she enjoys the variety of readers booked each month. The biggest contribution she provides is in her homemade cookies (and if needed, cakes or cookie cakes). She's made a variety of vegan delights from sugar cookies to chocolate chip cookies. She's made cookies in various shapes, such as CZF commemorating the Chicago Zine Fest or an actual cake for our CAKE readings.  And last month's anniversary reading, she made 2 huge cake sizes cookies. Sarah, thanks so much for your baking skillz!
                                   Two Cookie Minimum wouldn't be the same without her love and support.

As I said, this is the final full week of messages. So stay tuned for the final few. And go back to read ones you've missed. Enjoy 'em all.

Best,
Johnny Misfit

What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two Cookie Kicks Off Year 4 on August 5th!

What's the formula for a successful Two Cookie Minimum?  Here you go:



Two Cookie Minimum is back, kicking off the series’ 4th year on Tuesday August 5th!

The lineup is another wild one (wouldn't have it any other way) featuring the talents of:
writer Franki Jo Beckwith, funny man Tom Simmons (a two cookie regular), comics artist Ian McDuffie, writer John Wilmes, and the bizarre stylings of zinester Joshua Piotrowski aka GAS MASK HORSE!

Hosted by Johnny Misfit.
Stop by the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm, 21+, no cover.

There will be free cookies for the occasion (you know as we do each month).
See you there.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages (part 10)

I'll end this week, self indulgently with the 10th Two Cookie Minimum Anniversary Messages. This one mentions yours truly's hosting duties.
Its true, I am very awkward as a host. I can't help it. Sometimes I ad lib a bio, other times I try to crack a joke (to no applause). Every so often I do pull out something good as an intro to the night, when congratulating a reader, or when closing the show. Maybe I set the stage with my nonsense. Maybe that eases the tension and allows the readers to take over, aka the real entertainment and why we are all there. To showcase the great work others is why I do this. On a somewhat related note, I always try to give each reader a high five as they leave the stage. Its my way of saying, great job, thanks for humoring me and sorry for having to put up with my lame jokes. I think they appreciate it. And it also helps that I bring cookies. 

This closes out the 2nd full week of posts. Check back next week as we count down the last 6 posts and lead up to the August 5th reading. There's some good ones in the queue. Until then, have a good weekend. 

Best,
Johnny Misfit

What the meaning of all this? During July's Two Cookie Minimum reading, which was the series' 4 year anniversary, attendees and readers were given the prompt, "When I think of Two Cookie Minimum..." These are those responses.