Friday, April 18, 2014

Cookies and KALE? No, Cookies and CAKE!

Back for their third year, Two Cookie Minimum celebrates the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (affectionately known as CAKE) with a fundraiser:
 Cookies and Cake III!

even though we won't be on our normal 2nd Tuesday of the month, Two Cookie is back Wednesday May 7, with a lineup of local comics, artists and illustrators to share the  top notch visual work, some of the best in the city (no lie) to celebrate CAKE! 

Performers include:
  • David Alvarado, comic artist who publishes Dirty Hands and whose work has been seen in Newcity’s Linework and as a cover artist.
  • Isabella Rotman  cartoonist and printmaker by way of Maine who released such titles as Animal Sex and You’re so Sexy When You Aren’t Transmitting STDs.
  • with more artists TB-AYYYY!
Hosted by Johnny Misfit.
At the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont at 9pm, 21+.
A $5 donation is asked, proceeds go to CAKE!

Per usual, there will be free cookies, but for the occasion we'll have a cake too.

Flyer by artist Dean Johnson. Gotta love his depiction of Shipwreck from GI JOE in a compromising situation

Monday, March 24, 2014


Two Cookie Minimum is taking April 1st to celebrate local Polish Writers. Chicago bills itself as one of the largest Polish cities outside of Poland.

FACT: Polish is also the third largest speaking language in Chicago behind English and Spanish (says Wikipedia). 

Since its so predominant, lets hear from those voices.
Readers include:
Kate Sierzputowski, co-founder of INSIDE\WITHIN,
Daniela Olszewska, author of Citizen J (Curbside Splendor),
Joshua Piotrowski (Gas Mask Horse), zinester and musician,
Alison Grabowski, student in Columbia College's Creative Writing department,
Adam Lizakowski, Director of the Polish Arts and Poetry Association in America (he will be reading in both Polish and English!) ,
Karolina Stepek graudate student from Columbia College's Creative Writing (she was born in Poland!), and

JoAnne Gazarek Bloom (writer of Images of America, BRIDGEPORT on Arcadia Publishing).

Hosted by John Wawrzaszek (Johnny Misfit). The show begins at 9pm
at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 
And as always, there will be free cookies.

Chicago Polonia!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Two Cookie Minimum is a reading series that promotes Chicago's self-publishing community. For the past 2 years, the series has hosted an all zinester reading the month of the Chicago Zine Fest. For our third installment, on Tuesday March 4th we will celebrate Chicago zinesters, the Chicago Zine Fest's 5th Anniversary and cookies. 

This all zinester reading will be on Tuesday March 4th, at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Invited zinesters include:
Elizabeth S. Tieri, editor in chief of Back to Print publishing reading from Six Zero Six (debuting at Zine Fest),
Matt Davis, mini comics artist,
Julie Kyay, working with CPL’s YouMedia group and is an event and promotion coordination with the Chicago Zine Fest,
Ed Blair, writes the zine Black Metal of the Americas, and Tope Suicida (debuting at zine fest), 
Dave Roche, long time zinester and writer of self-published books On Subbing detailing his work as a substitute teacher and If Nothing Else the Sky, a travel journal.

Hosted by Johnny Misfit. The show begins at 9pm at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont. 

We will ask for a $5 donation during the event. All Donations to benefit the 2014 Chicago Zine Fest. And as always, there will be free cookies.

For more info on the Chicago Zine Fest held on March 14 and 15, 2014, visit

Monday, January 20, 2014

3rd Spectacular All Female Showcase!

Two Cookie February brings on the 3rd Spectacular All Female Showcase. The past 2 all female revues have been nothing short of tremendous. We've had comic artists, poets, writers and last year a musician to boot. The bar is set. This year we had to raise the ante.

On Tuesday February 4, at the Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. invited readers include
Janine Phan (producer and co-host of comedy show Entertainment Chicago LIVE),
Stephanie Lane Sutton (writer and co-founder of West Side School for the Desperate),
Jail Flanagain (writer and musician),
Carrie Colpitts (zinester, activist/archivist with the Transgender Oral History Project),
Jill Howe (writer and co-producer of lit series Story Session), and Rosy Phinick (zinester).

Hosted by Johnny Misfit. The show begins at 9pm. Donations appreciated. And as always, there will be free cookies.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cookie Crumbs, a 2013 Two Cookie Compliation Zine!

Cookie Crumbs, a 2013 Two Cookie Minimum Compilation Zine

To celebrate the 2014 Two Cookie season on Jan 7th, I am working with comic artist Alex Nall to compile a compilation zine of his work. Nall is a regular of the series, showing up and drawing something each month. We agreed to print these images and give them away at the reading. Nall's work includes caricatures of  readers, various doodles, and a depiction of Hungry Brain bar. The image on the right is the cover which showcases a taste of his style (and the variety of cookies we've offered at the readings).

Pick up a copy at the show on the 7th while copies last.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Two Cookie 2014, Another Year on the Stage

Two Cookie Minimum kick offs 2014 on Tuesday January 7th with a great line up, free zines and of course, cookies. Two Cookie host Johnny Misfit dubbed 2013 the Year of the Cookie and as curator of the series, looks to make 2014 as entertaining.
Starting off the year, January’s readers include:
  • Cassandra Greenwald, member of Chicago Woman in Publishing, runner, vegan and author.
  • Mason Johnson, author of Sad Robot Stories  
  • Kevin Budnik, cartoonist and author of collections Our Ever Improving Living Room and Dust Motes.
  • Jessica Scott, Creative Writing student at Columbia College Chicago.
  • Jason Fisk, author of Hank and Jules
At the event, a Two Cookie commemorative zine compiled by cartoonist Alex Nall will be available for free while copies last. The zine includes Nall’s cartoons, caricatures and doodles of readers and scenes depicted from 2013 Two Cookie readings. This above drawing Nall's rendering of the bar at Hungry Brain, which is an example of the work that will appear in the zine.

 The show begins at 9pm. Donations appreciated.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Two Cookie 2013 Wrap Up

It's been a great Year of the Cookie in 2013. To tide you all over, here's a photo of the existential debates that happen in the men's bathroom  at the Hungry Brain on Two Cookie Minimum event posters. Its nice to see these restroom philosophers don't ignore gender in this debate either. Go add to the conversation while this poster is still up at the bar.

Here's to 2014 and all the new graffiti our posters can fit.