Two Cookie Minimum has been going strong for 5 years and to celebrate will hold an anniversary reading on Tuesday, July 14.
Through the years, the series has been home to Chicago’s
self-publishing community, supporting the work of comics artists and
illustrators, independent publishers, students, authors, poets, visual
storytellers, and musicians.
The night's performers Include:
Comics artist and illustrator Leslie Perrine, Zine publisher and writer
Ben Spies, and Independent author and zine publisher Jonas.
Hosted by Johnny Misfit.
To give a bit back to the Two Cookie
audience, other having free cookies available at every reading, this
anniversary will feature the second issue of the self-published
zine Cookie Crumbs. The first issue featured the work of resident Two
Cookie artist, Chicago cartoonist Alex Nall, who included sketchbook
drawings depicting the readings. The new issue will supplement Nall’s
artwork with essays from past performers and readers, commentary from
host Johnny Misfit, and various photos and flyers from the past year.
The reading begins at 8pm at the Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave.
Donations will be accepted at the door benefiting CHIPRC. Two Cookie
continues on the second Tuesday of every month at the Comfort Station
through September. And it wouldn’t be a party without free cookies. The
event is all ages.
A bit of history:
Minimum held its first reading in 2010 at Lakeview’s Fritz Pastry. It
held residency at Roscoe Village staple The Hungry Brain until that
establishment closed its doors in the winter of 2014. Its current home
is the historic Chicago Park District space The Comfort Station in Logan
Square. These five years have seen more than 45 shows featuring over
200 readers, boasting a few out of town guests to boot. Recognized in
press outlets Chicago Literati, Gapers Block and Newcity, the series has
carved out a niche for itself.
Two Cookie’s ties to the
independent literary community are clear from past readings that have
supported Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, Columbia
College’s Fiction Writing department, and numerous literary presses.
Their many themed readings showcased all female artists, local comics
and illustrators, Chicago’s Polish community, and students from academic
programs. The series is now supported by Chicago Publishers Resource
Center (CHIPRC), a literary nonprofit, that helps its patrons share
their work through the reading series.