Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Jerks in Cyber Space" A Response

Jerks in Space  by John J. Karnes - I picked up this book at Quimby's about five months ago and I have to admit this is currently my favorite mini-comic. What pulled me in was the title, Jerks in Space: Latest Mini-Comic, (Science Edition) and my favorite issue of this publication, Jerks in Space: Manifesto. What I read was pure comic pleasure (no pun intended), the foot notes and self-awareness draw one into Karnes with delightful recognition that this is a comic book. It's really refreshing since many 'self-aware' works seem lazy or juvenile. Jerks, becomes a somewhat dialog with the reader, which I appreciate and love the juxtaposition of self-recognition, both of a fantasy world and our actual world that exists outside the comic. One may be wondering what the plot is, of course they would. If that is you, dear reader, if you are wondering what the plot is, brace yourself for space serpents who appreciate art on Earth and their attempt to keep humans producing good art, sometimes by tragic, political tactics, and the use of robots.
What follows next is my response to Karnes' work. Untitled, by David Scheier, drawn in the style of Jerks in Space mini-comic.

Jerks in Space Response by David Scheier

Checkout John Karnes stuff at:
Cover art by John J. Karnes

Check out and buy his comics:

Also, I highly recommend checking out Karnes' blog here on

My favorite of his blog posts (Chopsicka):

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pixalated Sapiens: Bright Primate and Their Chip Tune Riffs

My friend Matt, a.k.a. Nom Star introduced me to the world of chiptunes
sometime last year. To a wannabe cool guy like me, it sounded
intellectually lame. I’ve been exposed to some glitch art and other
videogame based art for awhile (that's right, I've lumped all 

other glitch art into viddy game art) and was thinking Cory Arcangel with
stuff you could get into if you saw the world
pixelated or thought you leveled up every time you ate or drank. I
thought, this would be the sounds of nerds-ville. . . and it is—I’m not
going to lie, it’s pretty nerdy, in a good way.

For those who are unfamiliar with Chiptunes or Chipmusic, here’s wiki’s
      Chiptunes: . . . synthesized electronic music often produced with the
      sound chips of vintage computers and video game consoles, as well as
      with other methods such as emulation,” (Wikipedia).

My opinion on it was rather crude, and then this happened:

Sunday, July 17th, 2011, I temporarily broke my birthday anniversary of 

weekend-solo-drinking to see Nom Star at The Elbo Room in Chicago. I thank him for the chipped out happy
birthday song. I came in drunk and not so much in the mood for music.
Thus, I spent most of my time there checking out the very few girls and
having shots and beer. Then this attractive duo enter the stage and
what I got was a face full of MIDI jive, served by Boston-based sound
artists, BR1GHT PR1MATE: Lydia Marsala and James Therrien, using a
Gameboy as a beat maker and with Lydia’s lush vocals it’s hard not to get
your body moving to 8bit sound clouds swirling around your cerebellum.
Soundwaves grow like quartz from digital harmonics and synthesized
guitar tones. Yeah, these guys are like, “Wow!”

.......Illustration to come..... by week-end....

Check them out:

Also, check out my first taste of chiptunes, hence a bit of ear magic, Nom Star:

This event was held at:
The Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave. 60657 Chicago, IL, 07-17-2011.
The awesome line-up that was:
Bright Primate
Nom Star
Evironmental Sound Collapse

Monday, September 12, 2011


Tim Michel: As a word-smith and jam-maker, one wonders where he gets the time to dish out prolific and tasty sound sauce so often. This is TELEVISION:

"Long Nights by David Scheier. Ink on Paper, 2011, response to TCHEM's song of the same title."

Synth child TCHEM channel surfs some high fructose sound to deliver a space cruising soundtrack.  Fittingly electric acid shoe-gaze guitar riffs sinking into the sponge of your ears: “Self Image” and “Going Inside.” While other beats are minimal lucid day dreams, “Close is Far,” and “Television.” TCHEM serves a plate of two minute comets, and digital star dust—futuristic and delightfully simple.

Check Timothy Michel's site out for free downloads, up coming events, writing's, and all that other stuff.

Friday, May 20, 2011

How Yellow Daisies Ended Up on My Book Case

 Comic/Zine: Amara Leipzig’s Yizkor 

Before I “blurb” about Amara Leipzig’s Yizkor I feel I should start off with how this comic came into my hands. The second paragraph is the direct musing on Amara Leipzig’s book.

During The Hand-Made Library at the Archer Ballroom, Feb 24, 2011 south Chicago. I stumbled in, holding a six pack of King Cobra’s, pockets filled with loose change and my own hand-made comic. My agenda for the evening was to pass out what few copies I had of my eight page zine, get slightly toasted, and perhaps get some interesting "do it yourself" (DIY) books in return. I was expecting to get a bunch of zines, or Cd’s in exchange for my little comic. At the end of the night, before the performances and readings submerged into the mesh of King Cobra’s, boxed wine, watery chitchat with people I’d never meet again and some I’d like to, I found myself sitting at a long foldout table sewing pages of poems by the featured readers in a glittery book. These cats had me doing all the work, which was fun, and a great way to meet some of the other people there. Amara Leipzig was one of those people binding the “Hand-Made Library” book, someone whom I had heard briefly about before the event, a fellow comic book maker and so there was already a motive to speak with Amara and perhaps get a copy of her zine. Having had exhausted the three comics I brought, I had nothing to give her in exchange except for a promise to someday soon give her a copy of my work and to read her comic/zine.
Skimming over a random page (maybe page 8) I thought, oh another comic about WWII. Not that there’s anything wrong with writing about the second great war, but that horrific event has become a stylized genre and those wishing to tell stories about it walk on well treaded territory, thanks to archetypes previous films and books have giving us. But that’s a rant for another blog. Yizkor in a nutshell is a story on storytelling, which the title Yizkor (remembrance) ties into. Along with this framework are themes of identity, family, loss, displacement, and womanhood. The story arch of Yizkor jumps smoothly to and from time, and at the core are yellow daisies which link the various scenes together. Whenever daisies are present in the book so is the color yellow—hinting to the significance of the image. A tactic used in many black and white comics, and is well executed here. As a result one finds a moving story that spans three generations merging time and characters into a single moment that could be told in less than 26 pages. The artwork is simple and well suited for the subject matter, not allowing needless details to unbalance the story. The panels themselves read with such delicate pacing that one can’t help notice that this comic must have meant more than just a side project or classroom assignment, but rather a lingering shadow of a story that screamed to become tangible in someone’s hands.
I walked away from The Hand Made Library with more than just a future hangover and stain-glass memories of performances and faces. I walked away with Yizkor

Yizkor, by Amara Leipzig, printed and published in 2010 in Chicago, Il. Available at Quimby’s. For more information contact

The Hand-Made Library, presented by Dear Navigator, a reading and performance event with Joni Murphy, Ben Clark, Kitty Huffman, and Anthony Romero. Thursday, February 24, 7pm at the Archer Ballroom 3012 Archer Ave.

(All images posted here belong to Amara Leipzig)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

David Scheier Gets Social

Greetings, blog-junkies, word musers, reptilian scenesters and electronic surfers,

This is the start of a series of reviews, articles, and general musings of art that's stealthly (relatively and debatably) under the radar, and maybe some that's not. There's a few things going down towards the end of this month and much to muse about next following month. For starters, things kick off with an up coming blurb on a Comic/Zine: Amara Leipzig’s Yizkor. I'm also looking forward to visiting the MFA show at The School of the Art Institute, hopefully I'll be sober enough to digest the the sights, the sounds, the smells? Also, I'll look at the sweet sounds of New York based sound wizard TCHEM.
Check him out, your ears will thank you. 

Other events (that I may or may not 'blog' about) happening in Chicago:

Out of the Closet and Into the Attic

Today from 7pm-12am at THE ATTIC [2.0], 2846 W 21st St. Chicago, IL 60623

Recent work of young, queer emerging artists in Chicago.
Join us for a night of art and queerness with 13 emerging queer artists. Brought to you by Queers and Allies SAIC.

Amara Leipzig, Erik Kommer, Dakota Bardy, Dylan Sell, Isabella Rotman, Justus Harris, Kimo Knowles, Kira Mardikes, Maj Furani, Nat Brilmyer, Seth Garlock, Sonny Martinez , Sydnee Stratman


 Thursday, April 28 at 6:00pm - May 2 at 4:00pm at Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor, Booth #36

 TENDER EXCHANGE is a collaborative, progressive installation composed of work by five student-artists currently pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

-Nor There (A temporary exhibition)

Friday, May 13 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm at Carrousel Space 1310 

Join artists Bruce Iberg (Printmedia), Ashley D. Hairston (Viscom), and Alex Zhang (Photo), along with producers Silvia Vasilescu (Printmedia) and Katie Waddell (MAHA) for --Nor There, a one-night exhibition that explores the interstices between/intersections of different categorical identities.

 ~Until then, this space cat is out of orbit, moon dogs and Venus vixens~

David Scheier