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Call For Fall 2012 Resident Artist!

Interested in being the next Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press? The application deadline for our Fall residency is June 29, 2012. Click here for more information and to download the application!


Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2012
11 am – 6pm
Columbia College’s Ludington Building
1104 S Wabash Ave, 8th Floor
FREE and open to the public!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Be on the look-out for some fabulous Spudnik printers while you’re there!

Image designed by Chicago’s own, Laura Park (

CSA for Hubbard Street Lofts

Spudnik Press Organic Veggie CSA

brought to us by Peasant’s Plot

Spudnik Press Cooperative is VERY pleased to partner with an local organic farm, Peasant’s Plot, to offer the tenants of 1821 W Hubbard farm shares of fresh veggies delivered right here each week through out the summer! Read below for details, and feel free to asks questions! Shares will be delivered in coolers to our third floor studio.

Spudnik Press Organic Veggie CSA

When: Thursdays starting June 14th at Spudnik Press between the hours of 3 and 9 pm

What: 20 weeks of organic vegetables June – October

How much: $330/year OR pay in 5 monthly installments on our website

Why: The CSA model is rewarding because the consumer can actually establish a relationship with their farmer through farm visits, emails, recipes, cooking techniques, notes on the website, and even tips on preserving your vegetables through the winter. Know exactly where your food is coming from. As a member of Peasants’ Plot, rest assured your vegetables have been picked within 50 miles of the city, within 48 hours, free of synthetic chemicals, grown from organic seed.

Deadline: June 7th (while supplies last”–sign-up ASAP to guarantee your share!)

Click Here for more info about the farm
Purchase Your Share!

Join a Committee Today! Meetings start May 30

As you may have heard from our all-new Member Bulletin, Spudnik Press is now forming three new committees: Education, Outreach, and Exhibitions.

By having board members work closely with more of our members, we know we will be able to better serve our community. Please consider volunteering in this capacity. Below are the basic descriptions of the committees, including when they meet.

Dowload the full Committee Descriptions

Aren’t sure if you want to be on a committee or not? Talk in person to the committee chairs at our next Member Meeting (May 16, 8pm). Reach out to any of us with questions!

Education Committee

Committee Chair: Megan Klawitter
First Meeting: Wednesday, May 30th, 6:30pm at Spudnik Press

The education committee is responsible for supporting Spudnik Press Cooperative’s mission to unite professional artists with a diverse community of emerging artists, established artists, youth, and adults.

Outreach Committee

Committee Chair: Anya Davidson
First Meeting: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm at Pauly’s Pizza (1744 W Grand)

The outreach committee is responsible for increasing the visibility of Spudnik Press Cooperative, reaching new audiences, including printmakers, potential students, potential partnering organizations, potential publishing customers, and the general public.

Exhibitions Committee

Committee Chair: Alison Kleiman
First Meeting: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm at Spudnik Press

The exhibition committee will work closely with Spudnik Press staff to coordinate exhibition opportunities for Spudnik Press members.

Featured Workshop: Illustration & Play

Illustration & Play
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:30-9:30pm
This illustration class will lead students away from what and how they usually draw to explore new techniques and approaches to image generation. Students will get to play around with mark making, color, and a variety of materials like watercolor pencils, while being prompted to delve further into their imagination. More information & register here.

Chicago Card Posters

Over the past few weeks, Double Blind has been hard at work, here at Spudnik, screenprinting their Chicago Card Posters for Version Fest. Be sure to swing by through the month of May to check out their work and pick up a poster. (Rumor has it, actual decks of playing cards will be available soon!)

Featured Class: Multi-level Etching

Multi-level Etching

begins April 24, 2012

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Meets for 8 weeks
$170 ($144.50 for current members)

Learn the fine art of Intaglio Printmaking from one of the best printers in the city. This class will be led by Will Sturgis, who studied at SAIC, then spent 6 years printing at White Wings Press with Teresa James. He spent a year in the world of screenprinting with Jay Ryan at The Bird Machine. And after that he found himself working with Tony Fitzpatrick and Catherine Brooks (former Crown Point Press Master Printer) at Black Shamrock Press (Tony’s new printshop). It has been open for just over a year and Will says they have already produced over 60 multi-color etchings from four different bodies of work. And somehow, Will has been working on his own artwork too!

These are just a few reasons why you should take this class – even if you are already proficient at basic etching….

Read the full description and sign up today!

2012 Hashbrown Follow-Up

Better late than never, right? We would like to thank all of the chili chefs that participated in The Hashbrown this year, as well as our tamale chef, Kim Heiney! The fundraiser was a great success and everyone had a blast. Take a look at some of the images from the night and feel free to whip up your own batch of Spudnik vegetarian chili, made by Megan Klawitter, using the recipe below! And, of course, a big “THANKS” to all of our volunteers and donors, including Windy City Distribution & Jefferson Tap.

The 2012 Hashbrown Meat Chili Champion: The Printstitute at Harold Washington College

The 2012 Hashbrown Vegetarian Chili Champion: Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Spudnik Press 2012 Verde Chili
2 cans navy beans
2 cans cannelini beans
1 package firm tofu – drained
2 anaheim peppers – diced
2 jalapeno peppers – seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 yellow onion – chopped
4 cups broth (a no-chikn’ stock works great)
1 can of green enchilada sauce – medium heat level
2 limes
1 tbsp cumin
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp old bay seasoning
bunch of cilantro
dairy free sour cream
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For the sour cream, simply combine ½ cup chopped cilantro and the squeeze of 1 lime to 2 cups dairy free sour cream. You can always use less cilantro if you are not a fan. Set in the fridge to keep cold.

In a medium skillet, heat a little olive oil. Add 1 clove garlic and crumbled tofu. (keep the tofu in the freezer for 1 week; drain, and you have a nice chewy texture)
add your old bay seasoning and just cook until browned a little. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a stock pot add 1 tbsp olive oil, onion and the other clove of garlic. Cook until the onion begins to “sweat”. Add your peppers, cumin and cayenne. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes. You can now add your broth and beans. Let this cook for about 20-25 minutes.

Corn chips while the chili is cooking, set your deep fryer temp to 375 degrees. Slice your white corn tortillas into triangles. Fry a few at a time until slightly browned. add sea salt when finished and set aside to cool. Do as many as you would like, but be sure to not let them pile up on each other until they are cooled off a bit.

Once the broth has reduced a bit you can add your enchilada sauce, tofu and 1 tbsp chopped cilantro. add salt and pepper to taste. cook for another 10-15 minutes.

For a final step, add 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lime.

Garnish with sour cream and a little more cilantro.

Summer 2012 Artist in Residence

Interested in being the next Artist in Residence at Spudnik Press? The application deadline for our Summer residency is March 30, 2012. Click here for more information and to download the application!

Adventure School: Comics Intensive

Adventure School: Comics Intensive

Organized by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Held at Read/Write Library & Spudnik Press
June 4 to June 15, 2012

Top and emerging ladylike drawers will spend two full weeks, from 10 to 6 p.m. every day, creating and publishing a collaborative comics anthology based on research of gender, race, and economics in the comics industry.

Spudnik Press couldn’t be more excited to support such a unique format for collaboration and learning. Students will work with each other, visiting artists, and cultural producers to create a new publication that will be printed here at Spudnik Press!

Application forms (and a lot more information) are available here, now!