The Cross Hatch Dispatch 2.16.10

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[Above, Sammy Harkham takes a trick to “pregnant alley.” Below, third trimester Dispatch.]

  • Mark your calendars for the Chicago Zinefest, March 12 and 13! There will be readings at Quimby’s Bookstore, a zine-related art show, a screening at the Gadabout Film Festival, and all sorts of workshops about self-publishing. And the whole thing is free!
  • Wanna see some really, really gross drawings? Take a look at “Icki Lip,” a collaboration between Phil McAndrew and Vicki Nerino, in which each attempts to outdo the other in a series of increasingly disgusting drawings. Nerino and her friend Britt Wilso also share their comics online on the delightful “Uterus Parade”
  • Visually oriented Magnetic Fields fans can rejoice: “How Fucking Romantic” is a blog dedicated to illustrated versions of the Fields’ 69 Love Songs.
  • If you aren’t reading Smoke Signal yet, you should know that issues #1 and #2, are both available in their entirety online. Submissions are still being accepted for issue #4!
  • It’s time for toys! The Toy Fair, put on by the Toy Industry Association Inc., kicked off on Sunday at New York’s Jacob Javitz Center. Children are strictly forbidden from the Toy Fair.
  • Nobody can touch James Kochalka, but for having barely graduated from high school, Allan Wood’s growing archive of 700+ autobio comics is nothing to sneeze at.
  • Julia Wertz’s Drinking at the Movies is now available for pre-order.
  • Alec Longstreth’s work is in two recent book releases: It All Changed in an Instant: More Six Word Memoirs (which features a number of illustrated pieces by famous cartoonists) and the fourth volume of MySpace Dark Horse Presents.
  • Jordan Crane and Sammy Harkham chat with Inkstuds about What Things Do.

–Athena Currier