The first three issues have been entirely self-funded at a loss out of love. By organizing a comprehensive pre-order through Kickstarter we can increase our cost efficiencies and deliver you an even better product. Since the second issue we've been able to give copies to contributors and donate to local institutions. We'd love to give back even more. Anything raised above and beyond our goal of $1500 to meet the bare minimum costs goes into improving our publication and giving back to our contributors and readers.
We have a variety of stuff to give you in addition to the latest issue. Stickers, artist postcards, TOTE BAGS!, a selection of artist prints, and even unisex lace jockstraps if that strikes your fancy. All levels above $5 get stickers.
More prints and postcards will be announced for you to select from as we get closer to our deadline!
Are you one of those starving artist types that would still like to get in on the action but can't contribute financially at this time? Great! We've already collected lots of great new material for issue four, but we’d love to get to know you and your work as well. Art, photography, comics, illustration, fashion, performance, reviews, event promos, prose, poetry, confessional erotica, artist profiles, collaborative work, fierce theory/manifestos and more are welcome between Chicago IRL's pages. We do prefer work either by local Chicagoans or else about the city and/or its residents. We’re pretty loose and welcome diverse voices, so if you have an idea but aren’t sure if it fits, let us know.
The extended submission deadline is Friday, June 15th.
More information about the the submission process can be found on our website. Please note, supporting the Kickstarter will have no bearing on the review process for your submission.
More Exciting Videos!
Performances from our launch party at Northern Lights in June 2011.
Zine Fest Reading Series Videos:
You can sneak a peek at the first three issues in this video:
Need more? We've got lots more ways to connect and interact.
For the curious or impatient, previous issues Chicago IRL can be purchased directly from us online or else found locally in Chicago at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, and Women & Children First.
Chicago IRL Website
But don't just take it from us! Read about us in Time Out Chicago, Grateful Grapefruit, and In Our Words or watch a video interview with us and The Qu.