The Chicago Humanities Festival this weekend presents the pen-ultimate panel, entitled “The Not-So-Funny Situation of Alternative Comix” and featuring Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, and Chris Ware. Tickets are $5.
We are likely living in the golden age of graphic novels and alternative comics, but the artists themselves are facing what may be the most significant crisis in the medium’s history: the evaporation of virtually all of their outlets as alternative newsweeklies and comix publishers cease publishing their work in the midst of their own financial calamity.
The Festival — which is already going on — has several other comics-related events, including a sold out panel of New Yorker cartoonists, also on Saturday.
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