Call for Submissions to The Sick Muse #10: UTOPIA!

The 10th issue of the Sick Muse will be our first large-format, glossy af, magazine-style issue. And our first one to have a theme! We have lots more room for content: essays, poetry, photo series, collage art, lyrics, short stories & anything in 2-D that deals with the art, music, diy, chicago, and UTOPIA.

Send submissions and questions to: sickmuse.chi@gmail.com

What does UTOPIA mean to you?

This issue will be released at theĀ The World’s Fair 2018!



Preview The Sick Muse #9

Have you gotten your copy of The Sick Muse #9 yet? If not, enjoy this lil preview:

Music is “Find Your Way” by Participatory Music Coalition, this issue’s featured artist.

Copies are available at Quimby’s, Reckless Records, Bric-a-Brac Records, Build Coffee, and Hostel Earphoria! You can also order copies to be shipped via our online shop or by emailing sickmuse.chi@gmail.com.

SALE ALERT: Treat your friends (or yourself) to The Sick Muse

Support Chicago’s artists & zinemakers this spending season. Pick any three issues of The Sick Muse for $12 or get the whole dang collection (plus a pin and sticker!) for a low $25. We can gift wrap and ship. We’ll make it look cute. Sale ends JAN01!

Place your order with sickmuse.chi@gmail.com.

TSM#9 Release Party Pics Are Here!

On DEC02, 2017

at Archer Beach Haus

in Bridgeport, Chicago, IL,

a DIY fashion extravaganza rang in the latest Sick Muse release, number 9! With a runway show featuring Michelle Janayea, Harakaat Apparel + House of Ka, and An Authentic Skid Mark + Edaa Birthing, a performance by DIY rock star Richard Album, juke & house music selected by Shook Hips, ecstatic visuals produced by Nate Coleman, and a dangerously fun catwalk contest judged by Rae Bees and Kristopher Fraser.


Look at your beautiful selves…

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The Sick Muse #9 Now Available!

The Sick Muse #9 was released at a smash of a fashion show/party last Saturday, December 2nd at Archer Beach Haus. No. 9 is housed within covers by Ursula Andreeff and Xander Black, and features:

  • An interview with performance artist Glamhag
  • An exposition of DIY venue bathroom art
  • An interview with Adam Zanolini of Afro-futurist free jazz collective, the Participatory Music Coalition
  • Poetry by Rui Carlos da Cunha and + (“Plus Sign”)
  • An interview with rocknrollers A Million Rich Daughters
  • Lyrics, illustrations, photography && more!

Letter from the Editors

To our loyal and disloyal readers,

People are still making music and art, so we still make this zine to make art and words out of the art and words others make. A regurgitation of sorts. An ordered, tabbed, aligned, italicized, bolded, kerned, edited, paginated, collated, folded, stapled, purchased regurgitation. But we can look at the regurgitation and see beauty in the transformation, sort like the pretty yellows, pinks, and reds one may appreciate after a good puke.

A big thanks to all who took part in the regurgitation; all of this issue’s contributors are amazing. We interview with multifaceted performer Glamhag, discuss bathrooms, taste the memories of a drummer turned poet, get lost in a photograph, read a magical/unmagical poem, interview with Participatory Music Coalition about freedom and music, dig some amazing paintings, as always ingest some wacky lyrics, interview with A Million Rich Daughters, and shout out some dope folks to close it out.

This issue just about marks two years we’ve been at this, and it has been a very fun and humbling experience all around. It is so exciting to realize just how little we can grasp of the relentless commitment to art that takes just in Chciagoland. Stay warm, and see you when the spring thaws out.

In sickness and in health,

the editors

Pick up your copy at any of our stockists, find us tabling at a show, or send us an email to place an order!

Huge thank you to all of our contributors!

Another huge thank you to everyone who participated or came to the fashion show release party! We’ll be posting pics soon!

Flyer by Ben Karas.
From the TSM #9 release party & fashion show on December 2nd. Garment: An Authentic Skidmark x Edaa Birthing. Model: Jesus Hilario. Photo: Eric Sowin.