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Onsmith + Nudd Level Eater 6.66 summons you… The sixth annual edition of the fantasy art and gaming event, Level Eater, takes place on January 23, 2016 from 5pm-midnight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Come play Dungeons & Dragons with some of Chicago’s great Dungeon Masters! We’ll teach and play the new (5th Edition) of the game, using it to fight evil and save the land.

Everything you need to play is provided for the event — but bring cash for beer, nosh, and maybe a magical treasure to help you in your quest against the Six Dire Demons

Level Eater 6.66 features work by: Onsmith + Nudd, Catie Olson, Dillon Yothers, Erin Page, Barnaby Strueve, Albert Ugarte, Jake Meyers and others.

The Dönermen Food Truck will be vending Teutonic street eats, and a mystery live performance is scheduled to amaze you. Extremely limited edition Level Eater 6.66 hoodies and merch will be available, too.

Admission is $25. Entrance includes your choice of a Level Eater 6.66 T-shirt or a silk screen poser printed by our friends at Teetsy. You will also receive a complementary Level Eater ale made exclusively for this event by 3 Floyds and Marz Community Brewing Co. This past weekend 4 troubled heroes started a quest for a cursed treasure. Thus began the prequel to our annual Level Eater Show. Have a listen.


This past weekend 4 troubled heroes started a quest for a cursed treasure. Thus began the prequel to our annual Level Eater Show. Have a listen.

If you wish to battle the Six Dire Demons during the live roleplaying session beginning at 8pm please sign up at the show or email to be put on the RSVP list and read on..

The Six Dire Demons vex and hex and bedevil the land.

They are the children of a hellish demigod, aspects of forbidden might and profane power loosed upon us by the hubris of wicked warlords — and the promise of treasure.

We battle not for riches, not for glory, but to save the land and its people from a generation of darkness that shall corrupt us all if these enemies see their plans fulfilled. Our only hope is to confront them all at once with steel and spells and wits — to bring the demons down before they can warn each other and unite to destroy our lands.

We must defeat them. We have one night to band together into six groups of adventurers, one night to strike, one night to save the land from evil.

And so we seek brave and hearty souls to carry blades and wield magic against these foes.

More than that, we need heroes and heroines of cunning and courage, for the Six Dire Demons are not only fearsome but conniving and ingenious themselves. Each of them is a shade, a facet of ancient power, one lingering aspect of a dead demigod. They are:

• The Lord of Fury • The Cat of a Thousand Deaths • The Baron of Blood and Bone • The Brilliant Countess of Acheron • The Thrice-Dead Witch • The Beautiful Horror
  Proceeds of the Level Eater 6.66 show go to building WLPN, Lumpen Radio



Show off your love for Lumpen Radio!

From December 1 - December 15, we are selling limited edition LUMPEN RADIO MERCHANDISE to raise funds to finally get us on the air. You’re gonna love this stuff!


Lumpen 126 Third Annual Comics Issue

We are super pleased to release the third annual all-comics issue of Lumpen magazine, including comic work by groundbreaking local and international artists. This issue has a loose theme of "Radio" which correlates to the launch 105.5 WLPN, a brand new non-commercial radio station based out of Bridgeport that showcases underground and innovative programming and feature distinctly curated music from a variety of genres as well as cultural commentary, not unlike the variety of comics and artists in Lumpen magazine.

With comics by:

David Alvarado, Sharmila Banerjee, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Mark Connery, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Sarah Ferrick, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Andrew Holmquist, Clay Hickson, Lyra Hill, Emily Hutchings, Juliacks, Blaise Larmee, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Jason Overby, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Aaron Renier, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor, Matthew Thurber, Tim Tvedt, Two Tone Comix, Lale Westvind, Gina Wynbrandt, Leslie Wiebeler, Mickey Zachilli

Download the issue: Lumpen 126 Third Annual Comics Issue


Lumpen 125 ( Summer 2015 ) Placetakers and Placemakers

Lumpen #125 takes a look at the issues of gentrification, development and revitalization in our communities. Using the lenses of Placemaking and Placetaking we hope to provide advice to those of you working towards building healthy neighborhoods and spaces.

What is Placemaking and Placetaking?

Placemaking is a community-based approach to urban revitalization and the shaping of public spaces. It brings together artists, designers, planners and neighbors in order to create places that help build healthy and vibrant communities.

Placetaking refers to the processes of gentrification and displacement that so often arise when placemaking projects are implemented. It occurs when these projects pander to the wealthy and privileged, such that the disadvantaged find themselves forced out of their neighborhoods and public spaces.

Issue 125 Editorial Team: Kyle Gaffin, Sara McCall & Dan Sloan

Contributors: Nate Beaty, Danielle Chenette, Julia Cole, Matt David, Crystal DiFronzo, Charles Festa, Kyle Gaffin, Brandon Howe, Nance Klehm, David Krueger, Jason Kunesh, Benjamin Marcus, Brie McGuire, Charlie Megna, Brian Meir, Jessi Meliza, Kelly Reaves, Krisann Rehbein, Eddy Rivera, Sean Starowitz, Trubble Club, Charles Vinz, Lale Westvind.

Designed by Alex Dougherty


Lumpen Radio (WLPN) is a non commercial radical radio station from Chicago ( on 105.5fm) that showcases innovative ideas, plays highly curated music, and broadcasts commentary on the issues of our day. WLPN spotlights the hidden parts of the city we love, amplifying its voices and sounds. We are a station for the people that live and work in the city, people everywhere that love Chicago's underground cultures, and people who love the idea of freeform radio wherever they are.


Do you want to help build the most radical radio station in Chicagoland and the world? Did you know we are a non profit, all volunteer station? We need your help to make the best community radio station since Pump Up the Volume. Please help us to make Lumpen Radio Live On The Air.

PMI must raise just over $100,000 to create the FM radio station and pay a part time staff to coordinate programming, business development, and manage the technology and engineering to maintain the radio signal and web radio stream. The good news is that since 2001 Public Media Institute has been a 501(c) 3 non profit corporation that may receive tax-deductible charitable contributions from individuals and corporations.


The Lumpen Guide to Chicago Jagoffs

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Issue #24 : The Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs
Tuesday, February 26, 2015 • 6pm ti 2am
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st Street Chicago Il 60608

Join us election night (Tuesday, Feb 24) as we launch issue #124: the Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs. Come hear contributors from across Chicago read their entries about the people, places, and practices (past and present) that constitute representative jagoffery. The night will feature up-to-the-minute political commentary by our panel of pundits as the elections unfold. And original art for sale by Dmitry Samarov produced for the Guide will be on display and for sale. Please stop by and grab few copies or a bundle and share the Jagoff guide with your friends.

The Guide was edited by Bill Savage and Paul Durica who crowd sourced contributions from across the city.

Contributors include: Randy Bushwa, Chris Brotherton, Jerry Boyle, Joe Bryl, Andrés Carrasquillo, Paul Dailing, Amy Beth Danzer, Charlie Davis, John Dudas, Paul Durica, Marc Fischer, V. Francone, Amy Friedman, Pawel Grajnert, Honna Eichler George, Peter Hand, Ed Herrmann, Hugh Iglarsh, Nick Jaeger, Yana Kunichoff, Matt Lauritzen, Carol LaChapelle, Ian Morris, Jarrett Neal, Max Norton, Robert O'Connor, LuAnn Paladino, Joseph S. Pete, Christopher Peterson, Rachel, Greg Salustro, Dmitry Samarov, Bill Savage, Tom Schneider, Christopher Sholes, John Shuster, August Spies, W.R. Logan Sq. , Jamie Trecker, Vincent Truman, Katharine Uhrich, Shanna van Volt, Sam Weiner, Julie Welsh, Mary Zerkel and others.

Comics by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, Eddy Rivera, George Porteus, Nate Beaty, Sarah Leitten, Grant Reynolds, Kevein Budnik, Krystal Difronzio, Mike Carretta and Nate McDonough.

While the results are slowly coming in on election day, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar will also be hosting it's own Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha, where we will feature a specialty designated drink for each of the major candidates involved. Every specialty candidate drink consumed will be given one vote for that candidate. We will tabulate the votes at midnight and name the winner of the Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha. We cannot say if these results will reliably reflect either the popularity of the candidates or the drinks. The Rahm-ifications are endless.


Lumpen Magazine issue 123

Lumpen Magazine #123 : Meet Your Makers
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This is our "Makers" edition of the magazine and focuses on the work of some rad local small manufacturers, artists and artisans.

We are entering our 24th of year of making this little family magazine and it was edited by a new crop of Lumpens: Sara McCall, Emma Saperstein, and Dan Sloan.

The issue features interviews with: Angela Venarchik, Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals), Julie Ghatan, Doug Kaplan & Max Allison of Hausu Mountain, Kelsey Dalton & Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs, Dusan Katić of Katić Breads, Coyote DeGroot of Labrabbit Optics, Dave Rand of Local Foods, John Taylor Wallace & Emily Moorhead of Metal Magic Interiors, Nancy Klehm of The Ground Rules, Pablo Ramirez of Pilsen Outpost, Jes Skolnik of Pure Joy, Dan Salls of The Salsa Truck, Shirley Kienitz & Jenny Stadler Wolfbait & B-Girls, Marie Akerman of Working Bikes and Blake Sloane formerly of Rebuilding Exchange.

Lumpen #123 also features the usual world class comic art you expect from us including ork by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Bertin, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, David Alvarado, Eric Rivera, Grant Reynolds, Jason T Miles, Joe Tallarico, Krystal DiFornzo Leslie Wiebeler, Nate Beaty and Sarah Leitten.



Brian Mier Slow Ride

Lumpen Publishing presents:

Slow Ride - By Brian Mier -
ISBN: 978-0-9905023-0-2

[ Purchase as a Blurb Book

We are pleased to announce the occassion of printing our first Lumpen novel. It is by Brian Mier, a long time contibutor and Editor of Lumpen magazine.

Brian Mier grew up on the North Side of Chicago and has lived in Brazil since 1999. He is currently a policy analyst at the Centro de Direitos Economicos e Sociais. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the national directorate of the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum (FNRU). He has worked with the Landless Peasants Movement (MST) and was a two time speaker at the World Social Forum. Brian has written extensively on Brazilian news and culture for the underground press over the years. His writing has appeared in Lumpen and Vice, and elsewhere.

About SlowRide

A double-trailer rig winds its way slowly through the Brazilian countryside. Zeca, an old-fashioned, macho truck driver decides to break up with his wife. As he drives along, his niece ridicules his sexist ways. Slow Ride is an anti-adventure travel story created through mixing audio transcriptions of a real truck ride with fictional and expository passages. Inspired by Sam Miller's "Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity", it finds the humor in mundane events and offers a window into Brazil, a country struggling to reconcile the old with the new.


mash tun journal

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