brain frame 7


Leslie Weibeler colored her comic John Blaze, about a horse who is kidnapped by a demigod, made immortal, and kept as a slave, with strange, soft, and inscrutable images; adjectives also applicable to the sound scape she created live, mixing field recordings of bicycles, fireworks, power drilling and other annonymous noises at Brain Frame 7 on July 28th, 2012.

[Some pages from John Blaze are viewable in Leslie’s photostream at a higher resolution]

Video thanks to Jenna Caravello, Ryan Gleeson, and Maren Celest.


Andy Burkholder accompanied his abstract, dialog-free, cop chase comic with a variety of electronic instruments and amplified objects at Brain Frame 7 on July 28th, 2012.

Video thanks to Jenna Caravello, Ryan Gleeson, and Maren Celest.


The heady spirit of underground, alternative, and/or experimental comics, shaken and poured over the glistening, ice cold rocks of interpretive presentation and/or performance; you are handed this cocktail in a glass, bubbling to match your own effervescence, as the crowd around you gawks, laughs, sighs, and/or is moved.

Andy Burkholder
Mairead Case [presenting a collaboration with David Lasky]
Lyra Hill
Ian McDuffie
Nicholas O'Brien
Leslie Weibeler

With obelisk dicks, Magic: The Gathering, harsh noise, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Berkin, autobiographical self-destruction, celebratory champagne, and live music by Tyson Torstenson.

10pm on Saturday, July 28th, 2012. 1542 N Milwaukee, 2nd floor, $7.

NOTE: Wicker Park Fest is occurring the same weekend. Guests are advised against trying to drive. The festival ends at 10pm, which is when Brain Frame starts.

Poster by Edie Fake and Lyra Hill.


Lyra Hill performed the first half of her upcoming comic Recent Days, an autobiographical descent into self-destruction and debauchery, with the help of friends mostly playing themselves, including: Ross Meckfessel, Sara Drake, Bryan Wendorf, Ben Bertin, Orla McHardy, Michael Morrill, Gina Wynbrandt, Jeremy Tinder, and Ziyuan Wang; Tyson Torstensen, who also scored the downtime between performances, built a live soundtrack of spacey synth music and frightening sound effects; this herculean effort debuted at Brain Frame 7 on July 28th, 2012, and will conclude at Brain Frame 10, in January, 2013.

Photos thanks to Jen Clar and Jessica Pierotti.