Chicagoland

Chicago was the first city I fell in love with. A city often compared to Berlin, possibly even patterned after, they both share a tremendous number greenways, parks, and bodies of water.  Another similarity is a rich history in jazz, blues, vaudeville and cabaret culture, brilliant modern architecture, and layers upon layers of complex political…

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s…

After visiting my sister and her hubs in Carbondale, Illinois I took a spontaneous side trail through Metropolis en route home. Who wouldn’t have? Metropolis has around 6,500 residents and is a center for archery, fishing, wildlife and game and is home of the Illinois’ First State Park, Fort Massac State Park, Mermet Lake State Fish…

Comic Life in Chicago

A few years ago my camera shuffled off this mortal coil and in the interim between that day and purchasing a new one, I had a lot of fun doodling little comics about the weird and goofy things that happen to me. At first they began on napkins with nice notes for strangers and waitresses,…

Brrrrwyn, Illinois

The first time I met Jimbo Matthus was in Knoxville, Tennessee when his band Squirrel Nut Zippers, one of my long time favourites, performed at the lovely Bijou Theatre. We struck up a conversation about their tour and my band/vaudeville ensemble and our cover of their song “Low Down Man.” As we spoke, a crowd…