Tuesday, December 11, 2012

chicago tribune

Today's Chicago Tribune features this piece on me in the Arts section. Crazy! Thanks to Christopher Borrelli for writing it and stepping into my world for a day.

Monday, December 10, 2012

laterna magica


I'm excited to have a couple of my animations included in Laterna Magica, a really wonderful looking festival organized by Fotokino. It's taking place in Marseille, France from December 5th through the 23rd.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

heads or tails loop

I made this as a little accompanying loop to Heads or Tails. I also just created a tumblr to house all my animated gifs here. I hope to start posting new short loops there weekly, in the new year.

Crux Film excerpt

There's a really kind review of our exhibition Where'd I Leave the Thing Itself in the Chicago Journal this week, written by Phil Morehart! Alexander put together this little video excerpt above of "Crux Film," one of our animated pieces in the show.

Friday, November 30, 2012

slate book review

I had the pleasure of making illustrations for the Slate Book Review this month! There is a nice review of Heads or Tails on the site as well. Several of my illustrations for Slate are below, and more are on the site.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

where'd i leave the thing itself

This Friday Nov. 30th from 6 to 9pm, Alexander Stewart and I have a exhibition opening at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, called Where'd I Leave the Thing Itself. All the pieces in the show are collaborative works, which we cooked up during our stays at Yaddo and Haystack this past Summer.
The main piece in the show is a looping animation called "Cruxfilm," composed of both abstract and figurative arrangements. They are held in suspense, transforming, and sometimes collapsing. "Poiple Phase" uses laser-cut slides in two 35mm slide projectors to make unpredictable combinations of text and images. There are also several works on paper, which we made by alternately adding, adjusting and subtracting elements from compositions in the studio.

We had a lot of fun with these pieces, and we hope that you will come out and see the show this weekend!

Where'd I Leave the Thing Itself
Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
November 30th - January 5

Sunday, November 25, 2012

original work available at Desert Island

All the pieces from my show Lips and Crumbs (such as the few shown here) are available for sale at Desert Island in Brooklyn! There are ten 8x10" works and 2 larger pieces, all framed. Also available is an editioned print of an excerpt from one of my comics in Heads or Tails. The image can be seen below, of this fellow getting a book sunburn. These are 11x14", signed, and printed on nice thick paper in a very limited edition of 10. To purchase or with inquiries, get in touch with Desert Island!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Desert Island and BCGF

This Thursday Nov. 8, I have an opening of original works on paper and a Heads or Tails book signing at the wonderful Desert Island in Brooklyn!

Then Saturday the 10th is the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. I've heard such good things about this fest and this will be my first time there. I will have a table there and will be selling Heads or Tails, screenprints, and other books including a couple of the pop-up ones. Come visit me!

There will also be two Eyeworks animation screenings of a program we put together for BCGF, comprised of works selected from this year's Eyeworks Festival. It will be the same program both Saturday and Sunday nights, playing at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg at 7:30pm. Not to be missed! More info is here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

50 watts!

I'm so excited to have images from Heads or Tails featured on 50 Watts, my absolute favorite site on the world wide web. The post with images from my book is here, and one should also certainly take a dip into the nearly bottomless and beauteous image archive and stay there for a good long while.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Thanks so much to everyone who attended the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2012 last weekend, and/or throughout the years! We had such a good time putting the festival together and getting to show such mind-popping animation work. For those who weren't able to catch the program of festival guest Nancy Andrews, it is highly recommended that you seek out her incredible work

 For those who will be in NY the weekend of November 10th and 11th, we will be showing a program of films from this past Eyeworks fest as part of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. It will be at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg, and more info is here!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2012

We are very excited to announce the 
2012 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation!
The fest will take place on October 27th and 28th, in downtown Chicago.
The lineup, dates/times, & online tickets are available on the festival website: www.eyeworksfestival.com

We are so honored to have worked with Sonnenzimmer on our posters (above) and Ivan Brunetti on our festival programs (below).
Here is the preview trailer to whet your appetite:

See you at the fest!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

adventure time

I had the pleasure of creating this Adventure Time cover for issue #12 of the comic series from Boom! Studios. I really enjoyed getting to draw these characters, especially the Ice King, who I suspect must be a long lost relative of Woodsman Pete.

Monday, October 8, 2012

book preview video

Fantagraphics posted one of their great preview videos of Heads or Tails

Friday, September 14, 2012


I'll be at SPX in MD this weekend, signing copies of Heads or Tails! The Fantagraphics signing schedule is here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

fall arts guide

The Chicago Reader Fall Arts Guide lists Heads or Tails as one of the 5 Best Bets for Fall Books with a very kind write-up, and the Afterimage exhibition is also listed as a best bet in the Visual Arts section!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


 Afterimage is about to descend on Chicago, starting tonight! Afterimage is a series of exhibitions in Chicago, all centered around artists who have been influenced by the work of the Chicago Imagists, masterfully curated by Thea Liberty Nichols and Dahlia Tulett-Gross. Tonight the 6th is the first Afterimage satellite exhibition opening at the Center for Book and Paper Arts, where my recent animation Like A Lantern will be playing on loop alongside the work of some really great Chicago painters, printers, and book artists.

Then next Friday, September 14th, there will be the main event at the DePaul Art Museum, which should be mind-melting! My animation Bleedin' Heart will be playing on loop there, and I'll also have my animation Head Garden screening at the Joan Flash Artists' Book Collection at SAIC for the Afterimage satellite event there the same day.

Whew! Chicago will be neck-deep in Afterimage, starting tonight.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

heads or tails!

First peek!!! This is my new book Heads or Tails, a 200 page collection of my short stories from Mome and other anthologies from the past five years, as well as some new pieces. It can be pre-ordered from Fantagraphics here and will be debuted at SPX, where I will be too.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Since February I've been contributing illustrations to Rookie, an absolutely wonderful online magazine for teenage girls (and also soon to be in print). I wish I had access to something like this back when I was a younger lass! The illustration above was for a piece called In Defense of Doing Nothing, and here's another illustration I made recently for a Rookie report on visits to various psychics around Los Angeles. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

the guardian

I made a 2-page silent comic for a special issue of The Guardian, on the theme of a cartoonist's view of the world we live in. Above is a snippet of the full thing posted here on The Guardian's site. You can check out the great pieces from the other contributing cartoonists here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

blown covers!

I'm very honored to have had my work featured on the wonderful Blown Covers site yesterday! You can check out the site here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

post cake

The inaugural Chicago Alternative Comics Expo was such a wonderful and inspiring time! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Eyeworks Double Vision screening and to chat at the table, and huge thanks of course to the brilliant CAKE organizers. The pic above is of the comics I got my hands on, and there were even more I had planned to seek out had I not gotten lost in the whirlwind of the fest! My plan for the day is to lie on the floor in the 90+ degree weather and read all of these.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, is happening this weekend!  June 16th and 17th, 1104 S Wabash, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm. Free and Open to the Public!

I will have a table there, and will also be co-presenting (as Eyeworks) a screening called Double Vision on the theme of comics and animation. Should be a great screening, here's the official info: 

1:30pm – 3:00pm, 8th Floor Auditorium

Comics and Animation 
with a Q and A featuring Jo Dery, Jim Trainor, Amy Lockhart, Nate Beaty and Marc Bell. 
Curated by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. The unique kinship of Comics to Cartoons is undeniable, and yet, hard to put your finger on. Chicago’s Eyeworks Animation Festival has handpicked a screening of work focusing on this not-so-secret love affair. 

Nicolas Mahler - Mystery Music
Stefan Gruber - Both Worlds
Peter Larsson - The People and the Whale
Sally Cruikshank - Quasi at the Quackadero
Amy Lockhart - The Collagist
Jo Dery - Chapter 3
Jim Trainor - Harmony
Jesse McManus - Buoy Boy
Trixy Sweetvittles - La Mujer Lagartija
Nate Beaty - Warble and Bleat
Dash Shaw - The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD
David O'Reilly - Please Say Something

 I also decided to try to teach myself some pop-up techniques and make a little popup comic/zine/book thing this week in preparation for the CAKE fest. As I should have assumed, it has proven to be very time consuming, so who knows how many copies I'll have completed by this weekend... At the rate I'm going, I'm guessing no more than 3. Anyhow, here are some snaps of what some of the pages look like:

See y'all at CAKE!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I fiiiinally got around to updating / restructuring my website!

Monday, May 7, 2012

runner runner

This is a peak at the comic I made for the back cover of the collection Runner Runner that Tugboat Press published for Free Comic Book Day, which was on May 5 (I should have posted about it before this date, but I have been in the wilds of Wisconsin the past couple days, away from the internet). It's a wonderful collection of 26 cartoonists on 32 pages, with an emphasis on maximizing the space of a single page. More info is over at Tugboat Press!

Friday, April 27, 2012

big youth II

The exhibition Big Youth II : News From Chicago opens tonight at Bourouina Gallery in Berlin! The show was curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey of Chicago's Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery. I'm very honored to be included and wish I could be there myself. If you are in Berlin tonight, stop by!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

moving holds at western exhibitions

 still frame from looping animation Everything Must Go

I'm very excited about my upcoming solo show Moving Holds opening at Gallery 2 of Western Exhibitions on Friday April 20th. I'll have two new looping animations and works on paper. More info on the show is here, and here are a couple more images from it:

Debris Gerry

 Debris Jill

still frame from looping animation In Suspense

Thursday, March 29, 2012

watershed film

I created a couple animated segments for a new documentary called Watershed. Info on the movie is here: watershedmovie.com, and the trailer is below: