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L.A.’s Killing Streets

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In the eyes of John Skaggs, a homicide detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, once a person becomes a murder victim, they are no longer a gang member or a prostitute or whatever else bad they may have had in their past, they are somebody's child, and they deserve justice. I would say that Ghettoside is […]

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Top Picks for Baseball Fans

MLB baseball

All the talk around this year's MLB All-Star Game has brought up a lot of personal baseball memories for me, like how I was so excited to meet Andre Dawson as a kid or how I spent 10 years of my childhood swinging a bat. I've always loved the sport and all the classic baseball movies I've seen […]

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Make Your Own Zine For International Zine Month

collage zine

Zines are no new thing. Chicago has its own Chicago Zine Fest, The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, CAKE, highlights comics and zines, and we even have workshops this summer focusing on zines. Since July is International Zine Month, why not learn how to make your own! For anyone interested in an introduction to the history and making of zines, Whatcha Mean, […]

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The Most Individual of Individual Sports


The Tour de France starts on Independence Day this year, which is fitting because most racing cyclists I've known tend to be on the fiercely independent side. Not too sure why this is: might be the hours of riding a bike alone, or being mocked for shaving their legs and wearing spandex. Whatever the reason, […]

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Impending Doom: Flood

Sunken ship beneath blue-green water

This post is the fourth in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: crushing waves, rising tide and nobody is getting on any arks. Drowned cities beneath endless blue, their ruins slowly crumbling, washing away to sand and silt. Urban fantasy favorite Francesca Lia Block brings her magic to […]

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