This Sunday night is the Dweebutante Ball! Chicago Game Lovers (who are also on Facebook and Twitter) are celebrating their 10th anniversary, with a garden of gamely delights, and they’re donating the proceeds to Chicago Loot Drop!
The folks of Cantina Forward have put together a great lineup of events to celebrate a decade of what has become a mainstay of the Chicago gaming scene. Not only will there be scheduled and open gaming of both the board and video varieties from noon onward, but there will also be food, beer, costumes, belly dancing, a graphic novel reading, podcasting, and improv!
And the winner is ... The Brainiac!
Drawn by Angela, Age 15
Re-interpreted by Heidi Foland
Our other entrants also did a fantastic job. Many thanks to both the children and our amazing artists for their contributions!
Trixie The Purple Pixie
Drawn by Miriam, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Jenny Frison
Drawn by Ryan, Age 15
Re-interpreted by Ryan Browne
Drawn by Gabriel, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Tim Seeley
Drawn by Lindsay, Age 11
Re-interpreted by Jim Terry
Date: May 5th, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Public House Theatre (map)
Chicago Loot Drop will be teaming up with The Nerdologues for a night that will be one part sketch comedy and one part sing-a-long to the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit. Come join us for what is sure to be a night of great mirth, singing the songs of Middle Earth!
Sketch Show Details:
Imagine a world where the Cubs keep doing better and better. With their success, the darkness of Wrigleyville spreads, raising the drink prices higher and higher at every bar in the city. The Nerdologues, finding themselves caught up in this blue-and-red-tinted evil, journey forth as any true adventuring party would - to find cheaper drinks, the source of the madness, and ultimately ... themselves. After all, the greatest adventure is the one that lies ahead or something.
That's right, we said it. Sing-a-long! Join us as we go down, down to Goblin-town and start roll-roll-rolling down the hole! We think that 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit was one of the best adaptations of Tolkien's classic verse to song. With such classics as "The Greatest Adventure" and "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees", and the epic vocal talents of Glenn Yarborough and Thurl Ravenscroft, it's one of the soundtracks we remember most fondly from our childhood. So let's together raise our classes and crack the plates, because that's what Bilbo Baggins hates!
Great news, Loot Droppers!
We’re planning some new activities for Chicago’s nerd mecca – the one and only C2E2 (the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo)! We spend much of the year just looking forward to April, when tens of thousands of nerds descend upon the mighty McCormick Place for one weekend, transforming it into a truly magical place full of comic book idols, cosplay heroes and entertainment icons too numerous to fathom. And this year, we have even more to be excited about. For within C2E2’s hallowed halls, we've got our own booth (Booth 1538!), from which we will be kicking off our most ambitious and exciting project yet. We’re calling it…
For Drawing Dreams, we will work be working directly with Comer Children’s Hospital and a handful of their patients. These kids will submit their own written and/or hand-drawn response to these questions: “If you could be a super hero, what sort of hero would you be? What powers would you have and what would you use them for?” We will collect and review these submissions, displaying a selection of the most detailed and well-crafted responses at our C2E2 booth, where convention attendees can vote on their favorite submission, with each vote requiring a small donation. The child who gets the most votes wins a shiny new Nintendo 3DS! Each child’s submission will also be partnered with an artist, who will create their own rendering of the child’s submission. These one-of-a-kind pieces will be displayed alongside the children’s work, and will be available for purchase only to C2E2 attendees, via silent auction. You read that right, we’re going to have one-of-a-kind art from amazing local artists, which you can only get from Chicago Loot Drop! Here's a bit more about the fantastically generous artists who so graciously agreed to participate.
TIM SEELEY is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I JOE, HALLOWEEN, THE DARK ELF TRILOGY, EXILES, and WILDCATS. His writing work includes LOVEBUNNY & MR.HELL, LOADED BIBLE and ANT-MAN/WASP. He is most known for Revival & HACK/SLASH, which he considers a blessing/curse. There’s that slash again. He resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Gina, and a closet full of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE figures. Check out his blog at timseeleyart.blogspot.com.
Jenny Frison is a comic book cover artist and a member of Chicago's Four Star Studios. She has worked for Image, Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, Dynamite, Top Cow, IDW, and others! She is currently creating covers for Image's REVIVAL series.
Ryan Browne (pronounced Brown) is an American comic-bookmen who once used his own sock to wipe pizza from his face when no napkin was present. When not cleaning his face or his pizza stained socks, he writes and draws the questionable comics "God Hates Astronauts" and "Blast Furance: Recreational Thief". In addition, he co-created and drew the spaghetti and western free Spaghetti Western known as "Smoke and Mirrors" for IDW and is the often confused fill-in artist on "The Manhattan Projects" from Image Comics. Currently he is taking over as second banana artist of "Bedlam"—which coincidentally is also published by Image Comics. As of writing this his face is happily pizza free, but the day is young my friends. The day is young...
You can check out his highly questionable web-comic at www.godhatesastronauts.com and follow his wild swearing on Twitter and Instagram @ryanbrowneart.
Jim Terry is a Chicago-based cartoonist/writer who has worked on THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES and numerous independent titles including LIE DOWN LOW and COMA D. CLOWN. You can see his work at www.woundedbutdangerous.com.
An Illustration graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Heidi is currently working for the local Chicago game design industry as a freelance illustrator and professional lurker.
We’ll see you there! Find us at booth 1538.
Support Chicago Loot Drop and laugh your face off on Tuesday, 3/26! We're partnering with Democracy Burlesque, where "only the politics are naked," for one night only, with proceeds from the show benefiting Chicago Loot Drop. If you like political satire, you'll love this show. Get tickets now and use coupon code M26LOOTDROP at checkout to ensure they know that Chicago Loot Drop sent you!
World of Class Warfare: Sketch Comedy For Every Tax Bracket
The world is full of Haves and Have-Nots. Underemployed protesters clash with overcompensated plutocrats while everyone in between attempts to avoid the crossfire. Democracy Burlesque braves the front lines of the fracas to satirize it all in its first show of 2013, WORLD OF CLASS WARFARE: SKETCH COMEDY FOR EVERY TAX BRACKET!
Join DB’s ACTORS OF EVIL -- along with an array of special comedy and musical guests -- as they examine all sides of the Class War. You can even contribute to the controversy with a witty line or two yourself! Rise up with laughter and join us at the barricades of Mary’s Attic.
DB has produced world-premiere political satire since 2006. With contributors and performers from across Chicagoland, they produce comedy & variety shows that take on the issues; education, health care, food, elections and more! Democracy Burlesque’s mission remains to create riotous comedy while raising awareness, supplies and money for a variety of Causes Célèbre: worthy nonprofit grassroots organizations. So far, they have helped more than 50 groups raise much-needed cash and awareness, and continue to do so during their 8th season.
Here's a touching letter from Comer Children's Hospital thanking our donors for their help and donations in 2012.
The Child Life and Family Education Program at Comer Children’s Hospital would like to thank you for your support this holiday season. Your contribution to our program through Chicago Loot Drop and Child’s Play Charity helped make the holidays magical for each of our hospitalized children and their families. We thought you would enjoy learning about the impact donations had during this holiday season.
The holiday season is a child’s most anticipated time of year. This time should be filled with excitement and joy. The challenges of having a hospitalized child during the holidays are unimaginable for most of us. Your generous donation helped to alleviate some of the pressures on our families during this holiday season as parents could focus more on their ill child, and less on worrying about how they will provide gifts for their children.
Whether celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, your donation made it possible for children of all religions to enjoy the magic of the season. One parent took a deep sigh of relief at the offer to receive Hanukkah gifts for her hospitalized child and his siblings. She did not expect anything at all. When the gifts were delivered she became tearful and said words could not express her gratitude.
On Christmas day, Santa brought smiles to many as he delivered gift bags to every child; from the tiniest NICU babies to the teenagers. One mom had tears of joy as gifts were delivered for her new baby girl born prematurely on Christmas Eve. Another family later stated it was a Christmas they will never forget. Their little six-year-old girl was so excited to see Santa that she became speechless. Mom said, “I’ve never seen her so quiet!” As soon as Santa left the room, she exclaimed “Santa did find me!” She immediately began to open her gifts and as Santa was later leaving the unit she ran out to give him a big hug.
Your donations helped to make the holidays a reality for our hospitalized children and families. Many of our families are faced with additional emotional and financial challenges during the holiday season. Thank you for making a difference. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in the future and welcome donations throughout the entire year.
If you purchased tickets online, your name will be on the will call list at the door. Please bring ID.
Tickets will be available at the door. Cash only.
In partnership with Child's Play, we will be screening the '90s video game-themed cult classics Street Fighter, starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia, and Mortal Kombat, starring the dude who played The Highlander. Enjoy these masterpieces of the video game film genre while imbibing choice adult beverages. And it's all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the kids at University Of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital, ensuring that their holiday wish lists are fulfilled this year.
Chicago Loot Drop is a registered Illinois 501(c)(3) Charity. All tickets are 100% tax deductible.
Now, for the first time ever, you can get your very own super-soft and indelibly awesome Chicago Loot Drop T-shirts! We've partnered with Spreadshirt to create a line of unique shirts that help you tell the world that dangnabbit, you're a Loot Dropper and proud of it. Not only will wearing these shirts grant you super powers*, but when you buy one, you can stand proud knowing that you helped support Chicago Loot Drop! That's right, a portion of each sale comes back to us, ensuring that we can continue to organize local events that are fun and charitable. And we think that's pretty cool.
*Super powers granted may include: telepathic links with llamas, the ability to psychically vaporize unwanted body hair and the ability to spontaneously generate invisible, malodorous clouds on command. Note that there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, and Chicago Loot Drop officially denies any relation between Chicago Loot Drop licensed apparel and said super powers. Still, you have to admit that they look pretty sporty.