Team Static Did Chicago: Melody’s ‘thank you’ notes to the windy city

Static Zine was recently in Chicago for the Chicago Zine Fest to table the 6th issue, Elsewhere, which is all about other places. Managing Editor Melody Lamb recaps the experience below.

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In Jimmy Fallon-fashion, I will now take some time and write some thank you notes to the people, places and things of Chicago.

  • Thank you, The Bean, for being a giant outdoor mirror. I was able to check my make-up AND take a photo of myself without looking weird.
  • Thank you, Big Star, for filling our bellies with beer and tacos, all for under $20. You know those commercials where people look at their receipt, think that the cashier forgot to ring in half of their items, and run out before they get caught? That’s exactly how I felt. Except I was too full to run.
  • Thank you, Uncle Frank, for showing us around the city. I will always look at those bridges and think, “that’s where that Transformers scene takes place.”
  • Thank you, Chicago Zine Fair, for being a giant pile of talent.
  • Thank you, cute zine boy, for being the first person to pay for my solo zine, Hello Goodbye. I hope you enjoy my witty stories and don’t judge me too harshly. Also, my Twitter account is on the back on the zine, follow me and be my friend, please.
  • Thank you, Quimby’s, for stealing all our money. I mean, in return for all of the books and zines, but still.
  • Thank you, CTA, for tying your subway lines in a knot and calling it a loop.
  • Thank you, Rock ‘n Roll McDonald’s, for fulfilling all of my wildest fast food dreams. No thank you to the creepy guy working there who stared at me the whole time as I dropped ice cream on my dress.
  • Thank you, Chicago, for being as wonderful as I (don’t) remember. Four-year-old me might not remember much, but 22-year-old me will never forget the wonderful times we had on this trip. See you again in a few months for Pitchfork Fest!

Meet Issue 6′s contributors and find out about their Elsewheres

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Our sixth issue is full of 25 amazing contributors so we wanted to give a little introduction to them and their pieces. Meet our team, where they’re from and find out a few words about their piece in Elsewhere, out in March for Chicago Zine Fest on March 9 and mid-month throughout Toronto.


Jessica Lewis - Static Zine travelJessica Lewis
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Current City: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: other people’s postcards, 1 of my own
The description: collection of memories, not mine



Melody Lamb - Static Zine travel - NYCMelody Lamb
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: New York City, NY
The description: the most non-romantic romantic story



Aviva Cohen - Static Zine travel - SappyfestAviva Cohen
Hometown: Thornhill
Current city: Thornhill
Elsewhere: Swamp Magic, NB
The description: everybody knows this is nowhere



Marta Chudolinska - Static Zine travelMarta Chudolinska
Hometown: Hard to say…
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: Nature, wild & weird places
The description (about the cover): Moments between departure and arrival.



Isabel - Static Zine travel - Arizona, USAIsabel Salazar
Hometown: Lecheria, Venezuela
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: around the world in 35 mm
The description: Cinematic spark for globetrotters



Garry Tsaconas - Static Zine travel - Blue Lagoon, IcelandGarry Tsaconas
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: around the world in 35 mm
The description:  Cinematic spark for globetrotters



Gilles LeBlanc - Static Zine travel - ChicagoGilles LeBlanc
Hometown: Mississauga
Current City: Concord, Ontario (Vaughan)
Elsewhere: Chicago
The description: Elvis. BBQ. Lolla. Good times!



David Solomon - Static Zine travel - Minnesota David Solomon
Hometown: Brandon, FL
Current City: Brandon, FL
Elsewhere: Minnesota, Vermont, South Carolina, and Georgia
The description: Outdoor experiences from 4 states



Paige Sabourin - Static Zine travel - souvenirsPaige Sabourin
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere(s): parts of  Europe and Africa
The description:  I brought back some things



Elaine Kelly-Canning - Static Zine travel - DublinElaine Kelly-Canning
Hometown: Erin, Ontario
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Dublin, Ireland
The description: Maple Maiden Misadventures in Dublin



Robb Mirsky - Static Zine travel - elsewhereRobb Mirsky
Hometown: Richmond Hell
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: In the sky
The description:  Dreaming my life away



Nicole Bazuin - Static Zine travelNicole Bazuin
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Chalk River, Ontario
The description: Madeleine Collective blanket fort bonding



Carly Maga - Static Zine travel - IndiaCarly Maga
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Current City: Toronto, Ontario
Elsewhere: Desert outside of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
The description: Worst physical experience to date.



Carmela Ferro - Static Zine travel - ParisCarmela Ferro
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: Wilmington, NC
The description: Worrisome, Beautiful, Awkward, Amusing, Memorable



Ricky Lam - Static Zine travel - new orleansRicky Lam
Hometown: Hong Kong
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: New Orleans
The description: Ricky Eats Food in N’awlins



Amy Lam - Static Zine travel - GeorgiaAmy Lam
Hometown: Toronto / Calgary
Current city: Yellowknife!
Elsewhere: Georgia (the post-soviet country, not the state)
The description: Jetsons meets Trump meet post-communism.



Bhairavi Thanki - Static Zine travel - LondonBhairavi Thanki
Hometown: Porbandar, Gujarat AND Dubai, UAE (It’s a long, emotional story)
Current city: Toronto, Ontario
Elsewhere: London, England
The description: Finding myself in the rain



Holly Norris - Static Zine travel - the internetHolly N.
Hometown: Halifax
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: The internet.
The description: Hi stranger. Here’s my life.



Linda Paolucci - Static Zine travel - trois riviereLinda Paolucci
Hometown: Woodbridge
Current city: Uh…Woodbridge ):
Elsewhere: Trois-Rivieres
The description: Loud mouthed Anglo takes Quebec



Brian Cauley - Static Zine travel - PortlandBrian Cauley
Hometown: Whitby, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: Portland
The description: A romantic, eye-opening trip.



Claire Moshenberg - Static Zine travel - tokyoClaire Moshenberg
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Current city: San Francisco, CA
Elsewhere: Tokyo, Japan
The description: Scotch and music create conversation.



Graham Robertson - Static Zine travel - BangkokGraham Robertson
Hometown: Chester, England
Current city: Toronto, Canada
Elsewhere: Bangkok, Thailand
The description: Love, life, and past



Dylan Baldi - Static Zine travel - tour memoriesDylan Baldi
Hometown: cleveland, ohio
Current city: cleveland, ohio
Elsewhere: tour memories
The description: hot and steamy



Cam Harding - Static Zine travel - touringCameron Harding
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Touring around the US
The description: Good times had between shows