Guild Literary Complex

The Guild Literary Complex invites you to join us for our third annual benefit “Illuminate,” to be held  Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-9pm at the new DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. This year’s theme is the art and craft of graphic novels and begins with cocktails and appetizers (6:30) followed by a panel discussion on the intersection of word and image with graphic novelists Nicole Hollander, Audrey Niffenegger, C. Spike Trotman and Chris Ware (starting at 7:30). Note: Parking validation for discounted rate available at nearby Dominick’s (on Sheffield, just south of Fullerton) – get ticket stamped at Museum.

Ticket levels – choose your contribution level to reserve your space:

Champion(s) at $200 per person ($210 at the door)
Supporter(s) at $125 per person ($135 at the door)
Friend(s) at $75 per person ($85 at the door)
Students at $20 per person (limited availability)
Recession-buster at $50 per person (no longer available)
Space is limited!

Note: a small number of tickets will be available at the door – credit cards will be accepted (via our online Paypal button) but cash or check are preferred.

Or if you can’t attend but still want to contribute an amount of your choice, click our Paypal donate button:


Nicole Hollander is best known for her  cartoon strip SYLVIA, which appears daily and  weekly in more than 30 newspapers across  the country, including The Boston Globe,  The Berkeley Daily Planet, Women’s eNews  Online and The Houston Chronicle (online).


Audrey Niffenegger’s most recent graphic  book is The Night Bookmobile, originally  serialized in the London Guardian in 2008.  Her first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife,  (MacAdam/Cage, 2003) was a New York  Times bestseller and received a British Book  Award in 2005 and was adapted into a movie  by New Line Cinema in 2009.


C. Spike Trotman – Spike is not an alias.  After moving to Chicago Spike began making  webcomics: “Sparkneedle” was experimental,  “Lucas and Odessa” was slice of life, and  “Templar, Arizona” is culture fiction. Her other  comic projects include “Poorcraft,” a comic  book guide to living well on less, and “Smut  Peddler,” a woman-friendly, lady-centric  comic book porno anthology.


Chris Ware’s graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan  – the Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon, 2000)  received an American Book Award in 2000  and the Guardian First Book Award in 2001.  Ware is also a contributor to The New Yorker  and was the cartoonist chosen to inaugurate  the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section in late 2005.

Although this isn’t a signing event, some of the author’s books will be available for sale at this event from Barbara’s Bookstore.


The Guild Literary Complex appreciates your support, especially during these challenging times. The Guild is a 501(c)3 organization. The amount of your contribution, less the per-person cost of $20.00 should you attend, may be considered a charitable contribution tax deductible within the limits set forth by law.