By Krystal DiFronzo

Chloë Perkis’s comics explore issues of self-love, attachment, and acceptance through a squeaky vinyl S&M veneer. Her protagonists are demanding in their statuesque presence and extreme emotional outpourings. The very on-display bodies of these characters, with their lush leg hair and bared genitals, feel at home with  contemporaries such as Heather Benjamin, or even Julie Doucet. Her bold use of color and dynamic one page layouts feel like the offspring of Imagists such as Karl Winsum and Christina Ramberg. Her new book Needy will be debuting next Saturday at Chicago Zine Fest ( EDIT: Needy will be debuting at TCAF in Toronto, Perkis will still be tabling at CZF ). Chicago Zine Fest’s Zine Exhibition is May 6th at Union Plumber’s Hall (1340 W. Washington) from 11am-6 pm.

Chloë’s work is available for purchase at her web store (she also makes incredible ceramics). Check out her website as well. The complete list of exhibitors as well as programming for Chicago Zine Fest can be seen on their website.