For the month of January\, the MCA presents an exhibition of the work of four young\, Chicago-based cartoonists and animators: Jeffrey Brown\, Lilli Carré\, Paul Hornschemeier\, and Anders Nilsen. In their ow n unique styles each of these artists expands and challenges the conventio ns of a visual art form for which Chicago continues to be renowned: the co mic book.

Jeffrey Brown's autobiographical wo rks examines modern relationships with discomforting detail and intimacy. His comics are drawn in a deliberately awkward and simple style that heig htens both the emotional impact and charming humor of the stories. Each co mic is written and drawn in an individual sketchbook\, and Brown is showin g a selection of these original books as part of the exhibition. 
< br />Lilli Carré is an animator and cartoonist who has pr oduced a series of celebrated comics\, illustrations\, and hand-drawn\, an imated short films. Her work combines an elegant visual style with ellipti cal narratives that are imbued with an absurdist\, and at times\, unsettli ng humor. Along with a series of original illustrations\, the exhibition i ncludes a selection of Carré's short films. 

Paul Hor nschemeier's widely acclaimed comics incorporate complex\, self-r eferential narrative structures that knowingly appropriate various comic b ook styles. A selection of his original blue graphite and ink drawings are on display.

Using a sparse aesthetic and narrative style\, < strong>Anders Nilsen creates existentialist fables that revolve ar ound the interactions between animals (birds and dogs) and young men. Nils en shows a selection of original graphite and ink drawings from his recent ly completed 600-page comic Big Questions\, which is to be publis hed by Drawn and Quarterly in 2011.

LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)\,220 East Chicago Ave \nChicago\, IL 60611 SUMMARY:New Chicago Comics\, Jeffrey Brown\, Lilli Carré\, Paul Hornschemei er\, Anders Nilsen END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR