Kedzie Avenue Scrapbook

Find regular updates below on what our team is planning, scheming, writing and sketching—a digital scrapbook, of sorts. Check this page Wednesdays for process sketches, pencils, inks, color tests, location notes, script excerpts, and other pieces from the making of Kedzie Avenue as the book comes together. Use the hashtag #KedzieAve to drop us a line with any suggestions, comments, criticisms, or, as is always welcome, compliments.

Kedzie Avenue is set to hit shelves in 2016 via Chicago independent publisher Curbside Splendor. For more info on the book sign up for our quarterly newsletter, shoot us an email at or check out our December 2014 Kickstarter for the project.

May 20, 2016:

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May 6, 2016:

Pre-edited script, chapter 1, part 1:

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April 22, 2016

100 Years on Kedzie Ave, 1830-1930

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April 8, 2016

Kedzie Ave, circa 1871

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March 31, 2016

Boy and dogs, Humboldt Park

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March 2, 2016:

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February 11, 2016:

Thank you from the Kedzie underpass in Avondale, Chicago, Il.

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February 4, 2016:

The 30-page #KedzieAve preview booklet is almost here…

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January 11, 2016:

The pages are piling up.

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December 30, 2015:

Our last post of 2015! Look out for “Kedzie Avenue” later this year.

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November 4, 2015:

The classic car of a certain bakery in Humboldt Park.

October 13, 2015: Ed Willis in East Garfield Park #inktober

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October 6, 2015: Humboldt Park, Chicago, in fall #inktober.

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September 8, 2015: The Winston Towers on Kedzie Ave in West Ridge.

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September 1, 2015: Just some of the faces along Kedzie Ave.

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August 25, 2015: Color test for the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers at the Logan Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.

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August 19, 2015: The former giant baseball at Thillens Stadium once stood at 6404 N. Kedzie Ave. The lot is now simply known as “The Stadium at Devon and Kedzie.”


August 12, 2015: A Kedzie Avenue building study in North Park.


August 4, 2015: Brothers and sisters from Our Lady of the Angels do a “Motown Karaoke” night near Kedzie Avenue from time to time — the robed ministers host a food pantry and neighborhood dinner that is free and open to the public. The set of process materials below is one example of how photos of people and places from Chicago neighborhoods begin to translate to sketches and draft illustration in Kedzie Avenue.


July 28, 2015: Call it the “City of the Century.” This set of thumbnails and deleted frames takes a look at a history of brick-making on Kedzie Avenue — and how the industry ultimately helped build a booming metropolis.

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July 22, 2015: A set of thumbnails from the northern end of Kedzie Avenue in Albany Park. This scene compares public life at the Kedzie and Lawrence Ave. intersection through time based on pubic records and historic photos of the block. The panels show that, while the architecture of the block has remained roughly consistent, the style of food and dress, modes of communication and accessible technologies have visibly evolved on the intersection since the 1930s.

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