This is an excerpt of a forthcoming zine written by a team of reporting fellows at City Bureau, a civic journalism lab in Chicago focused on serving the South and West Sides.
Welcome, once again, to the South Side Weekly’s annual Comics Issue—our third. After three years of publishing comics in a city also home to the Illustrated Press, For the People Artists Collective, Curbside Splendor, CAKE, and so much more, we’re confident Chicagoans know their city is full of stories only images can tell.
This story, presenting the oneiric passages of two kids growing up on the South Side, is a fiction piece excerpted from Carlos Matallana’s ongoing comic book project Manual of Violence, a guide on youth violence made in conversation with teens for teachers. This fall, Matallana will release the full fiction segment, which is a short interlude in the middle of Manual of Violence’s four nonfiction chapters, and plans to release the full book in February 2018.