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Comic expo features anime, scifi, video From the Coliseum by Terence Byrsa ........ 5
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Editor & Publisher Kristina Zaremba Features
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Clean air, coal and the city by John Campos ................................................................. 6

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Arts & Culture Commentary
C2E2: Comic
expo features From the Coliseum
By Terence Byrsa
anime, scifi, Contributor
You can’t enjoy the full effects of the Parade
unless you’re lit!
video games I heard a woman telling her friends this
as I sat in a lounge chair near Broadway

& visual art

and Halsted before the Pride Parade began
in 2008. For me, this summarizes the issue
of the Parade, specifically, and of being
By Philip Hayek homosexual in Chicago in the 21st Century,
Contributor in general.
BAM! POW! KICK! PUNCH! The world of comic books has Photos from Creative Commons
I’ve attended the last three Parades and
come a long way, Chicago, and the weekend of April 16-18, our each time it’s like I’ve been transported by the way). We are human beings living on
city was host of the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, the to some bizarre dimension where a Notre fall into the gutter as the party prances by. this planet like everyone else.
C2E2, at McCormick Place. This event was launched in response to Dame football tailgater has met Caligula. The human rights issues that the Parade The Cause of rights and our happi-
the faith, desire and requests from those die-hard comic fans who Bikini-clad boytoys gyrating on Red Eye- is supposed to be upholding has got to be ness and freedom depend on us stepping
made the New York Comic Con such a famous success. Yes, it’s sponsored floats and sunglassy-eyed onlook- incarnated by more than just a lone man forward, off the parade route, living as full
the New York Comic Con guys, but this is Chicago, and the C2E2 ers swaggering up and down the sidewalks walking in the procession with a sign read- members of our respective cities, states and
kicked ass…Chicago-style. have overshadowed this alleged day of ing “I’m a victim of a hate crime” and one nations with our gifts and talents. If not,
Let me begin by saying to anyone reading this who may find remembrance. couple sitting in the back of a convertible we risk dying in the sand of the Coliseum,
themselves in the city between April 8-10, 2011—check out the The ancient Romans held 150 days holding a “Just Married” sign. I admire the daggers plunged deep into us; or worse, we
C2E2. That’s right, it’s already scheduled for a comeback, same Chi- worth of “games” in the Coliseum to honor courageous who march in this way; I’ve neglect our duty to raise our communities
time, same Chi-location. emperors after they died. These events been one of the inactive actors on the cul- out of the darkness of bigotry and fiddle
Comic book fans, anime fans, memorabilia collectors and movie degenerated into a saturation bombing tural stage but see them as my inspiration. while Rome burns.
buffs alike all found themselves at home and among friends. There of blood and gluttony. So with us, we risk This is where the refocus needs to be. We In the words of Alfred Douglas (Wilde’s
were previews from Marvel and DC; demos of new Nintendo DS losing the deeper truth of the day – from all would be better served and serve better companion “Bosie”), We are Nature’s stepsons.
games; memorabilia from the “Iron Man” movie; the Batmobile Stonewall to the imprisonment of Oscar by taking up a little more of the mantle of Stepchildren we may be, but we are rightful
from the ‘60s TV show, right next to the Delorean from “Back to Wilde to the murder of Matthew Shepard, The Cause. The LGBTQ community has heirs along with everyone else. It’s time we
the Future.” There were artists displaying their work (some taking and everything that has come before and been told by the “straight” culture that we claim our status by stepping up and being
commissions), a tower of novelty T-shirts and totally badass Samu- Photos and video by Philip Hayek since – we might just be letting The Cause are “crooked” (that’s the opposite of straight, seen and heard in the stadium of humanity.
rai swords for sale.

Members of the Windy City Jedi duel with lightsabers. CLICK
Seemingly-endless expert panels and performances filled all
Academic freedom
Write a
three days of the expo. On Sunday, they auctioned off various props to see the Grid-original video of them dueling.
from the “Iron Man” film. Plenty of sneak peeks and meet and
greets could satisfy the most ravenous comic book enthusiast.
other peek at, or just stop by 3244 N. Clark St.
And certainly check out the 2011 Chicago Comic and Entertain-
forums at U of C Regarding the March 22, 2010 DIY item
“Grow Your Own,” a reader notes that the
Chicago’s premier non-canon “Star Wars” lightsaber team, the
Windy City Jedi, was there doing exhibitions. Laugh or cringe at
ment Expo at McCormick Place to satiate all of your pop culture
The University of Chicago will hold an
Academic Freedom Symposium on May
AeroGarden is not hydroponic, but actually
aeroponic. Hydroponics require large quan- Letter to the Editor
the sight of grown men in capes playing with plastic sticks, it is 6-8 in the Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, tities of liquid water continuously pumped
damn entertaining.
Speaking of things that confuse, I for one could not control my
reaction when approaching the booth of the man who has drawn
Artist’s Agenda 1111 E. 60th St.

The conference features discussions with The

across the root system through an elaborate
plumbing setup; whereas aeroponics utilize
smaller amounts of water misted onto the
every Playboy cartoon since 1963. With all due respect to Mr. Doug Writer’s Reading Group Attend monthly writers readings from New York Times’ Stanley Fish, U. of Chicago plants’ roots.
Sneyd, I will say that his display was sufficiently creepy: a crotchety 7-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Argo Tea president Robert Zimmer, The Chicago
80-year-old man signing his name to pornographic cartoons for Cafe at Armitage and Sheffield. Read your work or just come and Reader’s Mike Dumke, The Chicago Grid’s The photo of former President Bill Clinton
adoring middle-aged men. listen. Contact Joe at with questions. editor-in-chief Kristina Zaremba and more. with the story “AIDS center hosts Clinton” Maximum: 500 words
For a fresh look at the Chicago comic scene, I suggest taking a on page 6 of the March 22, 2010 issue was May be edited for style or length, but
look at the Nerd City guys at Their video blog Submit your Artist’s Agenda evetns and classes to by the E-mail for more miscredited. It was taken by the Sun-Times never for content.
is worth a peek and it’s sponsored by Chicago Comics, worth an- Friday before publication. information. News Group.
4• The Chicago Grid April 26, 2010 The Chicago Grid April 26, 2010 •5
versity of Chicago confirms that fumes from Charley Parnell said in a July 28, 2009
“Clean Power” from p. 6
the west side travel to other neighborhoods: Reader blog post by Mick Dumke. If
specifics of the ordinance mainly focus on “Exhaust that comes out these stacks is hot. greenhouse gas emissions trends continue,
the reduction of PM2.5 (particulate mat- First, it will rise in the atmosphere, then the they could lead Chicago to experience
ter 2.5), a very fine particle currently not exhaust will be carried by the wind current hotter summers, more regular heat waves
regulated by either state or federal agencies, in the sky (either in a down or up current) consisting of deadly temperatures, worse
but PM2.5 is so fine that once breathed in it while at the same time losing velocity and air and water quality, lower lake levels and
can enter the bloodstream. “No regulation, landing on surrounding areas.” Although we less frequent, but heavier rains causing flash
neither Federal nor the newly passed state can’t currently measure how many or how flooding and potential property damage and
legislation address the kinds of emissions loss of life.
that doctors and scientists say pose the most Midwest Generation is adamant that
serious threat to the health of Chicago’s given the existing state and federal regula-
residents,” Ald. Moore said. tions protecting public health and the en-
Fisk and Crawford Coal plants have vironment an additional layer of regulation
a higher population density surrounding in Chicago is unnecessary and overreaching.
them than any other plants in the United Its only real impact, it claims, will be to risk
States, with Crawford surrounded by 29,009 the shutdown of these plants, and as a result,
people and Fisk bby 47,050 within a mile- reliability of the electric grid and the loss of
radius, the majority of which (83 percent) 200 good union jobs.
are Mexican immigrant communities that This ordinance will help the city achieve
suffer from the worst health conditions. the goals of Mayor Daley’s 2008 Chicago
Chicago holds the second highest asth- Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which lays
ma rate in the country (318,009 adults and out a plan to cut greenhouse emission by 13
132,000 children reported in Cook County percent by 2020. The CCAP also addresses
in 2009) and the Chicago asthma hospi- the immediate need to decrease emissions
talization rate is nearly double the national from the two coal plants. According to the
average. Actual asthma rates may be far Photo by: Kat Wallace 2008 CCAP, Crawford and Fisk produced
higher among the two million children who Ald. Moore leads an April 13 press con- 21 percent of the electricity consumed in
reside within a 30-mile radius of Fisk and ference at City Hall on the Clean Power Chicago, but their emissions were equiva-
Crawford, however, communities that are Ordinance. CLICK for Topless America’s lent to 35 percent of the CO2 emissions
economically marginalized are less likely to video on coal mining in West Virginia. from Chicago’s electricity consumption.

have the financial resources to seek medical These two plants make up approximately
attention for conditions directly connected 1 percent of the electricity generated in
to the emissions given off by the plants. It may be out of sight and the regional power pool. The link between
In 2001, a study conducted by research- out of mind, but there these two generation facilities and Chi-

ers from the Harvard School of Public are no walls between—air cago’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory
Health reported that each year the emis- does not have boundaries is complicated by the fact that the electric-
sions from the Fisk and Crawford plants ity produced is not sold to the local utility,
Photo from Creative Commons
were responsible for up to an additional between wards. ComEd, so even though the electricity at
The Clean Power Ordinance seeks to further regulate the Fisk coal-burning power plant, 1111 W. Cermak Road, built in 1903. 41 deaths, 500 emergency room visits and —Parson Brown, Topless America the plants is generated here, from a contrac-

Coal, clean air and the city

2,800 asthma attacks. The health effects founder tual perspective it’s not consumed here.
from exposure to air pollutants also have Chicago has an historic opportunity
social and financial costs through demands in human history to be a leader among
on the health care system and lost days of far particles are drifting from one com- green cities by setting a precedent that local
g Aldermen and organizations cooperate to pass Clean Power Ordinance work and school. “Fisk and Crawford are munity to another within our city, we must politics are good politics and that people
the main source of particulate matter and take note that nation states are addressing can shape their environment and realties by
By John Campos the Fisk and Crawford coal power plants close the plants, it would make it more are compromising the immediate health of these issue between themselves. Dialogues taking control of their health and govern-
Public Affairs Editor located in the city’s Pilsen and Little Village profitable for them to shut down than to all Chicago…why should we wait patiently are being had in Europe on Long-Range ment. Chicago has an opportunity to end
neighborhoods. The ordinance will require comply with the city’s mandate. [for compliance] when our residents are Transboundary Air Pollution. its connection with the supply and demand
A beautiful warm Chicago day on North both plants, which are owned by Midwest “When this legislation passes, Chicago becoming patients?”asks Brian Urbaszewski, According to a 2008 Federal EPA of deadly and pollutive Appalachia coal
Avenue beach, your day is marked by the bliss Generation—a subsidiary that sells their will do what no other large city in America director of Environmental Health Programs report, Chicago averages 116 parts-per-bil- mining tactics by passing the Clean Power
cast over you; warm sunrays embrace your skin.  energy back to ComEd’s parent company, has the guts to do—clean up a dirty power of the Respiratory Health Association of lion, which is a higher rate of pollution than Ordinance. Contact and lobby your alder-
The sun begins to set; it reveals the city’s doings Exelon—to reduce their emissions of par- plant within its jurisdiction and protect the Metropolitan Chicago. San Diego and Los Angeles. In the last man. Tell them you support breathing clean
of the day.  A faint brown cloud stretches across ticulate matter and carbon dioxide (CO2) health and welfare of its residents,” sponsor The health risk is not only isolated to three years, the coal plants produced a com- air, securing a clean future for all of our
the sky like a band. using demonstrated available technology. Ald. Moore said at the introduction of the the two communities, but pose a risk to all bined 45,000 tons of air pollution, which children and the Clean Power Ordinance.
In an unprecedented move to regulate Midwest Generation technically meets ordinance on April 13. Chicagoans as emissions spread throughout is equivalent to 872,042 cars and exceeded “The public should act more radically for
coal power plants within our city’s jurisdic- federal clean-air standards under the grand- The owner of the Fisk and Crawford our windy city. “[You] can smell the pollut- regulation mandates. Midwest Generation the sake of their health,” says Parson Brown,
tion, Alderman Joe Moore of the 49th ward father clause of the Federal Clean Air Act power plants would have one and two years ants, I can smell them on a hot summer day claims it operates within the nation’s tough- founder of Topless America. “Governmental
along with 9 alderman co-sponsors and a of 1977 that exempts coal-burning plants respectively, to phase in required pollution sitting in my back yard,” said Ald. Sandi est state regulatory program for coal-fired bodies at the state, county and federal levels
coalition of 36 environmental organizations, built before 1977 (Fisk built in1903 and controls for particulate matter and up to Jackson (7th ward), a co-sponsor of the or- power plants, but because of the grandfather have failed to regulate; therefore, the people
ranging from Loyola University's Student Crawford built in 1924) from using the best three and four years, respectively to reduce dinance. Though these plants may be out of clause in the 1977 Clean Air Act, these of this city have to take it upon themselves
Environmental Alliance to Topless America, pollution-control technology. CO2 emissions. This would give adequate sight for the majority of Chicago residents, exceedances are legal and routine. to change their circumstances. It may be out
a Chicago-based environmental documen- The ordinance would nullify that act and time for adaptation, should the mandated their effect on everyone’s health is real and “The [government] agencies have always of sight and out of mind, but there are no
tary organization, introduced the Clean require the plants to cut there emissions by improvements require the reduction, re- damaging. Professor Emeritus Ramesh allowed for those exceedances because walls between—air does not have bound-
Power Ordinance at City Hall on April 90 percent in four years and upgrade to such training or reassignment of personnel. The Srivastava of Cloud Microphysics and it’s impossible to run a coal plant without aries between wards. Out of sight, out of
13.  The Clean Power Ordinance targets technologies. While the ordinance wouldn't Dynamics, Radar Meteorology at the Uni- them,” Midwest Generation spokesperson mind, but still in all of our lungs.”
See “Clean Power,” p. 7
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The Chicago Grid cordially invites you to the

Michael Jackson
Memorial Pub Crawl


7 p.m.-Midnight
Sat., June 26
Bars & admission TBA
Registration open soon. Visit often for updates.