Brain Frame is a series of performative comix readings founded in 2011. Brain Frame gives comics and zine artists, as well as others interested in the same, a place to interpret their work in front of an open-minded audience, incorporating elements impossible to reproduce on a printed page. Brain Frame may include costumes, cardboard, projection, puppetry, props, songs, soundscapes, speeches, primal screams, smoke machines, and/or more. Readers are encouraged to be as weird and ambitious as possible.

Brain Frame happens every other month in Chicago. Occasional hybrid offshoots include: fundraisers for and celebrations of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) like Brain Trubble and CAKE Frame; out of town shows like Brooklyn and Detroit Brain Frame; and Brain Frame Lit, defined by the formal constraint of daylight, rendering projection impossible and consequentially emphasizing writerly work.

Brain Frame has been called “one of the most exciting things happening in comics” by Gapers Blocka “mildly loopy, wildly eclectic and passionately adored comics-and-performance whatchamacallit/updated ’60s freak out/cartooning-community rallying point” by The Chicago Tribune, and “instrumental to not only Chicago’s comics scene but the larger arts community” by Chicago Artist Writers.

Brain Frame’s regular run will end on its third anniversary, in the summer of 2014. Occasional hybrid or traveling shows may continue after this date.

Brain Frame was founded and is organized by Lyra Hill. You may contact her at brainframecomix [at] gmail [dot] com.