Danielle and Joseph Wilcox won our $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant for their installment-based newsprint publication, which pairs artists and writers in each issue and is distributed to commuters on Chicago's Red Line train. The post below gives the inside scoop on last weekend's project launch.

Project Launch and First Issue Debut

by Danielle Wilcox
originally posted October 9, 2015 on the LDOC blog

This week LDOC sees the light of day, or, the light of Chicago’s Red Line.

Last Saturday we launched with a celebration among friends, colleagues, photographers and writers in Chicago’s own CHI PRC. We had a blast, drank custom-made Red Line Rye-PA, listened to the words of our featured writers, and previewed photography from issues to come.

Eric Hazen reading from Issue 01.01

Eric Hazen reading from Issue 01.01

Left to Right: Sahar Mustafah, Danielle Wilcox, Eric Hazen, Joseph Wilcox, Amy Giacalone

Left to Right: Sahar Mustafah, Danielle Wilcox, Eric Hazen, Joseph Wilcox, Amy Giacalone

Thank you all who came out and supported LDOC! We feel lucky to have garnered such a large network over the last three years. Check back here for future events pertaining to the publication.

Monday the 5th marked the first distribution of LDOC, featuring artist Nathan Pearce and writer Eric Hazen.

Joe and I started at the Red Line’s 69th St. station on Chicago’s south side at 7am. There’s nothing like handing out something, for the first time, to a stranger. Luckily after two issues were delivered to hands, the job was a breeze.

Joseph at 69th St. Red Line Stop

Joseph at 69th St. Red Line Stop

All of our volunteers were warmly received at their locations and look forward to next Monday when we’ll distribute the second installment of October’s artist and writer.

Last, missed an LDOC? We’ll be publishing a list of coffee shops near the Red Line stops where you can pick up an LDOC if you miss a distribution, and, as always, subscriptions are available for purchase here.  

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