The Monkey Fist Launch Party FAQ
The Launch Party FAQ
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. It’s party time.
What is Monkey Fist?
Monkey Fist is the latest graphic novel from Sun Bros Studios! It’s an irreverent kung fu epic set in the mythical land of fast food, inspired by one of the greatest Chinese stories ever told. And video games.
Our book was funded through a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign and debuted to enthusiastic fans at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this past April! But there’s still more Monkey Fist to come. The super special RAGE Edition will be unveiled at the Launch Party and handed to our VIP high end backers! To learn more about our book, please visit the official Monkey Fist page on our website.
It’s been a lot of hard work, but now it’s time to party! Sun Bros Studios is proud to be partnering with UChicago Comics and Pocket Con to celebrate together in grand style at the Monkey Fist Launch Party!!!
So when and where is the Launch Party?
The Launch Party will be Saturday, July 12 from 7pm-11pm. For our venue, we’ve booked the Penthouse at the Logan Arts Center in Hyde Park (915 E 60th St). The Penthouse is on the 9th floor, and boasts a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline. It’s pretty sweet.
The parking lot at the corner of Drexel Ave and 60th street is FREE on weekends! There is also ample street parking around. If you’re coming by public transportation, click here for Metra and CTA directions.
Who’s invited? Can I bring my friends?
The Monkey Fist Launch Party is free and open to the public! Bring yourself, bring your friends, and bring anyone else you’d like. We’ve invited fellow comic creators, artists, comic book store owners, comic con showrunners, and many more! But without question, our VIP guests for the evening are our Kickstarter backers, without whom none of this would be possible. To our incredible fans and supporters, this party is for you – thank you so much!!!
OMG. I made the biggest mistake of my life and forgot to back you guys. Can I still show up?
Missed out on our Kickstarter? No problem. You can come and get your very own signed copy of Monkey Fist for $25 at the Launch Party. We’ll also have Chinatown and Apocalypse Man for sale along with exclusive posters and prints previously available only to Kickstarter backers and fans who meet us at conventions!!!
What’s the food and drink situation at this party?
Wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres, and treats from Chicago’s Chinatown. There will also be non-alcoholic drink options, shrimp flavored crackers, and White Rabbit Candy. Wesley loves Chinese bakeries, so expect some really good pastries and cakes as well.
As our bartender for the evening, we’ve got special makeup effects artist Chelsea Heilman from Lionheart FX serving drinks – and offering her own creative take on the Monkey King! You might remember her from Wesley’s C2E2 cosplay feature last year, and you can check out more of her work by visiting her website. Oh, and we are absolutely serious about not serving any drinks to minors.
Did I hear something about retro video games?
Yup, and we hope your Super Nintendo skills aren’t too rusty. We’ll have the old school system set up on a large flat screen TV, so you can challenge your friends and compete for glory in style! We’ll have a series of classics on rotation throughout the night – including Mortal Kombat II, Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros 3 (Battle Mode), and more!
Will there be music?
YES! We’ll have DJ L|O|Kari spinning music for us all night long! You can expect the soundtrack for the evening to feature remixed video game tracks, traditional Chinese party music, and much, much more. We’ll also be joined by the artist collective Elephant Rebellion, who will be performing a set for us during the party! Not familiar with the group? Check out some clips from a recent program they put on here in Chicago!
What about the Dress Code?
The Sun Bros will be dressed to kill. However, you can wear whatever you’d like and casual attire is perfectly fine. Guests arriving straight from the Ren Fair or G-Fest might even be in cosplay. However, we expect most guests will show up “casual nice.”
I can’t wait ‘til Saturday night!!! What’s going on during the day?!
So glad you asked. Throughout the day, and not 15 minutes away from the Launch Party, is the third annual Pocket Con!!! Hosted at the Gary Comer Youth Center (7200 S Ingleside), Pocket Con is a South Side celebration of art, music, and comics by artists of color. Pocket Con is completely free, requires no preregistration, and runs from 12pm-6pm. So you can enjoy Pocket Con all afternoon and then party with us all night!
Do I need to RSVP?
No RSVP is required for the Monkey Fist Launch Party, but we would love to know you’ll be there! You can join our Facebook Event so you can see all the awesome people who are coming and share the event with all your friends who should be coming! Plus, if you’ve got any questions that weren’t covered in this FAQ, you can post them directly on the event wall.