CHIAROSCURO was first published monthly beginning in November of 2002, it continues to survive with the aid of a feeding tube and respirator. It's humble origin began with one ambitious international billionaire playboy layabout who goes by the name of Tony. After investing most of his inheritance in "Silk Stalkings: The Musical", which unfortunately was set to premier on September 11th 2001, he went on a lengthy drinking binge with the two lead actors of his promising musical masterpiece. As you may have heard production was delayed indefinitely as the people of New York City were too busy coughing up dust comprised of their deceased loved ones to bother with fine art. While dangerously inebriated Tony famously declared, "Fuck the audience!" He then drafted Hacim and Eric Blair, who had portrayed Sgt. Chris Lorenzo and Sgt. Rita Lee Lance in Tony's musical version of the hit USA drama, to be his minions. Minions in what way? In the creation of the greatest publication to ever grace the secular world, CHIAROSCURO.
They were to do all of the grunt work on this foolish endeavor while Tony himself would seldom do more than pose for sexy pictures and write "Letters From the Editor" at the last minute. His minions knew that Tony would be too drunk to ever care about the actual content and filled page after page with spirals, optical illusions, and occasionally poorly conceived stories. Tony's editorial contribution consisted only of the words, "Fuck the typos, let's print this shit!" The first few issues were praised by the likes of Tony Robite when he said, "I just wanted to say I enjoy what you do." Mr. Robite went on to remark that he found the stories interesting and also that he understood many of the references to pop culture made in the zine. Later the minions lampooned him in their saga "My Two Dads"; he was never heard from again. A lot of expensive zine making shit when down thereafter until, one day, SLUG magazine agreed to write up a piece on Chiaroscuro if they made it to their one year anniversary. This kept Tony and his fucking minions motivated and they were able to remain on a monthly schedule with the help of newly acquired contributing writers/artists/friends.
The zine nearly fell apart several times when either Tony or his minions digressed into their own personal digressions. Inevitably, Chiaroscuro proved to be unstoppable and we made a website! CHIAROSCURO is no longer published monthly, it's now published whenever we feel like publishing it! It remains an independent publication lacking in goals, purpose, or agenda. It's print run has doubled since the first issue and now two hundred copies of each new issue are distributed somewhat randomly around Salt Lake City, UT for free if you are fortunate enough to come across one. Although nobody has yet shown an interest in purchasing a collection of CHIAROSCURO it has become available at a very reasonable price. Also available are some really cool t-shirts and copies of the soon to be legendary S.P.R.3's "I Want to be Arthur Read's Dog" album. Send inquires as well as letters to Tony and submissions to CHIAROSCUROZINE@HOTMAIL.COM. All content is copyright whoever the fuck created it and anything that fucking looks like a violation of fucking intellectual property law is really just fucking satire, you humorless fucks. Fuck!