Hola! My name is Allyson Gonzalez. Stay up-to-date on my art & publishing endeavors and events by subscribing to FOOD over FUNCTION. All new editions of the newsletter (containing art updates, blog posts, comics, songs, essays and other appetizing treats) will be infrequently delivered directly to your inbox.

If you’re curious to learn more about my creative practice, check out my art blog - it’s where I make announcements about new projects I’m working on and aim to demystify the creative process for BIPOC creators. I update it often and use this platform to link back to it about once a month.


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¿Who is drawing all these hot dogs?

I'm a queer Chicana writer, artist and director in Chicago, IL. Founder of the international holiday Thankyoutine's Day, I encourage you to celebrate often and help spread the word by sending a Thankyoutine today!

I've spent over half my life on stage, from tap dancing to shadow puppetry, poetry readings to performance art - theatricalities have always been my biggest passion. For the last decade, my main artistic focus has been puppeteering and fabricating - mostly tabletop plays, shadows and crankies, all built with upcycled materials. Ran some grassroots orgs for BIPOC artists, made some zines to help save the bees and filmed some stop-motion animation shorts. After a successful seven years at TinyLetter, I decided to challenge myself by trying out Substack!

You can learn more about the different kinds of art I make or contact me at www.allysongonzalez.com and follow me on instagram @gonzalezpublicartmuseum. Are you into sexy doom pop music? If so, check out my solo act - House of Egregious.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe out there <3


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Chicago-style hot dog comics with a sidecar of essays where food stars as the supporting character to the hapless human condition y mas.


Allyson Gonzalez

Essay writer & hot dog drawer from Chicago. My favorite food is gravy. I'm a Sox fan and collector of small-batch honey.