Jake Austen is a Chicago zinester and musician. He is the publisher of the long-running music zine Roctober, as well as co-producer (and lead puppeteer) for the cable variety show "CHIC-A-GO-GO."
CHIC-A-GO-GO is an all-ages dance party modeled after Sixties television programs like "American Bandstand" and "Kiddie-A-Go-Go." The program is hosted by Miss Mia (a human) and Ratso (a Straight Edge rat puppet). Ratso also appears as a regular character in Austen's Punk'n Head comics.
Jake Austen sings for The Goblins, a masked rock 'n' roll band.
- TV a-Go-Go: Rock on TV, from American Bandstand to Americna Idol, Chicago Review Press, 2005
- A Friendly Game of Poker: 52 Takes on the Neighborhood Game, Chicago Review Press, 2003