About CAKE

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.


Applications Launch for 2nd Annual Artist Residency

CAKE is proud to announce our continuing partnership with Transit Residency and Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) as applications open for the second annual inbound comics artist residency! Transit Residency is looking for non-Chicago-based cartoonists and zinesters to apply for a chance to spend the 2 weeks leading up to CAKE (May 29 – June 12) creating work …

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Leslie Stein

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Leslie Stein!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Leslie Stein! Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She …

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