CAKE 2019

January 6, 2019

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.

2019 Special Guests

March 14, 2019

Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne, Haarlem Stripdagen in the Netherlands, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. His graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL, was the recipient of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Vulture, The Library Journal, and Paste. His graphic novel collaboration with Ben Passmore, entitled BTTM FDRS, will be released June 2019 by Fantagraphics Books.

Ever since he was little, Nicholas Gurewitch has been told that he holds his drawing utensils in an uncommon way. His comic strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship, first published in Syracuse University's The Daily Orange in 2001. It quickly went on to be published all over the globe, including places like the Guardian, Playboy, and the Internet. Nicholas Gurewitch has worked on a number of never-televised TV shows, and has recently completed a picture book homage to Edward Gorey.

Corinne Halbert has lived and worked in Chicago since 2006. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in suburbs of Boston. Halbert received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She's a painter, illustrator and cartoonist who specializes in erotic horror and horror comics. Halbert has self-published six issues of Hate Baby comics since 2010 and has contributed comic strips to Black Eye, and Magic Whistle. When she isn’t rendering body cavities real and/or imagined with her signature psychedelic aplomb, Halbert peddles zines, comics, and other incendiary literature at Chicago’s revered Quimby’s Bookstore.

Michael Kupperman is an Eisner-winning comic artist and writer living in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in or on The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Playboy, Heavy Metal, McSweeney’s, DC, Marvel, Vice, Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central, and five of his own books. All the Answers, published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster, was his first serious book (the others, with titles like Snake 'N' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret and Tales Designed to Thrizzle, were supposed to be funny).

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of nine books including Big Questions, The End, and Poetry is Useless as well as the coloring book A Walk in Eden. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kramer's Ergot, Pitchfork, Medium and elsewhere. His comics have been translated into several languages overseas and his painting and drawing have been exhibited internationally. Nilsen's work has received three Ignatz awards as well as the Lynd Ward Prize for the Graphic Novel and Big Questions was listed as a New York Times Notable Book in 2011. Nilsen grew up in Minneapolis and Northern New Hampshire. He studied art in New Mexico and lived in Chicago for over a decade. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ben Passmore lives in self-imposed exile in the cut. His comics are about crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feels. Author of DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye, and Your Black Friend, as well as the artist of BTTM FDRS.

Aaron Renier is the author of three graphic novels for younger readers; Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean, and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon. He is the recipient of the Eisner award in 2006 for talent deserving of wider recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010. He teaches drawing and comics at universities in Chicago.

Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. Isabella was nominated for the Promising New Talent Ignatz award in 2017. She is author of the sexual health comic You're so Sexy When You Aren't Transmitting STIs and Artist in Residence at Scarleteen.com.

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, editor, and health educator from New Jersey. Her comics have been published by The Nib, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Czap Books, Sparkplug, Rosarium, and others. Taylor co-edited Comics for Choice (pub. Hazel Newlevant), which won an Ignatz Award in 2018 for Outstanding Anthology. She likes to make comics about public health, mental health, social science, identity, and reality television.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is a Minneapolis-born, Zaragoza raised cartoonist and illustrator. She's the artist of the Eisner nominated comic What Is Left (ShortBox, 2017) and the co-creator of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, alongside award-winning author Mariko Tamaki (First Second 2019). She's done work for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, CAPY games, Crunchyroll, Mondo Tees, and Kazoo Magazine, among others. She won her second grade spelling bee by spelling the word 'human'.

CAKE 2019 ART AUCTION

March 12, 2019

Please join us for CAKE’s 2019 Art Auction! Bid on original art from luminaries in alternative comics – like Jim Woodring, Isabella Rotman, and Nick Drnaso. Proceeds to benefit the all volunteer run Chicago Alternative Comics Expo for 2019.

Friday, April 19th
7pm-10pm
826 Chi
1276 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622

This year’s auctioneer is Beth Hetland, assisted ably by Kyle O’Connell!
Comic readings by Sage Coffey and Corinne Halbert!

$10 admission, or $15 for admission with one drink and one raffle ticket.
Poster art by Tony Recktenwald.

RSVP to the Facebook Event: Click Here

 

CAKE 2019 Poster Artist Marnie Galloway!

January 7, 2019

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is very excited to announce our 2019 poster artist, Marnie Galloway!

 

Marnie Galloway

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and artist working in Chicago. Her first graphic novel, In the Sounds and Seas, was collected by One Peace Books in 2016 from a Xeric Award winning series. Other comics of note include Burrow (2016), Particle/Wave (2016), and Slightly Plural (2018).

 Marnie is also a former organizer of CAKE, and championed the creation of our Cupcake Award, which spotlights upcoming talent in indie comics. This year Marnie is also serving as mentor for Cupcake recipient, Diana H. Chu.

 Stay tuned for more artwork from Marnie and updates on CAKE 2019, June 1st-2nd at Center on Halsted.

CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway
CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway

 

 

 

Announcing the 2019 Cupcake Award Winner: Diana H. Chu!

November 17, 2018

CAKE is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Cupcake Award: Diana H. Chu!

Diana H. Chu is an illustrator, comics artist, and zinemaker who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was selected by this year’s guest judge/mentor, Marnie Galloway, and she will use the Cupcake Award grant to create a new minicomic that will debut at CAKE 2019.

“With the mentorship & financial support of the 2019 Cupcake Award, I’m honored to expand the pool of visual narratives with my family’s own stories,” said Diana. “If the goal is to promote exposure / compassion vs. divisiveness, then cheers to this legacy of inter-artist collaboration. Thank you for your generosity, CAKE. I’m beyond thrilled.”

In addition to the winner, four honorable mentions were selected: JJ McLuckie, Clare Rosean, Cee Laverty, and Joe Maccarone.

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge.

The CAKE 2019 Exhibitor Application Is Now Open!

CAKE is now accepting exhibitor applications for CAKE 2019, which will take place on June 1 and 2, 2019. Applications will be accepted through December 9th, 2018. Please apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/tMkoOmYtXJA9oPZG2

CAKE 2019 Exhibitor Applications are now open

November 9, 2018

CAKE 2019 Exhibitor Application Open Graphic

Hey everyone – it is with great excitement that we’re announcing the start of the CAKE 2019 Exhibitor Applications process!

Please apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/tMkoOmYtXJA9oPZG2

The application process will run through December 9th, so please take some time and show us your best work. We’re really looking forward to seeing your applications and hope to see you at the show next June.

We Are Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Cupcake Award!

August 13, 2018

 

Thanks again to all of our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for making CAKE 2018 a success! As we begin planning for next year’s CAKE, we are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Cupcake Award.

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of this year’s special guest judge, Marnie Galloway. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

The deadline for the application is September 30, 2018. Please visit our Cupcake Award page for instructions about how to apply, as well as eligibility guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please email us at cupcake@cakechicago.com or fill out the form on the Cupcake Award page. We look forward to receiving some great applications, and we’ll see you at next year’s CAKE!

Debuting at CAKE 2018: The Hanging at Limestone Road, by Cupcake Award Winner Adam Griffiths

May 30, 2018

The winner of the fourth annual Cupcake Award, Adam Griffiths, will be debuting the minicomic created as a part of this award at CAKE 2018, which is coming up on June 2 and 3.

The Hanging at Limestone Road

Four boys head into the forest to investigate a reported suicide that may or may not coincide with a local legend. Described by the author as a mix of the “CUBE” sci-fi film series and Stephen King’s “Stand By Me,” this 50-page full-color horror mini-comic was commissioned as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) Cupcake Award, which included guidance and mentoring with artist Edie Fake.

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge.

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. For any questions about CAKE, please email cake@cakechicago.com.

Announcing the Special Guests and Poster Artist for CAKE 2018!

March 21, 2018

CAKE 2018 is coming up on June 2 and 3, and we’re proud to announce this year’s poster artist and special guests!

Our artwork for this year was created by Johnny Sampson:

CAKE 2018 Special Guests

Tony Breed

Tony Breed

Tony Breed is the man behind the web comics Muddlers Beat and Finn and Charlie are Hitched (nominated for an Ignatz in 2011). Both are newspaper style slice-of-life-comics with the same cast. Muddlers Beat is about the creative floundering of a group of young and middle-aged people; Hitched tells the story of married gay couple and their friends. Expect jokes about indie rock, romance, sperm banks, and depression. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio, where he DJs every Friday morning.

Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell has made a career of drawing comics of an idiosyncratic and personal nature, as collected in Alec: The Years Have Pants. At the same time he has lent his graphic abilities to the enormous and internationally bestselling graphic novel, From Hell, written by Alan Moore. He has been married to novelist Audrey Niffenegger for two years and together they have created the book, Bizarre Romance. He is also a writer on the history and theory of comics and The Goat Getters is his latest contribution to that line of inquiry.

Nick Drnaso

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 and grew up in Palos Hills, Illinois. He is the author of Beverly (2016) and Sabrina (2018), both published by Drawn & Quarterly. He lives in Chicago.

Nicole Hollander

Nicole Hollander is best known for her syndicated comic strip, Sylvia. Her work has been archived in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library at Ohio State University, alongside Roz Chast’s, Bill Watterson’s, and other greats. She has published fifteen books. She lives in Chicago.

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a writer and artist who makes artists books, prints, comics and novels. Her books The Time Traveler’s Wife, Raven Girl, Her Fearful Symmetry and others have been published internationally. She’s married to Eddie Campbell and they have collaborated on a new book, Bizarre Romance.

Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, humorist and writer. Her graphic memoir, “The Customer is Always Wrong,” was by Drawn and Quarterly in Spring 2017. It is the long-awaited 400 pages+ sequel to 2014’s “Over Easy,” which detailed her post-art school waitressing career in the late 1970s in Oakland Ca. Pond has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen Magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications too numerous to mention, along with five humor books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

Fiona Smyth

Fiona Smyth is a feminist painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. For thirty-two years she has covered Toronto and elsewhere with her distinctive female charged graphics. She illustrated writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg’s Kickstarter funded picture book “What Makes A Baby” in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013. The second book in the series, “Sex Is A Funny Word,” was named a 2016 ALA Stonewall Book Award Honor book and won the 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Fiona collaborated with writer Mariko Tamaki for her story in “Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, and cartoonist Ron Rege Jr. on Perish Plains Volume 4 for Perish Publishing. Her comics can be found in Resist #1 and 2, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman.

Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler is a cartoonist whose autobiographical stories reflect her struggles and joys as an artist, worker, wife, and mother. In 2016, Tyler received the Cartoonist Studio Prize from the Slate Book Review. The legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb describes her work as having “…the extremely rare quality of genuine, authentic heart. Hers are the only comics that ever brought me to the verge of tears.”

Georgia Webber

Georgia Webber is a cartoonist living in Toronto, where she is the Comics Editor for carte blanche and a freelance comics editor working directly with artists to realize their best work. She is known for Dumb, her autobiographical comics series about living with a vocal disability.

Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. Jim’s work has taken him around the world, from Australia to Alaska to Oslo, and has garnered him numerous awards, including an Artist Trust Gap Award in 2003, a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego; a Rasmuson Foundation, and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius.

Gina Wynbrandt

Gina Wynbrandt (b.1990) is an artist from Chicago. Her work has been featured in The Best American Comics and nominated for an Ignatz award. She loves sitcoms, teen pop stars, makeup, the Internet, and being the center of attention. Her first book, Someone Please Have Sex With Me, has been translated into Danish, Spanish, and Norwegian.

Bianca Xunise

Bianca Xunise is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Chicago. Her work primarily focuses on the plight and daily struggles as identifying as a young black feminist weirdo in modern society. Her story-telling can range from simple relatable slice of life content to complex nuanced narratives like police brutality that have garnered her an Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Bianca’s work has been published on diverse platforms such as Hello Giggles, The Nib, Bitch Magazine, The Washington Post and NYLON and has been interviewed on platforms such as The BBC, The Nerdist, and Riot Fest. When she’s not doodling away Bianca is usually somewhere dreaming of the mothman, while listening to The Damned.

Join Us on April 20 for Our Annual Art Auction!

CAKE’s annual art auction fundraiser will be taking place on Friday, April 20 at 826CHI, located at 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event takes place from 7:00-10:00 PM, and it will feature live comics readings and a chance to bid on original artwork by some great cartoonists. Admission is $10, or $15 with a drink and a raffle ticket. Please join us!

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The seventh annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cake@cakechicago.com.

Transit’s 2018 CHIPRC Inbound residency call for entries

February 19, 2018

Once again, CAKE is partnering with Transit to offer an Artist in Residency (AiR) opportunity for artists outside of the Chicagoland area. Calls for applications are now open. The selected AiR will get to present and table at CAKE, in addition to using CHIPRC as their studio (and a place to teach) for two weeks prior; Transit awards recipient $1000 stipend. Applications due by Friday March 16th, 5pm CST!

For more information, including the application, please visit the Transit site:

TRANSIT’s 2018 CHIPRC Inbound residency call for entries