We are thrilled to announce Chris Ware will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

As part of our programming, Roctober’s Jake Austen will host Chris Ware in conversation to talk about Ware’s career and his connection to Chicago and its living comics history.

Chris Ware is the author of “Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth,” which received the Guardian First Book Award and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His most recent book “Building Stories” was voted a 2012 Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, Time Magazine and Publishers Weekly. An irregular contributor to The New Yorker, he guest-edited the 13th issue of “McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern” and was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in The New York Times Magazine. His work has been the focus of solo exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Nebraska and the Gävle Konstcentrum in Gävle, Sweden, as well as regular exhibitions at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York and the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, as well as at the Galerie Martel in Paris in March, 2013.

“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one.”—Zadie Smith

For decades, Chris Ware has been a shining star of cartooning culture abroad and in the Midwest metropolis of Chicagoland. His dedication to craft, production, and originality are a consistent source of inspiration to his peers. Since his appearance in the comics world, he has dramatically impacted the realm, raised the bar, and opened the door of potential to many young artists. It is an honor to us to have him involved with CAKE this year.

Our full slate of programming will be announced mid May.
Check out all of our guests & exhibitors who will be participating at CAKE, June 15 & 16!