Panels

Saturday, May 31 2014

12:00 – 1:00pm

Tony Millionaire

In Conversation With Caitlin McGurk
This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution.
Tony Millionaire’s appearance at CAKE is sponsored by Graham Crackers and Fantagraphics.

For twenty years, Special Guest Tony Millionaire has been making waves with the seasick adventures of characters Uncle Gabby the sock monkey and Mr. (Drinky) Crow. Millionaire’s nostalgic comics Maakies and Sock Monkey defy era and expectation, at once awesomely intricate and terribly crude, sometimes best for the tots and at other times for the sloppiest of sailors. Join us in a conversation with Millionaire and Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in an exploration of this pioneering cartoonist’s career.

1:30 – 2:30pm

Evolution of an Artist

with Anya Davidson, Lizz Hickey, and Inés Estrada
Moderated by Max Morris

This panel and Anya Davidson’s appearance at CAKE are sponsored by Print Ninja

In a time of online social media and new methods of self-publishing, the role of the cartoonist has changed shapes and intentions from previous forms. In this panel, CAKE organizer Max Morris asks three Special Guests from the new generation of cartoonists what started them on the path of comics, and where that road is leading them. Inés Estrada is the editor of the comics section of Vice Mexico, manages the Gatosaurio webstore, but she has also worked with publications such as Kuš (Latvia), The Believer (US) and Ediciones Valientes (Spain.) Anya Davidson has published innumerable self-published books, and in 2013 her first graphic novel, School Spirits was published by Picturebox Inc. Lizz Hickey exists as a cartooning force to be reckoned with, with her book Jammers (Hic and Hoc) existing alongside a bevy of side-splitting-mind-melting self-published work.

3:00 – 4:00pm

Magikomix, Queer Comics and Visionary Cartooning

with Edie Fake, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Elisha Lim
Moderated by Brian Cremins

This panel is sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore


Comics and magic have had a long, complex relationship, from Eclipse publisher cat yronwode’s eclectic writings on everything from Will Eisner to love potions and Alan Moore’s worship of the ancient snake god Glycon. In this panel, artists Elisha Lim, Eric Kostiuk Williams, and Speical Guest Edie Fake will read short selections from their work and then discuss their innovations with narrative form. How have magic and the Magical shaped their sensibilities? Elisha Lim—cartoonist, filmmaker, Queer People of Color activist—describes their new Koyama Press collection 100 Crushes as “an excerpt of the most magical undertaking of my life,” one that began when a fortune teller advised them to “go back to doing what you loved as a child.” Edie Fake’s Ignatz Award-winning 2010 graphic novel Gaylord Phoenix is the adventure of a bird man who searches for his true self in an 8-bit universe of flaming creatures who often resemble Pamela Colman Smith’s Tarot card lovelies. And in his ongoing autobiographical series Hungry Bottom Comics, Eric Kostiuk Williams conjures with stories of Goldilocks charming the Three Bears, Jean Genet crooning Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” and a young apprentice making a pilgrimage to Beyoncé’s House of Deréon. These visionary cartoonists explore the line between the real and the imagined as they celebrate Queer history and community from Chicago and Singapore to Toronto and Berlin. Writer and comics scholar Brian Cremins will moderate the discussion.

Sunday, June 1 2014

12:00 – 1:00pm

Seduction of the Innocent

with Tony Millionaire, Liz Prince, and Tucker Stone
Moderated by Marnie Galloway

This panel is sponsored by First Aid Comics. Tony Millionaire’s appearance is sponsored by Graham Crackers and Fantagraphics.

Comics are still for kids?! While the comics medium has grown up in the eyes of the public, of course there are still creators making work for younger audiences. What is the inspiration for creating work for a younger age group, and how will authors stay connected to new generations who will be born in a world of digital entertainment? CAKE organizer and author of In the Sounds and Seas, Marnie Galloway will lead a panel discussion with the multi-faceted Special Guest Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), Liz Prince, author of the upcoming memoir for teens, Tomboy, and Tucker Stone representing Special Guest Nobrow Press.

1:30 – 2:30pm

24 Panels a Second

with Hellen Jo, Jesse Moynihan, and Jo Dery
Moderated by Jeremy Tinder

This panel is sponsored by DePaul Animation Program

Since the days of Winsor McCay and Osamu Tezuka, cartoonists have found time between the gutters to trade page layouts for storyboards and motion lines. Jeremy Tinder, a founding member of Chicago’s Trubble Club and character designer for “Paranormal Roommates” leads a panel discussion on the parellel paths between cartoonist and animator. Joining him on stage is Special Guest Hellen Jo, author of Jin & Jam and storyboard artist for “Regular Show,” Jesse Moynihan, author of Forming and storyboard artist for “Adventure Time,” and Jo Dery, Chicago artist and assistant professor of graphics and animation at Depaul University.

3:00 – 4:00pm

Sequential Story Yelling

with Sean Christensen, Otto Splotch, and Sara Drake
Moderated by Lyra Hill



Comics are often compared to film, but rarely to performance. What does it mean for comics to step out of the page and onto the stage? How does one read a drawing out loud? Come explore the budding art of performative comics in a panel discussion led by Lyra Hill, creator and host of the of Chicago’s comics performance event “Brain Frame.” With panelists Sean Christensen, of Portland’s own comics reading series “Gridlords,” Sara Drake, cartoonist and founder of Chicago’s “Pup House” puppet troupe, and Otto Splotch, author of Quarter Vomit and the graphic novel Stink Helmet, the enigma of performative comics will be center stage.