Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
June 11 & 12, 2016, 11:00am - 6:00pm.

  3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613

Our Guest & Exhibitor list was last updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

While not marked on the map, the "A" side of each table is next to the preceeding table, while the "B" side of each table is next to the proceeding table.

Special Guests

Chester Brown Chester Brown
Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self-publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at twenty-three, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada. His most recent book is April 2016's Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, a graphic novel containing adaptations of certain biblical stories about prostitution and religious obedience. http://drawnandquarterly.comTABLE 30
Tyrell Cannon Tyrell Cannon
Tyrell received his Bachelors in Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with an emphasis drawing, print, and film.As a comics artist, he's created work in the genres of science fiction (Victus), true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), and experimental short form comics (Simon). His primary focus is to explore comics with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique. He is also the co-editor and co-creator of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationshipshttp://tyrellcannon.comTABLE 78
Ezra Claytan Daniels Ezra Claytan Daniels
Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to feature documentaries to narrative chamber concerts.Ezra is currently serializing Upgrade Soul, an immersive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the Apple App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award, Upgrade Soul was also featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, and the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne. http://ezracdaniels.comTABLE 76b
Sammy Harkham Sammy Harkham
Harkham is an award winning cartoonist and the editor of Kramers Ergot. He draws the comic book Crickets. His last book, Everything Together, won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel in 2013. http://sammyharkham.comTABLE 62a
Cathy G. Johnson Cathy G. Johnson
Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist, printmaker and educator living in Providence, Rhode Island. She won the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent, and her graphic novel JEREMIAH was published in 2015 by One Percent Press. Her upcoming books are GORGEOUS from Koyama Press in May 2016, and NO DOGS ALLOWED from First Second in 2017. http://cathyboy.comTABLE 64
Patrick Kyle Patrick Kyle
Patrick Kyle is a Multidisciplinary artist from Toronto, Canada. http://patrickkyle.comTABLE 63a
Laura Park Laura Park
Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. http://singingbones.comTABLE 89
Trina Robbins Trina Robbins
Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. She has written and drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: the Drained Brains Caper, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her graphic novel, “Lily Renee: Escape Artist,” was awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Chidren’s Books and a silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s most recent book is Pretty in Ink, her final and definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. She is currently working on her memoirs. http://trinarobbins.comTABLE 9b
Leslie Stein Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein was born in Evanston, IL in 1982 and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the semi-autobiographical comic series Eye of the Majestic Creature, three volumes of which have been published by Fantagraphics Books, who also recently published her daily watercolor comics in a collection named Bright-Eyed at Midnight. She plays guitar and sings in the band Prince Rupert's Drops. http://majesticcreature.tumblr.comTABLE 9a


Leila Abdelrazaq Leila Abdelrazaq
Leila is a Chicago-based Palestinain author, artist, and organizer. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, is about her father's experience growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon during the civil war. She also creates short comic zines in English and broken Arabic.http://lalaleila.comTABLE 11b
Z Akhmetova Z Akhmetova
Z Akhmetova is a cartoonist and illustrator who tries to tries to incorporate as many of her varied interests as possible into stories of the fantastic or macabre. She is currently working on her long-form webcomic, Gods Can't Die. Sometimes, she also sews toys.http://azakhm.comTABLE 56a
whitney allen whitney allen
Whitney Allen is a multimedia artist and musician dwelling in Chicago. She creates absurd and intricate works regarding sex, death, onomatopoeic orifices, and corruption. Allen debuted "Epiphany," a mini-comic, "MINDRIPPERS," a book of masks based on fear, & a menagerie of psychedelic sculpted characters at CAKE 2015. Her pointed aim is to gross you out and turn you on all at once.http://couteau--sang.tumblr.comTABLE 85b
Alternative Comics Alternative Comics
Alternative Comics publishes original and intelligent creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, including works by James Kochalka, Sacha Mardou, Dean Haspiel, Derf Backderf, Jim Cambell, Melissa Mendes, and Dylan Horrocks.http://IndyWorld.comTABLES 96 & 97a
Kurt Ankeny Kurt Ankeny
Kurt Ankeny is an award-winning cartoonist and painter whose work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, at the Cape Ann Museum, and in Comics Workbook. He lives with his wife and son in Ipswich, Massachusetts.http://kurtankeny.comTABLE 45a
Lara Antal Lara Antal
Lara Antal is an illustrator and comics maker.http://lara-antal.comTABLE 82
Sarah Becan Sarah Becan
Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer based in Chicago, and the creator of I Think You’re Sauceome, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. She was awarded a Xeric Award and a Stumptown Trophy for Outstanding Debut for her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, and her work has twice been nominated for the Ignatz Award. Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye, was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in early 2012. In 2014, she wrote and illustrated Luna de Cuernos, a long form graphic story for Fifth House Ensemble’s spring 2014 concert series.http://sarahbecan.comTABLE 98b
Believed Behavior Believed Behavior
Believed Behavior is a Chicago-based small press publisher founded in 2013. The flagship publication is the Believed Behavior anthology that features alternative/art cartoonists interested in challenging the comics medium in print and web.http://believedbehavior.comTABLE 1b
Andrea Bell Andrea Bell
Andrea is an illustrator and comic artist living in Chicago throughout the best and worse seasons. Her work reflects adventure, honesty, and strong relate-able characters combined with an intriguing palette.http://andreabelldraws.comTABLE 70b
Big Apple Grafix Big Apple Grafix
Big Apple Grafix is Victor Cayro and Becca Kacanda who have been making art and comics together since 2008. Always incredibly detailed and super raw , Victor’s work has been published in numerous anthologies including Kramers Ergot 6, Best American Comics 2014, Project Superior, and Hopital Brut by Le Dernier Cri. Becca’s self published zines and comics are always techni-colored and playful and typically accompany larger fine art projects. This year she will be debuting her book Rotto Grotto, a historical comic about the tradition of grotto making in the midwest.http://bald-eagles.tumblr.comTABLE 50a
Bjorn Bjorn
Bjorn is a Seattle based Cartoonist and Illustrator, he was born in 1993http://swamptitan.tumblr.comTABLE 72a
Hannah Blumenreich Hannah Blumenreich
Hannah Blumenreich went to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and self-published her own mini comics Paper & Glass, Unlucky Spider-Man, and Not Quite Journal Comics. She currently lives in Minneapolis and feels pretty good about ithttp://hannahblumenreich.comTABLE 47a
Bred Press Bred Press
Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter.http://bredpress.comTABLE 17a
Tony Breed Tony Breed
Tony Breed is the man behind the new web comic Muddlers Beat and the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched. 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.http://muddlersbeat.comTABLE 38a
Kevin Budnik Kevin Budnik
Kevin Budnik is a cartoonist from Chicago, IL. He writes and draws memoir and journal comics that explore his personal life, family, and struggles with mental health.http://kevinbudnik.comTABLE 70a
Ryan Burns - RUN Comics Ryan Burns - RUN Comics
Making a zine a month as a form of concentration in hopes of reaching catharsis.http://run-comics.tumblr.comTABLE 66b
Odin Cabal Odin Cabal
Odin Cabal is the creator of Midwestrn Cuban Comics as well as Cuban Thunder. I've lived in Kenosha Wisconsin most of my life and have been making comics for the last six years. 61b
Jessica Campbell Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics from Canada, where she was raised on an island that, according to the pentecostal church of her youth, also happens to be the witchcraft capital of North America.http://jessicacampbellpainting.tumblr.comTABLE 63b
Sally Cantirino Sally Cantirino
A Jersey girl living in the swamps of Florida, making comics and doing magic.http://srcantirino.carbonmade.comTABLE 73
Hannah Chavez Hannah Chavez
Hannah Chavez is a Chicago based artist and recent graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She finished her undergrad work under the tutelage of 2015-16 William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor Chris Ware. Her CAKE debut comics were made during this class.http://hannahbrookechavez.tumblr.comTABLE 88a
Danielle Chenette Danielle Chenette
Danielle Chenette is an artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. She makes comics, paintings, prints, and animations.http://daniellechenette.tumblr.comTABLE 80a
Marta Chudolinska Marta Chudolinska
Marta Chudolinska is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto who makes introspective, surreal, silly and sad comics using woodcut & linocut prints, papercuts and a variety of drawing materials.http://martachudolinska.comTABLE 72b
Chris Cilla Chris Cilla
Chris C. Cilla is a cartoonist and screenprinter. You may have seen his comic book Luncheonette/ Labyrinthectomy from Revival House Press or his graphic novel The Heavy Hand from Sparkplug Comic Books. His work has been published in Kramers Ergot, Study Group, and Barf Water. He is a contributor to Vision Quest comics newspaper and runs the Sardine Can Press. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.http://cccilla.comTABLE 87a
Collective Stench Collective Stench
The odor grows, a collection of wacky souls jumping ship on the river Styx to put out the funny books in an age of mean muggin'.http://collectivestench.comTABLE 43
Conundrum Press Conundrum Press
"Conundrum Press has quietly become a major force in alt-comics publishing" - TCJhttp://conundrumpress.comTABLE 35a
Joshua W. Cotter Joshua W. Cotter
Joshua W. Cotter lives in rural northwest Missouri with his wife, child, cat and an acute sense of impending mortality. They keep him making comics.http://jwcotter.tumblr.comTABLE 91a
Gabi Cracraft Gabi Cracraft
Gabi is a cartoonist living in chicago, she draws a lot of monsters and dungeons and adventures.http://comicbookghoul.comTABLE 88b
Czap Books Czap Books
Czap Books publishes and distributes comics that celebrate the poetic, the personal and the weird. Their goal is to nurture and support a growing, diverse family of artists.http://czapbooks.comTABLE 65a
Evan Dahm Evan Dahm
Evan lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has been self-publishing fantasy adventure comics since 2006, including Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu. He's illustrated and published an edition of the Wizard of Oz, too, and is a founding member of Benign Kingdom.http://rice-boy.comTABLE 74b
Alisha Davidson Alisha Davidson
Alisha Davidson is an illustrator and comic book artist currently living in Toronto, Canada. She creates comics, zines, posters, apparel, stationery and more for a wide range of clients. She has done a lot of work for publications that focus on alternative politics and female supportive literature, as she choses collaborate with organizations whose ideals line up with her own. Alisha has exhibited in both solo and group art shows across Canada as well as Internationally. In 2015 she was nominated, and received runner up for the Short Run Seattle Small Press Grant. In the same year she also receiving runner up for the 2015 Spark Box Residency National Award.http://alishadavidson.comTABLE 23a
Anya Davidson Anya Davidson
Anya Davidson was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1983. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She is a cartoonist, musician, teaching artist and printmaker whose work appeared in many zines and anthologies, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. Her debut graphic novel, School Spirits, was published by Picturebox Inc. Her current project, the Ignatz-award nominated comic Band for Life, will be available in print from Fantagraphics Books in the not-too-distant future.http://anyadavidson.comTABLE 44b
M. Dean M. Dean
M. Dean is an illustrator and cartoonist currently based in New York. She works regularly on two webcomics (The Girl Who Flew Away and Coming Soon: Regents Walk) as well short comics and illustration.http://meedean.comTABLE 56b
Krystal DiFronzo Krystal DiFronzo
Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a Midwestern artist, cartoonist, and educator based in Chicago. Her work can be seen in publications such as Lumpen Magazine, Happiness Comix, and The Lifted Brow as well as in many self-published books. She will be debuting books with Bred Press and Believed Behavior at this year's CAKE. http://krystaldifronzo.comTABLE 42a
Domino Books is a publisher and distributor of artists books, comics, and all types of printed media.http://dominobooks.orgTABLE 39a
Sean Dove Sean Dove
Sean lives and works in Chicago, IL, where he runs his one-man design studio And Thank You For Flying. Born in Hawaii and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sean graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. He has been freelancing full-time since 2009, specializing in illustration, screen printing, comics, and design. In 2014 Sean self-published a book of spy-inspired illustrations, The Last Days of Danger. He continues to draw his comic series Fried Rice and is currently illustrating Bro-Bots with J. Torres, available from Oni Press in 2016.http://andthankyouforflying.comTABLE 68b
downfall arts downfall arts
Downfall arts is an organization of French sheepdogs writing the history of the future through high-quality offset printing books and art. Our goals are to find the limits of print then viciously push those limits off the edge of reality and then find where history becomes myth and myth becomes legend.http://downfallarts.comTABLE 14b
Jon Drawdoer Jon Drawdoer
Jon Drawdoer (Drawdoer Jones) is a queer cartoonist living in Chicago. He has written, drawn, and self-published print comics, among them: Buck, Infinite Jest Tijuana Bible, and Mindfulness Comics. Jon has studied cartooning at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW). He has contributed to anthologies about bears, school mascots, and professional wrestling.http://drawdoer5000.tumblr.comTABLE 38b
Drawn & Quarterly Drawn & Quarterly
Drawn & Quarterly is the internationally renowned publisher of the world's best cartoonists. D+Q has published many North American luminaries of the medium including Adrian Tomine, Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, and Seth, as well as international authors including Tove Jansson (Finland); Guy Delisle (France); Tom Gauld (UK); Astrid Lindgren (Sweden); Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Japan); Rutu Modan (Israel); Shigeru Mizuki (Japan); and many more cartoonists from across the globe.http://drawnandquarterly.comTABLES 31 & 32
Erin K Drew Erin K Drew
Erin K Drew is a visual artist and mental titan from Indianapolis, Indiana. She makes objects and images and had drawings in a recent edition of Corpus Corpus. She assists with goings on at General Public Collective, an artist-run project space and concept shop, oversees the research at the (itinerant) Cartoon Research Laboratory, and curates the Difficult Women performance series.http://extremeappearances.blogspot.comTABLE 85b
Easy Press Easy Press
Easy Press focuses on limited-edition Risograph zines, comics, and prints made at material cost in hopes of fostering an affordable and collaborative environment for Chicago artists. We want artists to play an active role in the printing process, working together with us to produce a quality finished product. http://easy-press.coTABLE 54b
Fantagraphics Books Fantagraphics Books
Fantagraphics Books is celebrating our 40th anniversary as the publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists.http://fantagraphics.comTABLES 7 & 8
Femicomix Finland Femicomix Finland
Femicomix Finland is a network of feminist minded comics artists and activists. We do workshops, socialising and support. Femicomics Finland is antiracist, inclusive, and aims to make all activities accessible to groups of all genders, races and physical abilities. Together we publish our comic zine called Namifetsi and our members publish a lot of their own feminist zines.http://feministinensarjakuva.sarjakuvablogit.comTABLE 11a
Meags Fitzgerald Meags Fitzgerald
Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based illustrator and comic book artist. Her first book, Photobooth: A Biography married photo history with travelogue to much acclaim. Fitzgerald won the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award, was nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Award in the Best Cartoonist Category and named by the CBC on the “Writers to Watch” list. Fitzgerald’s new graphic memoir Long Red Hair, is a queer coming of age story that delves into sorcery and sisterhood.http://meagsfitzgerald.comTABLE 35a
Sean Ford Sean Ford
Sean Ford is the creator of Only Skin and Shadow Hills. He graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. Now he lives in Brooklyn and designs books and walks his dog.http://onlyskincomics.comTABLE 2b
Mike Freiheit Mike Freiheit
Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist, illustrator and teacher living in beautiful Albany Park with his wife and two cats. He's almost always working on Monkey Chef, his comic about that time he lived in South Africa and cooked food for monkeys. When he's not making comics, he really likes teaching people to create their own stories. He also loves hugs and writing in the third person because it seems really official.http://mikefreiheit.comTABLE 52a
Friendship Edition Press Friendship Edition Press
Friendship Edition is a collective of illustrators and comic makes from Toronto, Ontario. It represents the collective works of Jenn Woodall, Mary Verhoeven, Trevor Henderson, Erin Rei, JJ Tebrake, Gillian Blekkenhorst and Laura Harte. FE collectively works on anthologies that showcase our work all together in one volume but we also publish our own individual works.http://friendship-edition.comTABLE 67
Marnie Galloway Marnie Galloway
Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. She is best known for the wordless comic series In the Sounds and Seas, which won a Xeric Award, was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel, and was listed as a Notable Comic in Best American Comics. A hardback collected edition of In the Sounds and Seas is forthcoming from One Peace Books in spring 2016. Marnie was formerly the art director for Muse and Cicada magazines, where she founded the alternative comics section in that publication, and she served as an organizer of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, but spends most of her time these days tirelessly and enthusiastically slinging ink on paper to make new books.http://monkeyropepress.comTABLE 81b
Megan Rose Gedris Megan Rose Gedris
Megan Rose Gedris, aka Rosalarian, is a recent transplant to Chicago from Michigan. She writes a lot of comics about women and LGBT people, including I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, YU+ME, and Meaty Yogurt. She works for erotic comics site Filthy Figments, and draws diary comics about her time as a touring burlesque performer called Comic Stripper.http://rosalarian.comTABLE 13a
Emi Gennis Emi Gennis
Emi Gennis makes comics about dead people. She lives in a little house in a little town in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University.http://emigennis.comTABLE 45b
Melanie Gillman Melanie Gillman
Melanie Gillman is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher based in Denver, CO. They're the creator of As the Crow Flies, an Eisner-nominated webcomic about queer teens and Christian youth camp, which can be read at...http://melaniegillman.comTABLE 83b
Andy Glass Andy Glass
Andy Glass is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator and graphic artist. He self publishes the alternative comic LIMBUS. Some of his comics and illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Denver Westword and the newspaper anthology MadHappys from San Francisco. He recently appeared in the Unsolved Mysteries collection from indy publisher Hic n' Hoc.http://limbusland.tumblr.comTABLE 75a
Henry Glover Henry Glover
Comic creator and illustrator living in Oakland, California.http://xcity.tumblr.comTABLE 49b
Chris Gooch Chris Gooch
Chris draws comics in Melbourne, Australia and works at a supermarket. A lot of his comics are available to read online. Along with Sarah McNeil he will be participating in the CHIPRC Transit Residency. 1a
Rebecca Mir Grady Rebecca Mir Grady
Rebecca Mir Grady is an artist, designer and writer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Alaska and raised in Maine, her creative sensibility is steeped in saltwater and mountains. When she was too little to walk she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. Her work is primarily concerned with the perplexing character of interactions with nature. Grady received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely around the US and Internationally, at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Carthage College, Illinois State University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Gallery 400, Gallery CC in Malmö, Sweden, and La Box in Bourges, France, among others. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Candy, Bad at Sports, Hyperallergic, New City, Time Out, and more.http://sheisrestless.comTABLE 52b
christopher green christopher green
christopher green (aka mumblethief) is from Alaska, but he spends a lot of time in Toronto. He carries a magnifying glass in his left pocket, and tries really hard to keep things unfamiliar.http://mumblethief.comTABLE 72b
Henry Guerra Henry Guerra
Henry is a cartoonist living in Chicago IL and has recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Henry spends all of his time making comics when he isn't serving donuts and walking dogs.http://Primeslime.comTABLE 88b
Robin Ha Robin Ha
"Robin Ha is a cartoonist and creator of the blog Banchan In Two Pages. She grew up in Seoul, Korea and spent her childhood reading and drawing comics. She moved to the united states when she was fourteen and studied Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to New York City and started her career in fashion industry as a textile designer and fashion illustrator. She joined Drawbridge studio, a cartoonist collective in Gowanus, Brooklyn in 2010 and continued to make comics. Her comics has been published in independent comics anthologies as well as Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She currently lives in Virginia, working on a graphic memoir about her immigration experience as a teenager in Alabama called Why Oh, Why Alabama. Her graphic novel with Korean recipes called Cook Korean! is coming out in July 2016, published by Ten Speed Press.http://robin.megaten.netTABLE 83a
Corinne Halbert Corinne Halbert
Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and became a Masshole early in life when her parents split up when she was three. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends most of her time working on her artwork and Hate Baby Comix. 22a
Cathy Hannah Cathy Hannah
Cathy Hannah lives and draws sad bastard comics in Chicago. She went to the Savannah College of Art and Design for a fancy funny book makin' degree and then to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an even fancier art history degree. Her autobiographical comic Winter Beard, won a Xeric Grant in 2005. Since then she's completed a six part comic series Alas, as well as Uglyfat, and We are Gonna Be Friends. Her Anarchist webcomic Calling All Rebels appears regularly on She organizes the Chicago Women's Comics Collective and smells like flowers.http://sayrabbitrabbit.comTABLE 22b
Rumi Hara Rumi Hara
Rumi is an illustrator and comic artist originally from Japan, currently based in New York City. On her little desk, she makes watercolor animals and other quirky characters. Her little Arctic counting book IGLOO received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in 2015.http://rumihara.comTABLE 54b
Miranda Harmon Miranda Harmon
Miranda Harmon has lived most of her life in Florida. She graduated from the Sequential Artists Workshop in 2015 and stuck around. Her work ranges from autobio comics to fiction about monsters and witches.http://mirandaharmon.comTABLE 74a
Keith Herzik Keith Herzik
Keith Herzik is a screen printer in Chicago who makes concert posters and zines under the name ALAMO IGLOO. He is also in a band with his wife Gina called Wet Wallet.http://alamoigloo.blogspot.comTABLE 86a
Beth Hetland Beth Hetland
Beth Hetland is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies (’11) and alumna and faculty member teaching comics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo work, FUGUE, is an autobiographical three-part story about her family using music as a metaphor for their relationships. Her most recent collaborative work, Half Asleep, is the story of a young girl whose mother enrolls her in a college program in a reality where you can manipulate your dreams and they affect the real world.http://beth-hetland.comTABLE 33b
Hidden Fortress Press Hidden Fortress Press
The Hidden Fortress Press was initially founded in 2010 as the publishing house for the Fort Thunder anthology MONSTER, but has since produced a number of hand-made mini-comics and anthology books featuring the work of dozens of talented artists.http://hiddenfortresspress.blogspot.comTABLE 5b
Peter + Maria Hoey Peter + Maria Hoey
Brother and sister artists, who work under the name Coin-Op.http://coinopbooks.comTABLE 57a
Luke Howard Luke Howard
Luke Howard is an Ignatz Nominated cartoonist who works and lives in Vermont. He was fathered by a fighter jet and mothered by a warm pile of laundry. He received his MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, where he now teaches. His comic All Coons Look Alike to Me: the life of Earnest Hogan, father of ragtime was named a notable comic in The Best American Comics Series in 2013. Luke was nominated for an Ignatz Award for 'Promising New Talent' for his mini-comic Trevor in 2014.http://andsothen.comTABLE 33a
Kevin Huizenga Kevin Huizenga
Kevin Huizenga has published the (recently revived) comic book series Ganges with Fantagraphics, as well as comics and graphic novels with Drawn and Quarterly. He also self-publishes minicomics, available on his website Currently he lives in Minneapolis and teaches comics at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.http://usscatastrophe.comTABLE 94a
Emily Hutchings Emily Hutchings
Emily Hutchings is a comics artist, sculptor and poet based in Chicago, IL. Her general interests include theories of nothingness, holes, chromophobia, abstraction, materials science, physics, and philosophy. Her therapist once described her as ‘like one of those sharks that can go to the deep dark parts of the ocean and also come back up to the surface without the change in pressure killing them,’ which is pretty accurate.http://emilyhutchings.comTABLE 59a
Illustrated Press Illustrated Press
Illustrated Press is a multimedia production collective specializing in illustrated journalism and other storytelling endeavors. The Chicago-based group of professional journalists and illustrators fuses narrative non-fiction with shoe-leather reportage, all set to finely tuned sequential art.http://illuspress.comTABLE 25a
Issue Press Issue Press
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications, comics, multiples, and other printed matter based in Grand Rapids, MI.http://issue.pressTABLE 18
Nick Jackson Nick Jackson
Originally hailing from the 'burbs of Virginia Beach, Jackson came to Chicago in 2007 and quickly fell in love with its thriving alternative comics scene. His stories, self-published and featured in Chromazoid, have usually tended towards the surreal- a grieving humanoid carries his dead goldfish across a hostile land, a dog's eye view story of betrayal. But after his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, Jackson gravitated towards more journalistic storytelling. He is working on a graphic novel about his own experience of the Kyiv protests and has applied for a Fulbright to return to Ukraine for further research. Jackson considers himself an adventurous spirit but has eaten basically the same lunch for about six months now.http://nickmerlockjackson.tumblr.comTABLE 17b
Sean Karemaker Sean Karemaker
Sean Karemaker is an artist living in Vancouver, BC. After a childhood obsession with reading and writing comics, he obtained a diploma in graphic design from Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo (2002) and began a career in 3D design for video games, with freelance work in graphic design and illustration. Personal Narrative is a common element in A body of work encompassing Diorama Sculptures, Comics, Scrolls and paintings. Karemaker been exhibiting at local art spaces with exhibitions at The Gam Gallery, the Gropps gallery, The Seymour Art Gallery, The Pendulum Gallery and the Ayden Gallery. Sean is currently completing The Ghosts We Know a collection of autobiographical comic stories for Conundrum Press.http://seankaremaker.comTABLE 35a
Dave Kelly Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly is a writer and publisher of comics.http://sowhatpress.comTABLE 82
Kilgore Books & Comics Kilgore Books & Comics
Founded in 2008 as a used book and indie comic shop, Kilgore has been publishing comics from emerging artists since 2009.http://kilgorebooks.comTABLE 58
Koyama Press Koyama Press
Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.http://koyamapress.comTABLE 63b
The Ladydrawers The Ladydrawers
The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (AKA “The Ladydrawers”) is an unofficially affiliated group that researches, performs, and publishes comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large.http://ladydrawers.wordpress.comTABLE 10
Math-you Land-vote Math-you Land-vote
Mathyou makes weird comics about freaks and losers and punks and jerks and desperation and hopelessness and disgust. And then he prints em in lil filthy books and on "THE WEB". He's been doin this for some time now.http://mathyouland.tumblr.comTABLE 20b
Laura Lannes Laura Lannes
Laura Lannes is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York.http://lauralannes.comTABLE 23b
Will Laren Will Laren
Will Laren is an illustrator and zine maker living and working in Philadelphia. After graduating from MICA in 2012 he joined the art collective Space 1026 where he continues to work to this day. His work has been included in publications like Vice Magazine, Mother’s News, As You Were, Universal Slime, and Skate Jawn. 61a
J.D.Lee J.D.Lee
J.D. Lee is a cartoonist, illustrator, and pseudoscientist a base of operations deep beneath Chicago, IL. She draws by day, sculpts by night, and pretends to understand how poetry works by later night. You can find her work in anthologies including At Arms Length (2013) and Awkward Sex Comics (2014), as well as online at...http://jamiedavidalee.wordpress.comTABLE 53b
Amara Leipzig Amara Leipzig
Amara Leipzig is a cartoonist, printmaker, book-lover and teacher whose heart is split between California and Illinois. They seek to make comics about the many unspoken and invisible ways we interact with each other, and the world interacts with us. As you might imagine, they end up equally confused and fascinated most of the time.http://amaraleipzig.comTABLE 80b
Locust Moon Press Locust Moon Press
LOCUST MOON is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Our first book, ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE (published through Dark Horse in the fall of 2012), was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology. Projects since have included 36 LESSONS IN SELF-DESTRUCTION, PROMETHEUS ETERNAL (with the Philadelphia Museum of Art), SHAMAN, QUARTER MOON, and the Eisner & Harvey Award-winning LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, a Kickstarter-funded tribute comic to Winsor McCay's masterpiece by many of today's greatest living cartoonists (including Paul Pope, Michael Allred, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, Craig Thompson, and Farel Dalrymple).http://locustmoon.comTABLE 57b
Jesse Lucas Jesse Lucas
Jesse Lucas lives in Louisville, Kentucky. With the help of his wife and trusty dog ‘Fox’ he's able to avoid sleep and make comics instead.http://jesselucas.comTABLE 13b
Ed Luce / Goteblud Comics Distro Ed Luce / Goteblud Comics Distro
Ed Luce is the creator of the comic series Wuvable Oaf, which has been collected into a hardcover edition by Fantagraphics Books. The series has earned two Ignatz Award nominations, one in the "Outstanding Artist" category. His illustrations and comics have also been published by Image, Dark Horse, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Slate Magazine, the Henry & Glenn Forever series, Maximum RocknRoll and as a part of the Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines. 6
Leigh Luna Leigh Luna
Leigh Luna is a cartoonist and illustrator from New Mexico who currently lives in Los Angeles. Leigh received her BFA in comic art from MCAD in 2015. She spends half of her time making comics and illustrations about woodland adventures, and the other half fighting the patriarchy. Her feminist children’s comic, Clementine Fox, is published by GoComics. She also does a lot of work for Boom on various projects. Sometimes she takes naps.http://leighlunacomics.comTABLE 55b
Brett Manning Brett Manning
Post Chicagoan, now residing in a haunted farm house in rural Indiana, Brett works from home, painting, drawing, writing, eating, but mostly just playing with 2 cats and a bunny.http://brettisagirl.comTABLE 76a
Jon Marchione Jon Marchione
Jon Marchione is an illustrator and comics artist based in Baltimore, MD.http://jonmarchione.comTABLE 50b
Ben Marcus Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus is an artist and DJ in Chicago.http://benjaminmarcusi.tumblr.comTABLE 19b
Mardou Mardou
Mardou was born in Manchester, England in 1975 and now lives in St Louis, MO. She was the founder of the all-girl comics anthology, Whores of Mensa, and self-published mini comics such as Manhole and Anais in Paris. She contributed comics to the 2015 film, The Missing Girl and is the author of Sky in Stereo, a graphic novel.http://mardouville.comTABLE 95
Ted May Ted May
Ted May was born in 1969. He is best known for comics such as It Lives, Injury Comics and the series Men's Feelings which was selected for the 2014 Best American Comics anthology. His work has also been published in Kramers Ergot, Nickelodean Magazine, Bart Simpson comics and Vice. He is married to the cartoonist Mardou and they live in St Louis with their daughter. 95
Ian McDuffie Ian McDuffie
Ian McDuffie is a cartoonist, musician, and far-out. As such, they currently split time as the creator of the webcomic FEELS and as the sole member of the bedroom-glam band Violet Mice. Outside of comics, they’re known for their love of ropey old TV show Sliders (analysis for which they are internet-famous for), and their love of the most beautiful man in the world (David Bowie). They live in Chicago, where it is raining, and that's quite alright (for now).http://violetmice.comTABLE 59b
Sarah McNeil Sarah McNeil
Sarah McNeil is an Australian artist, illustrator and runs Room Press, Australian based risograph publisher and distro. Sarah is joining CAKE as part of the TRANSIT residency, based at ChiPRC. Sarah McNeil and Chris Gooch with be debuting a new book at CAKE completed during their residency, taking part in a risograph workshop, and will be hosting zine and print workshops at ChiPRC in the weeks leading up to CAKE. 1a
Lane Milburn Lane Milburn
Lane Milburn is a Chicago-based cartoonist who studied painting at the Maryland Insitute College of Art in Baltimore, publishing his first comics with the Closed Caption Comics collective. In 2010 he was awarded a Xeric Grant to self-publish the horror comedy graphic novella Death Trap. His first graphic novel, Twelve Gems, was released by Fantagraphics in 2014. He is currently serializing a science fiction comic called Envoy online and in print.http://spectralworlds.tumblr.comTABLE 44a
Scott R. MillerScott R. Miller
Chicago based graphic artist and self publisher. His art has appeared in the pages of HEAVY METAL MOVIES (2014, Bazillion Points), CINEMA SEWER, and HATE BABY COMICS. 22a
Max Mose Max Mose
Max Mose is a 2011 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 75b
Corinne Mucha Corinne Mucha
Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. She is the author of many comics, including Get Over It! published by Secret Acres.http://maidenhousefly.comTABLE 99a
Alex Nall Alex Nall
Alex Nall is a cartoonist and teaching artist living in Chicago.http://alexnall.tumblr.comTABLE 69b
Pranas T. Naujokaitis Pranas T. Naujokaitis
Pranas T. Naujokaitis’ recent work includes various BOOM! Studios titles (including Uncle Grandpa, Bravest Warriors, and Adventure Time), various children’s comic books from Blue Apple Books (including the upcoming Dinosaurs in Space: Out of this World!), as well as handcrafted, self-published minicomics such as the Monster Town series and Laffy Meal. He also does the semi-daily online journal comic inkdick. Pranas has a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two cats. He’s living the dream.http://ghostcarpress.comTABLE 34a
Negative Pleasure Publications Negative Pleasure Publications
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. He edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Negative Pleasure on Newtown Radio.http://negativepleasure.storenvy.comTABLE 28a
Vinnie Neuberg Vinnie Neuberg
Vinnie Neuberg is an illustrator from New York. He is a nice guy who makes fun comics and editorial illustrations.http://vinnieneuberg.comTABLE 26b
Alicia Obermeyer Alicia Obermeyer
Alicia Obermeyer is an artist and co-organizer of the Learning Machine DIY space in Chicago. Her comics and art books explore humor and satire of American consumer culture. She was raised 10 miles from the Wal-mart Supercenter in Anderson, Indiana.http://aliciaobermeyer.tumblr.comTABLE 85b
Molly Colleen O'Connell Molly Colleen O'Connell
MCO is a cartoonist, video artist, performer, writer, neologizer, modern clown, and troll.http://mollycolleenoconnell.comTABLE 41b
One Percent Press One Percent Press
One Percent Press was started by Stephen Floyd and JP Coovert in the fall of 2004 with the idea of self-releasing their own music and comics, along with anything they could help their friends with. There have been many amazing people involved with the label, and many more who serve as an inspiration. One Percent Press is very much informed by the larger DIY community and spirit.http://onepercentpress.comTABLE 48
Onsmith & Nudd Onsmith & Nudd
Onsmith & Nudd have been publishing collaborative books and prints since 2007. They have been artists-in-residence at Spudnik Press and Anchor Graphics, both in Chicago. Their collaboration consists of lithographic, relief and silk screened prints, as well as various editorial, curatorial and educational efforts. A retrospective of their work was held at Western Exhibitions in the spring of 2016. 87b
Virginia Paine Virginia Paine
Virginia is a cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, OR. She has a BA in History and completed the IPRC’s Certificate Program in Comics & Self-Publishing. I’ve been writing and drawing my whole life. Her comics and art have appeared in Bejeezus, Sadie Magazine, Indie Ladies Anthology, Brad Trip Anthology, Little Heart Anthology, Big Feminist But Anthology and Bitch Magazine. Her current project is a webcomic called The WHYS. She likes to hang out with my cat and watch cartoons.http://milkyboots.blogspot.comTABLE 46
Ben Passmore Ben Passmore
Ben Passmore is a cartoonist and attic dweller. He's the creator of the comic series DAYGLOAYHOLE, a a psychedelic post-apocalyptic adventure comic about misanthropy, old punks, gentrification, TV faced monsters, anarchism, art theory, lame literary references, and a bunch of other words.http://benpassmoreart.comTABLE 36b
Amy Peltz Amy Peltz
Amy Peltz is an artist, editor, and writer living in Chicago. When not working at the Art Institute of Chicago, she makes, reads, and thinks about comics. http://amypeltz.tumblr.comTABLE 81a
Peow! Peow!
Peow is a comic publisher from Sweden. Making weird fun new comics from young artists all over the world.  http://peowstudio.comTABLE 51
Perfectly Acceptable Press Perfectly Acceptable Press
Perfectly Acceptable is a small Risograph print shop and publishing house in Chicago, IL.http://perfectly-acceptable.comTABLE 16
J.R.D Pettinger J.R.D Pettinger
J.R.D. Pettigner is a cartoonist working and living in Chicago. His comic book Goiter has been described as 'decent' by some reviewers.http://goitercomics.tumblr.comTABLE 69b
John Pham John Pham
Publisher and Artist behind Epoxy/Sublifehttp://substitutelife.comTABLE 62b
Caroline Picard Caroline Picard
"Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator. Recent comics can be found in Tender Journal, Projecttile, Diner Journal, Everyday Genius and Bicycle Review. She has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press, 2012/13/15) and continues to work on an on-going series, The Chronicles of Fortune."http://cocopicard.comTABLE 52b
Laurie Piña Laurie Piña
Laurie Piña is a little elf making comics in a little room.http://crushedpeanut.comTABLE 60a
John Porcellino / King-Cat Comics / Spit and a Half Distro John Porcellino / King-Cat Comics / Spit and a Half Distro
John Porcellino has been self-publishing his zine King-Cat Comics since 1989, and has been publishing book collections of his work with Drawn and Quarterly since 2005. In 1992 he founded the Spit and a Half Distro, providing distribution services to small-press artists and comics publishers worldwide.http://spitandahalf.comTABLE 93
George Porteus George Porteus
George Porteus is an Illustrator and Cartoonist. Since he began making comics four years ago they have appeared in local publications such as Lumpen and NewCity, and mini-comic anthologies like Dip and Old School Trolls. He has self-published four books, including last year’s Mountains, Lies and Going Concerns, and is a member of the comics collective Trubble Club and of Spudnik Press Co-operative, respectively. This year, he was named as a runner-up for the annual CupCAKE award. He lives with his partner and their cat on the lower-west side of Chicago, Ill.http://georgeporteus.comTABLE 20a
Nate Powell Nate Powell
Nate Powell (b. 1978, Little Rock AR) is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist whose work includes MARCH, the graphic novel memoir of civil rights icon John Lewis; YOU DON'T SAY, ANY EMPIRE, SWALLOW ME WHOLE, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS, and Rick Riordan's THE LOST HERO. Powell’s work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, an Eisner Award, two Ignatz Awards, and four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections. Powell has discussed his work at the United Nations, as well as on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN. His books have been placed on school curriculum in over 40 states, and his animated illustrations in the SELMA: THE BRIDGE TO THE BALLOT documentary will reach one million students in over 50,000 schools across the nation. In addition to the MARCH saga, Powell is currently writing and drawing his next book, COVER, and drawing the series TWO DEAD with writer Van Jensen for Dark Horse. He lives in Bloomington, IN.http://seemybrotherdance.orgTABLE 60b
A. T. Pratt A. T. Pratt
A. T. Pratt is a 25-year-old cartoonist, illustrator and self-publisher from New York City. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration. Each of his publications is a new experiment with form and structure, and many of his printed products feature special tricks and innovations like foldouts, pop-ups, and peek-a-boos. In 2014, his comic Stupid Cupid was included in the Society of Illustrators’ Comic and Cartoon Art Annual in the Short Form category, and in 2015 his pop-up comic Pop Pup Dog Day was featured in the Special Format category.http://ATPratt.netTABLE 27a
Reid Psaltis Reid Psaltis
Reid Psaltis is a scientific illustrator and cartoonist from the Pacific Northwest. His work includes the graphic novel Kingdom/Order and his personal anthology Misnomer. When not drawing he is likely to be found sleeping, drinking coffee or thinking about dinosaurs.http://reidpsaltis.comTABLE 77a
Radiator Comics Radiator Comics
Radiator Comics distributes self-published and hand-made comics by over 40 comics artists to individuals and shops! Radiator's website updates most Tuesdays with new comics!http://radiatorcomics.comTABLE 52b
Tess Eneli Reid Tess Eneli Reid
Tess Eneli Reid is an Estonian-Canadian comic artist, illustrator and printmaker based in Toronto. Her self-published books experiment with new ways of reading comics through unique, collapsable books. Tess is interested in nudging the boundaries of book forms to tell stories about the agency of women in harsh landscapes and exploring personal histories in the underbelly of small towns. Her comics focus on folkloric images and diasporic biographies, and include self-published works like Silver for Bread, The Birth of Linda, The Death of Linda, and Madoc.http://tessenelireid.comTABLE 28b
Isabel Reidy Isabel Reidy
Isabel Reidy is an artist from Trumansburg, NY. In addition to making sexy comics to process their unsexy feelings about sex, Isabel plays music under the rock and roll alias Izzy True (Don Giovanni Records.)http://realbadguy.tumblr.comTABLE 15a
Retrofit Comics Retrofit Comics
Retrofit Comics is a small press comics publisher that was founded in 2011 by comics artist Box Brown to bring a selection of short works by different comics creators to the public on a regular schedule. Retrofit Comics has published work from some of the best comic book creators in North America, as well as creators from around the world, including France, Belgium, Japan, Australia, and the UK. Retrofit Comics publishes out of Philadelphia and Washington DC.http://retrofitcomics.comTABLE 84
Revival House Press Revival House Press
Revival House Press has been a stalwart publisher of the finest independent/underground comics since 2009. Last year, we proudly released Mardou's elegant, yet honest portrayl of adolescenece, Sky in Stereo, as well as the second issue of Ted May's wry collection of masculine parody, Men's Feelings. Both of whom will be present for CAKE.http://revivalhousepress.comTABLE 95
Grant Reynolds Grant Reynolds
Grant Reynolds is an artist, writer, and co-founder of the Chicago-based jam-comics group Trubble Club. Currently he's working on the memoir series Don't Try to Save Me, as well as the experimental series Corpus Distorta.http://grantreynolds.comTABLE 88a
Eddy Rivera Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera (b. 1984)is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist.http://eddyrivera.comTABLE 15b
Keiler Roberts Keiler Roberts
Keiler Roberts’ autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk has received three Ignatz Award nominations and was included in The Best American Comics 2014 and 2015 Notables List. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine, Nat. Brut, Darling Sleeper and Newcity. She was a special guest at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Festival) in 2015, and at Chicago Zine Fest 2013. Her newest book, Miseryland has been reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly, the Comics Journal, Broken Frontier, and more. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University.http://keilerroberts.comTABLE 92b
Scott Roberts Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts is a cartoonist who creates and prints experimental art comics. He also makes animated films, and founded the DePaul Animation program in Chicago. He shares a home and studio in Evanston with the cartoonist Keiler Roberts, their daughter Xia, and dog Crooky.http://Ubutopia.comTABLE 92a
Rebecca Roher Rebecca Roher
Rebecca Roher is a cartoonist and illustrator from Toronto, Ontario. She is currently working on her first graphic novel, Bird in a Cage, to be released in May 2016 by Conundrum Press. The original comic won Best English Comic at Expozine 2014. Her comic, Mom Body, first published by GUTS, was nominated for an Ignatz Award and has been featured on New York Times Now, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.http://rebeccaroher.comTABLE 34b
Isabella Rotman Isabella Rotman
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.http://IsabellaRotman.comTABLE 79a
Rough House Rough House
Rough House is an annual anthology series and comics publisher/collective from Austin, TX.http://roughhousecomix.comTABLE 14a
Marian Runk Marian Runk
Marian Runk is a Texas-born, Chicago-based, Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who loves birds, cats, and country music. Her pastimes include singing the blues, writing country songs, and watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.http://marianrunk.comTABLE 53a
Zak Sally/ La Mano 21 Zak Sally/ La Mano 21
Zak Sally is a cartoonist, musician, educator, and operator of La Mano, a micro-press concern out of Minneapolis, MN.http://zaksally.comTABLE 94a
Ozge Samanci Ozge Samanci
Ozge Samanci (B: Izmir, Turkey, 1975) is a comics and media artist. Her interactive-digital media installations and her collage-comics have been exhibited in numerous venues and art galleries internationally. Her autobiographical graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint is published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in 2015. Since 2006 she has been drawing for her online comics-collage journal Ordinary Things. Samanci is a member of Northwestern University Radio Television Film faculty.http://ozgesamanci.comTABLE 24a
Johnny Sampson Johnny Sampson
Johnny Sampson (b.1974) lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children. He is an artist, illustrator, and cartoonist, and sometimes all three at the same time. His work has been published by the likes of Pitchfork, Vice, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Lucky Peach. He likes freaking out the squares, sticking it to the man, and long walks on the beach. This is his first time exhibiting at CAKE.http://johnnysampson.comTABLE 1b
Dave Scheidt Dave Scheidt
Dave Scheidt is a radical dude from Chicago, Illinois. When he is not writing comic books he enjoys eating pizza.http://davescheidt.comTABLE 69a
Ben Sears Ben Sears
Ben Sears was last seen in Louisville, Kentucky. No reward if found.http://freebensears.comTABLE 65b
Secret Acres Secret Acres
Co-run by Barry Matthews and Leon Avelino, Secret Acres began publishing and distributing comic books in 2008. Secret Acres titles and artists have been recognized with Ignatz Award wins and nominations, an Eisner Award nomination and an LA Time Book Prize nomination. Several titles have appeared in international editions. A longtime champion of the minicomic format, Secret Acres began publishing minicomics in 2011 and continues to distribute minicomics in their online Emporium.http://secretacres.comTABLE 3
Chad Sell Chad Sell
A queer Chicago cartoonist with an eclectic collection of comics work and all of the drag queens.http://chadsellcomics.comTABLE 37b
The Sequential Artists Workshop The Sequential Artists Workshop
SAW has been one of the most outstanding free-standing schools for comics and graphic novels since 2012. Founded by award-winning cartoonist Tom Hart SAW is a school for the next generation of cartoonists. SAW has run week-long workshops with Aidan Koch, John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, Dash Shaw and more. We have a year-long program that attracts students from all over the world.http://sequentialartistsworkshop.orgTABLE 73
Josh Shalek Josh Shalek
Josh is a cartoonist in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in the desert, and the arid landscape continues to inform his work to this day. He makes the comic book Falling Rock National Park and loves to draw dinosaurs.http://joshshalek.comTABLE 77b
Sam Sharpe Sam Sharpe
Sam Sharpe is the co-creator of the Eisner nominated comic series Viewotron. He lives in Oakland, but he used to lived in Chicago, and, just between us, he really misses it.http://viewotron.comTABLE 99b
Silver Sprocket Silver Sprocket
Silver Sprocket is a bicycle club, comics and zine publisher, art crew, record label, and group of buds with an unhealthy enthusiasm for bad ideas and chaotic adventure from San Francisco, CA. We do our best. Our roster of comic book artists come from punk, DIY, anarchist, activist, queer and total chaos backgrounds.http://silversprocket.netTABLE 36a
Caitlin Skaalrud Caitlin Skaalrud
Caitlin Skaalrud is a cartoonist, organizer, teacher, aspiring astrologist behind micro-press Talk Weird Press. She is a recipient of a 2012 Xeric Self-Publishing for Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story. Her first full-length graphic novel Houses of the Holy was released in fall of 2015 by Uncivilized Books. She lives with her partner and two black and white cats in Minneapolis, MN.http://talkweirdpress.orgTABLE 79b
Suzette Smith Suzette Smith
Arts & culture writer and editor and comics artist.http://teamsuzette.blogspot.comTABLE 46
Fiona Smyth Fiona Smyth
Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011. A collection of her Exclaim comics Cheez 100 was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Fiona illustrated the picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, written by Cory Silverberg and published by Seven Stories Press. The follow-up titled Sex Is A Funny Word was released in the summer of 2015. Fiona collaborated with Ron Rege Jr on Perish Plains Vol.4 from Perish Publishing in 2015.http://fiona-smyth.blogspot.comTABLE 66a
Sparkplug Books Sparkplug Books
Sparkplug Books has been publishing unconventional and under-appreciated comics artists for over ten years. We also distro a large collection of zines and self-published minis. Sparkplug is based in Portland, OR.http://sparkplugcomicbooks.comTABLE 46
Spudnik Press Spudnik Press
Spudnik Press Cooperative is a community-based art center located in a warehouse-turned-arts hub in West Town, Chicago. Unique in our dedication to printmaking and the cultural traditions surrounding print, our studio houses professional facilities and rare equipment for a wide variety of traditional print processes and fine art publishing. Our 4800 sq.ft. studio includes shared work space, private studios and mixed-use spaces for exhibitions, classes and community events.http://spudnikpress.orgTABLE 12a
James the Stanton James the Stanton
I've been drawing my comic "Gnartoons" for over 10 years and am currently working from my home in the Pacific Northwest. I self-publish all of my own work and also publish the free comix newspaper Intruder along with my cartoonist friends in Seattle, WA. I grew up in West Michigan and am excited to get back to the Midwest to share in the celebration of comix excitement!!http://gnartoons.comTABLE 86b
Conor Stechschulte Conor Stechschulte
Conor Stechschulte is an artist and cartoonist currently pursuing an MFA in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His debut graphic novel, The Amateurs was published by Fantagraphics in 2014 . He is serializing his current graphic novel, Generous Bosom with Breakdown Press.http://conorstechschulte.comTABLE 41a
Sasha Steinberg Sasha Steinberg
Sasha Steinberg is a comics artist, drag queen, and editor. He is best known for his comic series STONEWALL and as the Art Director of VYM: The Drag Magazine. He holds an M.F.A from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and a B.A. in Modern Literatures from Vassar College. As Brooklyn drag queen Sasha Velour, he hosts the monthly drag/art show "NIGHTGOWNS," which Time Out NY has called the "thinking-queen's drag show"!http://ahsasha.comTABLE 37a
Rachel Suggs Rachel Suggs
Rachel Suggs was born in San Antonio and later moved to Dallas, TX. Currently, she resides in Baltimore, MD where she earned her BFA in illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work is specialized in editorial, book illustration, and pattern design. Rachel’s work has shown in several Light Grey Art Lab exhibitions (Rolemodels, Station Zero, Macro vs. Micro), The Society of Illustrators, NOBROW 9, and Spectrum 22.http://rachelsuggsillustration.comTABLE 50b
Joe Tallarico Joe Tallarico
Joe Tallarico is an artist/editor/curator mutant hybrid living in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys studying the histories of both art and comics and how the two are incorporated. He is the comics editor for Lumpen magazine and his work is shown in Chicago by Jean Albano gallery. Other avocations include gardening, junk collecting, and competitive Street Fighter.http://jtallarico.tumblr.comTABLE 91b
Tan & Loose Press Tan & Loose Press
Tan & Loose Press is an independent publisher of limited edition artists prints and zines based in Chicago, IL.http://tan-n-loose.comTABLE 19a
Walker Tate Walker Tate
Walker Tate lives in Los Angeles.http://varietypak.netTABLE 49a
Tin Can Forest Press Tin Can Forest Press
We are Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek, Canadian artists based in Toronto Ontario and the Canadian West Coast, who work collaboratively under the name Tin Can Forest. We create sequential art, film and books. Our art is inspired by the the forests of Canada, Slavic art, and occult folklore.http://tincanforest.comTABLE 2a
Jen Tong Jen Tong
Jen Tong is an illustrator and cartoonist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She's exhibited her work all over, often in LA and NY. She loves sushi.http://jentong.comTABLE 85a
Goda Trakumaite Goda Trakumaite
Goda lives in Philadelphia. She makes illustrations, comics and videos. She also works with kids at libraries, is a member of a collective that sends books to incarcerated people, has a highly relevant bachelors degree in philosophy and really likes plants. Her comics at this time are sometimes funny and are usually about different people going to the gynecologist. She hopes to make comics about other topics in the future!http://goda12.tumblr.comTABLE 24b
Dax Tran-Caffee Dax Tran-Caffee
I grew up in Silicon Valley, spent a few years in Chicago learning performance art & puppetry (SAIC), and currently live in San Francisco. I'm a mixed-race trans-feminine genderqueer, a professional independent artist, and an unapologetically agro feminist, which basically sums up what all my comics are about. I was making music and puppetry for a good decade before I gave it all up 3 years ago to try making a comic, and now comics are all I do.http://failingsky.comTABLE 36a
M. R. Trower M. R. Trower
M. R. Trower, AKA Inkmaggot, is a comic artist and human impersonator living in Durham, NC. They make a queer + trans adventure comic, REM, as well as other comics and zines relating to their experience as a gay pile of dirt.http://inkmaggot.tumblr.comTABLE 21a
Trubble Club Trubble Club
Trubble Club has published 10 volumes of jam comics in the seven years it’s been active, but its various members are additionally all active contributors to Chicago’s comics scene. We’ve tabled at all the CAKEs, as well as participated in a variety of other events, including a mural at the MCA and a jam sculpture at DePaul’s Art Museum.http://trubbleclub.comTABLE 90
2dcloud 2dcloud
A skunkworks publishing project. For CAKE 2016, we will have new books from Gina Wynbrandt, MariNaomi, Austin English, Sarah Ferrick, Andrew Burkholder, Blaise Larmee, Powerpaola, Sab Meynert and possibly Tommi Parrish.http://2dcloud.comTABLES 39b & 40
Uncivilized Books Uncivilized Books
Uncivilized Books has been publishing comics and graphic novels for over 5 years. We've published works by Gabrielle Bell, David B., Joann Sfar, Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow, James Romberger, Jason Little, and many others.http://uncivilizedbooks.comTABLES 4 & 5a
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is a small gremlin pretending to be human by pursuing a BFA in Comic Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She was raised in Zaragoza, Spain, but now lives in the ice and snow of Minnesota, making work and eating fried eggs. She's worked with DC Comics and BOOM! Studios and had pieces shown at Telegraph Gallery, Gowanus Print Lab, and Roq La Rue Gallery.http://hirosemary.comTABLE 55a
Lucie Van Der Elst Lucie Van Der Elst
Born and raised in Paris France, Van Der Elst was first initiated to drawing and photocopying stuff by her designer father on "Take Your Daughter to Work Day". She studied applied art and industrial design, which paradoxically reinforced her feelings for free drawing, painting and simple processes like paper-cutting. She defines herself as a paper-artist, creating colorful paper sets for shop windows and photo shoots. In 2013, along with French collective EnScred, she edited and published the first edition of SIC, a comics/illustration/writing magazine that explores a different theme each issue. SIC has inspired Van Der Elst to work more narratively and she's now applying her paper cut technique to a comic about old people and disintegration. It will be released in the spring of 2016.https://lucievanderelst.carbonmade.comTABLE 17b
Estrella Vega Estrella Vega
Based in New York, Estrella Vega is a printmaker that produces handmade silkscreen books about nature and science (and other subjects that tickle her fancy)http://estrellavega.comTABLE 29b
Kat Verhoeven Kat Verhoeven
Crafting tales in fantastical colour or stark black and white, Kats stories are of loneliness, struggle and inconclusive endings. Somehow there manage to be jokes along the way. Kat continues working on the web comic Meat&Bone about eating-disordered Anne, her room mates and their cat. You can read her short stories in Stripburger, Puppyteeth and OATH among other anthologies. Her debut novel TOWERKIND has been published by Conundrum Press.http://verwho.comTABLE 67
John Vestevich John Vestevich
John Vestevich is trying to figure something out through comics, and the work he produces along the way alternates between sets of restrictions, narrative styles, and subject matters. He is also interested in different visual toolkits and how they can affect reading experience from one person to the next. He works as a designer.http://johnvestevich.comTABLE 25b
Jason Walz Jason Walz
Jason's debut graphic novel, HOMESICK (Tinto Press), was nominated for a 2014 Eisner award for best graphic album. Since then, he has created a series of online comic anthologies and has self-published short comics. His latest comic, A STORY FOR DESMOND, was published by Tinto Press on 11/1/15.http://jasonwwalz.comTABLE 47b
Nathan Ward Nathan Ward
Nathan Ward (b.1992) is a cartoonist and lifelong resident of the Cleveland area. He has had comics and illustrations featured in a variety of publications including The Plain Dealer, Maximum Rock n’ Roll, Pork Magazine, Happiness, and on countless show flyers. His first full length comic, Fun-O-Planet, was self-published in the fall of 2014. In early 2015, Nathan self-published the first issue of his new zine, PUS, which features comics, record reviews, interviews, and contributions from other artists that focuses on punk music in Cleveland. He is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship.http://nwardcomics.netTABLE 26a
Andy Warner Andy Warner
Andy Warner makes comics in a garden shed in San Francisco, lives in Berkeley and comes from the sea. His work has been published by Slate, The Nib, American Public Media, Symbolia, KQED, and the United Nations Human Rights Council.http://andywarnercomics.comTABLE 35b
Weakly Comics Weakly Comics
WEAKLY is a NYC based tiny paper comics magazine published on a regularly irregular basis by sweaty-palmed art dorks Andrew Alexander, Max Huffman, and Jack Reese. Weakly started as an outlet for us to get out our work on an almost weekly schedule and quickly turned into a platform to connect with and print our like-minded pals.http://weaklycomics.tumblr.comTABLE 27b
Lale Westvind Lale Westvind
Sights set on the cosmic beacon, gripping the power line to creative chaos.http://lalewestvind.tumblr.comTABLE 42b
Jonathan Bell Wolfe Jonathan Bell Wolfe
Jonathan makes breathy, experimental comics and images about structure and romance.http://bellwolfe.comTABLE 21b
Kelsey Wroten Kelsey Wroten
Kelsey Wroten is a Kansas City based illustrator and comics artist. She has been making zines since 2008 under the name Jukebox Comix.http://kelseywroten.comTABLE 12b
Yeti Press Yeti Press
Yeti Press is a small publishing behemoth out of Seattle and Chicago. Over the course of four years, we've published nearly 30 mini comics, graphic novels, and zines from artists like Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Erik Nebel (Best American Comics 2015), and Eisner-nominated Sam Sharpe, amongst others. We look to continue to specialize in comics that feature humor and heart in 2016.http://yetipress.comTABLE 71


The following individuals were originally listed as exhibitors but had to cancel their appearance at CAKE 2016:

Gigi D.G. Gigi D.G.
Gigi D.G. is a freelance illustrator/cartoonist who loves sweets, fashion and video games. She’s also the creator of Cucumber Quest, a cute and colorful adventure comic about bunny kids.
Dustin Harbin Dustin Harbin
Dustin Harbin is a cartoonist living in Charlotte, North Carolina. He's best known for his series of Diary Comics, published by Koyama Press, and for never shutting up his mouth enough.http://dharbin.comTABLE 66b
E Jackson E Jackson
E is the creator of Pretty Heart Bouquet, an ongoing webcomic about magical girls. They like to make work that is positive and gentle.
Mar Julia Mar Julia
Mar Julia is an illustrator and always tired comic artist living and making stuff in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are currently running a weekly webcomic, The House on the Cliff, about meddling, girlfriends, and the sea, and lots of misunderstandings. They also make comics, illustrations, and zines about people, girls, and the ever so slightly slightly magical.
Jess Ruliffson Jess Ruliffson
Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist. She's currently making a comic book based on interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Hailing from the deep south, she has a love for banjo picking and front porches. She lives and works in Brooklyn, where she draws interesting things under the close supervision of her cat, Pascal.Clients include The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, Oxford American, Pantheon Books, E-Line Industries, Columbia University School of Journalism, The Nib,, Symbolia Magazine.