KIDFRIENDLY

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is June 11 & 12 from 11:00am - 6:00pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted!

You'll see gold-star balloons floating above some exhibitors' tables. These indicate that the table features comics that are kid-friendly! It's our hope that this makes navigating our show easier for families with children. If you have additional questions, feel free to talk to CAKE staff at the info table across from the elevators!

Here's a list of the exhibitors who indicated they'll have kid-friendly comics at their table:

Allison Bannister Allison Bannister
Allison Bannister spends her time drawing comics and dinosaurs, making coffee and wishing her apartment allowed cats.http://basictelepathy.comTABLE 60b
Rachel Bard Rachel Bard
Rachel Bard is a self-published cartoonist, illustrator, and lifelong Chicagoland resident. She is trying to find meaning in life through the colorful magic of imaginary worlds.http://rachelbard.comTABLE 66a
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
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
Yeon Kyung (Charlotte) Cha Yeon Kyung (Charlotte) Cha
Charlotte studied painting and drawing in art school, but always loved comics since she was a little kid. Her favorite stories are the ones that can make her cry.http://ykccha.comTABLE 68a
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
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
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
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
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
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
Peter + Maria Hoey Peter + Maria Hoey
Brother and sister artists, who work under the name Coin-Op.http://coinopbooks.comTABLE 57a
Alex Kostiw Alex Kostiw
Alex draws and writes and often combines the two into comics about humanity's struggles to communicate. She also recently received a degree in visual communication design, so there's that! And she believes almost anything can be a book if you look at it the right way.http://alexkostiw.comTABLE 29a
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
Erik Munson Erik Munson
Erik is an artist living in Minneapolis. He writes and draws comics about unsteady partnerships, moral relativism, and birds, which kind of encompass both of those things. He also draws medical illustrations for a living, and some of his heart diagrams have become characters in his comics. He is paid by the hour.http://cargocollective.com/emucomixTABLE 50a
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
John Pham John Pham
Publisher and Artist behind Epoxy/Sublifehttp://substitutelife.comTABLE 62b
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
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
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
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
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
Wesley Sun Wesley Sun
A local Chicago writer, author, and professor at the University of Chicago, I'm also the co-founder of Sun Bros Studios! Together with his brother Brad, we've been writing, illustrating, and self-publishing comics since 2012, including "Chinatown," "Apocalypse Man," and "Monkey Fist." We've raised over $40,000 through tremendously successful Kickstarter campaigns, they now speak about crowdfunding comics at conventions, universities, bookstores, publishing festivals, and comic shops throughout the Midwest. We've also had short stories published in small press comic anthologies such as "Then It Was Dark" (Peppermint Monster Press) and "Killer Queen" (Red Stylo Media). In addition, our first graphic novel, "Chinatown," has been taught at DePaul University as part of the “Graphic Novels and Social Justice” course, which my brother and I joined last year as guest lecturers.http://sunbrosstudios.comTABLE 98a
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
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
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
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
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