Friday, April 27th

Cards Against Humanity Late Night Writers Room


April 27th, 2018
10:00pm
Estimated Run Time: 90 minutes
Age Recommendation: 18+
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Join the Cards Against Humanity writer’s room for a night of bad ideas. You’ll pitch your card ideas to the game creators, and the best suggestions will be acted out live by the Cards Against Humanity writers and friends. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed. This month’s hosts are Chicago comics artists Kevin Budnik and Sage Coffey, and all profits from the show will go to CAKE – The Chicago Alternative Comics Festival.

 

Saturday, May 12th

Blick and CAKE present:Looks Good Enough to Eat  – Sarah Becan Workshop

May 12th, 2018
1PM – 3:00 PM
Blick Art Materials
42 S. State Street
Free

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Sarah Becan in this  multi-sensory experience. How do you tell the story of a meal with nothing but a two-dimensional image? We’ll talk about the tricks and challenges of food illustration, and how comics as a medium are uniquely suited to instructional recipes. Learn how texture, color theory, and composition can help communicate our cherished memories, family histories and heirloom recipes with the world. Come prepared with your favorite short recipe for food or drink, and we’ll turn them into beautiful illustrations to share. 

Sponsored by Blick Art Materials and CAKE.

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Sunday, May 13th

Motherhood in Comics

May 13th, 2018
2 PM – 3:30 PM
Free

Comix Revolution
606 Davis St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Ditch the brunch and celebrate Mother’s Day with award-winning Evanston cartoonist Keiler Roberts. Roberts’ acclaimed book Sunburning and her long-running series Powdered Milk unflinchingly depict her complicated life as an artist and mother to young children. Join us for an intimate conversation with Roberts as she discusses her personal journey as mother and comics creator.

Co-sponsored by CAKE — The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo – and moderated by fellow parent and cartoonist Jeff Zwirek.

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Friday, May 18th

Chicago Zine Fest Day 1: Panel Discussion & Exhibitor Reading

May 18th, 2018
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Free

Institute of Cultural Affairs
4750 N. Sheridan Road in Uptown

All events during CZF weekend are always FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public! CZF 2018 will take place over two days: Friday, May 18th for a panel discussion & exhibitor reading, and Saturday, May 19th for our main exhibition.

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Interested in volunteering? Contact CZF here!

 

Saturday, May 19th

Chicago Zine Fest Day 2: Zine Exhibition

May 19th, 2018
11am-6pm
Free

Plumbers Union Hall
1340 W Washington Blvd

All events during CZF weekend are always FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public! CZF 2018 will take place over two days: Friday, May 18th for a panel discussion & exhibitor reading, and Saturday, May 19th for our main exhibition.

chicagozinefest.org

facebook.com/chicagozinefest

twitter.com/chicagozinefest

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instagram.com/chicagozinefest

Interested in volunteering? Contact CZF here!

 

Saturday, May 19th

Comix Revolution Micro Comic-Con

May 19th, 2018
1PM – 4:00 PM
Free

Comix Revolution
606 Davis St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Evanston breeds great cartoonists: Lynda Barry, Jessica Abel, Gahan Wilson, Emil Ferris, and many more acclaimed artists were born, lived, or currently reside in the city. Meet up with the next generation of Evanston creators now working in comics. The next great graphic novelist might be under your very nose! Featuring Markisan Naso (Voracious), Gene Kannenberg Jr. (Qodèxx), Jeff Zwirek (Burning Building Comix), Verzell James (Jeremiah Black), and Leo Mancini (Sharkman).

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Sunday, May 20th

Bizarre Collaboration: Creating With Your Better Half

May 20th, 2018
2 PM – 3:30 PM
Free

Comix Revolution
606 Davis St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Both renowned creators in their own fields, Chicago novelist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) and Scottish cartoonist Eddie Campbell (From Hell) began creating comics together in 2014 and, after a long distance relationship, married this past year. Bizarre Romance, their new project, provides thirteen stories set in a variety of situations and styles written by Audrey and illustrated by Eddie. They’ll discuss the book and the intricacies of working with your partner on collaborative art.

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Thursday, May 24th

Nick Drnaso launches Sabrina

 

May 24th, 2018
7pm
Quimby’s
1854 W. North Ave
Free

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister Sandra struggles to fill her days waiting in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

The follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s LA Times Book Prize winning BeverlySabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Sabrina contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate. Timely and articulate, Drnaso’s graphic novel leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.

“Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina is the best book—in any medium—I have read about our current moment. It is a masterpiece, beautifully written and drawn, possessing all the political power of polemic and yet simultaneously all the delicacy of truly great art. It scared me. I loved it.”—Zadie Smith

Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. His debut graphic novel, Beverly, received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and co-edited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. 

For more info:

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Julia Pohl-Miranda and Sruti Islam at publicity@drawnandquarterly.com

Thurs, May 24th, 7pm – Free Event

Quimby’s Bookstore, Chicago, IL quimbys.com

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Thursday, May 31st

Closing & Reading: Emily Hutchings “Give me an account of “

May 31st, 2018
6pm-9pm
Hume
3242 W Armitage Avenue
Free

Please join us for the closing of Emily Hutchings’ “Give me an account of your doings from the moment that I ceased to be a witness of them”.

“Give me an account of your doings from the moment that I ceased to be a witness of them” is a solo exhibition of recent work by Emily Hutchings. A little over two years ago, Hutchings made a promise, out loud, to the world, with her voice, that she would never ever show her work in public, or work towards that as the goal. This is an exhibition of the work she has made since making that promise.

Her work has been waffling on and off, stepping in and out of a box of smoke for years, toying with ideas and trying to find the most insignificant among them to focus on; tweaking small things, repeating over time, changing in scale, over and over and over. Self-referential. Arbitrary measurements, unnecessary sentimentality, cramming together disparate parts; quoting, and quoting, and quoting.

This is Hutchings’ first solo show, and her last exhibition in Chicago before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to even more fully pursue the act of not being observed.

More info: Facebook Event

 

Georgia Webber Reads From Dumb: Living Without a Voice 5/31

 

May 31st, 2018
7pm
Quimby’s
1854 W. North Ave
Free

Toronto-based cartoonist ’s new book, Dumb (Fantagraphics Books), Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how the book’s author copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness. Webber adroitly uses the comics medium to convey the practical hurdles she faced as well as the fear and dread that accompanied her increasingly lonely journey to regain her life. Her raw cartooning style, occasionally devolving into chaotic scribbles, splotches of ink, and overlapping montages, perfectly captures her frustration and anxiety. But her ordeal ultimately becomes a hopeful story. Throughout, she learns to lean on the support of her close friends, finds self-expression in creating comics, and comes to understand and appreciate how deeply her voice and identity are intertwined.

“Webber wields the full power of the comics medium to address the life-changing catastrophe of being forced into silence.”

 Broken Frontier

Georgia Webber is a cartoonist living in Toronto, where she is a freelance comics in addition to editing the comics section of carte blanche. She is best known for Dumb, her autobiographical comics series about living with a vocal disability.

For more info:

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Friday, June 1st

CAKE Kick-off at Quimby’s: 5 Cartoonists 1 City: Minneapolis Showcase

 

June 1st, 2018
7pm
Quimby’s
1854 W. North Ave
Free

This year’s CAKE Kick-off event is a spotlight on one of the Midwest’s greatest comics presses, Come to hear  read from his new memoir book cataloguing the 80’s & 90’s music scene!  read new comics on immigration & nostalgia! Marina  Harkness will read from Tinderella, an autobiographical comic about online dating, living poor and being a dumb 20-something!  read White Supremacists are Human Farts, a comic created with her 10 year old adopted daughter!  read from The Clandestinautshis new comic based on RPG campaigns, a queasy mix of violent and clever, flying by the seat of your pants storytelling!

Facebook Event Invite For This Event.

 

Saturday, June 2nd

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo Day 1


11:00am – 6:00pm

Center On Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
FREE

 

CAKE After Party

8:00 – 11:00pm
GMan Tavern
3740 N Clark St
No Cover, 21+
Free

Come relax, socialize, have a drink and sing some sweet karaoke jams provided by Shameless Karaoke at the CAKE after party!
8pm, Gman Tavern, Free Admission.

Sunday, June 3rd

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo Day 2


11:00am – 6:00pm

Center On Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
FREE