CAKE is excited to announce our second special guest for 2016: Cathy G. Johnson!

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Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist living in Providence, Rhode Island who makes comics, drawings, prints, and books about confrontation and sincerity. Cathy was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Cathy also teaches at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island and is a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, which was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015. Cathy’s first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013. Cathy’s other comics and artwork are available at their online store, One Percent Press, Czap Books, and Youth in Decline. For more information, please visit Cathy’s website or connect with them on Twitter or Tumblr.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.