CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Laura Park!

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Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Best American Comics, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vice magazine, and Saveur.com. She is the illustrator for two middle-grade kids’ book series written by James Patterson, Middle School and I Funny, both of which have been number one New York Times bestsellers. Her book Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016. She is a member of the jam comics collective Trubble Club, and she created the poster art for the first annual CAKE in 2012. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or follow her on Twitter.

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.