2013 EXPO

CAKEPROGRAM
The 2013 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo took place  on June 15 & 16 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. It featured over 200 guests and exhibitors, and two full days of programming. CAKE is free and open to the public.
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Guests & Exhibitors

 

Collective Stench

Michael DeForge

Kim Deitch

Phoebe Gloeckner

Charles Forsman (Oily Comics)

Melissa Mendes (Oily Comics)

Jason Shiga

Deb Sokolow

Deb Sokolow

Chris Ware

Alternative Comics

Cartoon Picayune

Chicago Zine Fest

Closed Caption Comics

Closed Caption Comics

Drawn and Quarterly

Fantagraphics Books

Goteblud Comics

Hic and Hoc Publications

Illustrated Press

ITDN Group

ITDN Group

Koyama Press

Northwest Press

Oberlin Comics Collective

Oberlin Comics Collective

Paper Rocket Minicomics

Picturebox

Retrofit Comics

Revival House Press

Revival House Press

Rotland Press

Secret Acres

Sympolia

Sparkplug Comic Books

Spit and a Half

Spudnik Press

Spudnik Press

Trubble Club

Tugboat Press

Tugboat Press

2D Cloud

Uncivilized Books

Yeti Press

Christopher Adams

Sam Alden

David Alvarado

Kimball Anderson

Lara Antal

EJ Barnes

EJ Barnes

Josh Bayer

Cara Bean

Nate Beaty

Sarah Becan

Lucy Bellwood

Lucy Bellwood

Ben Bertin

Ben Bertin

Hannah Blumenreich

Anna Bongiovanni

Anna Bongiovanni

Matt Bors

Matt Bors

Tony Breed

Tony Breed

Box Brown

Kevin Budnik

Nicholas Breutzman

Tiffanie Bui

Tyrell Cannon

Vanessa Capshaw

Vanessa Capshaw

Lilli Carré

RJ Casey

Caitlin Cass

Danielle Chennette

Michelle Chrzanowski

Chris Cilla

Anthony Clark

Tyler Cohen

Cybele Collins

JP Coovert

Matt Crabe, Heaven’s Favorite Man

Gabriela Cracraft

Gabriela Cracraft

Crass Sophisticate: Josh Reinwald

Crass Sophisticate: Justin Rosenberg

Kevin Czapiewski

MK Czerwiec

Ezra Daniels

Julie Delporte

Jo Dery

Krystal DiFronzo

Will Dinski

Jim Donaldson

Sara Drake

Sara Drake

GW Duncanson

Neil Fitzpatrick

Neil Fitzpatrick

Stephen Floyd

Bob Flynn

Eroyn Franklin

Friendship Edition

Friendship Edition

Alex Fukui

Andy Gabrysiak

Penina Gal

Marnie Galloway

Gabrielle Gamboa

Zachary Garrett

Emi Gennis

Julia Gfrörer

Julia Gfrörer

Melanie Gillman

Andy Glass

Sarah Glidden

Leif Goldberg

Zac Gorman

Meredith Gran

Meredith Gran

Corrine Halbert

Lisa Hanawalt

Cathy Hannah

Cameron Hawkey

Cameron Hawkey

Alyssa Herlocher

Keith Herzik

Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland

Hidden Fortress Press

Hidden Fortress Press

Lyra Hill

Lyra Hill

Sam Hiti

Peter & Maria Hoey

Mike Holmes

Paul Hornschemeier

Olivia Horvath

Luke Howard

Kevin Huizenga

Robin Hustle

Gregory Jacobsen

Cathy G. Johnson

Dave Kelly

Victor Kerlow

Bart King

Mr. King Mini

Mr. King Mini

Kinoko

Kinoko

Rob Kirby

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley

Bret Koontz

Chris Kuzma

Chris Kuzma

Patrick Kyle

Patrick Kyle

Matthew Landvogt

Ginette Lapalme

Ginette Lapalme

Laurel Lynn Leake

Kat Leyh

Linework

Carter Lodwick

Carter Lodwick

Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth

Fran López

Fran López

Justin Madson

Justin Madson

Mita Mahato

April Malig

April Malig

Sheila Marcello

Sheila Marcello

Kira Mardikes

Mardou

Mardou

Nathan O. Marsh

Zach Mason

Joël "CRĀVE" Maximé, Jr.

Joël “CRĀVE” Maximé, Jr.

Ted May

Ted May

Ian McDuffie

Dakota McFadzean

Bernie McGovern

Bernie McGovern

Tom McHenry

Tom McHenry

Sophie McMahan

Anthony Meloro

Midwestrn Cuban Comics

Midwestrn Cuban Comics

Jaclyn Miller

Tim Miller

Rebecca Mir

Talya Modlin

Max Morris

Sarah Morton

Mortville

Most Anceint

Corinne Mucha

Corinne Mucha

Jack Mulkern

Jack Mulkern

Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy

Pranas Naujokaitis

Rachel Calderon Navarro

Rachel Calderon Navarro

Carrie Neumayer

Onli Studios

Tyler Page

Evan Palmer

Caroline Paquita / Pegacorn Press

Caroline Paquita / Pegacorn Press

Laura Park

Peanut Gallery

Leslie Perrine

Caroline Picard

Cody Pickrodt

Adiran Pijoan

Adiran Pijoan

Laurie Piña

Liz Plourde & Randy Michaels

Press Gang

Providence Comics Consortium

Michael Rae-Grant

Joseph Remnant

Joseph Remnant

Aaron Renier

Grant Reynolds

Eric Rivera

Keiler Roberts

Scott Roberts

Eric Roesner

Isabella Rotman

Kenan Rubenstein

Jess Ruliffson

Jess Ruliffson

Marian Runk

Zak Sally

Zak Sally

Dave Scheidt

Brian Schrank

Brian Schrank

Sam Schultz

Sam Schultz

Chad Sell

Sam Sharpe

Sam Sharpe

Darin Shuler

Tim Sievert

Tim Sievert

Kara Sievewright

Kara Sievewright

Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons

Caitlin Skaalrud

Otto Splotch

Otto Splotch

Daniel Spottswood

Daniel Spottswood

James Stanton

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein

Sasha Steinberg

Sun Bros Studios

Betsey Swardlic

Joe Tallarico

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Ruby Thorkelson

Ruby Thorkelson

Jeremy Tinder

Tiny Kitten Teeth

Tiny Kitten Teeth

Jen Tong

C. Spike Trotman

C. Spike Trotman

Luis Enrique Echavarria Uribe

Tom Van Deusen

Noah Van Sciver

Carrie Vinarsky

Hedwig Vinson

Hedwig Vinson

Jason Viola

Jason Viola

Georgia Webber

Georgia Webber

Western Exhibitions

Western Exhibitions

Lale Westvind

Sophia Wiedeman

Dailen Williams

Gabriel Winslow-Yost

Jonathan Bell Wolfe

Gina Wynbrandt

Jason Young

Mickey Z

Jessi Zabarsky

Jeff Zwirek

Programming

 

Saturday, June 15 2013

12:00 – 1:00pm

Chris Ware

Moderated by Jake Austen
Sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore

Special Guest Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth, which received the Guardian First Book Award and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His most recent book, Building Stories, was voted a 2012 Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, Time Magazine and Publishers Weekly. An irregular contributor to The New Yorker, he guest-edited the 13th issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in The New York Times Magazine. His work has been the focus of solo exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Nebraska and the Gävle Konstcentrum in Gävle, Sweden, as well as regular exhibitions at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York, the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, and the Galerie Martel in Paris in March, 2013. Jake Austen, editor of the vital and influential Chicago cultural magazine Roctober, will host Mr. Ware in conversation, speaking on Ware’s career and his connection to Chicago and its living comics history.

1:30 – 2:30pm

Innovative Forms

with Jason Shiga, Deb Soklow, Aaron Renier, and Nate Beaty
Moderated by Caroline Picard

Sponsored by Anchor Graphics

Artists today are reinventing the boundaries of what is considered graphic narrative. From re-engineering the book, to capitalizing on the potential of the Internet’s infinite canvas, to mapping stories through physical space, experiments in format are exploding the possibilities of non-linear storytelling and evolving the way we read. Special Guest Jason Shiga is the author of Meanwhile, a tabulated, “choose-your-own-adventure,” capable of 3,856 different story combinations. Fellow Special Guest, Deb Sokolow creates narratives through gallery installations, in which physical size and space play a part of the story. They will be joined on stage by Aaron Renier, and Nate Beaty, who launched the expansive and dynamic comics web-project, The Infinite Corpse this spring. This discussion about comics’ outer limits is moderated by Caroline Picard of Green Lantern Press and BadAtSports.

3:00 – 4:30pm

Eyeworks: Parallel Lines

with Kim Deitch, Kevin Eskew, and Leif Goldberg
Curated by Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré


The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is a film festival with a focus on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The festival programs showcase outstanding experimental animation of all sorts: classic films, new works, and rare masterpieces. Founded in 2010 by Alexander Stewart (Library Book, Sideral) and Lilli Carré (Heads or Tails, The Lagoon), Eyeworks is held annually in Chicago, with additional curated programs presented in Chicago and other cities throughout the year. The Eyeworks program showing at CAKE this year, Parallel Lines, features animated work that highlights an overlap between alternative comics and experimental animation. The screening will include both classic and contemporary works on this theme, showcasing narrative and graphic parallels between the two forms. Immediately following the screening there will be a Q&A, with presented animators Kim Deitch, Kevin Eskew, and Leif Goldberg.
Parallel Lines: Comics and Animation

 

Richard McGuire, Micro Loup. 2003. 7:00
Peter Millard, Bodoobieboodongo. 2012. 4:00
George Griffin, Head. 1975. 10:30
Kathy Rose, The Doodlers. 1975. 5:00
Leif Goldberg, Wee Wee Attractors. 2013. 4:15
Kevin Eskew, Dumb Day. 2012. 10:00
Amy Lockhart, Walk For Walk. 2005. 11:00
Kim Deitch & John Kuramoto, The Ship That Never Came In. 2003. 2:30
Winsor McCay, The Pet. 1921. 11:45
Stefan Gruber, The Edible Rocks. 2012. 3:00

Sunday, June 16 2013

12:30 – 1:30pm

Mega-Solutions to Micro-Publishing: Oily Comics

with Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Michael DeForge, and Anna Haifisch
Moderated by Max Morris

Sponsored by the Sequential Artists Workshop

In the current expansion of the micro-publishing field, Special Guests Oily Comics is a premiere imprint. Operated by Chuck Forsman (The End of the Fucking World, Snake Oil) and Melissa Mendes (Lou, Freddy), Oily Comics features some of the best talent in alternative comics. Joining them on stage will be fellow Special Guest Michael DeForge (Adventure Time, Elizabeth of Canada, Lose), and German cartoonist, Anna Haifisch (The Buddies, Future Tense). CAKE co-organizer Max Morris will moderate this exciting discussion.

2:00 – 3:00pm

Kim Deitch

Moderated by Caitlin McGurk
Sponsored by Chicago Comics

Special Guest Kim Deitch came from a legacy in the animation field and continues to form a legacy of his own. From the hey-day of the undergrounds, through the breakthrough of Raw, Kim Deitch remains a seminal force in alternative comics. Deitch will be speaking about his new book, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, out this year from Fantagraphics. He will be joined by Caitlin McGurk (Good Morning You), librarian at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

3:30 – 4:30pm

Intimate Anxiety

with Phoebe Gloeckner, Julia Gfrörer, and Heather Benjamin
Moderated by Caroline Paquita

Sponsored by Comix Revolution

Beyond the shock tactics of portraying “inappropriate” subject matter in comics, we find the medium is exquisitely suited for grappling with explicit content, unchained from the trappings of taboo. Intimate Anxiety focuses on three artists’ ferocious visions of sex and death, made all the more visceral through gorgeous and painstaking details. Special Guest Phoebe Gloeckner sets the standard for work that probes these realms. From her experimental memoir, Diary of a Teenage Girl, to her iconic illustrations for RE/Search to her current work dealing with the ongoing femicide in Cuidad, Juárez, Gloeckner continues to confront difficult realities with groundbreaking graphic integrity. Julia Gfrörer’s art vibrates off of the page while crafting oblique erotic worlds laced with terror. Through sparse text and a perfect sense of visual timing, Gfrörer’s comics, such as Too Dark to See, Flesh and Bone and Black Is the Color bring language to the unspeakable. Joining them will be Special Guest Heather Benjamin, whose obsessively rendered drawings aim straight for the jugular vein. Author of the cult art zine Sad Sex and contributor to the prolific output of Collective Stench, Benjamin’s art delves headfirst into complicated scenarios that are emotionally fraught and sexually feral. Moderated by Caroline Paquita, author of Womanimalistic and founder of Pegacorn Press, Intimate Anxiety is a conversation about the power and truth that lies within impropriety.

Connected Events

2cookie2013 Tuesday June 4, 2013
Cookies and CAKE Too
Comics Reading Featuring CAKE Exhibitors: Nate Beaty, Tony Breed, Max Morris (also a CAKE Organizer!), Rebecca Mir, Jonathan Bell Wolfe, and Crass Sophisticate!
Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
9:00pm
21+
BusyBeaver_CAKE_zines2 Thursday, June 13, 2013
Mini-Comic Release Party
Busy Beaver Button Co. & CAKE worked with comics artists, Lale Westvind and Carrie Vinarsky, to each create a 500-piece edition of a 6-8-page comic with a button pinned onto the inside back page. A circle die cut through the center of each comic allows the button to interact with each page. The event will feature a free sampling of the acclaimed eatery’s menu, free beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and the first 100 guests will receive a free issue of the limited edition mini-comic!
6-9pm
Parson’s Chicken and Fish
2952 W Armitage, Chicago
Laydeez_Do_Comics Thursday June 13, 2013
Laydeez Do Comics
Monthly women-run comic salon, special CAKE edition with Mita Mahato & Zan Christensen
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
7pm
Spudnikevent Friday June 14, 2013
Open Studio
Do you need to do last minute preparations for CAKE? Spudnik Press is graciously opening up their studio Friday during the day to give you a space to get work done. Fees are reduced to member-level prices!
Spudnik Press
1821 Hubbard
11am – 8pm
$5.00 gets you access
deitch Friday June 14, 2013
Kim Deitch Signing
Alternative comics legend, Kim Deitch, will be signing at Chicago Comics (just blocks from where CAKE will take place) Friday night. This is the first official evening event for CAKE.
Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark
6pm
uglystepsister Friday June 14, 2013
Modern Storytellers Exhibit
Curated by Andrew Ek, and featuring art from CAKE exhibitors Marnie Galloway and Tyrell Cannon.
Painting, illustration, multimedia and assemblage is the focus of, ”Modern Storytellers.” 12 artists working in different mediums and at various stages of their careers come together in this group show of affordable small works.
Ugly Step Sister Gallery
1750 S Union St.
Opening Reception 6:00 – 11:00pm
quimbysevent Friday June 14, 2013
Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt
& Patrick Kyle Book Signing

Come to Quimby’s the night before the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo to meet three of the most exciting alternative comics makers working today. Michael DeForge (Very Casual, Koyama Press), Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes, Drawn & Quarterly), and Patrick Kyle (Black Mass) will be signing their graphic novels and minicomics as part of the official festivities surrounding CAKE.
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
9pm
comicbattle Friday June 14, 2013
Comic Art Battle
Hosted by Ezra Claytan Daniels

The Comic Art Battle pits teams of ferocious comics artists against each other in a knock-out, drag-down frenzy of improvised gags, comics strips and chaos. Hosted by its founder, Ezra Claytan Daniels, this battle will feature a match-up between Chicago’s favorite comic book sons and daughters against an all-star coalition of visiting comics makers. It’s Chicago vs. the world! You wont want to miss it!
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
10pm
ATL_Bisexual_200px Saturday June 15, 2013
Anything That Loves
Bisexual Comics Event
The Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago and Chicago Bisexual Queer Meetup are hosting a comic book event on June 15 at The Center on Halsted to coincide with the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). The featured speaker will be Northwest Press publisher Charles “Zan” Christensen, editor of the forthcoming anthology Anything That Loves. Other guests may appear as well! This event is open to the public, held in the SAGE space.
Center On Halsted
3656 N Halsted
7:30pm

Debuts

 

Snack Pak #1

Snack Pak #1

Strong Eye Contact

Strong Eye Contact

Towerkind #2

Towerkind #2

Victus #1

Victus #1

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley

Amazing Facts and Beyond

Amazing Facts and Beyond

An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten book 7

An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten book 7

Backyard

Backyard

Black Eye 2

Black Eye 2

Daniel Clowes Reader

Daniel Clowes Reader

Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

Demongunz

Demongunz

El Gallo De La Muerte

El Gallo De La Muerte

Emotional Distance

Emotional Distance

The End

The End

The End of The Fucking World

The End of The Fucking World

Eye of the Majestic Creature vol 2

Eye of the Majestic Creature vol 2

Fire Messenger Chapter 3

Fire Messenger Chapter 3

The Fold and the Creator

The Fold and the Creator

Ghosts & Ruins

Ghosts & Ruins

Godhead #1

Godhead #1

Great Moments in Western Civilization In The Beginning

Great Moments in Western Civilization In The Beginning

Hate Baby #3

Hate Baby #3

Incidents in the Night vol 1

Incidents in the Night vol 1

Inhaling the Sun

Inhaling the Sun

Lose #5

Lose #5

Monkey Chef

Monkey Chef

Mumblecore Comix

Mumblecore Comix

My Dirty Dumb Eyes

My Dirty Dumb Eyes

Over the Wall

Over the Wall

Piecemeal #3

Piecemeal #3

Powdered Milk vols 9 & 10

Powdered Milk vols 9 & 10

Sammy the Mouse book 2

Sammy the Mouse book 2

Sea Change

Sea Change

Sequential Vacation 2

Sequential Vacation 2

Sky in Stereo #2

Sky in Stereo #2

Wolfman Chicago Eats Pants Pie

Wolfman Chicago Eats Pants Pie

Artwork

 

by Jo Dery

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Sponsors

 


Anchor Graphics
Busy Beaver Button Company
Center on Halsted
Chicago Comics
Comix Revolution
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Propeller Fund
Quimby’s Bookstore
Revolution Brewing
Sequential Artists Workshop
Spudnik Press
Halfwit Coffee Roasters
Aw Yeah Comics
826 Chicago

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo could not have been possible without the support of the following individuals, organizations and businesses,
Jo Dery, David Alvarado, Lauren Basing at threewalls, Ben Bertin, Bomb Banks, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Lilli Carré, Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Sarah Marie Coogan, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Anya Davidson, Sara Drake, Nick Drnaso, Gillian Fry, Denise Gibson, Sanya Glisic, Teresa Basso Gold, The Hecks, Alyssa Herlocher, Lyra Hill, Hungry Brain, Robin Hustle, Alex Inglizian, Gregory Jacobsen, Angee Lennard, Carter Lodwick, Lumpen, Ed Mar, Ben Marcus, Bernie McGovern, Candace Corner Miller, Johnny Misfit & the Two Cookie Minimum, Moonrises, Corinne Mucha, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Peanut Gallery, Jeremy Pettis, Stephen Ptácek, Quimby’s Bookstore, Emma Rand, Ness Raygo, Read/Write Library, Aaron Renier, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Screwball Press, Sam Sharpe, Situations, Jess Speers, Otto Splotch, Joe Tallarico, Ruby Thorkelson, Trubble Club, Carrie Vinarsky, Lale Westvind, Carl Zeller, Liz Mason.

Organizers

 

Neil Brideau
Edie Fake
Max Morris
Grace Tran
Jeff Zwirek

A great deal of decision making and support came from the CAKE Advisory committee:
Aaron Renier • Andy Burkholder • Anne Elizabeth Moore • Anya Davidson • Ben Bertin • Beth Hetland • Caroline Picard • Carrie Vinarsky • Cathy Hannah • Corinne Mucha • Grant Reynolds • Harrison Smith-Mooney • Ian McDuffy • Jaclyn Miller • Jake Austen • Jeffrey Brown • Jeremy Tinder • Jessica Campbell • Joe Tallarico • JP Pollard • Keiler Roberts • Krystal Difronzo • Lilli Carré • Liz Mason • Lyra Hill • Marian Runk • Matt Streets • Matthew Brady • Nate Beaty • Paul Hornschemeier • Rebecca Mir • RJ Casey • Sara Drake • Sarah Becan • Sean Hernandez • Terry Grant • Tiffany Young • Tyrell Cannon • Johnny Misfit • Greg Baldino • Monte Beauchamp • Nick Drnaso • Ezra Daniels • Hilary Chute • Sam Sharpe

A final big thanks to everyone who was involved with CAKE, supporters, volunteers, exhibitors, small press publishers, special guests, and attendees! Thanks so much.

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