The following list of Special Guests & Exhibitors was last updated on May 24, 2014.
|Anya Davidson is a cartoonist, printmaker and musician living in Chicago. Her first graphic novel, School Spirits was published in 2013 by Picturebox Inc. Band for Life, her weekly webcomic for Vice magazine is updated every Friday afternoon.
|Inés Estrada is a cartoonist and sort of a nomad. She is the editor of the comics section of Vice Mexico and she also manages Gatosaurio, a webshop where you can find her stickers and comics. Most of her work is self-published, but she has also worked with publications such as Kuš (Latvia), The Believer (US) and Ediciones Valientes (Spain.) She has inhaled inhuman amounts of car smog biking through her home town of Mexico City, which has surely damaged her brain into seeing the psychedelic colors and shapes you can find in her work.
|Edie Fake is a Chicago-based artist, zinemaker and minicomics sommelier for Quimby’s Books.
|Lizz lives in Los Angeles and makes bad jokes.
|Hellen Jo is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She currently works as a storyboard artist on the Cartoon Network program, Steven Universe, and she spends her free time collating, stapling, and trimming zines. She has been laboring after these frustrating pursuits for about twelve years and plans to stop when she is dead, unless there are copy machines and long-arm staplers in Hell.
|Tony Millionaire was born in Boston and grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He writes and draws the ongoing adventures of SOCK MONKEY. He is the creator of the syndicated comic strip, MAAKIES, which has been collected by Fantagraphics, who also publishes his graphic novel series, BILLY HAZELNUTS. His comic strip MAAKIES has been adapted to the small screen as THE DRINKY CROW SHOW for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
|Nobrow is a leading international visual publisher with offices in London and New York. Championing the highest standards of quality in writing, design and production, we strive to publish the best in comics.
|Alabaster writes, draws, and makes books about talking animals.
|Sam Alden was born in 1988 in Portland, Oregon. Now he lives elsewhere.
|David Alvarado is an illustrator and cartoonist. He comes from the Chicago land area. His interest are zines, comics, printmaking and lettering. He enjoys the months of summer, playing records, ice cream, and pens.
|American Dirtbag Comics is a comic collective originating from Grand Rapids, Michigan, formed in 2012. Currently the collective consists of artists Scott Wygmans, Peregrine Angthius, and John Bailey. Together their comic themes include daily interactions, work, drugs, religion, sexuality, poverty, and the general feeling of humanity’s impending doom.
|Born of the strange seeds of California, Dawn Aquarius draws greasy bikers, slimy skulls and serpents, and occult psychedelia for pleasure and money.
|Andrice co-edited and co-founded Hi-Horse Comics in 2001, and has had work in anthologies such as Mome, Scheherazade, the Graphic Canon, Runner Runner, and the Big Feminist But. She does things backwards, and is just now getting around to making her first minicomics and zines.
|Fiona Avocado is a jack of many trades. She is an artist, writer, media maker, educator, and agitator. For four years, Fiona has self published comics, including Pedagogy as Dissent, Jade, and The Fika Diaries. Her illustrations have been used by the IPRC, The Allied Media Conference, Culturestrike, and Rebuild the Dream. She is a graduate of the IPRC’s Comics Certificate Program and a member of Flight 64 Print Studio. She resides in Portland, Oregon.
|Chicago cartoonist who dabbles best in autobio, despite frequent attempts at fictional funnies. Other serious pursuits include training a cat dance troupe, conducting tests on the human liver, and sucking cartoonist souls into film.
|Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer based in Chicago. She won 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. She is best known for “I Think You’re Sauceome”, an autobiographical webcomic about food, health, and self-image. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Saveur, Womanthology, Ladydrawers, and Cartozia Tales. Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye: Six Tales of Dreams and Dreamers, was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in early 2012.
|Josh is an illustrator, cartoonist, and animator from Cleveland, OH. His animations are thriving in the wild, and can often be spotted wandering the internet.
|Brian Blomerth (b. 1984) is an artist, author, illustrator, musician, and founder of the now-defunct gallery, The Church of Crystal Light. He has shown artwork in galleries internationally and was a featured artist at the Sundance Film Festival. As a musician, under the name Narwhalz (of sound). Brian has performed at venues around the U.S. and Canada including shows at Princeton, Cornell, Vassar, and a tour of D.I.Y. venues in Alaska. Pupsintrouble Press, founded in 2012, is his latest venture and the beginning of his work in comics. He currently lives in Far Rockaway, Queens with his pomeranian, Slippy.
|Anna Bongiovanni is an artist living in Minneapolis. With a focus on comics and zines, her work ranges from super fun to super depressing. Her first graphic novel, Out Of Hollow Water, has recently been published from 2D Cloud. She has been unable to solve her own problems since 1986.
|Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com). The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), where he’s a DJ and is on the board of directors. Tony lives in Chicago with his husband, and makes good pie.
|Kevin Budnik is a cartoonist and illustrator from Chicago. His books include Our Ever Improving Living-room and Dust Motes parts 1 and 2. Since 2010 Kevin has kept a regularly updated journal comic on his website. His favorite breakfast is cereal.
|Andy Burkholder is a Chicago cartoonist who has been very active over the past several years, creating mini comics and posting a steady stream of work online. Andy’s comics are abstract yet playful, often times dealing with very adult themes twisted through an extremely dry sense of humor. His work has been featured in anthologies such as Sonatina, Happiness, and Thickness and Oily has published his Ground trilogy. Andy has also produced several self-published mini-comics and recently wrapped up his long-running story Qviet which will be collected and published by 2D Cloud this year.
|Since its beginnings in 1995, Busy Beaver Button Co. has gone from a one-woman operation in Christen Carter’s college apartment to a company with fifteen employees. Over the last 17 years, the Busy Beaver crew has overseen over 60,000 designs and produced millions upon millions of custom buttons for clients like Brooklyn Brewery, NBC Entertainment, The Art Institute of Chicago, Threadless, WordPress as well as thousands of bands, non-profits, small businesses and other great folks. Every custom button, magnet, and bottle opener is made from recycled steel in our solar powered, geothermal heated/cooled headquarters in Chicago.
|Tyrell is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Following graduation, Tyrell moved to Los Angeles and worked on various television, film, and video game productions. As a comics artist, he’s created work in many genres and formats; true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), experimental mini comics (Simon), and most recently, science fiction (Victus). Tyrell continues to explore comics as his primary focus, with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique.
|The Cartoon Picayune is an anthology magazine of journalistic reportage completely in the medium of comics.
|Caitlin Cass calls herselves the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative. The Cooperative makes bi-monthly mini-comics about and inspired by failure in Western History. Caitlin lives in Buffalo, NY.
|Comic artist, VHS collector, musician, amateur rapper, blue collar poet, and a person who likes to walk dogs and make friends.
|Native of the Chicago suburbs, studied oil painting and drawing while in school. Spends most of her free time doodling, watching anime, and reading comics.
|Danielle Chenette is an artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her comics and illustrations reflect the hand’s relationship to the eyes, the eyes to the brain, and the brain to the reaction. She is inspired by human weirdness, shape interaction, rocko’s modern life and crisp color.
|Kelsey Choo is a Hawaii girl who likes comics, cartoons, toys, sunshine, and all kinds of animals. A recent grad of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she currently devotes her time to drawing and making comics in her Lakeview apartment.
|Sean Christensen Awesome But True has been living to get radical since 1981 with a strong focus on being as awesome as possible and remaining true to oneself. He has lived in many zones, but has remained dedicated to the region of illustration. Surrounded by a community of umbrellas, he has had few clouds in his zone. His illustrative works depicting emotional vicissitudes in a fantastical futuristic present all utilizing the symbols of ages across pages!
|Mimi Chrzanowski pumps iron in Providence, RI.
|Chris C. Cilla is a cartoonist and screenprinter. His full length book The Heavy Hand was published by Sparkplug Comic Books in 2010. His work has been featured in anthologies such as Kramers Ergot, Barf Water, and Bog Witch. He has been publishing minicomics since 1987, notable titles include The Diplomat, Dripp, Hot Dog Holiday, Putz Rush, and Stun Nuts. He was a member of Portland’s Pony Club gallery and played bass guitar for The Pork Torta.
|Tyler Cohen made mini-comics in the ’90s and ’00s, including such titles as “Tattooed Women” and “Possum, #1-7,” and contributed to the comics anthologies “True Porn” and “Penny Dreadful Travel Guide to the Bay Area.” Currently, she self-publishes an arty comic called “Primahood,” mixing vignettes, surrealism, and journalistic dips into language. Her work also appears in “QU33R”, published by Northwest Press.
|Collective Stench is a group of buds who make a wide selection of things that mostly center around comics and funny stuff. Total printed matter fiends.
|Colour Code is an independent publisher and print shop based in Toronto, Canada. We specialize in risograph printing and screenprinting to produce artist books, comics, zines and posters.
|Mark Connery is a Toronto artist and cartoonist. His work has been seen in The Ganzfeld, Exclaim!, Oversion, Kiss Machine, and 4panel.ca. He has frequently collaborated with Marc Bell, Michael Comeau, Peter Kalyniuk Amy Lockhart, & dw. His first book, Melamine Car Bomb, was published in 2012, by Half World Books. Rudy, his latest book, is set to debut stateside at CAKE. He will be signing at the 2D Cloud table.
|Joshua W. Cotter makes comics. He is currently seeking treatment.
|Gabriela Cracraft is a cartoonista, illustrator, and printmaker based in Chicago. She has an interest in everything spooky and unusual, and has self published six comics so far, you can find out more about them and her at:
|in the year of our lord 2013 since our last crass issue we’ve grown a lot- much like dakota fanning, who’s become a fine, fine lady and a fine, fine pair of gentlemen we’ve become, but alas… an astute reader will notice that we’ve referenced our genitals less and less over the years and have embraced other peoples genitals- more wishingly, dakota fannings, but alas…
|Crepuscular Archives has been in operation since 2009 and has produced over a half-dozen critically acclaimed handmade publications such as The Dormitory, The Amateurs, Sock, Sock II, and Lurking/Nocturners.
|Czap Books is a one-person publisher/distro operating out of Cleveland, OH. The goal is to expand the scope of Kevin Czap’s self-publishing to serve as a vehicle for comics work that teases the boundaries of the form. The work itself tends toward the design and poetic side of comics. Described as “the Comics Mom,” Kevin sees Czap Books as a growing family of artists to be supported and nurtured.
|I’m a queer comix artist living in a tiny Chicago apartment with my partner, David. I make comics that explore abstract storytelling, mental health, and relationships. I also like drawing underwear, noses, and hairy legs. When not making comics, I love playing videogames and experiencing Chicago theater.
|Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago, IL. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is currently working on Upgrade Soul, an interactive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award.
|Mike Dawson is the author of Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody a memoir of his childhood obsession with Queen, and Troop 142, a sordid tale of a New Jersey Boy Scout troop away on a weeklong Summer camping trip. Entertainment Weekly called Freddie & Me “undeniably contagious”, while the UK Daily Telegraph said it was “Charming, sincere and, above all, expressively drawn”. Troop 142 was nominated for multiple Ignatz Awards, including Best Graphic Novel, and was the winner in the Best Online Comic category. His newest book, ANGIE BONGIOLATTI, will be published by Secret Acres in 2014.
|Michael DeForge draws the annual comic book series Lose for Koyama Press, and his Ant Colony strip is being collected in book form by Drawn and Quarterly in early 2014. Other publications include Very Casual, The Boy in Question and Kid Mafia.
|Nikki DeSautelle is an illustrator and millionaire.
|Krystal DiFronzo is a cold weather baby from the Midwest. She creates dreamy quilts, weavings, prints and comics. Her work has been printed in anthologies such as Happiness, Believed Behavior and in self-published minis. She is a chrysalis waiting to happen.
|Dog City Press is a small press comics comics publisher dedicated to quality anthologies and minicomics. Since our founding in February 2013, we have published two issues of our flagship box anthology, Dog City, and have worked with a number of talented cartoonists. Dog City is edited by Juan Fernandez, Luke Healy, and Simon Reinhardt.
|Sean Dove makes humorous, retro-inspired images with a strong sense of shape and color. His love of screen printing, comics and film have influenced his multidisciplinary approach to making things, be it posters, short films or comics. Sean lives and works in Chicago, IL, where he runs his one-man design studio And Thank You For Flying. He enjoys walking to work, the middle seat at the theater, and plaid shirts.
|Downfall Arts is the label of Alan D. Caesar, cartoonist, print maker and graduate of SAIC. Notable works include the Rena Rouge volumes, fluorescent comics from a fluorescent world of textures and wonkyness, and French sheep dogs.
|Sara Drake is the over-emotional, door-slamming detective who is too close to the case and about to be sent home
|I’m a cartoonist (Disney + Nick Jr. + lots of comic books) and illustration professor at Columbia College Chicago.
|Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.
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|Meags Fitzgerald is an artist and storyteller who draws, animates, writes and performs. Working primarily as an illustrator, she has a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design and a certificate in Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art + Design University. In many of her works, Fitzgerald addresses memory, history and the act of collecting. Photobooth: A Biography is her first graphic novel.
|I’ve been pumping out my “Neil Jam” brand of comics for over a decade now. I’ve done it in the form of minicomics, graphic novels, webcomics, and more. No format is safe from my ever expanding comics universe. Recent years have seen the release of my books “Everythingness,” from Hic & Hoc Publications, as well as my continuing “Jerry’s Journal” series. So please, come join me on my Neil Jam journey. You’ll be glad that you did.
|Mike Freiheit loves a lot of things and also hates a lot of other things. There are things in between he tries to ignore. He loves comics, and hates jerky people. He loves drawing animals, monkeys, cute girls, and for some reason filling blacks. He went to South Africa to cook for monkeys at a primate sanctuary and published a comic about it called Monkey Chef. He’s married to a beautiful lady and lives with a really bitchy cat named Charlie. He wrote this himself in the third person and hates himself a little for doing so.
|I grew up in Rhode Island, which is the setting for my LGBT webseries The Boy in Pink Earmuffs, and graduated from Boston University in 2008. I also draw the webcomic Banapplenut and I’m a regular contributor to the newspaper The Proof. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with the LGBT organizations PRISM and Geeks Out and I currently reside in Chicago.
|Penina Gal makes a bunch of comics, including The Fire Messenger (a middle grade fantasy story) and has co-created a bunch of weird stuff, from Glamera to the Werewolf! anthology. Penina lives in Bloomington, Indiana with some cats.
|Zachary Garrett was born in Minneapolis, MN and now makes comics in Brooklyn, NY. His work focuses primarily on environmental disasters and eschatology.
|Emi Gennis is a cartoonist and illustrator from the Midwest. Her often macabre historical and true crime comics have appeared in several publications, including Symbolia, Bitch Magazine, and The Hairpin. Emi is the editor of Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends (Hic & Hoc 2013), an anthology of nonfiction mystery comics. She currently resides in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University.
|Nicole J. Georges is a queer, feminist cartoonist and zinester from Portland, Oregon.
Her first graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was released in 2013 with Houghton Mifflin.
She also continues to draw & self-publish the auto-bio zine Invincible Summer. Nicole is the 2013/14 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, where she also teaches an comics thesis class.
|Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in Thickness, Arthur Magazine, Study Group Magazine, and Best American Comics, and her graphic novel, Black is the Color, was published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. Her name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.
|Andy Glass spent most of his fleeting childhood living in the mid-west drawing and dreaming of making comics. Since 2005, he has self published various mini comics and the surreal ‘art’ comic LIMBUS. His work has been published in various alternative comic anthologies, the Denver alt-newspaper Westword, MadHappys from SF and most recently the Unsolved Mysteries anthology from Hic and Hoc.
|Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her work has appeared various publications including Seven Days, Irene 3, Sleep of Reason, studygroupcomics.com, Suspect Device 2 and Best American Comics 2013. She currently lives in White River Junction, VT.
|Rebecca Mir Grady is a Chicago based artist, by way of Alaska and Maine. When she was too little to walk, she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. Her work is primarily concerned with the perplexing character of interactions with nature. Her ongoing zine project “SHE IS RESTLESS” deals with the perils of earthly phenomena. She has exhibited widely around the US and Internationally. Her work can be found online at http://sheisrestless.com
|Graphic Medicine is a website that explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. Our table will feature independent comics and zines from around the world that address a wide range of specific issues of health, illness, and caregiving.
|Gridlords is a narrative arts and performance-based monthly live experience. Its roots are in Portland’s underground and art comics community, starting in April 2012 at the Waypost. With a strong love of interdisciplinary performance and storytelling, and a desire to marry sound and vision in new ways, Gridlords inventor Sean Christensen felt a void of a live experience in the world he knew was possible. He felt its echoes from fragments in memories and saw its potential in his future.
|Jack grew up in southwestern Wisconsin. She currently attends the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work is based on her own childhood memories and her experiences stumbling through the process of becoming an adult.
|Imaginative drawer extraordinaire, obsessive cinefile and pop-culture connoisseur. Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage Alaska and became a Masshole early in life when her parents split up when she was three. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends most of her time peddling art materials and working on her art and underground comics.
|Cathy Hannah lives in Chicago. She draws sad bastard, black and white, autobiographical and non-fiction comics of the indy persuasion. She went to college for sequential art and graduate school for art history. She likes cats, period dramas, and Morrissey. She hates the patriarchy, wage slavery, and writing bios.
|Rumi is an illustrator and translator born in Kyoto, Japan. Attracted by the subtropical warmth and palm trees, she spent the last two years studying illustration in Savannah, GA. Her comics and watercolor illustrations sometimes feature friendly monsters and monstrous children. They have been published in America and Japan, and recognized by American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators. She loves bright colors and books and cornbread.
|Miranda Harmon spent most of her life in Florida, before going to school in Baltimore. She enjoys making cute comics.
|Hailing from Swansea (Wales), Sydney (Australia), Hobart (Tasmania), Canberra (beating heart of Australia) and Melbourne (Centre of the Universe) Eleri Mai Harris is a journalist and cartoonist whose work has appeared on the ABC, in Symbolia, Seven Days, Crikey, CityNews, Beat, Melbourne’s SYN FM and, most notably, the venerable AAP title TV Week. An avid roller derby and indie rock music enthusiast, Eleri is currently studying for a Master of Fine Arts at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, USA where it snows six months of the year. WHAT IS THAT EVEN ABOUT.
|I really really love cats, Slimer, E.T., clowns, gross clowns, lumpy stuff, bobby hill, butts, Jigglypuff, sleeping, and 99 cent earrings. I’m from Michigan but have lived in Chicago for 8 years. Cool! I’m a multidisciplinary artist and an SAIC graduate.
|I am Keith Herzik. I make things with my hands and it shows. Screen printed blends of color and new level pyschedelia versus mecha are what you get when you peruse my artwork.
|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.
|The Hidden Fortress Press has been printing comics along the shores of the Woonasquatucket river in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence RI since the spring of 2011. In that time we’ve printed a number of mini comics and two big MONSTER anthologies, featuring the work of Brian Ralph, Mat Brinkman, Leif Goldberg, Brian Chippendale, Paul Lyons and Roby Newton, among many others.
|Lyra Hill is a cartoonist, filmmaker and performer living in Chicago. She is the founder and organizer of Brain Frame, a performative comix reading series, and a member of Trubble Club. Her work has been published in Lumpen, Corpus Corpus, Chromazoid, Ladydrawers, and other radical publications, and her films have screened around the world.
|Peter and Maria Hoey are brother and sister artists. Since 2001 they have worked together on opposite coasts. Their drawings appears in magazines,newspapers and broadcast. Since 2007, they have published their work independently under the name Coin-Op. Their stories have received notice in The Best American Comics 2011, BAC 2013′s Notable Comics list, and American Illustration 32.
|John Holden is a spoken word artist, video story teller, and a goddamn poet. His video ramblings and parodies have graced the World Wide Web via his hit online video series, Total Vom, where they have racked up more than a million viewings. John’s poems and shorts stories have been featured in zines, comics, and music. Detrimental Information, a 13 year zine series he co-created with his brother Luke is set to debut stateside at CAKE. He will be stationed at his publishers table (2D Cloud), wherever that may be, he will be ready!
|Olivia Horvath is a printmaker and comic artist outta Providence, RI.
|Luke Howard was born on an Air Force base somewhere in 1983. He now makes comics in White River Junction, VT where he received his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies.
|Robin Hustle lives in Chicago. She has self-published the books Mirror Tricks, Curdled Milk, and Leftovers Again? and co-edited two free journals, The Land Line and The Skeleton News. In her new comic FEELINGS, hands become sexual organs and characters in an unstructured narrative about the space created between sexual bodies and strangers sharing a city.
|Emily Hutchings is a human being who was raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Chicago in 2011. She is a sculptor who makes comics. She loves logic, molten metal, and touching things. Drawing and making diagrams is how she makes the world make some sense. Lately, she has been thinking a lot about holes, platonic solids, and spandex, as well as having recently accepted that she may be a nihilist.
|Abject humiliation is total comedy! Always striving to be ‘funny’, I make hilarious pictures to make you feel better about your sad miserable life. It’s very important that you laugh. My self-worth depends on it.
|Tristan Jimerson is a writer and zinester residing in tropical Minneapolis, MN. He’s written for TV, radio, web, print, as well as screenplays, short stories, and bad poetry. He’s also produced a music festival, DJed radio shows, and edited video for a news station. He has a rapier wit and an impeccable sense of fashion.
|I am a cartoonist and printmaker who lives in Providence, RI. I make comics, drawings and prints. Themes include breaking binaries and questioning cultural behaviors.
|Becca Kacanda is a painter, collage artist, and graphic designer whose work is heavily influenced by cartoons. She designs prints, cd covers, jewelery, notebooks, and makes mini zines. She also runs an etsy shop.
|Drawing is number one. I love creating worlds of characters through comics, illustration & printmaking. Researched based projects are also on my list of fun places to create from. I studied printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania both in Philadelphia, and later illustration at PNCA in Portland, OR. Presently, I live in the Pacific Northwest where and I continue drawing, print making, writing comics, teaching, skateboarding and playing the ukulele.
|Lucy Knisley is a comic artist and writer who has published and self-published a number of graphic novels as well as contributed to ongoing works for Marvel, Boom Studios, Scholastic, Time Out, and presently regularly contributes to Saveur Magazine.
|Koontz made a splash in the Chicago independent comics world in the early 2000s with his debut book, Crash Bag Comics. Since then he’s worked quietly in the back corridors, producing a book every year or two which consistently elude classification.
|Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.
|Patrick Kyle Is an Artist and Illustrator from Toronto, Canada. His works include the graphic novel “Black Mass” and the 12 issue science fiction series “Distance Mover.” Patrick’s current series titled “New Comics” is released bi-yearly. A collected edition of Distance Mover will be released in September 2014 from Koyama Press.
|Born Wheeling, WV. 1984. Takes Animorph form of totally tired beagle. LL Cool Bean. Don’t Call it a Back-Pack.
|Math-you draws comix and prints the comix in tiny, dirty little boox and distributes the comix boox amongst the populace of Chicago, etc. And watches society crumble, flying safely overhead in a supersonic space missile on a kamikaze mission from the center of the sun to the center of yr brain.
|Ginette Lapalme is a Toronto-based visual artist and publisher. Through drawing, painting, sculpture and crafting, Ginette creates imaginary worlds and immersive environments filled with distinctively bizarre creatures and subversive humour. Influenced by the animation and comics culture of her childhood, Ginette uses cartoon style drawing techniques, camp craft aesthetics and a vivid confetti filled palette, creating portals to strange psychedelic moments where reality and fantasy meld into a singular universe.
|Will Laren is an artist and zine maker based in Philadelphia. He is a current member of the artist collective Space 1026. In addition to his Zine Series “Slurricane” His work has been featured in Monster Children and on Vice Magazine‘s UK website.
|Blaise Larmee is the author of Young Lions and 2001. Nudes is his next graphic novella, coming from 2D Cloud this fall.
|Laurel Lynn Leake works in all sorts of mediums to explore how we construct and communicate our identities in an intersectional world. She uses science fiction and magical realism as a stage to examine the role queerness and deviant compassion has played and can play in human culture. She holds a deep respect for the physicality of comics and zines, and how the act of reading builds a unique connection between the work and its reader. Leake graduated from the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT in 2013.
|Jamie Davida Lee is a cartoonist and sculptural illustrator from Poughkeepsie, New York, currently living and drawing in Chicago, Illinois. By day, she makes comics about family, childhood, and kindhearted monsters. By night, she sculpts and stitches tiny worlds inhabited by even tinier people. J.D.Lee be contacted by email at jamiedavidalee @ gmail.com, or by whispering her name three times into cool water.
|Amara Leipzig is a cartoonist, bookmaker and printmaker living in Chicago, IL.
|Half chicken wing half Pierogie. An Aquarian born under the Piscean moon who hails from the frozen lands of Buffalo, NY. Living and working in Chicago, IL. A little bit of this and that.
|Toronto-based artist Elisha Lim’s work celebrates the dignity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered. In 2011 they also successfully advocated for Canadian gay media to adopt the gender neutral pronoun “they.”
|Alec Longstreth has been self-publishing his ignatz award winning minicomic, Phase 7 since 2002. He is currently promoting his “Weezer Fan” trilogy of Phase 7 issues and his fantasy graphic novel, Basewood. Alec also co-publishes the pinball fanzine Drop Target along with Jon Chad. For more information, check out: www.alec-longstreth.com
|Lumpen Magazine is an ndependent news and culture magazine featuring the work of emerging and established artists and writers. It features features, editorials, comics, interviews, and reviews focused on current events and emerging cultural trends. Lumpen has continually supported the comics medium in its publication and will be debuting the 3rd all comics issue this year at CAKE edited by Joe Tallarico.
|Leigh Luna lives in Minneapolis but would much rather live in a tree house. She spends the vast majority of her time making comics and illustrations about woodland adventures. Her comics are highly influenced from growing up in New Mexico and Colorado. She greatly enjoys making perfect bound books, going to yoga and attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
|Justin Madson is the writer/artist of the graphic novel, Breathers, which was listed as a “Notable Comic” in the Best American Comics anthology twice. He is currently working on his next lengthy graphic novel, Carbon, which involves psychics, politics, drugs & a girl with wings
|Mita Mahato lives in rainy Seattle where she makes comics about grief, cats, and aliens often using collage technique. She likes cutting up pieces of paper and fixing them to other pieces of paper—watching a story take shape in the process. She believes in abominable snowmen.
|April Malig is a recent graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She specializes in patterns, things that are funny-sad, and metaphors. Sometimes she uses her head as an armrest.
|I was born on Halloween Night in 1986. I live and work in Chicago, Il. alongside my rockin husband Frank and our handsome cats, Sidney and Onslow. My likes include cats, supernatural creatures, large bodies of water, certain animes, other scorpios, and coffee.
|Ben Marcus is a drawer, cartoonist, and eclectic club Dj. His work intuitively seeks to recreate heightened, dramatic experiences. Relying on a wide range of collective cultural ephemera, Ben synthesizes what’s borrowed into a new yet familiar reality. His work has been shown locally through Lumpen magazine, Atomix cafe, Brain Frame, and Trubble Club. He also hosts Total Therapy, a monthly futuristic dance party at Berlin.
|Ian McDuffie is a cartoonist, musician, and is internet famous for watching the television show Sliders. He lives in Chicago, and will not leave. Other interests include Garfield, Prince, and the most beautiful man in the world: David Bowie.
|Dakota McFadzean was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. In the fourth grade, he started forcing his friends to draw comics for his comics company, Real Foney Funnies, and little has changed since then. McFadzean holds a BFA from the University of Regina, and an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Dakota was at CAKE last year exhibiting his minicomics. Since then they have been excerpted in Best American Comics and won a Joe Shuster Award.
|Bernie McGovern is a cartoonist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. Current efforts include the self published, terribly long, epic series “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” and the mini-comic series, “the Cosmouse.” His real-life adventures are documented in the comic “DemonTears,” released by Hic & Hoc Publications, alongside the mini-comics “DemonGunz” and “DemonDust.” He loves demons. By day, Bernie is an Artist in Residence with the nonprofit Snow City Arts Foundation, bringing school credit and art education to children while staying in Chicago hospitals.
|Sophie McMahan is an illustrator/comic book artist based in Urbana, IL. Although Sophie has drawn her whole life, a rediscovered passion for the comic book genre motivated her to pursue visual art as her primary focus. She lives with her cats Mikey and Diablo, and spends most of her free time working on drawings, reading and creating comics, and listening to her favorite music.
|Walker Mettling captains of the Providence Comics Consortium, as well as prints, draws and writes in Providence, Rhode Island!
|Midwestrn Cuban Comics are the creator owned work of Odin Cabal. The comics are compilation of vignettes which follow a small group of characters living in the Midwest (Mainly Milwaukee). The main characters of this group are Pito and Maria.
|A chicago-based independent comic artist, illustrator, and doodle-cook. It’s like a fry-cook but for doodling.
|Annie Mok (b. 1986, previously published work under the name “E. Choy”) studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and lives in Philadelphia. She makes work as an illustrator, comics writer (collaborative), and solo cartoonist. Her clients include Seven Stories Press, DC/Vertigo, The Harlem Times, and The Red Umbrella Project.American Illustration selected her work for its Archive for two years running. The Leeway Foundation awarded her its Art & Change Grant in 2013. She has collaborated with the cartoonists Emily Carroll and Sophia Foster-Dimino, among others. Her story with Emily Partridge, “Gem Pockets,” debuts in Vertigo’s CMYK: Magenta summer ’14. Annie draws an ongoing diary comic strip called Bleed-Throughs. She sings in the pop band See-Through Girls.
|A collective of artists that typically use non technological tools to create art, with an interest in raunch. Previously we were a warehouse that built large installations where bands would play. Artists include, Sara Heymann, Blaze Roach, Fred Henzel, Meg Mccarville, Blunt Naked, and more!
|Max is a cartoonist based out of Minneapolis– he is a 2011 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. You can follow his work at
|Jesse Moynihan grew up outside of Philadelphia where he spent most of his time drawing and playing music. His work has been featured in The Believer, MOME, Vice, Arthur, the Philadelphia Weekly, and various independent anthologies. In 2005 he received a Xeric grant for self publishing. In 2009 he released his first graphic novel, Follow Me through Bodega. His current mystical, sci-fi epic, Forming is published by Nobrow Press in London. Jesse works as a storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time. Forming Volume 2 will debut at CAKE 2014.
|Corinne Mucha is an illustrator, cartoonist, and teaching artist who lives in Chicago. She is fond of terrible puns.
|MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011) and the upcoming Dragon’s Breath (2D Cloud) – which is launching at CAKE. She is a regular contributor to TheRumpus.net (Smoke In Your Eyes), SFBay.CA (Frisco al Fresco) and Tapastic (Said while Talking), teacher (CCA MFA in Comics program, 2013). MariNaomi’s artwork has been featured in such venues as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum and Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles.
|Pranas T. Naujokaitis makes handmade self-published minicomics and webcomics under the Ghost Car Press banner. He’s also recently done work on Boom! Studios’ Adventure Time and Regular Show titles and currently has three children’s books published so far from Blue Apple Books. He went to the Savannah College of Art and Design and has a fancy degree in Sequential Art. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and cat. He is living the dream.
|I have been making & self-publishing comics for 7 years now and have recently started publishing & distributing other people’s stuff via Grindstone Comics. My current project is “Flocks”, a memoir about growing up queer & nerdy in the religious south.
|Paul Nudd is a seasoned painter, print maker and draftsman, sometimes comics and zine maker, and occasional special-edition anthology publisher. He has collaborated extensively with Onsmith and divides his time between Chicago and Cicero, IL.
|Micro publisher of comics books from Hancock, Massachusetts.
|Onsmith is an artist and cartoonist living in Chicago. His comics, prints, and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications such as Black Eye, Hotwire Comics, Study Group Magazine, The Graphic Canon, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and many others. He will debuting “Diminished Returns”, a collection of selected works, published by Yam Books. Also, see the collaborative artwork made with fellow artist, Paul Nudd, at http://westernexhibitions.com/westernXeditions/artists/OnsmithNudd/index.html
|Keith is a cartoonist from Cleveland, OH. He has made some comic books, but is best known for his work eating pizza for 11 days in a row.
|Born in Lafayette, LA, Evan now lives in Minneapolis, MN and works by day as a digital media producer of interactive and animated web and TV content at PUNY. By night, he is a cartoonist and illustrator creating and publishing his own original comics about wizards, robots, and cooking. He has worked on titles such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Scott Pilgrim, and Vertigo’s The Unwritten and Fables.
|Caroline Paquita is a visual artist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. After self publishing for the past fifteen years, she officially began Pegacorn Press in 2011 with a couple of Risograph stencil duplicators. Pegacorn Press is a small, queer, feminist, “total-art-freaker” publishing house that specifically specializes in small run art-books, comics, zines and other printed ephemera. Mike Taylor, Anna Haifisch, Al Burian, Sy Wagon, Edie Fake, Jo Dery and Caroline Paquita herself, are some of the artists that have had their work published by Pegacorn Press.
|Ben Passmore, otherwise known as “the one that doesn’t call” at his mom’s house, is a balding sedentary comix type. He sits around sipping old coffee and prattling around about this opera he’s gonna make with dogs after the insurrection. He’s the creator of DAYGLOAYHOLE and A Pantomime Horse
|Luke Pearson is a cartoonist and illustrator from the UK. His comics include the Hilda series (Hilda and The Midnight Giant, Hilda and The Bird Parade) and Everything We Miss, all published by Nobrow. He has storyboarded for Adventure Time and drawn one cover for The New Yorker.
|Amy Peltz is an artist, editor, and writer living in Chicago. When not working at the Art Institute of Chicago, she makes and thinks about comics.
|Laurie Piña is a little elf making comics in a little room. She’s also probably a ghost.
|Chicago-native Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow is known for being a “psychedelic guru” of sorts, and is the creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier, a hand-drawn magazine published by Drag City featured in Mojo, Spin, etc. He also runs the Galactic Zoo Disk reissue label imprint, has a bi-weekly comic strip dedicated to Chicago musicians, has drawn numerous posters and album covers, and conducts Celestial Guitarkestras (of up to 70 guitarists). Since 2001, he’s headed up Plastic Crimewave Sound, a legendary space-punk ensemble Julian Cope described as “outtasite.” Crimewave also plays in the avant-prog trio Moonrises.
|John Porcellino has been publishing his acclaimed King-Cat Comics since 1989. He’s also run the Spit and a Half comix distro since 1992.
|George Porteus is an Illustrator and Cartoonist living in Chicago.
|Press Gang is a publishing collective comprised of three Portland, OR based imprints, Floating World Comics, Study Group Books and Family Style. Zack Soto runs the award winning webcomics site studygroupcomics.com. Family Style publishes Francois Vigneault’s sci-fi series Titan and his fantasy comics anthology Elfworld. Floating World Comics was established in 2007 by Jason Leivian and since then the store has been recognized as one of the best comic shops in the world. We’ve published over twenty books, art newspapers and comics including the resurrected Arthur Magazine.
|Liz Prince draws comics about herself, her cats, and her crippling loneliness. You may have enjoyed her relationship comic, Will You Still Me If I Wet the Bed?, so hopefully you won’t be too disappointed with her new book, Alone Forever: The Singles Collection, which are comic strips about being single.
|Since a young age Reid Psaltis has been both fascinated by animal life and been compelled to draw. Naturally, these interests became correlated, and the natural world has consistently been the subject of his work. Whether for pay or for pleasure he is easily contented drawing anything furred, scaled or feathered. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he works as a freelance illustrator while writing and drawing his own comics. His comics and illustrations have been featured on Top Shelf 2.0, Study Group Comics, Trip City, Scout Books “Good Ink” Series and other independent publishers.
|Isabel Reidy is an artist and musician who dropped out of college and lives in her parents house in upstate new york.
|Philippa makes collage comics featuring her characters Cardboard Colin and Paper Pauline. She also draws real life romantic comics for her other series, ‘Soppy’. In 2013 She had two Ignatz nominations for her comic Looking Out which was published by Hic & Hoc. Philippa lives in Nottingham, UK.
|Eric Rivera (1984) is a Chicago based artist making comix for a tiny audience of marginalized hobbyists. He’s from the cornfields of a small, impoverished nation called Indiana & has a problem with authority.
|Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk can be seen at www.keilerroberts.com. She has been a contributor to Mutha Magazine and her minicomic “The Man Who Could Not Read” was nominated for an Ignatz in 2013.
|Scott Roberts makes experimental comics. His animations, sculptures, and video installations have been shown in galleries and museums. He lives in Evanston with his wife, daughter, and dog and is the chair of the Animation program at DePaul University in Chicago.
|Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and printmaker from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. Isabella’s Comic’s are self published and available at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities, and by e-mail request. Recent titles include Animal Sex, DIG, I Have No Friends and You’re So Sexy When You Aren’t Transmitting STDs.
|Karissa Sakumoto is a cartoonist from Tacoma, WA currently located in Portland, OR. She’s drawn and published cartoon books for 3 years and recently started a small distro called Rude Comics. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies such as Happiness, Snakebomb and Jeans.
|Marian Runk is a Texas-born, Chicago-based, Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who loves birds, cats, and country music. Her pastimes include singing the blues, writing country songs, and watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.
|Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California. She is the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU, forthcoming from Adams Media, December 2013. A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor for The Rumpus and Wonderhowto. Her illustrations and comics have been featured on Buzzfeed, Lifehacker, PAPERMAG, Apartment Therapy and all over Tumblr. Her short comic stories have been selected as Notable Comics of 2012 and 2013 by the Best American Comics anthology editors.
|Erik Schneider is an illustrator and developer in Chicago slowing destroying his wrists and posture sitting at a computer all day.
|Secret Acres was launched in 2007 to champion the finest unpublished comics creators, and to distribute quality mini-comics. We continue to do everything we can to get our comics into the hands of reader who will love them as much as we do. Secret Acres’ publications include the Ignatz Award-winning Gaylord Phoenix, Monsters, Troop 142 and I Will Bite You!
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|Chad is a freelance illustrator and comics creator whose most recent projects include the voraciously queer webcomic MANTA-MAN, its whimsical spin-off MANTA-DAD, and an on-going series of semi-animated stories called PART-TIME NINJA. Besides his comic work, Chad is best known for his long-running illustration series depicting the fiercest queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
|SAW is a comics school and outpost in Gainesville, Florida. We teach comics and graphic novels in our year-long program and many week-long workshops and visiting artist residencies. Our students in 2012-2013 made hundreds of pages of story and artwork, co-curated more than a dozen art shows, collaborated with dramatists and comedians to create original theater, printed and bound thousands of copies of books, attended festivals; worked for clients; and learned in close proximity from our staff of working artists. SAW is one of the only free-standing comics art schools in the country and was started by cartoonist Tom Hart.
|Sam Sharpe is Chicago based writer/cartoonist/illustrator. You can find his work in many anthologies as well as his comic series Viewotron.
|Cartoonist/pressperson of Talk Weird Press based in Minneapolis. Amateur astrologist. Lover of parallelisms.
|associates in fine arts, bachelor’s in French, doctorate inn MEGU
|Snakebomb Comix is a Portland, Oregon based comics publisher, disto and risograph print studio run by cartoonist Jack Hayden. Over twenty artists have appeared in the first three issues of the Snakebomb anthology including Pete Toms, Leah Wishnia, Zejian Shen, Alex Degen, Sophie Yanow, Zach Hazard and Brandon Graham.
|Sonatina is a publisher from the SF Bay Area. 😉 😛
|Jeremy Sorese is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NYC
|Sparkplug Books has been publishing unconventional and under-appreciated comics artists for over ten years. We also distro a large collection of zines and self-published minis. Sparkplug is based in Portland, OR.
|slime, gross, boobs, dicks… uh, did i forget anything… flashy colors… and, uh. pubic hair.
|Sasha is a comics artist raised in Urbana, IL. He recently received his M.F.A from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Sasha is particularly interested in developing queer literary comics, and is currently working on an epic graphic novel about the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Sasha lives in Brooklyn, and moonlights as a drag queen.
|Founded by artists Brendan Danielsson and Jason Murphy, Subferior is a risograph-based publisher of comics and fine art prints based in Atlanta, Georgia.
|The Sun Bros are Wesley and Brad Sun. Wesley is a writer and faculty member at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Brad studied fine arts at the University of Florida and worked as a gallery preparator before joining his brother in Chicago to found Sun Bros Studios. The Sun Bros released “Chinatown” (2012) and “Apocalypse Man” (2013) after a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign. They have since exhibited and spoken at publishing festivals, comic cons, and universities about crowd funding comics. The Sun Bros are proud to debut their latest graphic novel at CAKE 2014: “Monkey Fist.”
|Eric Taylor is a student at SAW a cartoonist and printer behind South Springs/Sweat Press. As a printer he has printed Risograph books for SAW, Retrofit, Josh Bayer and many others. As a cartoonist, his books include the vampire drama Teeth, various experimental short pieces and a book about Marina Abromovic.
|Jen Tong is an illustrator and comic artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her previous silk-screened print books include “Pink Lemonade” and “Rainbow & I”. When she is not getting her hands dirty at the print lab, she spends her time at a shared work studio in Greenpioint. Her recent books and zines have involved the risograph printing method. Her illustrated works can be seen in galleries nationwide, most notably at Pony Club Gallery in PDX and Giant Robot in LA.
|Top Shelf Productions is the literary publisher best known for its ability to discover and showcase the vanguard of the comics scene. Founded by Brett Warnock and Chris Staros in 1997, Top Shelf has produced over 300 critically-acclaimed graphic novels and comics that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form. Most notably, Congressman John Lewis’ March, Alan Moore’s From Hell, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Jeff Lemire’s Underwater Welder, Jeffrey Brown’s Clumsy, and Andy Runton’s Owly — all of which have garnered accolades from the likes of Time, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times.
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|Scott Travis was born is Michigan, where he received a BFA in printmaking at Grand Valley State University. Since then he has lived in Ireland, Alaska, and currently resides in Seattle. He is continually working on comics and visual art which explore themes of humans in relation to the natural environment.
|Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While we still do that, and love doing that, we’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels by both totally unknown artists, and institutions, like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.
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|Tugboat Press is a micro-publisher from Portland, Oregon. We are best know for our comic book anthologies Papercutter and Runner Runner.
|2D Cloud is a Xomics Publisher and Visual Purveyor. We publish work in print and online.
|Uncivilized Books has been publishing graphic novels and mini-comics for several years now. We’ve published work by David B., Gabrielle Bell, James Romberger, Jon Lewis, Zak Sally, Laura Park, Dash Shaw, Tom Kaczynski and many others. Books from Joann Sfar, Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow, Mana Neyestani and more from Gabrielle Bell and David B. are forthcoming!
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|Benjamin Urkowitz draws and studies comics and art in New York City. He looks like this: ~
|Rosemary Valero-O’Connell was born in Minneapolis but raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Comic Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she spends most of her time drawing plants and scoping out babes. She likes gold jewelry, stories about the Devil, and pugs in sweaters.
|Noah Van Sciver is the creator of the Ignatz nominated comic series Blammo, graphic novel The Hypo and is a frequent contributor to Mad magazine as well as multiple anthologies.
|Lil’ Cee Vees (as her friends call her) has lived in Chicago for over a decade. She has participated in many underground scenes: music, comics, performance, screen printing, and she is currently aspiring to become a tattoo artist.
|Julia Von De Bur makes comics because talking about her feelings in real life is weird and difficult. She creates stories and poems out of tricky emotions and curious dreams, and has a deep and abiding love for dragons and unicorns. You can see her recent work at juliavondebur.tumblr.com.
|Dawson Walker is originally from Alaska, but has spent the last four years in Minneapolis studying comic art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is now graduated, and is still full of dreams.
|Georgia Webber is the artist and writer behind DUMB, the comics series which chronicles her severe vocal injury and subsequent (almost) silent recovery.
|Lale Westvind makes comics and animations without compromise. They are not minimalist. She is on Earth for a limited time, [sic] while supplies last…
|Eric Kostiuk Williams is a Toronto-based illustrator and comic book artist, specializing in crisp, detailed line work and imaginative sequential compositions. He is a regular contributor to Xtra! Magazine, supplying illustrations for their bi-weekly “History Boys” column. Eric’s debut autobiographical work Hungry Bottom Comics was nominated for the 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award and chosen for the Best American Comics’ Notable Comics of 2013.
|Jonathan lives in the Seattle area and makes experimental comics about spellcraft, boyfriends, and existential dread.
|K.Wroten is from Kansas City and is 22 years old. She self-publishes a charmingly offensive comic book series called JUKEBOX consisting of several short stories. She has also been published nationally by DC and her work has received several awards. She is currently working on a longer surreal fantasy comic called GRAVE. The tale of Nislo, a queer warrior-woman who travels across time and space in search of personal meaning.
|Gina is an artist born, reared, and currently living in Chicago. Her work is silly, intimate, and likely to include Justin Bieber. Outside of comics she enjoys Candy Crush Saga, watching television, and being a good citizen.
|Yeti Press is small publishing behemoth out of Chicago. Our goal is to provide a steady stream of sometimes-humorous, often-reader friendly comics and graphic novels.
|Jessi Zabarsky makes comics about food, bunnies, and cool girls. You can find more things to look at and links to buy them at jessiz.com and hugbox.tumblr.com
|draws cookies and eats zines, perpetually in a daze
We regret to announce the following exhibitors were previously listed, but had to cancel their appearance at CAKE 2014.
|AdHouse Books has been a boutique publishing juggernaut since the year of 2002. Over the years, they have won and been nominated for awards within the comic profession (Ignatz, Harvey, Eisner) and the design world (AIGA, Communication Arts, Domtar Paper). Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.
|Lucy Bellwood is a dual citizen, tall ship-sailing cartoonist whose work has appeared in magazines, maritime museums, and anthologies around the country. When not working on her nautically-themed, autobiographical series Baggywrinkles, she is a regular artist on the all-ages fantasy series Cartozia Tales. Anthology credits include Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea, Rock Ink Roll, and Symbolia Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon and spends most of her days scribbling madly at Periscope Studio.
|Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. Most recently, his book B+F was awarded the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of B+F will be published in the autumn of 2013 through Adhouse Books (USA) and Editions ça et la (France).
|Hic & Hoc collects erotic antebellum telegraph messages and turns them into comics. The people who have agreed to do this, for some reason, include Alabaster, Ian Andersen, Pat Auslisio, Lauren Barnett, Nathan Bulmer, Neil Fitzpatrick, Emi Gennis, Lizz Hickey, Dina Kelberman, Joe List, Lizz Lunney, Bernie McGovern, Amy Jean Porter, Ansis Purins, Philippa Rice, and d w.
|LA MANO is a micro press operated by cartoonist Zak Sally; most things are handmade utilizing the most arduous technological process available at any given time, under extreme duress. despite itself, LA MANO has made a bunch of beautiful, award winning objects in conjunction with ridiculously talented weirdos (such as John Porcellino, William Schaff, Jason Miles, Nate Denver, and Kim Deitch). We are now celebrating our 21st year of being a pain in the ass no one can quite locate.
|Jesse Lucas lives in Louisville, Kentucky. With the help of his wife and trusty dog ‘Fox’ he’s able to avoid sleep and make comics instead.
|Nathan O. Marsh is an artist based in Pittsburgh at the moment, and is currently illustrating the alphabet and his own stories about how this world is full of beasts. People who enjoy this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they enjoy.
|Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator. In 2005 she founded the Green Lantern Press. Her first comic compilation “The Chronicles of Fortune” came out in 2009. Otherwise you can find her work in Diner Journal, old issues of Lumpen, and a few volumes of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press).
|Nate Powell (b. 1978, Little Rock AR) is an Eisner and Ignatz award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novelist whose work includes the MARCH trilogy (with Congressman John Lewis), ANY EMPIRE, SWALLOW ME WHOLE, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS, THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS, Rick Riordan’s THE LOST HERO, and the forthcoming collection of shorter comics work, YOU DON’T SAY. Powell has also performed and toured in underground punk bands Soophie Nun Squad and Universe, among others. He lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife and daughter.
|Jess Ruliffson is a comic artist and illustrator living and working in New York. Her comics have been featured in the New York Times, Symbolia Magazine, The Cartoon Picayune and Columbia University’s duPont Awards website.