Our Guest & Exhibitor list was last updated on Tuesday June 2, 2015
|My name is Eleanor Davis. I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I have a collection of my short comics for adults called How To Be Happy, from Fantagraphics Books. I’ve done two comics for kids called The Secret Science Alliance and Stinky. I live in Athens, Georgia with my husband Drew Weing.
|Gilbert Hernandez, born in 1957, is an award-winning cartoonist of the independent comic series, Love and Rockets (along with his brother, Jaime Hernandez) which has been published by Fantagraphics for the last 32 years.
From 1983 to 1996, Gilbert produced the now legendary Palomar saga, collected in the graphic novels Heartbreak Soup and Human Diastrophism, and considered to be one of the defining bodies of literature of its era. His latest collection is Luba and Her Family and the stand alone, Julio’s Day.
Gilbert lives in Las Vegas, NV, with his wife Carol and daughter Natalia.
|Jaime Hernandez is an award-winning cartoonist of the independent comic series, Love and Rockets (along with his brother, Gilbert Hernandez), which has been published by Fantagraphics for the last 32 years. He lives in LA and likes it that way.
“Jaime’s Maggie [is one] of the great characters in contemporary American fiction.” – LA Weekly
“Not like it needs saying, but Jaime Hernandez is a goddamn genius.” – Resonance
|Keiler Roberts teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Her autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk has received three Ignatz nominations and was included in The Best American Comics 2014 Notables List. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine and Newcity. She was special guest at Chicago Zine Fest 2013, a panelist at CAKE 2011, and performed at Brainframe.
|Zak Sally is a writer, musician, educator, and the cartoonist responsible for the Sammy The Mouse series (published by Fantagraphics, La Mano, and Uncivilized Books), as well as the Eisner nominated Recidivist (of which the 4th volume was just released). He is also the owner and founder of La Mano, a DIY micro press that hand prints and assembles its own stuff, featuring artists such as John Porcellino, Kim Deitch and numerous others. In 2014, he co-founded SCHOOLHAUS, an experimental art education program in Minneapolis.
|Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose graphic novel, New School, was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. His other recent books include BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button. His animated works include the Sigur Ros video “Seraph”, “Wheel of Fortune”, and the ifc series “The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD.” His new graphic novel Doctors, about doctors who enter deceased people’s afterlives to bring them back from the dead, came out last year from Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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|Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator and cartoonist. Her illustrations have won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers.
With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, Jillian is the co-creator of the graphic novels SKIM, which was one of the New York Times‘ Best Illustrated Books of 2008; and THIS ONE SUMMER, which won the 2014 Governor-General’s Award. Jillian’s three books of personal work are GILDED LILIES (2006), INDOOR VOICE (2010), and SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY, which will debut at CAKE. The hilarious SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY draws from Jillian’s Ignatz Award-winning webcomic and concludes the story of life at the academy.
|Lale Westvind is the creator of over a dozen self-published comics including Hot Dog Beach, Hyperspeed to Nowhere and Express Less. She lives and works in her native New York City.
|Comic artist and illustrator with a focus on fantasy and history. Friend to all animals.
|Sam Alden is a cartoonist from Portland, OR.
|Whitney Allen is an artist and musician based out of Chicago since 2007. Her work explores the grotesque, sensual, & absurd. She creates one-off art books, fliers for music shows, & self-publishes small comics. Last year, Allen tabled with CAKE featured artist Carrie Vinarsky and artist Brett Manning. The three collaborated on “Burn Your Money,” a print specifically made for the fest.
|David Alvarado is an illustrator and cartoonist. He comes from the Chicago land area. His interest are zines, comics, printmaking, and typography. He enjoys the months of summer, playing records, ice cream, and petting dogs.
|“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 makes comics as a means to explore everyday life, current events, alternate universes, and glittery daydreams. She resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|Comix creator Derf Backderf is a longtime resident of bucolic Cleveland.
He is the author of three graphic novels Punk Rock & Trailer Parks (SLG Publishing, 2009) and My Friend Dahmer (Abrams Comicarts, 2012) and the upcoming Trashed (Abrams Comicarts, Fall 2015). He has been awarded a Robert F. Kennedy Award for political cartooning, an Angoulême Prize and been nominated for several Eisner, Harvey, Reuben and Ignatz Awards.
His latest book is True Stories: Volume One (Alternative Comics), a collection of one-page short stories.
|Cara Bean is a Boston area cartoonist and teacher. She attends the 2014-15 program at the Sequential Artists Workshop. Her Gorilla Year series has received critical praise for tackling autobiographical issues in an innovative form. Her more lighthearted works playfully tackle heavier issues surrounding childhood.
|Nate Beaty draws comics 142 days a year in the li’l workin’ city of Chicago, Illinois. Collect all of his elusive funny pamphlets.
|Sarah Becan is a comics artist, author, illustrator and designer based in Chicago, and the creator of “I Think You’re Sauceome”, a food-centric autobiographical webcomic. She was awarded 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.
Becan’s second graphic novel, Shuteye, was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in early 2012. Sarah is a core contributor to Cartozia Tales, and most recently, she finished producing Luna de Cuernos, a long form graphic story for Fifth House Ensemble’s 2014 concert series.
|Believed Behavior is a Chicago-based small press publisher founded in 2013. The flagship publication is the Believed Behavior anthology that features alternative/art cartoonists interested in challenging the comics medium in print and web.
|Tyler Boss was born in America. He makes comics and paintings.
|Mandie Brasington is a recent graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) who has been self-publishing for four years. Her work focuses on a female perspective and often deals with themes of trauma and abnormal psychology. These themes are enhanced threw use of different physical presentations of the comics from embroidered books, whose stitching emulates fresh wounds, to paper doll comics that have to be ripped open layer by layer to reveal their narrative. You can see more of her work on her tumblr: Mmbrasington.tumblr.com.
|Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter.
|Tony Breed is the man behind the new web comic Muddlers Beat (http://muddlersbeat.com) and the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com). Both are newspaper style slice-of-life-comics with the same cast. Muddlers Beat is about the creative floundering of a group of young and middle-aged people; Hitched tells the story of married gay couple and their friends. Expect jokes about indie rock, romance, sperm banks, and depression. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), where he DJs every Friday morning.
|Kevin Budnik is an cartoonist and illustrator from Chicago. He has been producing comics steadily since 2010. His comics are largely autobiographical, and explore Kevin’s coming to terms with anxiety and adulthood. Kevin’s books include Dust Motes (Yeti Press), Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, and Flower Grow (self-published). His newest series, Handbook, is written in part from journals he kept in therapy for disordered eating.
|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. 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 in 2015.
|Downfall arts is a independent comic publisher run by Alan D. Caesar and a colorblind French sheep dog ghost. Our main goal is to present historical accounts of the future through comics using as many tools the medium of print has to offer. Alan is in fact a dog in a man meat suit. This will explain you’re completely irrational urged to pet his coat… creep
|Tyrell is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Art. 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 & Speculative Relationships). Tyrell continues to explore comics as his primary focus, with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique.
|Lilli Carré lives in Chicago and works in a wide variety of forms. She has created several books of comics, most recently the short story collection Heads or Tails published by Fantagraphics, and her first children’s book, Tippy and the Night Parade, published by Toon Books. She is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, now in its 5th year.
|Mike Centeno was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He grew up within a mixture of political unrest, and a steady diet of Cartoon Network, underage drinking and unsupervised movie watching (American History X is no movie for a 10 year old, mom). He likes making comics that try to be funny, but always seem to end up bumming everybody out. He currently enjoys a quiet life in Chicago, sharing a lovely home with his wife. He’s still allowed to watch all the movies he wants
|Danielle Chenette makes comics, paintings, prints, and animations in Chicago IL.
|Mimi Chrzanowski splish-splashes in Providence, Rhode Island.
|Chris Cilla is a cartoonist & screenprinter in a Sardine Can in Portland Oregon. You’ve seen his comics in Kramers Ergot, Studygroup magazine, and The Heavy Hand, his full length book published by Sparkplug Comic Books. His latest comic book is Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette from Revival House Press.
|Max Clotfelter was born in Marietta, GA and graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He has self-published over 60 mini-comics and zines along with being a contributor to Seattle’s comic newspaper, The Intruder, and running the now 2-year old DUNE, mini-comic drawing night.
|Tyler Cohen is a cartoonist who works with multiple voices: surrealism, true vignettes, and journalistic bits about language in a series called Primahood. Her work has been published in “Qu33r” (Northwest Press), “The Feminist Utopia Project” (Feminist Press), and on Mutha magazine online.
|Peter and Maria Hoey are brother and sister artists. Since 2007 they have published their work independently under their studio name: Coin-Op. Their comics have received notice in The Best American Comics 2011, BAC 2013′s Notable Comics list, Society of Illustrators, and many issues of American Illustration.
|Collective Stench is a bunch of night lurkers bound together by their inescapable fondness for the comics medium.
|The toxicity of small towns, characters living with mental illness, and escape narratives are all covered with lyrical quality in Alexis’ work. A co-creator of Obsessive Comic Dames (O.C.D.), Alexis is a Minnesota-based illustrator and comic book artist. As a mixed person of Hispanic descent, Alexis frequently creates characters from a similar background to make it accessible to readers and easy to talk about. She also appreciates the way comics allow a level of intimacy between strangers and describes a goal of her wok as “providing a distant comfort.” While people struggling with anxiety or depression may avoid direct contact, Alexis hopes her work will make a difference; echoing back similar thoughts and feelings.
|Gabriela Cracraft is an illustrator,cartoonist,and screenprinter based in Chicago. She has an interest in everything spooky and weird and makes comics about witches and monsters.
|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.
|Evan Dahm lives in Brooklyn, NY, and creates and self-publishes online and in print fantasy adventure comics including Rice Boy and Vattu. He’s one of the founders of the publishing company Benign Kingdom, and he’s an Ignatz Award winner too.
|Anya Davidson was born in Sarasota, Florida in 1983. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She is a cartoonist, musician, teaching artist and printmaker whose work appeared in many zines and anthologies, including Kramers Ergot, before her debut graphic novel, School Spirits, was published by Picturebox Inc. Her current project, the Ignatz-award nominated comic Band for Life, will be available in print from Fantagraphics Books in the not-too-distant future. She lives and shreds in Chicago.
|M. Dean is a comic artist and illustrator currently working on the graphic novel, The Girl Who Flew Away, among other comic projects.
|Michael DeForge draws comics in Toronto, Ontario. He’s released the short story collections Very Casual and A Body Beneath with Koyama Press, and the graphic novels Ant Colony and First Year Healthy with Drawn and Quarterly.
|Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with visual storytelling. She makes short films, little books, drawings, prints, and installation projects.
|Krystal DiFronzo is a young blood Midwestern cartoonist with a cute streak. Her work can be seen in publications such as Happiness, Believed Behavior, Lumpen and The Lifted Brow, as well as self-published minis.
|Will Dinski is a cartoonist and book artist. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
|Chicago self published artist, creator of comic Spiro’s Greek Myths.
|Sara Drake is an artist currently based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is the founder and director of the experimental shadow collaborative, Pup House and performs audio/visuals for the Glad Cloud Ambient Music Series.
Sara is the recipient of the inaugural Cupcake Award, given to a self-publisher by CAKE.
|Jon Drawdoer is an american cartoonist in Chicago, IL. He has written, drawn, and printed the comics Infinite Jest Tijuana Bible, Be the Love 1-2, Guy Gardners, and Apple Orchard. He’s been praised by critic Rob Clough twice. Jon studied cartooning at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW). In 2014, Jon exhibited comics art at SAW and at Challengers Comics.
|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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|Femicomix is a feminist comics network from Finland. Femicomix has been organizing workshops, meetings and support from autumn 2013. Our network is not separatist (although some events might be), we are antiracist and aim for accessibility. We respect everybody’s right for self-definition. Since January 2014 we have been working together with Anne Elizabeth Moore and Ladydrawers in researching gender and finances in Finnish comics scene.
|Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago with his genius wife and two stupid adorable cats. He’s currently working on Monkey Chef, an account of his trials and tribulations cooking for monkeys at a primate sanctuary in Pretoria, South Africa. He’s balding and has come to accept this.
|Kelly Froh has self-published over 40 mini-comics and zines including “Stew Brew”, a series in collaboration with Max Clotfelter, which was nominated for an 2009 Ignatz Award for “Outstanding Mini-Comic” and mentioned as one of “The Best Comics of 2008” in The Comics Journal. She has performed comic stories at Richard Hugo House’s acclaimed Literary Series, Gridlords in Portland, OR, and at “Fantagraphics Follies” at Bumbershoot. Kelly is also the co-founder and co-organizer of Short Run comix & arts festival.
|Penina Gal is a cartoonist hailing from New York and currently living in Bloomington, IN. Penina draws comics about magical kids, cats, queers, and other weirdness.
|Andy Glass is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator and graphic artist. He self publishes the alternative comic LIMBUS as well as a host of mini comics. Some of his comics and illustrations have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Denver Westword and the newspaper anthology MadHappys from San Francisco. He recently appeared in the Unsolved Mysteries collection from indy publisher Hic n’ Hoc, and the Chicago Reader’s Comic Issue for 2014.
|Sophie Goldstein is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2014 she won an Ignatz Award for her mini-comic House of Women, Part I. Her work has appeared various publications including Best American Comics 2013, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Irene 3, Sleep of Reason and Suspect Device 3.
|Zac Gorman is the creator of Magical Game Time and more recently, the first Costume Quest graphic novel. He has worked for Oni Press, BOOM! Comics, Double Fine, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. In the Spring, he will be penning the new, monthly Rick and Morty comic series for Oni Press.
|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. Grady received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely around the US and Internationally, at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Carthage College, Illinois State University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Prosjecktrom Normanns, among others.
|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. 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. With Gridlords Christensen wanted his feeling for comics and the universe of performance arts to coexist. Gridlords wants you, the audience, to feel a part of something. Gridlords has published minni comics by Graham Kahler, Julianna Green, Marsuplala, art books by Sean Christensen, and 2 anthologies with contributors such as Kevin Hooyman, Julia Gfrorer, Theo Ellsworth, Rebecca Artemisa, Andrice Arp and many more.
|Grafted from The Collective Tarot, Gay Genius, and years of zine and indy book publishing and appreciating experience, Grimoire Comics and Curiosities is currently a tree planted in Portland Oregon tended by Annie Murphy and Nikki Levine. We are an outlet for outsider art, an apothecary of stories picked from the personal, political, and magical. We do very short runs of bizarre and interesting graphic narratives. Expect oracular decks of playing cards from some of your favorite underground cartoonists coming out of Grimoire soon.
|Jack Gross is a queer cartoonist who recently graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work explores everything from childhood and anxiety to being a horrible wizard.
|Henry Guerra is a cartoonist, animator, and illustrator who lives in Chicago, he focuses on children’s comics and story telling that utilize elements of experimental and Inde-comics, and can be appreciated by all ages. Currently going to the school of the art institute of Chicago, he is a cartoonist for life.
|Robin Ha was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to United States when she was 15. Since graduating from RISD, she moved to NYC and joined a cartoonist studio, DRAWBRIDGE in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in independent comics anthologies as well as Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is currently working on WHY OH WHY ALABAMA, a graphic memoir about her immigrant experience, and also a Korean recipe comic on tumblr: BANCHAN IN 2 PAGES.
|I am an artist and comic book maker living and working in Chicago IL since 2006. I received my BFA in Film/Video from Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and my MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. I have been making Hate Baby Comics since 2009 and have had several solo shows exhibited here in Chicago at Peanut Gallery and the Sub-Mission space at Mission Gallery.
|Rumi was born in Kyoto, Japan and received her MFA degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. She moved to many different cities with her family before she was ten, so traveling became a part of her life. Her illustrations and comics are often inspired by landscapes in memory, creatures that inhabit those landscapes, and different places that become one in dreams. Her work has been selected into many awards including American Illustration, Society of Illustrators Annual, and 3×3 Magazine. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
|Miranda Harmon is from Gainesville, Florida. She makes comics about monsters and tries to be a good person.
|Michael Hawkins was born in 1979, grew up in Tasmania, Australia and has been self-publishing comics for a long time. He also practices illustration various other forms of visual arts and sometimes stand-up comedy. He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
|Betty Heredia is a Chicago artist and sometimes philosopher. She exhibits her drawings and paintings at venues around Chicago.
|Hi I am Keith Herzik and I make screenprinted zines called Alamo Igloo.
|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.
|Jamie Hibdon is a cartoonist and wandering brush for hire. He is a member of the comics journalism collective, the Illustrated Press, and his work can be found in the ongoing anthology, Lingua Franca Comics. He lives in Chicago.
|Since 2010, the Hidden Fortress Press has been making comics along the rocky shores of the Woonasquatucket river in Providence, RI
|Andrew Holmquist is an artist and cartoonist based in Chicago. He received his BFA (2008) and MFA (2014) degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, each from the department of painting and drawing. His work ranges from paintings to sculpture to video performances and comics, and he is interested in blurring the lines between all of these distinctions.
|O Horvath is a grumpy library creature by day, attic-dwelling comic-hoarder by night. They like high fantasy, messy makeup, and the sunday night r&b radio show.
|Luke Howard was born on an Air Force base somewhere and now he makes comics in White River Junction, VT after receiving his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He was nominated for an Ignatz in 2014 under the ‘Promising New Talent’ category.
|Kevin Huizenga is a cartoonist who has drawn several comic books and graphic novels, including Ganges and The Wild Kingdom.
|Emily Hutchings is a Pittsburgh born artist living and working in Chicago, IL. If she had a tagline it would be “sad or funny?” I can’t tell. Emily works during the day casting metal and at night she writes poetry and watches music in basements. Emily’s therapist described her as ‘like one of those sharks that can go to the deep dark parts of the ocean and also come back up to the surface without the change in pressure killing them.’ Emily. The end.
|Delia Jean is an artist and cartoonist from Chicago, and frequent collaborator with the Ladydrawers Comics Collective. She’s invested in imagination, community, and the accessibility of art-making. Her work is colorful, energetic and can be seen at
|Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist and printmaker from Providence, Rhode Island. She won the 2014 Ignatz award for Promising New Talent.
|Robyn Jordan makes mini-comics, watercolor paintings, and prints. She teaches art to kids in a public school in Seattle, and often writes about teaching. From 2002-2012, she lived in NYC, and still misses the bagels. She serves on the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival board. She is a regular contributor to The Stranger, and her work has appeared in various publications and comics anthologies.
|Greg Kletsel was raised on a steady diet of Ren & Stimpy, X-Men and TGIF in Coral Springs, FL. He can quote Clue or Raising Arizona at any time. He can draw Wolverine from memory in under 20 seconds. He is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn.
|Lucy Knisley (pronounced “nigh-slee.”) is a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator. She specializes in personal, confessional comics and travelogues. Her graphic novels include, French Milk, (From Simon and Schuster Publishing) Radiator Days, (From Epigraph Publishing) and Relish, (From First Second Publishing) which won the American Library Association Alex Award, made the list of best Goodreads Books of 2013, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into five languages. Her newest books, out this year, are An Age of License and Displacement (from Fantagraphics publishing). She lives and works here in Chicago.
|Alex is an illustrator and design student in Chicago. In addition to making weird-looking comics, she spends a lot of time looking for the fantastic in the everyday and thinking about synesthesia, the aesthetics of folklore, and food.
|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.
|Scott Kroll was born in Chicago, lives in Chicago, and will most likely die in Chicago. His work as a comic artist deals with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. His work can be intentionally or unintentionally humorous. He is married and has three children.
|James Kuo is a cartoonist & illustrator living in Providence, RI.
|The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (AKA “The Ladydrawers”) is an unofficially affiliated group that researches, performs, and publishes comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large.
|Lee Lai is a Melbourne based, BFA graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her stories and drawings depict trans, mixed, queer experiences that straddle a line between personal experience and fiction.
|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 fall apart, flying safely overhead in a supersonic space missile on a kamikaze mission from the center of the sun to the center of yr brain.
|Will Laren is a artist and zine maker from Philadelphia. in addition to publishing his zine Slurricane, he is also a member of Space 1026 and contributes comics to Vice Magazine’s UK website.
|Blaise Larmee (b. 1985) is the author of “Young Lions” (2010), which garnered Larmee a Xeric grant and an Ignatz nomination, and “3 Books” (2015), an omnibus published by 2d Cloud that comprises the following: “Nudes” (2012-3), a series of drawings most recently published as a zine by Studio Collective, “Amateurs” (2013), a photobook originally published by 白石デザイン・オフィス, and “Ice Cream Kisses” (2014), a catalogue of paintings. Larmee is a former fellow of the Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Torrent, and Sonatina. Gaze Books is his publishing operation.
|Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, J.D. Lee is a Chicago cartoonist, sculptural illustrator, and storyteller. She has been published in anthologies including At Arms Length (2013), Awkward Sex Comics (2014), and Xerox Candy Bar, an alternative comics newspaper where she serves as a co-editor. Her work is available at various shops around the Chicago area, and she is also available for workshops and illustration work.
|Josh Lees is an artist from the American Southwest. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with his BFA in 2012 and the Center for Cartoon Studies with his MFA in 2014.
|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.
|My Name is Leigh Christine Luna. I hale from the great sand covered/meth ridden hills of New Mexico. I travelled across many states to have a life in arctic wasteland some call “Minneapolis”. Im like drawing comics, the puppy tag on tumblr, drinking lots of coffee and yoga. I also enjoy long luxurious walks to the fridge. In reality I make a lot of comics. I do a children’s comic called Clementine Fox which is currently published on GoComics. I also do work for BOOM studios. I also do a lot of lettering/sign painting and enjoy it a lot.
|Deirdre Mahon is an amateur architect, turned graphic designer and illustrator. She graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She’s interested in imagining stories about architecture by juxtaposing architectural conventions with comic representation and narrative techniques.
|Brett Manning loves to draw. Her work is dreamy, obsessive, feminine, and quite creepy. Her comics balance on that mystical line of dreams and reality, art and illustration, and are always filled with babes and darling animal friends.
|Jon Marchione is a comic artist, illustrator, and printmaker currently based in Baltimore. He comes from upstate NY and stopped by Chicago for a couple of years. He loves the feel of saddle-stitched zines and will probably trade his soul for a good mini-comic.
|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, Brain Frame, and Trubble Club. He also hosts Total Therapy, a monthly futuristic dance party at Berli Night Club.
|Kira is an artist and illustrator from the Pacific Northwest who self-publishes comics and travels selling her print media and original art inspired by plant medicine, myth and environment. She paints murals in collaboration with Colectiva Ballena and is editor of the plant comics and art magazine CLOROFILIA.
|Joyana McDiarmid is the editor and designer of Maple Key Comics, a bimonthly anthology that serializes the work of emerging cartoonists. She spends her time writing, drawing and designing. In 2013 she received her M.F.A in cartooning.
|The tires screech. A miniature T-Shirt flaps in the wind. Much like a snail’s trail, a wayward eyeball makes its way across the windshield. Ian McDuffie lives in Chicago, and works all the time, mostly on the comic FEELS, which you would probably like.
|Dakota McFadzean is Canadian cartoonist who draws comics every day. His work has appeared in The Best American Comics, Mad Magazine, and Broken Pencil. His first book, Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On was published by Conundrum Press in 2013. Dakota also co-founded a comics anthology called Irene, which he edits with American cartoonists Andy Warner and d.w.
|Sophie McMahan is an illustrator/comic book artist based in Urbana, IL. Her work is inspired by American culture from the 1950’s and 1960’s, big hair, horror movies, vintage romance comics, dark humor, and badass babes.
|Midwestrn Cuban Comics is a small press comics series created by Odin Cabal. The issues are compilations of vignettes revolving around a small cast of characters who come in and out of each others’ lives. Leading the cast and anchoring them together is Maria Garcia, a Cuban American trying to figure out identity and life fulfillment in the Midwestern city of Milwaukee, WI.
|Lane Milburn graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. He self-published with the Closed Caption Comics collective from 2005-2010 and was featured in their group show at Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn in 2009. His graphic novella Death Trap was published with a Xeric Grant in 2010, and Fantagraphics Books published his graphic novel Twelve Gems in summer 2014.
|Nicky Minus is a cartoonist from Sydney, Australia. She has self published and released three comics, “Jerks” and “Pleasure” in 2014 and “Woman On The Verge” in 2015. Her work focuses on the body and female sexuality.
|Talya Modlin is a Chicago-based self publishing cartoonist and illustrator, and brain-slave to a webcomic called Blimpakind.
|Annie Mok (b. 1986) studied comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and lives in West Philly. She was a 2013 recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant. American Illustration has selected her work for its Archive. Her clients include Seven Stories Press, The Harlem Times, DC/Vertigo, and the Red Umbrella Project. She sings in the pop band See-Through Girls. Annie has spoken at the University of Winnipeg, and toured transnationally doing comics readings.
|I am a comic artist and illustrator based out Minneapolis.
|Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. She is the author of three graphic novels, including the graphic memoir, Get Over It!, published by Secret Acres.
|Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist from Moscow, Russia, currently living in San Francisco. His clients include the New Yorker, New York Times, Penguin, Random House, Vogue, Lucky Peach and many others. His work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), ADC Young Guns, American Illustration and numerous other shows. Over the last decade he’s been self-publishing his romanthology called the Yellow Zine, with issue #6 debuting at CAKE. His first graphic novella In A Sense (Lost & Found) was published in September 2014 by Nobrow Press. He likes books, tea and long aimless walks.
|Alex Nall is a cartoonist and teaching artist. His works include Clear Water, his sketchbook series, Aloof, and Teaching Comics, an ongoing project that explores his experiences as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools.
|Pranas T. Naujokaitis makes handmade self-published minicomics and webcomics under the Ghost Car Press banner. He’s also recently done work for Boom! Studios, such as Bravest Warriors and Uncle Grandpa, and currently has multiple children’s books published so far from Blue Apple Books. He went to the Savannah College of Art and Design and has a fancy pants degree in Sequential Art. He’s been doing this for a very long time now. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two cats. He is living the dream.
|Chicago based artist & illustrator who runs Sun Eater Studio.|
|Alicia makes drawings using wordplay and humorous abstraction. She has self-published seven issues throughout 2014 in a minicomic series called Smells Fingers. Her work is featured weekly in Humanize Magazine, as well as several comic anthologies including Dip and Gam Gam’s Plastic.
|One Percent Press was started by Stephen Floyd and JP Coovert in the fall of 2004 with the idea of self-releasing their own music and comics, along with anything they could help their friends with. There have been many amazing people involved with the label, and many more who serve as an inspiration. One Percent Press is very much informed by the larger DIY community and spirit.
|SInce 1981 ONLI STUDIOS is a leader of indie publication in graphic novels and comics along with an force for bringing graphic novels to the classroom.
Onsmith & Nudd are a Chicago-based collaborative duo comprised of painter and draftsman Paul Nudd and cartoonist Onsmith. They have made several suites of prints and other various editions and publications since 2009.
|Virginia is a cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, OR. She has been writing and drawing comics under the name Milkyboots for six years. Her comics and art have appeared in Bejeezus, Sadie Magazine, Indie Ladies Anthology, Brad Trip Anthology, Little Heart Anthology, Big Feminist But Anthology and Bitch Magazine.
|Keith makes comics, illustrations, and mini-books and hails from Cleveland, Ohio.
|Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who understands her life best when it has been milked onto the page.
|Katie Parrish makes comics that resemble shameless feelings explosions, and works as a freelance illustrator and cartoon advice columnist. She also works as the art director at an art and literature magazine called The Lifted Brow where she can indulge completely in her undying love for print and comics.
|Creator of DAYGLOAYHOLE and A Pantomime Horse. Ben is the Michael Bay of 30-something year old, bald, attic dwelling brown Anarchist cartoonists.
|Marc Pearson is a cartoonist, comedian and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. He edits the online cartoon advice column Advicecomics and is the drawer of the advice-columnist and poet, Raymond Ray. He is survived by his still living body.
|Amy Peltz is an artist, editor, and writer living in Chicago. When not working at the Art Institute of Chicago, she makes, reads, and thinks about comics.
|Perfectly Acceptable is a small Risograph print studio in Chicago, IL run by Matt Davis. We offer affordable commission printing for cartoonists, zinesters, etc. We publish prints and zines by cartoonists, illustrators, designers in our free time.
|Leslie Perrine is a writer and illustrator living in Chicago, IL. She enjoys writing for all ages, people and creatures. She is a co-founder of the Chicago Zine Fest and loves self-publishers. Ask her about her cat named Bum.
|Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator. Recent comics can be found in Tender Journal, Projecttile, Diner Journal, Everyday Genius and Bicycle Review. She has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press, 2012/13/15) and continues to work on an on-going series, The Chronicles of Fortune.
|Laurie Piña is a nervous whisper in the dark.
|Aaron Poliwoda is from your girlfriend’s bedroom. He stands six foot seven, three inches from heaven. He weighs three-oh-five and can whip any man alive! He has self published over 75 issues of Low Blow comics mostly about autism and wrestling.
|John Porcellino was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over thirty years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.”
|George Porteus (Pour-TEE-us) came to Chicago in 2008 by way of Baltimore by way of southeastern Massachusetts. An avid life-time doodler, he only began making comics a couple years ago. He has since self-published two books and had work included in issues of Lumpen Magazine, the 2014 CAKE anthology, and Trubble Club 8. He is very happy to be here.
|A. T. Pratt is a 24-year-old cartoonist and illustrator from New York City. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration. He has been self-publishing his drawings and comic book stories for the past six years. Each publication is a new experiment with form and structure, and many of his printed products feature special tricks and innovations like foldouts, pop-ups, multiple bindings and peek-a-boos. His hit romantic comedy Stupid Cupid (2014) was accepted into the Society of Illustrators’ first ever Comic and Cartoon Art Annual in the Short Form category. He has previously exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival, the Locust Moon Comics Festival, Paper Jam Small Press Festival, Rhode Island Independent Press Expo (RIPE), and Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB).
|Liz Prince is the Ignatz Award-winng creator of the book Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, a collection of comics about being in a relationship. She has also written a book called Alone Forever: The Singles Collection, about being single and dating. She released her first graphic novel, Tomboy, a memoir about childhood and gender stereotypes, last year to critical acclaim. She also draws comics for Razorcake magazine, has done comics and covers for the Adventure Time series, and contributes to many anthologies. Her cats Wolfman & Dracula say Hi.
|The Providence Comics Consortium (PCC) is a loose collective of kid artists from Rhode Island and Adult Cartoonists from all over the world. We produce a kid-driven bi-monthly anthology magazine, PCC Showcase (currently on issue 20), as well as lots of other projects like the 250 page Rhode Island Anthology and Tarantulina, a full color comic scripted entirely by a 12 year old girl.
|Radiator Comics is a new minicomics distro, specializing in weird, funny, and affecting self-published comic books!
|Chicago artist and illustrator, Woodbury finds humor in everything, mostly herself. She has worked for and in Brain Frame, has been in several anthologies including “Before, After, and In Between” and “Awkward Sex” as well as printing her own work. Currently she works for the International School of Comics as the Student Services Director, and in her spare time wishes she had a dog.
|Tess is an Estonian-Canadian comic artist, illustrator, and printmaker based in Toronto with a BFA in visual arts. Her work focuses primarily on folkloric images, diasporic stories, biographies, and finding ways to join these themes in comics and new book forms. Tess’ previously self-published works include The Birth of Linda, Silver for Bread, The Death of Linda, and Sanctuary.
|Isabel Reidy is a cartoonist and musician living in Trumansburg NY. She writes music about her comics with her band The Realbads.
|Matt Reints lives in Minneapolis, MN. He creates mini-comics mostly about slices of small town life but also some high strangeness phenomena.
|Retrofit Comics was founded in 2011 by Box Brown to publish floppy alt-comics! Now Jared Smith helps out too. Retrofit Comics publishes short alternative-comics, roughly one every month or two. We are revitalizing the floppy comic format as a publisher with a diverse set of artists who have a strong dedication to quality of work and to comics as a medium. In 2015, we will publish work by Matt Madden, Yumi Sakugawa, Sophie Franz, Laura Lannes, Kate Leth, Andrew Lorenzi, Laura Knetzger, Maré Odomo, Box Brown, Steven Weissman, and an issue of the Future Shock anthology edited by Josh Burggraf.
|Eddy Eric Rivera (b. 1984) is a Puerto Rican-Italian-Armenian American artist and proud. His comix often feature nightmare people from a second world U.S. territory called Indiana, where he was kept as a prisoner until age 18. Since then he has lived and worked in Brooklyn, Northampton UK, and Chicago.
|Scott Roberts makes experimental art Risograph comics. His animations, sculptures, and video installations have been shown in galleries and museums. He is also the chair of the Animation program at DePaul University in Chicago.
|Brad Rohloff is a printmaker and artists living in Chicago.
|Founded in 2010, ROTLAND PRESS is a small publishing house located in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is a publisher of printed projects that promote subversive humor— be it black, dark, gallows, satirical or absurd. ROTLAND PRESS aims to occupy a place between the mainstream and the avant-garde, the philistine and the genteel, industriously manufacturing the finest in despairing entertainment. Ryan Standfest is the Publisher and Editor
|Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. She is author of the sexual health comic You’re so Sexy When You Aren’t Transmitting STDs and Artist in Residence at Scarleteen.com.
|Kenan makes comics for adults of all ages. His MoCCA-award winning YA adventure Last Train to Old Town follows four teenagers as they explore their sleepy suburban town’s unusual history. He is the founding editor of the alt-comics journal Festival Season.
|From Biloxi, Mississippi, Jess Ruliffson is a nonfiction cartoonist working in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently making a comic based on interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a member of the Joe Bonham Project, she has traveled to Walter Reed to document experiences of returning veterans wounded in combat. See more of her work at: jessruliffson.com and callingthedog.blogspot.com.
|RUN Comics is a collective based out of Chicago and DeKalb IL, where the authors escape reality in the form of comics labor. Overcome the alienation and drudgery of labor!
|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, drawing beer glasses, amps, and guitars while drinking alone at bars, and watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.
|Rude Comics CEO, cartoonist, publisher, illustrator and garbage pig.
|Dave Scheidt is a radical dude from Chicago, Illinois. When he is not writing comics he enjoys eating pizza. He is the writer of Spooky Sleepover, Aw Yeah Comics and Adventure Time for Boom! Studios.
|A Chicago artist best known for drawing demons and drag queens. Currently working on a caregiving comic memoir called VREELAND.
|The Sequential Artists Workshop is a school for comics in Gainesville, Florida. Run by Tom Hart, this school features a full-year program of writing, drawing, reading, figure studies, storytelling, history and much more. We also feature single-week workshops by artists such as Dash Shaw, Gabrielle Bell, Ed PIskor, Adian Koch and more.
|SEVER was co-founded in 2013 by printmaker e howey and artist sab meynert. Bridging the gap between fine art & comics, keeping the margins as wide as possible.
|Sam Sharpe is one of the creators of of the comic series Viewotron which has been nominated for both an Eisner and an Ignatz award. Sometimes his comics are autobiographical, and sometimes they aren’t.
|Anuj Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and grew up in Alaska and Colorado. He is influenced by Los Bros. Hernandez, Julie Doucet and Manuel Ocampo. His comics have appeared in various anthologies, including Rabid Rabbit, C’est Bon and Digestate. His comics have also been listed in the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions of The Best American Comics anthology. He lives a quiet, semi-politicized life in Philadelphia, PA.
|Nalleli Sierra, also known as Naji, likes to read comics, draw comics, and write poetry. She is currently planning on trying to put together a comic book poetry anthology created by teens to show to the world! 🙂
|Caitlin Skaalrud is a self-publishing cartoonist based in Minneapolis who publishes books of weird contemporary folklore under the name Talk Weird Press. Her book, Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story, was awarded one of the last Xeric Awards in 2012, which she printed on her own offset litho printing press.
|So What? Press was founded in 2012 by Dave Kelly & Lara Antal. Their books have been nominated for awards, featured in the news, and are available at over 50 stores around the globe.
|Sonatina is a contemporary comics publisher from San Francisco. New comics.
|Comics publishing micropress and distro from Portland, Oregon.
|Founded on the premise that art should be a democratic and empowering medium, Spudnik Press Cooperative is committed to being an approachable and affordable print shop; a space where professional printmakers merge with aspiring students; a space that encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas.
|Conor Stechschulte is an artist and cartoonist currently based in Baltimore. He is the author of The Amateurs published by Fantagraphics, Generous Bosom published by Breakdown Press and numerous handmade editions.
|Sasha Steinberg is a comics artist, editor, and drag queen raised in Urbana, IL. He studied Literature at Vassar College and Cartooning at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Sasha is particularly interested in developing queer literary comics and is best-known for the ongoing series STONEWALL. His work has been published in The Comics Workbook Magazine, Suspect Device, Maple Key Comics, and QU33R. Sasha is also the Artistic Director of VYM Magazine, an art / idea magazine about drag, and the head of production for TOON Books in NYC.
|A local Chicago writer, author, and professor at the University of Chicago, Wesley is also the co-founder of Sun Bros Studios! Together with his brother Brad, they’ve been writing, illustrating, and self-publishing comics since 2012, including Chinatown, Apocalypse Man, and Monkey Fist. Raising over $40,000 through tremendously successful Kickstarter campaigns, they now speak about crowdfunding comics at conventions, universities, bookstores, and comic shops throughout the Midwest. In addition, their first graphic novel, Chinatown, has been taught at DePaul University as part of the “Graphic Novels and Social Justice” course, which the Sun Bros joined last year as guest lecturers.
|Joe Tallarico is an artist/editor/curator mutant hybrid living in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys studying the histories of both art and comics and how the two are incorporated. His work is shown in Chicago by Jean Albano gallery. Other avocations include gardening, junk collecting, and table tennis.
|Ruby Thorkelson is an interdisciplinary artist and activist living in Chicago. Her practice ranges from organizing collaborative public art projects to producing comics about spit, parasitic invasion, and death. She is currently pursuing an MFA at SAIC, where she is engaged with mechanical and bodily processes as a means of exploring intimacy and boundaries. Right now she is particularly interested in producing leaks, overflows, and stains. Ruby also plays in the band Leslie, formerly known as Lezurrection.
|Matthew Thurber makes narrative work in many disciplines: comic books, musical theater, performance. He is the author of the graphic novels 1-800-MICE (2011) and INFOMANIACS (2013), a co-founder of Tomato House Gallery and of the Potlatch, I Gather books-on-tape label. Ambergris, his ongoing multi-media performance project, often employs pre-cinematic animation devices such as paper scrolls, and has played at venues such as the Hammer Museum and the Fumetto Festival in Switzerland. His full-length play “Mining the Moon” was produced at the Brick Theater in July 2014. He has shown his artwork at galleries such as Southfirst, Knowmoregames, and Weird Things. He lives in Brooklyn.
|Jen Tong is a cartoonist and printmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Sometimes she can be found playing tiny instruments in her band Creature Mines or petting cats.
|Also known as Inkmaggot, M. R. Trower is a comic artist, illustrator, and human impersonator from Durham NC. They make queer stories in boxes on pieces of paper.
|Trubble Club has published 8 volumes of jam comics in the six years it’s been active, but its various members are additionally all active contributors to Chicago’s comics scene. We’ve tabled at all the CAKEs, as well as participated in a variety of other events, including a mural at the MCA and a jam sculpture at DePaul’s Art Museum.
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|Kat Tuesday makes largely mirthless funnybooks, assembles things out of cardboard, and turns one kind of symbols into another kind. She will gladly talk with/at you at length about comics translation and how she convinced the government to pay her to read old manga.
|2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.
|Two Tone Comix is a Chicago-based illustrated story collaboration between writer Scott Bufis and illustrator Matthew Salazar. Their comic book series, Esoteric Dialogue, will be debuting at CAKE 2015.
|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, Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow, Derek Van Gieson, Jason Little, Vincent Stall, Tom Kaczynski and many others.
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|Benjamin Urkowitz creates comics and art in New York City. He looks like this: ~
|Rosemary Valero-O’Connell was raised across the ocean in Zaragoza, Spain, but currently lives in a little apartment in Minneapolis, MN, where she’s getting her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She makes and self-publishes comics and zines, a lot of which are about loss, trauma, and the importance of other people. She likes gold inlays and stories about witches.
|Estrella Vega is an artist based in New York City who creates work through printmaking techniques like silkscreen and etching. With a focus on nature and science, her books aim to be educational but also decorative.
|John Vestevich works as a designer in Chicago and makes comics after work (sometimes during).
|A freelance artist originally from the Philippines and currently based in NJ/ NYC. Once an animation student but somehow found himself in the clutches of printmaking. After years of soul searching, he has shifted more into re-discovering old school inking and CMYK coloring that is focused on his silkscreen prints and zines. He spends his days daydreaming of heroes and villains, while the occasional cutesy that squeaks through.
|Dawson is originally from Juneau, Alaska, and now lives in Minneapolis.
|Nathan Ward is a 22-year old cartoonist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has had comics published in Maximum Rock N’ Roll, Scene Magazine, Happiness Comix, and many other things. His first full length comic, Fun-O-Planet was self-published and released in the fall of 2014.
|The Weakly crew is a handful of New York art students that make some serious, no nonsense comics and art. They dedicate themselves to producing an every-7-days, print only publication that features the comics of young guys and gals with vivacious visions and supersonic sights.
|Leah Wishnia is an artist/cartoonist currently living and working in NYC. She is the editor and publisher of the comic & art magazine Happiness, and recently released her self-published book Gut Feelings, a collection of her short comic work.
|Kelsey Wroten is from Kansas City and is 23 years old. She self-publishes a charmingly offensive comic book series called JUKEBOX COMIX consisting of several short stories. She is working on a graphic novel called GRAVE that she is also self-publishing. She is very nice and would love to meet you!
|Ed Luce is the creator of the comic series Wuvable Oaf. Fantagraphics Books released the first hardcover collection of Oaf stories in 2015.
|Gina Alyse Wynbrandt (b. 1990) writes comics about personal humiliations and insecurities, as well as topics like fashion, pop culture, and celebrities. She is a Chicago native and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her favorite food is ice cream, and her favorite color is pink.
|Sophie Yanow is the author and artist of the Ignatz-nominated graphic memoir War of Streets and Houses, as well as the autobiographical series In Situ. She is the 2014-15 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
|Yeti Press is a small publishing behemoth out of Seattle and Chicago. We’ve published the likes of Kat Leyh, Sam Sharpe, Kevin Budnik, and many more. Most importantly, we like to make comics and have fun.
|Wilfred Santiago is a cartoonist and illustrator from the Chicago area and the author of MICHAEL JORDAN Bull On Parade, released by Fantagraphics Books. He publishes Goodwilfred Sunday Magazine every first Sunday of the month.
Wilfred Santiago was originally scheduled to be a Special Guest at CAKE 2015, but is unable to attend.
|Anna Bongiovannis is a queer and genderqueer cartoonists and zine-kid. They currently draw comics for Autostraddle.com, a queer culture website. They are most well-known for their zine A Cheap And Easy Introduction To They/Them Pronouns and their first graphic novel, Out Of Hollow Water, published by 2D Cloud. You can find their comics online, in anthologies, and self-published mini-comics and zines.
|Maya Edelman lives in Brooklyn, New York with her boo, and two cats. She likes comics, animation, painting, drawing, biking and traveling, all of which she tries to do frequently, if not simultaneously.
|Meags Fitzgerald is an interdisciplinary artist known for her illustrations, animations, non-fiction writing and live performances. Fitzgerald’s debut graphic novel, Photobooth: A Biography, chronicles the photobooth’s history and the events which gave rise to the desperate need to save them. Released to a positive reception, Fitzgerald was named by CBC Books a 2014 Writer to Watch. Her follow-up graphic novel, Long Red Hair explores a teen’s budding bisexuality and witchcraft in history and in popular culture. She currently resides in Montreal where she regularly performs improv theater and at live storytelling events.
|Neil Fitzpatrick has been pumping out his Neil Jam brand of comics for quite a number of years now. He’s done it in the form of minicomics, webcomics, and so much more. No format is safe from his ever expanding comics universe. Recent comic book releases have been Everythingness, from Hic & Hoc Publications, as well as his Jerry’s Journal minicomic trilogy.
|Nick Iluzada, Mitchell Goodrich and friends make zines about death, hot dogs, and shapes.
|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.
|human man, artist, illustrator, cartoonist, nobody. Jonny Negron, born 1985, planet earth.
|Press Gang is a publishing collective comprised of two Portland, OR based imprints, Floating World Comics and Study Group Books. Zack Soto runs the award winning webcomics site studygroupcomics.com. They also publish beautiful print editions as well as Francois Vigneault’s sci-fi series Titan. 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.
|Georgia Webber is a comics artist from Toronto who wants you to consider your voice. Her most prominent work, Dumb, chronicles her severe vocal injury and (mostly silent) recovery. She is the Guest Services Coordinator for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Comics Editor at www.carte-blanche.org.
|Eric Kostiuk Williams is a Toronto-based illustrator and comic book artist, specializing in crisp, detailed line work and imaginative sequential compositions. 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.