We have scheduled a great comics weekend for June 6 & June 7! There are also a great deal of events taking place around the city in the months of May and June. Here are the events taking place between now and CAKE, some planned by us, some planned by others.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


How one person can reach a thousands eyes:
a Self Publishing Seminar from the Experts.

Maximum Distractions
4405 N Milwaukee Ave

Maximum Distractions and CAKE present a Q&A and presentation about Self Publishing. From zines and mini-comics, to printing in China and how to get your work distributed. Participants will include small press guru Dave Kelly, proprietor of So What Press, Neil Brideau the man behind Radiator Comics small press distro, and Jeff Zwirek self published author of the nationally distributed Burning Building Comix. Each presenter will give a brief explanation of what they do, how they do it, and how you can do it. This will be followed by time to ask the presenters any questions you have about self publishing and distribution.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Image © Sheika Lugtu 2015
Image © Sheika Lugtu 2015

How to Draw Comics the Ladydrawers Way

Women & Children First
5233 N Clark

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective, joined by Femicomix Finland, will get you ready for CAKE with a series of performances, readings, games, and possibly interpretive dances from international comics creators that will show you how to make comics The Ladydrawers Way™. You will also be able to peruse the debut of our new anthology, How To Draw Comics The Ladydrawers Way™! By the end of the evening you will definitely know how to draw comics The Ladydrawers Way™!*
*Education not guaranteed.


DePaul School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artist Program Presents Dash Shaw

DePAUL CDM Theatre
247 S State St, Lower Level
Space is limited, come early.

Brooklyn-based artist Dash Shaw explodes the expectations of both comics and animation. His graphic novel, “New School,” was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. 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 comic “Doctors” came out last year from Fantagraphics Books, and the rights were picked up by producer David Goyer for Twentieth Century Fox Films. His other recent books include “BodyWorld” and “Bottomless Belly Button.” He’s been working on an independent animated feature film for several years. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Comic Reading at the Archer Ballroom

Archer Ballroom
3012 S Archer Ave 3rd Floor

Readings by Lale Westvind, Blaise Larmee, Anna Haifisch, Andy Burkholder, Sarah Ferrick, Lane Milburn, Gina Wynbrandt, Krystal DiFronzo, Paul Nudd, and David Alvarado. MC’d by Nick Jackson.

Friday, June 5, 2015


Hernandez Brothers Signing

Graham Crackers Comics
77 E Madison St
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Graham Crackers Comics is proud to announce a signing with the legendary HERNANDEZ BROS! JAIME and GILBERT will be at the LOOP LOCATION. Come get your Love & Rockets signed, or talk to the Bros about how awesome Bumperhead is!


CAKE Presents A Conversation with Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino, and Keiler Roberts Moderated by Hillary Chute

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave.

What better way to usher in CAKE weekend than a conversation with three of the most innovative cartoonists working today? If there’s a graphic narratives supergroup—the Emerson, Lake, & Palmer of American indie comics—this is it. Eleanor Davis’s Fantagraphics collection How to Be Happy was just nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award. Keiler Roberts’s series Powdered Milk is a consistently stunning example of why so many of us fell in love with autobiographical comics in the first place. John Porcellino’s The Hospital Suite was one of the most critically acclaimed comics of 2014. With King-Cat Comics and Stories now 25 years old and going stronger than ever, John remains one of the guiding lights of the indie comics scene and for CAKE itself. Hillary Chute, comics scholar extraordinaire, author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics and Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, will moderate this exciting roundtable.


Qviet Book Release and Exhibition

LearningMachine Gallery
3145 S Morgan

The LearningMachine Gallery is pleased to feature over 100 selected drawings from Andy Burkholder’s new collection of exploratory graphic narrative Qviet. From sketchbook scrawls to lushly rendered illustration, the exhibit is rare glimpse into Burkholder’s disturbed and sublime inner world.
Qviet is released by Minneapolis publisher 2D Cloud (http://2dcloud.com/), who is launching his book during the CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) weekend.


Gula-Guila “CAKE Weekend Kickoff” Concert

3012 S Archer Ave 3rd Florr

Gula-Gila is about to head to the west coast with HOGG, and CAKE is this weekend! Join us for a good night of sounds in your ears!
Mayor Daley
Lesley (featuring CAKE exhibitor Ruby Thorkelson)
Gun Tit (Featuring CAKE exhibitors Lale Westvind, Tom Thomas Toye, and Laura Perez-Harris)
Dungeon Broads (the return of Ccool Ddogg Mickey Z)
and Grackle Song a noise project by Hiromi Ueyoshi

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Poster Low-Res

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
11:00am – 6:00pm

A marketplace and summit of ideas surrounding comics focused on self-expression and experimentation. Check out our guests & exhibitors, and our slate of panels and workshops!


CAKE After Party

3036 N Lincoln Ave, 3rd & 4th floor
$5 donation helps the bands

Two floors! Two parties! Enter through the 4th floor!

8pm – ??? on the top floor, an exciting full night of loud music!
Performers include: Ambergris featuring Matt Thurber, Traducer featuring Lane Milburn, Pet Theories featuring Brian Cremins, and Naff Whiff featuring Eddy Rivera.

8pm – Midnight on the floor below it, a more relaxed drink & draw hangout sponsored by Print Ninja.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Poster Low-Res

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
11:00am – 6:00pm

A marketplace and summit of ideas surrounding comics focused on self-expression and experimentation. Check out our guests & exhibitors, and our slate of panels and workshops!