1 DAY TO CAKE: Come To Our Kickoff Events Tonight!

June 5, 2015

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Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez Signing at Graham Crackers Comics, 77 E Madison St from 6-8pm10426531_10153241612788771_5280296124610601335_n-2
CAKE Presents: Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino & Keiler Roberts panel moderated by Hillary Chute at Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave at 7pm


Qviet Book Release/Exhibition at Learning Machine Gallery, 3145 Morgan at 7pm


Gula-Gila “CAKE Weekend Kickoff” Concert with bands featuring CAKE exhibitors, 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 8PM

We can’t wait to see you there!

2 DAYS TO CAKE: Events Around Town!

June 4, 2015

Thursday, June 4:

Friday, June 5:


After Parties

Saturday, June 6:

CAKE is hosting two Saturday after parties in the same building!


Enter through the 4th floor entrance for both parties, a $5 donation supports the bands & the Observatory, an independently run music space.

8pm – whenever! The Observatory, 3036 N. Lincoln, 4th floor. CAKE will be hosting a night of musical performances after the first day of exhibition. Bring some cash, there will be a bar. Performers include: Ambergris featuring Matt Thurber, Traducer featuring Lane Milburn, Pet Theories featuring Brian Cremins, and Naff Whiff featuring Eddy Rivera.

8pm – midnight: 3036 N Lincoln, 3rd floor. For exhibitors looking for a quiet place to meet up, join us on the 3rd floor (below The Observatory) for a Drink & Draw sponsored by Print Ninja. Snacks will be provided by CAKE; BYOB, or purchase drinks at The Observatory and bring them downstairs to the drink & draw. To get to the Drink & Draw space, go to the 4th floor after party and go down the back stairwell to the 3rd floor (the same stairwell that allows rooftop access).

CAKE DEBUT: Good to Know by Isabella Rotman

June 2, 2015

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Good To Know is a tiny zine of useful information by Isabella Rotman. Topics include how to build a campfire, some ways to purify water, plants to avoid, a very good plant to know, how to find the north star, how to open a bottle without a corkscrew, how to improvise a dental dam, some very useful knots, how o break into stuff, how to jump a car, and how to change a tire. This zine is cute and pocket sized, so you can easily carry it with you to be prepared for most minor emergencies.

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In conjunction with this zine, Isabella Rotman will be selling “Damsel In Distress Kits” which are basically just Altoid tins filled with a bunch of incredibly useful things, like safety pins, needle and thread, a tiny pocket knife. The Damsel in Distress Kits come with a zine, but get there fast, she is only bringing 20 of them.

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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. You can find her at table 78.

CAKE DEBUT: Pet Theories

June 2, 2015



Pet Theories is releasing their first album just in time for CAKE weekend. The band, which features Allison Felus on vocals and keyboard bass, Tony Trigilio on drums, and CAKE panels coordinator Brian Cremins on guitar and vocals, will be playing the CAKE after-party at The Observatory onSaturday, June 6th. Their album, which features a fabulous cover by Chicago cartoonist Amara Leipzig, draws on a variety of influences, from Krautrock and show tunes to 60s folkrock and psychedelia (with a little Modernist poetry and Bronze Age comic books thrown into the mix). 



They’ll have CDs for sale, along with more of Amara’s work, at table 78. The band would also be happy to trade for zines or minicomics! At the show, Allison will also have copies of her new zine, Satan Is My Father, a collection of essays about forgotten and imaginary bands.





See you at the after-party!

4 DAYS TO CAKE: Enter the Doodle Dash, Win Fabulous Prizes!

June 2, 2015
Whether you’re an occasional doodler or consider yourself an artist, CAKE and ChiPRC invite you to enter our first Doodle Dash! A secret drawing prompt will be revealed, from which participants will make a drawing. Entering your creations to the Doodle Dash gives you the opportunity to have your work seen by two fabulous jurors: special guest Zak Sally and established cartoonist Corinne Mucha.
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Be sure to stick around! At 5:00 three winners selected by our jury team will be announced on the CAKE floor and awarded original art trophies by Paul Nudd, Krystal Difronzo and Danielle Chenette! Winners will have their work exhibited at the Doodle Dash Retrospective on Friday, July 10 at ChiPRC.
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Saturday, June 6, 3:15 – 4:00pm
Winners announced at 5 
Ages: 18+
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The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.

5 DAYS TO CAKE: Cupcake Debut by Sara Drake

June 1, 2015


We just wanted to remind you to stop by Sara Drake’s @sara-drake table at CAKE this weekend to pic up her Cupcake Debut Comic Operation Menu.  Find Sara and Operation Menu at Table 28A at CAKE 2015!

Do you have a minicomic idea you’d like to pitch? The Second Annual Cupcake Award launches CAKE weekend! The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.

CAKE Volunteer Brunch!

May 29, 2015

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We think you would look super savvy in this cool shirt. Why not volunteer for CAKE? the CAKE volunteer brunch is this Sunday at CHI PRC @ 11:00. Free coffee, bagels and donuts to volunteers.


TOMORROW! A Self Publishing Seminar from the Experts.

May 29, 2015



How One Person Can Reach Thousands of 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.

Join the FB event here!