CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: C. “Spike” Trotman!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: C. “Spike” Trotman!

Charlie “Spike” Trotman is an accomplished cartoonist and publisher and an outspoken thought leader in today’s alternative comics scene. She runs the independent publishing company Iron Circus out of her home in Chicago. Since founding Iron Circus in 2005, she not only published her own comics (including Templar, Arizona and Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well for Less), she has also edited and published several anthologies (including Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, and New World) and completed multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns. Her graphic novel Black Pearl: The Graphic Life of Josephine Baker will be published in 2017 by First Second.

For more information about Spike, please visit the Iron Circus website or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Jessi Zabarsky!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Jessi Zabarsky!

Jessi Zabarsky is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her comics “are generally about very small spaces and moments in very big worlds.” Her graphic novel Witchlight was published in 2017 by Czap Books. For more information about Jessi, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Gary Panter!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Gary Panter!

Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, designer, and part-time musician who has been a fixture of the art-comics scene for decades. Panter has published his work in various magazines and newspapers, including RAW, Time, and Rolling Stone. His most famous works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise and Facetasm, which was created together with Charles Burns, and the graphic novel Cola Madness. In the early 1990s, he drew seven issues of a Jimbo comic book through Matt Groening‘s Zongo Comics label, and later created two more graphic novels starring his character, Jimbo in Purgatory and Jimbo’s Inferno. Gary has won numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, as well as the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence. His latest book, Songy of Paradise, will be published by Fantagraphics in April 2017. For more information, please visit Gary’s website.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Kevin Budnik!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Kevin Budnik!

Kevin Budnik is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Illustration. His published works include Our Ever Improving Living Room, Dust Motes 1 and 2, Flower Grow, Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, Handbook (for which he received an Ignatz Award nomination for Promising New Talent in 2016), and Epilogue, and his comics have appeared in several anthologies including LINEWORK, What’s Your Sign Girl?, The Adventure Zine, Sweaty Palms, Andromeda Quarterly, Animal Crosszine, and Comfort Food Zine. For more information, please visit Kevin’s website, visit him on Facebook or Twitter, or support him on Patreon.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Emil Ferris!

March 21, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests 1 Comment

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Emil Ferris!

Emil Ferris broke into the comics scene in 2017 with her first graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. Taking inspiration from her time growing up in Chicago in the 1960s and her love of classic “creature features”, she has created a beautifully detailed and unique style of comics that offers pleasures both on and under the surface.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

For more information about Emil Ferris, please visit her website.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Ben Passmore!

March 21, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Ben Passmore!

Ben Passmore lives in New Orleans where he is constantly creating quality comics, including Your Black Friend, which looks at race in the modern United States, and DAYGLOAYHOLE, a “psychedelic post-apocalyptic adventure comic about misanthropy, old punks, gentrification, TV faced monsters, anarchism, art theory, lame literary references, and a bunch of other words.” He has also been published on The Nib, and he continues to create stories about police abolition, sex addiction, struggles with radical utopian ideas, gentrification, and inherent classism in art esthetics, and sex addiction on Patreon. For more information, please visit Ben’s website, or follow him on Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Gabrielle Bell!

March 20, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our first special guest for 2017: Gabrielle Bell!

Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 1998 She began to collect her “Book of” miniseries (Book of Sleep, Book of Insomnia, Book of Black, etc), which resulted in When I’m Old and Other Stories, published by Alternative Comics. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series Lucky, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine. The title story of Bell’s book, “Cecil and Jordan in New York” has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Bell’s graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. Her first full-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, will be published in hardcover by Uncivilized Books in April 2017. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit Gabrielle’s website or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Join Us in Welcoming Trina Robbins to Chicago this March!

March 2, 2017By Matt BradyComics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

At CAKE 2016, we were disappointed that our Special Guest Trina Robbins had to cancel her appearance due to health concerns, but luckily, we were still able to have her come to Chicago this spring for some local events:

Wimmin’s Comix

Wednesday, March 15
5:00-6:00 PM
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972, she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972–1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee. Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

This lecture is open to the public, but non-SAIC attendees must have a state issued ID to check in with security upon entering the building.

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/748499208652940/

Women, Culture, and Comics

Thursday, March 16
6:00-8:00 PM
UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street, Chicago

As part of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Trina Robbins’ talk will focus on women and diversity in comics as vehicles for cultural understanding and social change. Her talk will draw from her various works, including the Junior Library Guild Selection graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper and her forthcoming book Babes in Arms. A book-signing will follow.

Please RSVP at http://go.uic.edu/trinarobbins

About Trina Robbins

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book (1972 – 1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women in the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee.  Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer, 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

Applications for TRANSIT’s Third Annual CHIPRC Inbound Residency Are Open!

January 15, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town No Comments
2016’s TRANSIT Artists in Residence, Sarah McNeil and Chris Gooch, who traveled to Chicago from Australia!

We’re excited to announce that applications for TRANSIT and the Chicago Publisher’s Resource Center (CHIPRC)’s third annual inbound comics artist residency are now open! This residency gives artists from outside the Chicago area the opportunity to focus on their craft with the goal of self-publishing new work, as well as to share their process with others in Chicago’s self-publishing community. This two-week residency will take place from May 28 – June 11, 2017, and it will culminate with table space and a presentation given during the 2017 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), which will take place on Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11. For more information about the residency and instructions for how to apply, please visit TRANSIT’s call for entries page.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Application Extension PLUS! 2017’s Poster Artist

November 29, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

The deadline to apply to exhibit at CAKE 2017 was today, November 28th, but in order to make sure everyone has enough time to apply, we’ve extended the deadline to December 12th. Next year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place June 10–11 at the Center on Halsted, and you can apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/vwMkOQJTKM2umCiI2.

Announcing the Poster Artist for CAKE 2017: Anya Davidson!

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We’re proud to announce that Anya Davidson will be providing the official artwork for CAKE 2017! Here’s a sample of what she has in store, and you’ll be seeing more of her great art on our posters, banners, and badges!