The Deadline to Apply for the 2016 Cupcake Award is July 31!

July 25, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

This Could Be You!

Cupcake Winner 2016

Pictured above: 2015’s Cupcake Award Winner Goda Trakumaite receives recognition at CAKE 2016.

The deadline for applying for the 2016 Cupcake Award is coming up on July 31! Please visit our Cupcake Award page to apply.

We spoke to last year’s winner, Goda Trakumaite, about her experience:

What was the process of applying for the Cupcake award like? 

The award application felt pretty simple and straightforward with just a one page proposal required. It was kind of nice and helpful to go through the application process, because it gave me an opportunity to really think through what comic project I wanted to work on next, whether or not I would receive the award.

What did you learn when creating your comic?

I hadn’t worked on a comic with an external deadline before and this was a good experience. I ended up taking about 7 months to make the book where a similar length comic had taken me twice that long previously. It was cool to push myself and see that that is possible.

What was it like working with John Porcellino as a mentor?

It was really encouraging to work with John as a mentor. He gave me some helpful tips about process, especially about writing and narrative, but it was also helpful to be able to ask him practical questions like “how many books should I print?” and “how much should I charge for them?” – stuff that as someone new to this world and without lots of connections within it I didn’t have a good context for. Marnie, who was my contact for award stuff at CAKE, was also super helpful in regards to these kinds of questions.

Do you have any other thoughts about the Cupcake award, or any words of encouragement for people who apply?

This was a really cool, positive and encouraging opportunity/experience for me and if you’re thinking about applying then you should definitely do it!

Apply Now!

Applications are now open for the third annual Cupcake Award, a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest judge Caitlin McGurk, the Associate Curator for Outreach & Assistant Professor at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

The deadline for the application is July 31, 2016. Please visit our Cupcake Award page for instructions about how to apply, as well as eligibility guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please email us at cupcake@cakechicago.com or fill out the form on the Cupcake Award page. We look forward to receiving some great applications, and we’ll see you at next year’s CAKE!

Please Apply for the Cupcake Award!

June 28, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

Applications are now open for the third annual Cupcake Award, a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest judge Caitlin McGurk, the Associate Curator for Outreach & Assistant Professor at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

The deadline for the application is July 31, 2016. Please visit our Cupcake Award page for instructions about how to apply, as well as eligibility guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please email us at cupcake@cakechicago.com or fill out the form on the Cupcake Award page. We look forward to receiving some great applications, and we’ll see you at next year’s CAKE!

CAKE Stands in Solidarity With the Queer Community Following the Orlando Shooting

June 17, 2016By Matt BradyUncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO—In response to the horrific attack that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past weekend, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) would like to express its solidarity with the Queer community by donating to Equality Florida and The Center on Halsted. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people are a vital presence in the alternative comics scene, and for four years, CAKE has taken place at the Center on Halsted, a North Side haven for many LGBTQ people. The organizers are incredibly grateful for the welcoming, inclusive home it provides the Expo. We are proud to stand with our LGBTQ neighbors, both in times of violence such as these, and in the times of peace we hope for in the future.

The evil acts committed in Orlando do not represent the sentiments of the majority of Americans, and with our donation we hope to demonstrate this fact. We encourage fans and friends of CAKE to show their support by donating as well. Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone affected by the tragedy in Orlando.

Thanks for an Amazing CAKE! Please Fill Out Our Survey!

June 13, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

Thanks to all our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and especially our awesome volunteers for an incredible CAKE weekend! We hope that you met some great artists, purchased some incredible books, and witnessed a fantastic panel or workshop!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is a free, volunteer run festival. If you want to show your appreciation in some way, please consider filling out our survey for this year. The survey is open to both exhibitors and attendees. Your feedback on CAKE weekend is incredibly helpful in making CAKE better and better each year! Thank you again for your attendence this year, and we hope to see you at CAKE 2017!

CAKE Begins Tomorrow! Don’t Forget This Important Info

June 10, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

CAKE 2016 is almost upon us! Please see below for important information about the Expo:

Hours, Location, and Directions:

CAKE will take place from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613.

For directions to the Center on Halsted, please visit this page.

Other Information:

The map below displays the layout of CAKE:

While not marked on the map, the "A" side of each table is next to the preceeding table, while the "B" side of each table is next to the proceeding table.

Helpful links:

Guest and Exhibitor List

Schedule of Panels and Workshops

A Guide to Kid-Friendly Exhibitors

Important Resources for CAKE Weekend

We look forward to seeing you at CAKE, and we hope you have a great time! Thanks to all of our sponsors, guests, exhibitors, and attendees!

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 fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE Announcement: Trina Robbins Cancellation, Eddie Campbell Steps In

June 9, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

We’re sad to announce that due to health concerns, our Special Guest Trina Robbins will be unable to attend CAKE 2016. We will miss her wisdom, her enthusiasm, and her spirit this year, but we send her good energy for a speedy recovery! We’d also like to remind you that the collected edition of Wimmen’s Comix will be available from Fantagraphics at the show, so—if you haven’t already picked up a copy of this beautiful collection, or of Trina’s stunning 2013 book Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013—well, what are you waiting for?!

When they heard about this change in schedule, Eddie Campbell—the creator of the autobiographical Alec, the mythic Bacchus and, with Alan Moore, the classic graphic novel From Hell—and Top Shelf Productions publisher Chris Staros, both tremendous fans of Trina’s four decades of work as a cartoonist and herstorian, offered to step in.

Eddie Campbell PHOTOChris Staros PHOTO

CAKE is proud to announce that Eddie and Chris will be taking part in a conversation about their twenty years of work together. So please join us on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted for a wide-ranging conversation about the art and practice of alternative comics from two of the innovators in the field.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at CAKE this weekend!

3 Days to CAKE! Don’t Forget Your Minicomics Incentive Punch Card!

June 8, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE 1 Comment

CAKE 2016 is approaching fast, and we wanted to share a few of the things to watch out for during CAKE weekend:

Don’t forget about CAKE’s Minicomics Incentive Punchcard! Every program given out at the event this year will have a punchcard included, and for each minicomic you purchase from one of our exhibitors, you’ll be eligible for prizes. This year’s prizes include vinyl stickers featuring poster art from each year of CAKE, buttons, and a large-scale poster by Anya Davidson!

CAKE Stickers

Our grand-prize is an entry into a daily raffle for weekend tickets for the Pitchfork Music Festival! The raffle will be drawn at the end of the day both days of CAKE, and tickets will be mailed to the raffle winners after the CAKE weekend.

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We will also have enamel pins for sale during the weekend, featuring Edie Fake’s CAKE logo! These will be available for $5 each at the CAKE info table, along with t-shirts and tote bags featuring Krystal DiFronzo’s CAKE 2016 art!

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 fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

5 Days to CAKE! Check Out Our Debuts Page!

June 6, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts No Comments

CAKE 2016 is approaching fast, and we’re excited to share the debuts that our exhibitors will have available for purchase, including work by Grant Reynolds, Kevin Budnik, Ed Piskor, Lisa Hanawalt, Sarah Becan, Alex Nall, Leela Corman, and Special Guests Leslie Stein, Tyrell Cannon, and Ezra Claytan Daniels!

Check out the full list of debuts here.

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 fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

9 Days to CAKE! Check Out Our Panels and Workshops and Come to Our Saturday Night Party!

June 2, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Programming No Comments

Announcing our Panels and Workshops!

As CAKE 2016 gets closer, we’re excited to announce the programming that will take place during CAKE weekend. Please visit our Panels and Workshops page to learn about all the great discussions and activities that you can attend and participate in. If you’re planning to attend, please join our Facebook event here!

Saturday Night Party!

Wondering what do after the first day of the CAKE weekend? Well look no further! On Saturday, June 11, please join us for our CAKE Not Dead: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo Saturday Night Party!
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The event will take place at 7:00 PM at The Observatory (top floor), located at 3036 N Lincoln Ave. $5 donation for entry.

Featured Readers:

This event is presented and Hosted by Brad Rohloff of Bred Press and Matt Davis of Perfectly Acceptable Press. We hope to see you there!

Join the Facebook event here!

10 Days to CAKE! Join Us on June 1 to Welcome our Transit/CHIPRC Artists in Residence!

June 1, 2016By Matt BradyComics Around Town No Comments

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CAKE, Transit, and CHIPRC welcome Sarah McNeil and Chris Gooch, who were both selected as Transit’s Inbound CHIPRC Artists-in-Residence for 2016. We invite you to join us for a welcome reception for Sarah and Chris on Wednesday, June 1 at CHIPRC, located at 858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60620. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. Join the Facebook event here!

Sarah and Chris are printers and illustrators from Melbourne, Australia! The two of them will be working on a Risograph-printed art book while working at CHIPRC (May 29-June 10). They will also be guests and exhibitors at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 11 and 12.

Take this time to meet them, ask questions about their work and welcome them to Chicago. There will be light refreshments and drinks available.