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.

CAKE is in 17 days! Join Us for Our Kickoff Events

May 25, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

Thursday Night – David Alvarado & Tyrell Cannon at Sulzer Library in Lincoln Square

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CAKE Special Guest Tyrell Cannon will join Newcity Cartoonist David Alvarado for a presentation on their work at the Sulzer Library. This event will be in accordance with 2 exhibitions of Alvarado and Cannon’s work; Alvarado will be exhibiting in the 2nd floor cases and Cannon will be exhibiting in the North Exhibit Case in the lobby of the Sulzer. Both exhibits will run from June 1st to June 30th.

The event will take place at The Sulzer Library, located at  4455 N. Lincoln Ave, on Thursday, June 9th at 7pm. Join the Facebook event here!

Friday Afternoon – Chester Brown at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown

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Stop by Chicago Loop Graham Crackers Comics on the Friday before the CAKE weekend and meet author Chester Brown. Chester will be signing copies and discussing his new graphic novel Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

This exclusive signing with Chester Brown at CAKE Sponsor Graham Crackers Comics will be taking place Friday, June 10th from Noon – 1:30 PM at 77 E Madison St. Join the Facebook event here!

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Friday Night – Kramers Ergot Signing at Quimby’s Books

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CAKE is excited to present a signing event for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle,John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

Since the inception of Kramers Ergot inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last. This event will be taking place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at 1854 W North Ave. Join the Facebook event here!

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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.

Want to Help CAKE Out? Come Join Us for Pizza and Find Out How!

May 13, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE

Hello friends! CAKE is looking for help for this year’s festival. Want to help us put up some posters in your neighborhood? Maybe drop off some postcards at your local coffee shop? We could also use your help during the festival weekend as well! We always need strong arms to assist us with putting up tables, handing out programs, or just lending a general helping hand.

If this sounds like something you want to aid us with, join us at Dimo’s Pizza next Thursday! While we provide you with info, you can get 2 free slices of delectable pizza, which is being donated courtesy of Dimo’s! CAKE volunteers are the backbone of what makes our festival great, and we want to invite more helpers into the fold.

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Join us on Thursday, May 19th, from 6pm-9pm; anyone who attends will receive 2 pieces of pizza for free! People can sign up to volunteer at the show and grab posters to hang up in their neighborhoods. Dimo’s Pizza is located in Wicker Park at 1615 N Damen Avenue, off the Damen Blue Line stop. If you have any questions, or if you would still like to help and cannot attend the event, please email volunteers@cakechicago.com.

Click here to join the Facebook Event, and to invite your friends!

CAKE Invites You To Our Drink & Draw on May 18th

April 20, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town

Our next fundraiser event for CAKE 2016 is a Drink and Draw that will take place on May 18th from 7:00 PM to Midnight at The Owl, located at 2521 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Admission to the event is $5.00, which includes entry to a raffle for some special prizes, and for every drink sold, The Owl will donate $1.00 to CAKE.

The artists who will be participating in the event include:

  • Mike Freiheit
  • Krystal DiFronzo
  • David Alvarado
  • Gina Wynbrandt
  • Tyrell Cannon
  • More to be announced!

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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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Announcing the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Residency!

April 19, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming

Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil

CAKE and Transit are excited to announce the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Inbound Residency! Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil are illustrators/comics artists currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They will collaborate on a Risograph-printed comic that they will begin under Sarah’s Risograph imprint, Room Press, and complete it during their Chicago residency. The end result will be available at this year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE).

During their two-week residency, Chris and Sarah will utilize CHIPRC’s space as their studio, as well as use CHIPRC’s Risograph machine. In addition to working on their project, they will also meet with local Risograph printers in Chicago, teach a workshop at CHIPRC, and present and exhibit at CAKE. We look forward to welcoming them to Chicago at the end of May!

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.

Announcing the CAKE 2016 Exhibitor List!

March 28, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Exhibitors, Special Guests

CAKE is pleased to announce our exhibitor list for the fifth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. You can see the full list, which includes special guests, comics companies and distributors, and all of the artists who will be exhibiting, here: http://www.cakechicago.com/2016-expo/guest-exhibitor-list/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE Events: Fourth Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

March 14, 2016By Matt BradyBenefit, CAKE

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will be holding its 4th annual art auction fundraiser at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 8th, at the The Hideout Inn, located at 1354 W Wabansia Ave. The event will be hosted by intermedia artist Lyra Hill. The event will feature live and silent auctions of over 20 pieces of art by past special guests and exhibitors of CAKE, including Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Eleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw. The event will also feature live comics readings by local artists Samuel Nigrosh, Molly Colleen O’Connell, and Isabella Rotman.
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Lyra Hill is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living in Chicago. Between 2011-2014, she founded and organized the legendary performative-comix reading series Brain Frame. She exhibits her films, performances, and comics internationally and across the US. She is currently hosting and producing a weekly radio interview show called Magic Chats. This is Lyra’s fourth year as a live auctioneer for CAKE.

Samuel Nigrosh is a local Chicago glumper and sole proprietor of Sun Eater Studios. He’s also the Editor & Publisher of Trash City & all around peach of a guy. Very approachable.- http://suneaterstudio.com/

Molly O’Connell is a recent Baltimore Transplant, who has released work in Closed Caption Comics, and her book “Difficult Loves” was published by Domino Books.- http://www.mollycolleenoconnell.com/

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. – http://www.isabellarotman.com/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Applications Launch for 2nd Annual Artist Residency

January 11, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE

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CAKE is proud to announce our continuing partnership with Transit Residency and Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) as applications open for the second annual inbound comics artist residency! Transit Residency is looking for non-Chicago-based cartoonists and zinesters to apply for a chance to spend the 2 weeks leading up to CAKE (May 29 – June 12) creating work at the beautiful ChiPRC studio/workspace. The winner of this juried residency is awarded a stipend of $1000 to help cover travel and lodging expenses. They will also receive a free table space at CAKE as well as integration into programming at CAKE 2016! Last year Transit and ChiPRC hosted Ignatz nominee and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Roman Muradov, who wrote about his experience here for the Transit blog. We hope all of our out of town exhibitors, friends, and visitors will apply! For more information, please follow this link.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about the residency, please contact Meredith Winer at meredith@transitresidency.org.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Leslie Stein!

November 30, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Leslie Stein!

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Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE. For more information, please visit Leslie’s website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Today Is the Last Day to Apply to CAKE 2016!

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Laura Park!

November 28, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Laura Park!

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Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Best American Comics, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vice magazine, and Saveur.com. She is the illustrator for two middle-grade kids’ book series written by James Patterson, Middle School and I Funny, both of which have been number one New York Times bestsellers. Her book Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016. She is a member of the jam comics collective Trubble Club, and she created the poster art for the first annual CAKE in 2012. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.