CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Sammy Harkham!

November 19, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Sammy Harkham!

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After being inspired by the work of Jamie Hewlett, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Renee French, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet and Jim Woodring, Sammy Harkham started making his own comics and a zine, Kramers Ergot, which has evolved into one of the most highly influential comics anthologies being published today. His comic strip Poor Sailor, originally published in Kramers Ergot 4, was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2004 and has been published in French, Korean, and Italian. Kramers Ergot has been favorably reviewed and placed on numerous best of the year lists by publications including the LA Weekly, Time, The New York Times, Dazed And Confused, The Comics Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Volume 9 of Kramers Ergot will be published by Fantagraphics in March 2016. In 2006, after contributing to the third volume of the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, he started the ongoing solo comic series, Crickets, with the most recent issue being published in November 2015. For more information about Sammy, please visit his website or follow him 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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

November 17, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

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Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, which is a staple of comics and art events throughout the country, as well as Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established and up and coming comics artists. Ezra’s latest project is Upgrade Soul, a pioneering immersive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award. Developed for Erik Loyer’s Opertoonity comics engine, Upgrade Soul has been displayed in installations at The Hyde Park Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and was a featured project at the Fantoche International Animation Festival and the Fumetto International Comics Festival. For more information, please visit Ezra’s website or connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.

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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Cathy G. Johnson!

November 12, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our second special guest for 2016: Cathy G. Johnson!

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Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist living in Providence, Rhode Island who makes comics, drawings, prints, and books about confrontation and sincerity. Cathy was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Cathy also teaches at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island and is a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, which was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015. Cathy’s first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013. Cathy’s other comics and artwork are available at their online store, One Percent Press, Czap Books, and Youth in Decline. For more information, please visit Cathy’s website or connect with them on Twitter or Tumblr.

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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Tyrell Cannon!

November 10, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our first special guest for 2016: Tyrell Cannon!

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Tyrell Graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has been a fixture in the Chicago comics scene for nearly a decade, with his primary focus being to explore comics with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique. He has created work in the genres of science fiction (Victus), true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), and experimental short form comics (Simon). He is also the co-editor and co-creator of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships. To learn more about Tyrell, please visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Tumblr.

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.

Join the Chicago Architecture Biennial and CAKE for a Night of Architecture, Food, Drinks, Music—and Comics!

November 6, 2015By Matt BradyComics Around Town

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CAKE would like to invite you to join us for Imaginary Worlds, a discussion and workshop that will take place as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Two cartoonists (Edie Fake and Keiler Roberts) and two architects from UIC School of Architecture (Ania Jaworska and Sam Jacob) will discuss the depiction of space and time and the representation of worlds real and imagined, among other links between comics and architecture. Following this conversation, moderated by comics scholar Brian Cremins, Neil Brideau, cartoonist and organizer for CAKE, will lead a live comics-making workshop. Pick up an architect- or cartoonist-designed button, made live by Busy Beaver Buttons.

To attend, RSVP Here. This event will take place on Friday, November 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, in Chicago, Illinois. The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.

About the Panelists

Edie Fake’s drawings, comic books, and publications have been written about in Artforum, Chicago Reader, The Comics Journal, ART21, the Guardian, Hyperallergic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists, and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in group shows at MASS Gallery in Austin, John Connelly Presents in New York City, the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Threewalls in Chicago. Fake was born in Chicagoland and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He recently dropped out of the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She teaches comics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her autobiographical comic Powdered Milk can be seen atkeilerroberts.com. She has received several Ignatz Award nominations, including for Best New Talent and Outstanding Series in 2014.

Ania Jaworska is an architect and educator. She currently teaches art, design, and architecture courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her practice focuses on exploring the connection between art and architecture through bold simple forms, humor, commentary, and conceptual, historic, and cultural references. Jaworska’s work was presented as part of 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit in Common Ground, the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), and CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center (2014). She recently completed a design for the bookstore at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which is currently on view. Her solo show BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Ania Jaworska is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago until January 31, 2016. She holds a master’s in Architecture from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland and from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Sam Jacob is Principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. His work spans scales and disciplines ranging from master planning and urban design to architecture, design, and art projects. Current projects include a master plan for 250 homes, the reinvention of a 1980s business park, a mixed-use development in London’s Shoreditch, and a public art commission for Milton Keynes. Previously, Jacob was a Founding Director of FAT Architecture, where he was involved in internationally acclaimed projects including the BBC drama production village in Cardiff and the curation of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna, and the Biennale. A contributing editor to Icon and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen, he regularly participates in talks and events for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Southbank Centre, and Sir John Soane’s Museum. Jacob is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association.

Brian Cremins is a Programming Coordinator for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and an Associate Professor of English at Harper College. His essays on comics have appeared in Studies in American Humor, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in the collection Comics and the U. S. South. He is now working on his first book, a study of comics, nostalgia, and the work of C. C. Beck and Otto Binder, for the University Press of Mississippi.

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. We are honored to host this year’s special guests Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cathy G Johnson, Sammy Harkham, Patrick Kyle, and Laura Park. 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.

Announcing the 2015 Cupcake Award Winner: Goda Trakumaite!

November 2, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE

CAKE is proud to award the second annual Cupcake Award to Goda Trakumaite!  Launched in 2014, the Cupcake Award emerges  from CAKE’s commitment to support independent comics and the self-publishing community. As the winner of this year’s Cupcake Award, Trakumaite will receive $250 to support the printing of a new comic, a free half table at the 2016 CAKE festival, where the comic will debut,  and mentorship support from special guest juror John Porcellino. George Porteus and M. Dean received honorable mentions, and we congratulate them for their strong applications.

“I feel really grateful, excited and nervous about this award. I have been drawing for a while but haven’t really ever shared my comics with anyone other than close friends. Applying for this award was kind of a first attempt to go in that direction of more deliberate and wider sharing, I did it just to ‘get in the habit’ of doing stuff like this, and then was really really surprised to get the notifying e-mail. Since then I’ve been re-reading John Porcellino’s work, feeling very moved by it (especially the Hospital Suite book), relating a lot to all the different varieties of anxiety depicted therein, and getting excited to get some feedback and mentorship from such a cool artist. This is all very special to me. Thank you CAKE!” –Goda Trakumaite

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The application for CAKE 2016 is now open! 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. CAKE’s standard table space is a half-table (3′ x 2.5′). A registration fee of $65 is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.

Applications for CAKE 2016 Will Open on November 2nd!

October 27, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE

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Applications for the 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will open to the public on November 2nd! We are also pleased to announce that CAKE 2016 will take place at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL on June 11th and 12th.

Confirmed Special Guests for 2016 include Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cathy G. Johnson, Sammy Harkham, Patrick Kyle, and Laura Park. More Special Guest announcements of Special Guests will be coming soon!

To celebrate the launch of the 2016 exhibitor application, we will be announcing the winner and runners-up for the 2016 Cupcake Award! Keep your eyes peeled for the official announcement on November 2.

The application for CAKE 2016 will close to the public November 30th. Please help us spread the word, and we hope to see you at CAKE next June!

Regards,

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo Organizers

About the CAKE Jurying Process

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. We hold ourselves and our panel of jurors to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages, and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.

For the first round of jurying, CAKE organizers reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.

CAKE 2015 is over, but there’s more!

June 10, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE

Thanks to all our exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and staff for making CAKE 2015 a smashing success! We’re all getting some well-needed rest, but we’re also already starting to plan next year’s event, and we would love your help. If you were at the festival (as an exhibitor or attendee), we would really appreciate it if you would fill out our survey and let us know what you thought about the show and what you would like to see next year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

Announcing the Second Annual Cupcake Award!

For the second year in a row, CAKE is accepting applications for the Cupcake award. This year’s special guest judge is John Porcellino, and the winner that he selects will receive $250.00 to print a new minicomic, a free half-table at CAKE 2016, and the mentorship of the esteemed Mr. Porcellino. We are now accepting applications, and the deadline to apply is July 31, 2015. Please see the flyer below for details on eligibility and how to apply:

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If you have any questions about CAKE or the Cupcake award, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.

Join CAKE and Spudnik for Free Comic Book Day!

April 27, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE

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This Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, and CAKE and Spudnik Press invite you to join us for a drop-in comics workshop! The event will be taking place at the Spudnik Press Cooperative, located at 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302, in Chicago, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

For a suggested donation of $10, you can join the workshop, which is open to all people of all ages, identities, and experience levels. You’ll be able to make your own “Comics Handbook” using templates and drawing prompts provided by Spudnik and CAKE, along with a lavish selection of papers and Spudnik’s resident photocopier. Select the prompts that strike your fancy, pick out papers that inspire you to draw, and design your own cover. Then bring these elements together with a spiral binding, staples, or hand-sewn butterfly stitch, and trim to any dimension you like with Spudnik’s fun and friendly electric guillotine.

Attendees will also get to collaborate with friends and strangers to create a one-page jam comic, using all sorts of mark making implements (pencil, pens, ink, and more). Then learn how to reproduce this work using a Risograph machine, one of the many unique tools housed at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Everyone who contributes will get to take home a limited-edition jam comic.

While you’re there, be sure to pick up the Free Comic Book Day comic created by CAKE’s organizers!

This is a drop-in, all-ages donation-based workshop. Proceeds to benefit CAKE and Spudnik. No RSVP required.

We hope to see you this Saturday! If you have any questions, please contact us.

CAKE Bake is Coming Up on April 25th!

April 22, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE

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CAKE’s annual art auction fundraiser will be happening this Saturday, April 25th, at NO NATION, located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The event will start at 7:00, and it will consist of a live auction of art donated by a number of comics luminaries, a silent auction, and live comics readings by talented cartoonists from Chicago and elsewhere.

If you’re still deciding whether to attend, we wanted to highlight some of the cartoonists that will be performing, the art that will be available to purchase in the auction, and the door prizes that will be awarded in a raffle.

Performers

Mortville

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Mortville is an art/music warehouse that re-creates everyday life through sight, sound, and smell. They will be performing a reading that evokes the feeling of street life in the summer.

Rough House

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Rough House is an interdisciplinary puppet and object-based theater company from Chicago. In this performance, they will be teaming  up with visual artist Ben Marcus and musician Sean Whittaker to create a haunting shadow show about a fated elevator ride, with a story that unfolds through hand-made shadow puppets on overhead projectors and an ominous original score.

John Porcellino

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John Porcellino, creator of the long-running King-Cat minicomics series, will be performing a reading from his hilarious/disgusting 2014 book The Hospital Suite.

Lyra Hill and Lillie West

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Lyra Hill is the creator of the long-running comics performance series Brain Frame. Lillie West is an artist and musician from London currently residing in Chicago. Together, they will be reading 1-line poems accompanied by a slide show.

Door Prizes

  • A print suite from Bred Press
  • A $25 gift certificates to Graham Crackers Comics
  • A $25 gift certificate to Quimby’s bookstore
  • A $100 gift certificate to Spudnik Press

Art Gallery

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Carrie Vinarsky

 

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David Alvarado

 

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Eddy Rivera

 

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Edie Fake

 

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Gina Wyndbrandt

 

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Jeremy Tinder

 

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Lilli Carre

 

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Lilli Carre

 

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Jeffery Brown

 

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Keiler Roberts

 

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Keiler Roberts

 

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Krystal DiFronzo

 

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Beth Hetland

 

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