2019 Special Guests

March 14, 2019

Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured at the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Switzerland, the Fumetto International Comics Festival in Lucerne, Haarlem Stripdagen in the Netherlands, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. His graphic novel, UPGRADE SOUL, was the recipient of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Vulture, The Library Journal, and Paste. His graphic novel collaboration with Ben Passmore, entitled BTTM FDRS, will be released June 2019 by Fantagraphics Books.

Ever since he was little, Nicholas Gurewitch has been told that he holds his drawing utensils in an uncommon way. His comic strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship, first published in Syracuse University's The Daily Orange in 2001. It quickly went on to be published all over the globe, including places like the Guardian, Playboy, and the Internet. Nicholas Gurewitch has worked on a number of never-televised TV shows, and has recently completed a picture book homage to Edward Gorey.

Corinne Halbert has lived and worked in Chicago since 2006. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in suburbs of Boston. Halbert received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She's a painter, illustrator and cartoonist who specializes in erotic horror and horror comics. Halbert has self-published six issues of Hate Baby comics since 2010 and has contributed comic strips to Black Eye, and Magic Whistle. When she isn’t rendering body cavities real and/or imagined with her signature psychedelic aplomb, Halbert peddles zines, comics, and other incendiary literature at Chicago’s revered Quimby’s Bookstore.

Michael Kupperman is an Eisner-winning comic artist and writer living in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in or on The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Playboy, Heavy Metal, McSweeney’s, DC, Marvel, Vice, Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, and Comedy Central, and five of his own books. All the Answers, published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster, was his first serious book (the others, with titles like Snake 'N' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret and Tales Designed to Thrizzle, were supposed to be funny).

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of nine books including Big Questions, The End, and Poetry is Useless as well as the coloring book A Walk in Eden. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kramer's Ergot, Pitchfork, Medium and elsewhere. His comics have been translated into several languages overseas and his painting and drawing have been exhibited internationally. Nilsen's work has received three Ignatz awards as well as the Lynd Ward Prize for the Graphic Novel and Big Questions was listed as a New York Times Notable Book in 2011. Nilsen grew up in Minneapolis and Northern New Hampshire. He studied art in New Mexico and lived in Chicago for over a decade. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Ben Passmore lives in self-imposed exile in the cut. His comics are about crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feels. Author of DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye, and Your Black Friend, as well as the artist of BTTM FDRS.

Aaron Renier is the author of three graphic novels for younger readers; Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean, and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon. He is the recipient of the Eisner award in 2006 for talent deserving of wider recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010. He teaches drawing and comics at universities in Chicago.

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. Isabella was nominated for the Promising New Talent Ignatz award in 2017. She is author of the sexual health comic You're so Sexy When You Aren't Transmitting STIs and Artist in Residence at Scarleteen.com.

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, editor, and health educator from New Jersey. Her comics have been published by The Nib, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Czap Books, Sparkplug, Rosarium, and others. Taylor co-edited Comics for Choice (pub. Hazel Newlevant), which won an Ignatz Award in 2018 for Outstanding Anthology. She likes to make comics about public health, mental health, social science, identity, and reality television.

Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is a Minneapolis-born, Zaragoza raised cartoonist and illustrator. She's the artist of the Eisner nominated comic What Is Left (ShortBox, 2017) and the co-creator of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, alongside award-winning author Mariko Tamaki (First Second 2019). She's done work for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, CAPY games, Crunchyroll, Mondo Tees, and Kazoo Magazine, among others. She won her second grade spelling bee by spelling the word 'human'.

CAKE 2019 ART AUCTION

March 12, 2019

Please join us for CAKE’s 2019 Art Auction! Bid on original art from luminaries in alternative comics – like Jim Woodring, Isabella Rotman, and Nick Drnaso. Proceeds to benefit the all volunteer run Chicago Alternative Comics Expo for 2019.

Friday, April 19th
7pm-10pm
826 Chi
1276 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622

This year’s auctioneer is Beth Hetland, assisted ably by Kyle O’Connell!
Comic readings by Sage Coffey and Corinne Halbert!

$10 admission, or $15 for admission with one drink and one raffle ticket.
Poster art by Tony Recktenwald.

RSVP to the Facebook Event: Click Here

 

CAKE 2019 Poster Artist Marnie Galloway!

January 7, 2019

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is very excited to announce our 2019 poster artist, Marnie Galloway!

 

Marnie Galloway

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and artist working in Chicago. Her first graphic novel, In the Sounds and Seas, was collected by One Peace Books in 2016 from a Xeric Award winning series. Other comics of note include Burrow (2016), Particle/Wave (2016), and Slightly Plural (2018).

 Marnie is also a former organizer of CAKE, and championed the creation of our Cupcake Award, which spotlights upcoming talent in indie comics. This year Marnie is also serving as mentor for Cupcake recipient, Diana H. Chu.

 Stay tuned for more artwork from Marnie and updates on CAKE 2019, June 1st-2nd at Center on Halsted.

CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway
CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway

 

 

 

Workshop: Visual Recipes: The Art of Instructional Comics

June 8, 2017

June 11th, 1:30–2:30 p.m.  Visual Recipes: The Art of Instructional Comics

Do you have a special skill, piece of secret knowledge, family recipe, or weird trick that just has to be shared with the world? Learn how to simply and clearly teach it through the medium of comics. Jessi Zabarsky, who accomplished this very feat in her comic I Want To Eat Everything, will guide participants through the process, showing what it takes to create beautiful and comprehensible instructional comics, using techniques that will help artists make better comics in any genre.  This workshop is sponsored by Revolution Brewing and is appropriate for all ages.

Workshop: Signs of the Times: Abstracting Adaptation

June 8, 2017

June 11th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Signs of the Times: Abstracting Adaptation

Ron Regé, Jr., is best known for his adaptations of mystical and esoteric texts (The Cartoon Utopia, What Parsifal Saw), but throughout his career he has maintained an interest in the here and now, reflecting on the contemporary political climate. His most recent work, the Regé Deck, a set of cards for divination, responds to current events by reinterpreting Expressionist drawings made by Herman Rosse for Ben Hecht’s 1920s column 1001 Afternoons in Chicago. Regé will describe how he created this project and lead participants through the same process of concentrating complex ideas into the simplest possible statements, using images from the past to wrestle with the present—and maybe create a better future.  This workshop is sponsored by Spudnik Press.

Panel: Comics and Resistance

June 8, 2017

June 11th, 11:30–12:30 p.m. Comics and Resistance

This year, as right-wing extremism has produced a reality-television presidency, Brexit, and the specter of a neo-Nazi-led France, the question emerges: Can activism manifest as art? In this panel discussion, cartoonists Leila Abdelrazaq,  Ben Passmore, Isabella Rotman, and Bianca Xunise will address how comics can galvanize populations to action. Although these artists address varied issues in their work—black alienation, the Palestinian diaspora, sexuality, and intersectionality, to name just a few—their comics are united by their political engagement and how they use the medium to reflect, and critique, society.

This panel is sponsored by Perfectly Acceptable Press.

What’s a punch card?

June 3, 2017

You can get free stuff at CAKE 2017 just for buying comics! What?!

It’s true! When you get your program from the info booth upon entering, there will be a detachable punch card. When you buy something from an artist, have them write down their name and the price of what you bought. The more stuff you buy, the more free things you get.

$15-25: A show poster and a set of CAKE buttons!

$26-65: A show poster, a set of buttons, and a set of stickers!

$66+: Receive everything, plus a limited edition risograph print by BEN PASSMORE, printed by Perfectly Acceptable Press!

Panel: Fantagraphics 40th Anniversary

June 1, 2017

June 10th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Fantagraphics 40th Anniversary Spotlight

Since its founding in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (who were joined a year later by Kim Thompson), Fantagraphics has been changing the landscape of comics. In addition to championing work by many of the greatest alternative cartoonists of all time, such as Dan Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, Carol Tyler, and many more, Fantagraphics has issued comics reprints that archive the history of the medium that might otherwise have been lost and has provided, in The Comics Journal, a venue for critical inquiry into the form long before comics studies was an academic discipline. We Told You So: Comics As Art collects the oral history of this influential company, assembled by comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon (with co-author Michael Dean). Spurgeon, the editor and founder of the award-winning Comics Reporter website and festival director of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, will present a slideshow outlining the history of Fantagraphics and its position in the alternative comics movement. He will be joined by cartoonists Ivan Brunetti (Schizo, Misery Loves Comedy), Anya Davidson (Band For Life) and Noah Van Sciver (Disquiet, Saint Cole).

This panel is sponsored by Fantagraphics.

Panel: Place as Character

June 1, 2017

June 11th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Place as Character

According to an old maxim, all cartoonists lavish attention on either their characters or their settings, but not both. The work of Emil Ferris, Sophie Goldstein, Laura Knetzger, and Mita Mahato give the lie to this assertion because, in their comics, place is itself a character. Through the use of highly rendered drawings that overtake the page (Ferris), dense cut-paper landscapes (Mahato), a forest that represents the joy and mystery of discovery and growth (Knetzger) or deadly and deceptively destitute dystopias (Goldstein), these artists make their stories’ settings come alive. They are joined in conversation by moderator Rob Clough, a comics critic who writes primarily for The Comics Journal and High-Low.  This panel is sponsored by Blick.