Panel: Gabrielle Bell and Kevin Huizenga

May 25, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Sunday, June 11th, 1:00–2:00  p.m. “Comics Is a Way of Thinking”

In Gabrielle Bell’s and Kevin Huizenga’s work, comics is a site for poetry, autobiography, and fiction, but underlying these subjects is an exploration of the nature of thought, consciousness, existence, and the human condition. Comics is uniquely suited to investigate such issues, with its ability to convey both thought and speech, to represent time via the space of the page, and to graphically portray abstract ideas. Bell and Huizenga have, perhaps more than any other artists working today, exploited this potential. Designer and artist Alex Kostiw will moderate this discussion of how exactly these cartoonists use comics in pursuit of philosophical discovery. This panel is sponsored by CHIRP Radio.

Workshop: Comics 101 With Corinne Mucha

May 25, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming No Comments

Sunday, June 11th, 12:00–1:00 p.m.  Comics 101

Are you a kid (or a kid at heart)? Do you love to doodle, draw, and invent amazing characters who you send on exciting adventures? Are you hoping to turn this hobby into a practiced skill? If so, then acclaimed teaching artist Corinne Mucha’s workshop is perfect for you. Mucha will lead participants through a variety of exercises that will challenge and excite the next generation of comics creators. This workshop is sponsored by Quimby’s and is appropriate for all ages.

Workshop: Zinecraft/Spellcraft with Alyssa Berg

May 18, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Zine Craft / Spell Cast with Alyssa Berg

Join Brooklyn-based comic-book artist Alyssa Berg for a workshop that is part zine crafting and part spell casting. Berg, whose ALPENGLOW won the Comics Workbook 2015 Composition Competition, will lead participants in creating a magic minizine through writing and drawing rituals. After considering the zine as a physical object that can be charged with intentions, attendees will make a unique eight-page spell zine. Materials will be provided, but interested participants should bring any special scraps or drawings they might want to include in their zines. 

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30–2:30 p.m. 

This workshop is sponsored by Challengers Comics.

Panel: Panter²: Gary and Olive Panter in Conversation

May 18, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Panter²: Gary and Olive Panter in conversation

Texas-born cartoonist, illustrator, painter, designer, and musician Gary Panter is a child of the 1950s who blossomed under the grow-lamp glare of the psychedelic ’60s, survived underground during the ’70s, and finally made his mark on mainstream culture in the ’80s as head set designer for the TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, a job which brought his jagged style and surreal ideas into the homes of America and bagged him two Emmy Awards. Among Panter’s notable comics are JimboJimbo: Adventures in Paradise, Jimbo’s Inferno, and Facetasm (with Charles Burns). His newest book, Songy of Paradise (Fantagraphics, 2017), is an inspired interpretation of John Milton’s retelling of Satan’s temptation of Jesus. This conversation pairs him with his daughter, artist Olive Panter, for a new take on the work of one of the greatest artists of our time, in comics and out.

Saturday, June 10th, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

This panel is sponsored by Print Ninja.

CAKE Kick-off with Bell, Ferris, Knisley and Trotman!

May 12, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Comics Around Town No Comments

Chicago Alternative Comics (CAKE) Kick-off with Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman

Friday, June 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman read from their recent work as a kick-off for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), happening on June 10th & 11th at the Center on Halsted.

Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California.  She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is Flammable (Uncivilized). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Emil Ferris is the author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part 1 (Fantagraphics) Emil is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry.

Lucy Knisley is an award-winning comic artist and author who specializes in personal, confessional comics that deal with memory, travel, family and traditions. Her latest graphic novel, Something New; Tales from a Makeshift Bride (First Second), deals with her struggle to modernize and equalize her 2004 wedding, and the meaning behind many matrimonial traditions.

Spike Trotman was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago’s biggest alt-press publisher, responsible for strange and amazing books such Poorcraft, the Smut Peddler series and more.

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CAKE 2017 – Maximalism Panel!

May 11, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Maximalism Panel

Jesse Jacobs, Ron Regé, Jr, Lale Westvind, and Marnie Galloway address different subject matter in their books, but their work expresses a similar horror vacui: all fill the entirety of their pages with intricate detail. And although nature may abhor a vacuum, comics is often described as a combination of poetry and graphic design, a definition that would appear to set it in direct opposition to a maximalist aesthetic. This panel discussion, moderated by Galloway, will address what drives these four artists to work in their distinctive styles and how their approaches affect the kinds of stories that they tell.

This panel is sponsored by Busy Beaver.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, June 10th at CAKE 2017!