Brain Trubble Kicks Off the Weekend for CAKE!

June 14, 2012

You may have heard CAKE is this weekend, and you are invited to the opening night soirée! Get pumped, and settle in for an intense comics convention by attending this intense comics performance, brought to you by Trubble Club and Brain Frame.

Trubble Club will interpret a number of comics from the Trubble Club oeuvre, and guest artists Gabrielle Bell, Leslie Stein, and Mike Taylor will be whipping out some live drawings, in front of everyone, no shame. And music! And your hosts, Lyra Hill and Sackley! Tune on, drop in, turn out, come chill. Donations suggested.

You can RSVP at this Facebook event.

CAKE DEBUT: Hot Dog Beach 2 by Lale Westvind

June 13, 2012

Hot Dog Beach 2 wants to rip your eyes out and cradle them in inky muck and half tone dots .This sequel to the first chaotic romp introduces new characters, new energy and new absurdities.

Behold the vehicular love child of the flesh woman! Cry at the fall of Dinky the Jerk, follow Mop and Fuzz on their death march into oblivion. Watch mystery after mystery unfold and wonder if they will ever be resolved.
There’s a job to be done, no one knows what they’re doing or why but as long as they get paid in the end they’re gonna do it doggone it! This is the sentiment of the inhabitants of Hot Dog Beach, a world where one’s linear depiction dictates physicality.

Hot Dog Beach is the first serialized comic by Lale Westvind. It hopes to be a gargantuan tome of interwoven nonsense one day and picking up this habit now could prove beneficial to your overall well-being! Imagine the possibilities!
Hot Dog Beach 3 is already in the works, as well as an animated version of the opening pages of #2.


Lale Westvind makes comics and animations in the wee hours between closing time and 4 a.m., covered in pork fat and rank milk residue, crouching in a dark corner of the gleaming amuse bouche that is New York City.

Visit Lale’s website, and pick up Hot Dog Beach 2 at Table 5 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Thickness #3 edited by Ryan Sands and Michael Deforge

June 13, 2012

The third (and final) issue of this erotic comics anthology is a doozy. Edited and published by Ryan Sands and Michael DeForge, the book features 80 pages of new comics, as well as a 16 page mini and pin-up poster… all published in lush/dirty risograph splendor!

The book features the following contributors
• 30XX by Lamar Abrams
• PROTESTPLOITATION by Jimmy Beaulieu
• NIGHTCRAWLERS by Edie Fake
• THE CHASM by Julia Gfrörer
• THE COCKROACH by William Cardini & Sean T. Collins
• STANDING OVATIONS by Gengoroh Tagame
• QVIET by Andy Burkholder
• …and a pinup by HamletMachine

Visit the Thicnkess website, and pick up Thickness #3 at Table 54 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Fuck Shits by Box Brown

June 13, 2012

Fuck Shits, 32 pages, is two stories about kids pushed to the fringes
of their little worlds.

Box Brown is a cartoonist and runs Retrofit comics, a small publisher based in Philadelphia. It focuses on frequent publication of quality low priced stapled comics.

Visit Box’s website, and pick up Fuck Shits at Table 68 June 16 & 17th!

Floor Plan Adjustment

June 13, 2012

Due to forces beyond our control, we have been forced to relocate some of our exhibitor tables and re-number others at the last minute. These changes affect table numbers 64-80.

The information listed on our Guests & Exhibitors page is up-to-date, and reflects these changes.

We want to reassure you that every exhibitor at CAKE still has a table! We sincerely regret this last minute change, but the circumstance was completely out of our hands. We have worked with our direct contacts at Columbia College Chicago to ensure that everything will go smoothly on June 16 and 17.

Despite this hiccup, we are very excited about CAKE! We are beside ourselves every time we look at the exhibitor list, read the list of debuting titles, or think about the slate of programming that will be presented this weekend. We hope you are as excited as we are!

See you in a few days!

Neil Brideau, Edie Fake, Max Morris, Grace Tran & Jeff Zwirek
CAKE Organizers

CAKE DEBUT: No Straight Lines edited by Justin Hall

June 12, 2012

LGBTQ cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social mores with intelligence, humor, and an irreverent imagination. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, a massive 328-page hardcover anthology published by Fantagraphics Books, is the most definitive collection to date of this material, showcasing the spectrum from lesbian underground comix, to gay newspaper strips, to bi punk zines, to trans webcomics.

Edited and compiled by Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, Hard To Swallow), this anthology features the work of over 90 creators, from crossover successes like Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Ralf Konig, Dan Savage, and Eric Shanower, to dozens of talented cartoonists who were never able to reach an audience beyond the queer community but nonetheless produced important work deserving of a wider audience. Complete with Hall’s essay on the history and cultural context of the material, as well as an introduction by Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Bound), this book is an invaluable piece of comics history and LGBTQ culture.

cover art by Maurice Vellekoop


Justin Hall is an award-winning cartoonist and creator of Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, True Travel Tales, and Hard To Swallow, as well as contributions to such publications as Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, Boy Trouble, and the S.F. Bay Guardian. At CAKE he is debuting No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which he edited for Fantagraphics.

Visit Justin’s website, and pick up No Straight Lines at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Need More by Kevin Czapiewski

June 11, 2012

“Need More” is a meditation on the timeless phenomenon of missing someone close to you, aided by modern technology. In this case, that means Tumblr and tattoos. A short mini comic, “Need More” is a 12 page comic in glorious black and white, with a color cover.

Also be sure to come by Kevin’s table (Table 74) to pick up the brand new (and free) June issue of Trigger, starring the Deep Dark Truthful Mirror.

Kevin Czapiewski (pronounced “chappy-ESSky”) is the Cleveland-based artist of the webcomic Project: Ballad. His other work includes the collection Birthday Surprise, the anthology PUPPYTEETH (co-edited with Liz Suburbia), and the webcomic Spoilers. He also writes a column for the Comix Cube blog and occasionally teaches a class on the art of comics.

Visit Kevin’s website, and pick up Need More & Trigger at Table 74 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Little Heart, a Comic Anthology for Marriage Equality from 2D Cloud & [MN]Love

June 11, 2012

Little Heart is a comic anthology created to show support for marriage equality, produced in partnership with 2D Cloud & [MN]Love. The comics included in the volume cover a variety of material, from auto-bio to science fiction, intimate vignettes, and romantic incidentals; work created to show that love strikes all walks of life. This project was spawned by the very urgent need to fight the 2012 referendum that seeks to instill discrimination and hate in the Minnesota state constitution. We have enlisted artists across the US, Canada, and a small sampling of international artists. Little Heart premiered internationally at the Toronto Comics Art Festival last month and will be premiering stateside at CAKE this June!

artists include:

Tuesday Bassen, Emma Reynolds, Tim Sievert, Michael DeForge, Alex Fukui, Ellen Redshaw, Anna Bongiovanni, Hannah Blumenreich, Megan Tulius, Hedwig Vinson + Rachel Kowarski, Christopher Adams, Milkyboots/Virginia Paine, Luke Holden, Ed Choy + Sam Sharpe, Tammy Ray, Noah Van Sciver, Sally Madden, Jeremy Sorese, Emily Carroll + Kate Craig, Sean Lynch, Joseph Remnant, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Zak Sally, Raighne Hogan, Meghan Hogan, Barbara Schulz; introduction by Christopher Butcher, funded in part by Kickstarter.




2D CLOUD is a micro-press comics publisher based in NE MPLS. We publish paper-craft art books, mini comics, and graphic novels by an assortment of creatives. Select past releases include Yearbooks by Nic Breutzman, Death of Elijah Lovejoy by Noah Van Sciver, Things You Carry by Vincent Stall/King Mini, Motherlover by Breutzman and brothers Holden. New titles to make their Chicago debut include Startled Maggie by Meghan Hogan, Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality by various, Prizon Food 2 by Eric Schuster & Party Food. We also distro Will Dinski’s minis and Pornhounds by Sharon Lintz.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Little Heart at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!
Little Heart is also a sponsor of CAKE’s Queer Communities, Queer Anthologies panel, Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:30 – 4:30pm in the 8th Floor Auditorium.

CAKE DEBUT: Prizon Food Part 2 by Eric Schuster & Party Food (aka Joe Gillette)

June 10, 2012

Prizon Food is an offshoot and printed companion to Party Food — which is a multimedia project by MCAD grad Joe Gillette. Using puppets, video projections, and a symphony of chopped and screwed pop music, Party Food explores themes of love and loss, heritage and rebellion, production and consumption, [one big long fart noise] somethingsomething existentialism. Prizon Food is bit-art-ified and candy colored by fellow MCAD’er alum Eric Schuster.


Joe Gillette is multimedia artists whose work veers into performance, video, and comics. His work has been displayed/showcased/performed on both coasts and in the mid-west.

Eric Schuster is a comic artist and illustrator living in Minneapolis. He is a MCAD graduate with a BFA in Comic Art. He enjoys biking and tea.

Visit 2D Cloud and Prizon Food’s websites, and pick up Prizon Food Part 2 at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Hypnotic Induction Technique by Grant Reynolds

June 9, 2012

Close your eyes. Slow your breathing. Let your body relax. Your mind is clear. Let yourself slip back into the darkness. Let the warmth fold itself around you. You are no longer yourself. You are a part of it now. You are a part of the unnameable. Feel it as it takes you in. Let the pulse of its heartbeat rise up your body. The hairs on its skin burrow inside you. Its tongue is in the back of your throat, curling down your spine. Its fingernails grow longer and longer, until they clutch your organs and work their way inside them. You are no longer yourself. You are a part of it now. You are a part of the unnameable. Sleep now. Sleep.

Hypnotic Induction Technique is a collection of comics, mostly from 2009, with a few from 2010-11. All of the comics share a dream-like quality. Some play with traditional narrative structure, while others float through transformational abstraction.

2-color cover, 40 pages, 7 x 8.5 in.

Grant Reynolds’ work was recently selected for the 2011 volume of Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics. His work has appeared in Elfworld, Shitbeams on the Loose, and the Finnish comics newspaper Kuti Kuti. He’s a member of the Chicago jam comics group Trubble Club. And he’s also exhibited artwork at Giant Robot for a two-man show with Jeremy Tinder called Chip Beef, Chipped Tooth, as well as CartoonInk!: Emerging Comics in Context at SAIC, and this year’s Eat Before We Eat You show, which will be open during CAKE. In 2009 Top Shelf published his book Comic Diorama. He currently lives in Chicago with an aloe plant and cockroaches.

Visit Grant’s website, and pick up Hypnotic Induction Technique at Table 3 June 16 & 17th!