CAKE DEBUT: Startled Maggie #1 by Meghan Hogan

June 8, 2012By NeilDebuts

Startled Maggie is an auto-bio serial focusing on a mischievous little spit-fire. Drawn in light pencil, this new series is pointed at the ephemeral qualities of memory and what makes early life such a funny and charming place.


Meghan Hogan is the comic book artist and crochet toy designer behind Startled Maggie. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Hamline University with a major in studio arts and a minor in anthropology. After a year of portrait commissions and local art shows she ran away with her boyfriend to Cirque du Soleil. They traveled with the circus to many cities doing gift shop merchandising and security. When they returned to Minnesota they got security gigs as museum guards, started their own businesses, and got hitched.

Visit Meghan’s website, and pick up Startled Maggie at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: The Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weathington

June 7, 2012By NeilDebuts

Northwest Press has just confirmed that Leia Weathington’s debut graphic novel, The Legend of Bold Riley, will be ready in time to make its debut at CAKE!

This lush, 232-page full color epic follows the restless princess Rilavashana Sanparite, called Bold Riley, as she abandons her royal station and ventures out to travel through distant lands where she will find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods and tragic love.

The Legend of Bold Riley was created by Leia Weathington, with art by Weathington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, Konstantin Pogorelov and Jason Thompson, and cover artwork by Brinson Thieme. The book features a foreword by fan-favorite TV and comics writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, Husbands).

Visit Northwest Press’ website, and pick up the Legend of Bold Riley at Table 77 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: 2012 CAKE Anthology

June 6, 2012By NeilDebuts

Debuting at CAKE will be an anthology made for the expo! Andy Burkholder put together an exciting list of great comics artists to contribute to the anthology, which will be available for sale at the front info table at CAKE.
The contributors to the CAKE anthology are:
Dane Martin
Anna Haifisch
Paul Nudd
Brecht Vandenbroucke
Patrick Kyle
Sua Yoo
Michael Olivo
A. Degen
Anders Nilsen
Jason Overby
Nick Drnaso
Sanya Glisic
Jason T Miles
Ginette Lapalme
Blaise Larmee
Otto Splotch
Eamon Espey
Molly O’Connell
Paul Loubet
Jesse Balmer
Aidan Koch
John Hankiewicz
Jeff Lok
Maz Morris
Lyra Hill
Karneeleus
Henry Glover
Jaakko Pallasvuo
Michael Deforge
Jesse Fillingham
Edie Fake
Jesse McManus
Mike Redmond
Leslie Weibeler
Matthew Thurber
Josh Bayer
David Alvarado
Chris Day
Mickey Z
Scott Longo
Austin English
Julie Delporte
Andy Burkholder
Conor Stechschulte
Onsmith
Zach Hazard Vaupen
Joe Tallarico
Bret Koontz
Aaron Shunga
Noel Freibert
Andy Ortmann
Shalo P
Anya Davidson

Big thanks to Andy for putting this together. We’re really excited about it, and hope you’ll check it out on June 16 & 17!

CAKE DEBUT: Structures 12-23 by Vincent Stall

June 5, 2012By NeilDebuts

This is the second book in the Structures series. This time cartoonist and designer Vincent Stall was invited to contribute 11 structures. Vincent’s constructions contain a kind simultaneity of decay and growth. Are they ruins of an unknown civilization or the beginnings of a new one?
1-color cover.
20 pages

5.25 x 7 inch pamphlet


From Yo Gabba Gabba to General Mills, Vincent Stall’s work proves that no brand is too big, too small, or too unusual. Designing and producing work for Dominos Pizza, Kmart, Haute Dish, Big Brain Comics, Dunn Brothers, Dairy Queen, Northwest Airlines…blah blah blah, his award-winning work has appeared in the graphic design annuals Graphis, Print, and CA.
His true roots trace back to founding King Mini International, a boutique design house, where he spent several years “figuring it all out”. In addition to publishing numerous
books, including the much loved Robot Investigator, the much misunderstood Everyone Takes A Turn, as well as Passenger Side and Jetsam, Stall’s work also graces the walls of music venues and transit kiosks in the form of rock and roll posters. Under the name King Mini, his illustration work has appeared in such comic book and rock poster books as Sonic: Visuals of Music, MeatHaus, and 2D Cloud’s Things You Carry

Visit Vincent and Uncivilized Books’ website, and pick up Structures 12-23 at Table 27 (though Vincent will be tabling at table 49) June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Island Brat 2 by Colleen Frakes

June 2, 2012By NeilDebuts

I grew up on McNeil Island, home to America’s last island prison,
accessible only by air or sea. People seem to find this pretty
interesting, so I keep making comics about it. Here’s three stories
about what it was like to move to the island, shop on the mainland,
and how a prison break almost ruined my birthday.

4.25 x 5.5, 24 pages, b+w interiors, color cover.


Colleen Frakes was a member of the inaugural class of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2007 she received a Xeric Grant for her book “Tragic Relief”. In 2009 she was awarded the Ignatz for “Promising New Talent” for her book “Woman King”. In 2010, her comic “Island Brat” was published with help from Koyama Press.

Visit Colleen’s website, and pick up Island Brat 2 at Table 45 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Three #3 edited by Robert Kirby

June 1, 2012By NeilDebuts

THREE #3, edited by Robert Kirby and published with the aid of the Prism Queer Press Grant, brings you all-new queer comics goodness, starting off with “Love Lust Lost,” an 8 page Wuvable Oaf tale by Ed Luce; “Fly Like an Eagle,” from Carrie McNinch, which tells of her stoner-teen punk rock high school years back in 1979 Los Angeles; and “Oh No!” a wild all-star comics jam instigated by Jen Camper also featuring Ivan Velez, Jr., Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Ellen Forney, Joan Hilty, and Editor Robert Kirby. There are also special guest appearances by such queer, punk, and autobio comics illuminati as Michael Fahy, Janelle Hessig with Matt Runkle, MariNaomi, and Ignatz nominee Marian Runk, and more.



Minneapolis resident Robert Kirby has been drawing and publishing comics for over 20 years. His latest comics anthology THREE debuted in 2010 and was nominated for an Ignatz award. Robert received the Prism Queer Press grant in October 2011 for THREE.

Visit Robert’s website, and pick up Three #3 at Table 47 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Human Condition #2 by Ian McDuffie

May 31, 2012By NeilDebuts

The second chapter of what’s leading to an exciting adventure of self-discovery, women’s liberation and glam rock excess is here, in full psychedelic color! 24 pages that may or may not include a moon-landing.


Drawing heavily from equal parts David Bowie, Philip Roth, and Jim Davis, Ian McDuffie’s work proves itself a unique psychochronography of labyrinthine scope.

Visit Ian’s website, and pick up Human Condition #2 at Table 5 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Finn and Charlie are Hitched vol 3, How Would I Know If You Are Dreaming? by Tony Breed

May 30, 2012By NeilDebuts

Volume 3 of Finn and Charlie Are Hitched, How Would I Know If You’re Dreaming?, will debut at CAKE. The book with contains comics run online in 2010 and 2011, and includes such story lines as Charlie’s Indie Rock Beard, Finn’s Dream, Candy’s Long-Lost Daughter, and When Finn Met Charlie.

Finn and Charlie Are Hitched is a slice-of-life comic about a gay couple and their friends. It was nominated for an Ignatz award in 2011 in two categories: Outstanding Online Comic and Promising New Talent.

“Humor isn’t hard to find in comics, and keen observations of life and relationships are common enough in art, but rarely are these two qualities combined as enjoyably as they are in Hitched.”
– Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Darth Vader and Son

“Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched. The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio, where he’s a DJ and is on the board of directors. Tony lives in Chicago with his husband, and makes good pie

Visit Tony’s website, and pick up Finn and Charlie are Hitched vol 3 at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Suck It Up! by Krystal DiFronzo

May 29, 2012By NeilDebuts

Full of internet dating, secret bathroom lunch breaks, PBS nature documentaries, and loads of vomiting guts, Suck It Up! is quick, sweet, and nasty. Krystal DiFronzo is a scholar in the upcoming session of Adventure School for Ladies, past performer at Brain Frame, and once co-editor of Xerox Candy Bar. She will be at Table 37 with Sara Drake will have past issues of Xerox Candy Bar along with comics and offset prints.


Krystal DiFronzo is a dreamy cartoonist and weaver baby from the midwest. Previously the co-editor of Xerox Candy Bar, her comics include EchoLocation and Suck It Up! She wants to be your valentine.

Visit Krystal’s website, and pick up Suck It Up! at Table 37 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: July Diary by Gabrielle Bell

May 28, 2012By NeilDebuts

July is the seventh month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It’s a warm month. On average, it’s the warmest month in the Northern hamisphere. It’s also the month Gabrielle Bell decided to do a comic every day. 31 days, 31 comics. Why did she do this? You’ll have to read the comic to find out. The book comes with several pages of Gabrielle’s process comics.
2-color, offset cover.
40 pages

5.25 x 7.5 inch pamphlet
perfect binding


Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Houghton-Mifflin Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Vice magazines. “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” the title story of her most recent book, was adapted for the screen by Bell and director Michel Gondry in the film anthology Tokyo! She lives in Brooklyn.

Visit Gabrielle and Uncivilized Books’ websites, and pick up July Diary at Table 27 June 16 & 17th!