CAKE DEBUT: For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored by Bernie McGovern

May 27, 2012By NeilDebuts

For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored is a collection of recent watercolors and drawings by Bernie McGovern. Inspired by the hospitalized students he teaches, these works take the form of impossible biology, dreamed video games, flaming figures, and space-faring kittens. Expect minimal resistance, boarding crews.


Bernie McGovern is a comics artist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the self-published comic DemonDust, and his massive labor of love comic “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” has been in the works for years. Illustrations appear in Lumpen Magazine and the Ragbag Writers Alliance. Puppet designs have appeared in shows by the House Theatre, the Hypocrites, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Neo-Futurists, and Dog & Pony. He is an Artist in Residence with Snow City Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, teaching art to children hospitalized in Rush University’s Pediatrics.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored at Table 4 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: An Army Of Lovers Will Be Beaten, Volume 2 by Bernie McGovern

May 27, 2012By NeilDebuts

An Army of Lovers Will Be Beaten, Volume 2 is a collection of the most recent chapters of the Army of Lovers saga. Six years running, this story follows the surreal happenings in a war between a blue-skinned people and constellations in the night sky. Join Lieutenant Buckeley and his peeping-tom Llama on a voyage through rat-wrestling, psychosis, temporal plumbing, and digestive mythology.

Self published, perfect bound, 168 pages, B&W with some full color pages.



Bernie McGovern is a comics artist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the self-published comic DemonDust, and his massive labor of love comic “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” has been in the works for years. Illustrations appear in Lumpen Magazine and the Ragbag Writers Alliance. Puppet designs have appeared in shows by the House Theatre, the Hypocrites, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Neo-Futurists, and Dog & Pony. He is an Artist in Residence with Snow City Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, teaching art to children hospitalized in Rush University’s Pediatrics.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten, Volume 2 at Table 4 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Weather by Gabby Schulz

May 25, 2012By NeilDebuts

Secret Acres will be debuting Gabby Schulz’s new comic book, Weather, at the CAKE Expo. Weather is Schulz’s first comic published under his own name, and features fan-favorite Schulz character, Gordon Smalls, traveling by air to a decidedly unpleasant destination. Weather is 8″ x 10″, 16 pages and full color. Gabby will be at the Secret Acres table all weekend, selling Weather and signing books!



Ken Dahl is the name Gabby Schulz uses to make it harder for his relatives to connect him to the comics he draws. Born in Honolulu, Gabby has since spent time in most of the United States & a bit of Canada as well. He was the 2007 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and his Ignatz-winning and Eisner-nominated book, Monsters, has been translated into French and Spanish. He has been posting a webcomic called Sick on his website

Visit Gabby’s, and Secret Acres’ websites, and pick up Weather at Table 36 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Primahood: the Second Album by Tyler Cohen

May 24, 2012By NeilDebuts

Primahood: The Second Album shares more real and and surreal adventures of MamaPants and Primazons. There are further glimpses into the feral and cultured world of the Primazons; MamaPants rides twists and turns through her young daughter’s engagement with marriage. Full-color, 24-page book.

Tyler Cohen is addicted to actual books and paper in a time when we are moving into the digital, and finds it highly ironic that she reads a lot of science fiction. She made mini-comics back in the nineties, then diverged to spend time with creatures she calls Primazons, drawing snapshot, ethnographic moments of their lives. Now, returning to comics with Primahood and Primahood: the Second Album, her work continues to playfully tell stories and ask questions that might lead to thoughts about femaleness, social constructs, feminist parenting, and how we relate to one another.

Visit Tyler’s website, and pick up Primahood: the Second Album at Table 48 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

May 23, 2012By NeilDebuts

What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include light saber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son.
Humorous and touching, Darth Vader and Son is the perfect gift for dads of the Star Wars generation.

Jeffrey Brown is a Chicago cartoonist known for his autobiographical (Clumsy), humorous (Incredible Change-Bots) and cat (Cats Are Weird) graphic novels. His newest book is Darth Vader and son.

Visit Jeffrey’s website, and pick up Darth Vader and Son at Table 57 Father’s Day Weekend!

Eat Before We Eat You CAKE Art Show

May 23, 2012By NeilCAKE, Programming


The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and Morpho Gallery present…

EAT BEFORE WE EAT YOU
or, The C.A.K.E. Show

Curated by Onsmith & Nudd

Although not strictly a comics show, The CAKE Show (subtitled “Eat Before We Eat You” – the toxic mantra of the legendary bottom-of-the-barrel weirdo schlock-fest Troll 2) will include one-offs and side projects by a multitude of local and national artists that work deep within the fleshy walls of the underground comics world or, at very least, in an underground comics vain. Traditional comics panels will be exhibited alongside a slew of visual out takes, false starts, b-sides and orphans: prints, paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, posters, zines, and other ephemera. Formally trained artists that operate inside the fine art and comics worlds will comprise the majority of the show, but work will also be included by several untrained self taught artists. The central themes of E.B.W.E.Y. are productivity, promiscuity, radioactivity, infidelity, and automatous artistic cannibalism. The result will be something of an artistic curiosity shop or odditorium, a peculiar curio cabinet of comics inspired graphic wonders and deformities. This show will coincide with the much anticipated first ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Columbia College Chicago.

Opening Reception: Saturday June 16, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibition & Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday June 6 – 9, Wednesday – Sunday June 13 – 17, 11:30AM – 5:30PM

208 S. Wabash
Chicago

INFO: 773.878.4255

Participating artists include…

Eric Lebofsky
Chris Kerr
Keith Herzik
Leslie Weibeler
Jeremy Tinder
John Porcellino
Jo Dery
Andy Gabrisiak
Ivan Brunetti
Kevin Budnik
Grant Reynolds
Andy Burkholder
Ryan Standfest
Nick Drnaso
Anya Davidson
David Alvarado
Nate Beaty
Liz Born
Joe Tallarico
Sanya Glisic
Lilli Carre
Laura Park

Also, a hand silkscreened and numbered commemorative poster by Keith Herzik is available in addition to a xerox flyer by Pete Clodfelter.

CAKE DEBUT: Midwestrn Cuban Comics No’s 3, 4 & 5 by Odin Cabal

May 21, 2012By NeilDebuts

These three new issues continue THE ADVENTURES OF PITO AND MARIA as they struggle to get some extra bucks to fix their sink; a task which sees them crossing paths with a lone shark and getting Maria’s head accidentally shaved. Also a new ongoing miniseries is introduced, CUBAN THUNDER. CUBAN THUNDER follows ex-con Frank Betancourt as he struggles to lead a non-violent life in hectic surroundings of Liberty City Miami.



Odin Cabal is a Latino artist from the Milwaukee Chicago area who also writes and draws Midwestrn Cuban Comics.

Visit Odin’s website, and pick up Midwestrn Cuban Comics at Table 34 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell

May 18, 2012By NeilDebuts

The Year Of The Beasts, written by Cecil Castellucci (First Day On Earth, Plain Janes) and drawn by Nate Powell (The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) is a hybrid narrative told with alternating chapters of prose and comics. Sibling rivalry, resentment, loss, sexual awakening, and betrayal hold together parallel worlds and the creatures that inhabit each. (2012, Roaring Brook Press)
http://us.macmillan.com/theyearofthebeasts/CecilCastellucci

Nate Powell was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978, and began self-publishing at age 14. He graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Please Release, Sounds Of Your Name, It Disappears, Tiny Giants, and the self-published Walkie Talkie series. From 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait, Divorce Chord, and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Rachel and new daughter Harper.

Visit Nate’s website, and pick up Year of the Beasts at Table 38 June 16 &17!

CAKE DEBUT: Magic Hedge #2 by Marian Runk

May 17, 2012By NeilDebuts

Marian is excited to debut the second installment of her Ignatz Award nominated autobiographical series “The Magic Hedge,” at CAKE. In addition to examining the familiar subjects of bird-watching, family relationships, queer romance and community, much of Issue #2: Firsts, Seconds, and Endings will return to vivid moments of Marian’s childhood growing up in Dallas, Texas. First Snowy Owl sightings, second words uttered as a toddler, awkward childhood vocabulary mistakes, broken hearts, and childhood mentors lost to the AIDS epidemic are memorialized with love and humor in this new collection.



Marian is a Texan born, Chicago-based cartoonist who loves birds, cats, and country music. The second issue of her Ignatz-nominated comic series, The Magic Hedge, will debut at CAKE. When she’s not at her day job (peddling birth control and promoting safer sex to the Chicagoland area), she’s probably drawing comics, playing guitar, singing in a choir, or watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.


Visit Marian’s website, and pick up Magic Hedge #2 at Table 46 June 16 & 17th!