CAKE DEBUT: Injury Comics #4 by Ted May

May 16, 2012By NeilDebuts

Injury Comics #4 It’s the latest in the ongoing series from Ted May in collaboration with Jeff Wilson and Mike Reddy. It features two stories.
“A Birdsong Shatters the Still,” (Wilson/May), starts off early one spring morning as a gang of teens congregate outside high school getting high just before going to morning detention. Can these addled young adults make it through said detention without garnering even further punishment?
“Blades of Grass,” (May/Reddy) features Beast Biplane from Injury Comics #3. Beast’s best bud Brat Fink wakes up hungover and must contend with arch nemesis, Greg whilst cleaning up revellers’ wreckage from the night before. Meanwhile Beast must go mano a mano with a new, sick villain: Steve in Valor! This is just the start of an amazing new story. Get in on the ground floor, etc!
Injury Comics #4 is a 36 page b/w standard size comic book. It will be debuting at CAKE.



Ted May just released the fourth issue of his Ignatz Award nominated series Injury Comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine, Vice, Kramers Ergot and Bart Simpson Comics. May is married to the cartoonist Mardou and lives in St. Louis.

Visit Ted’s website, and pick up Injury Comics #4 at Table 61 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: RAV #6 by Mickey Zacchilli

May 14, 2012By NeilDebuts

The 6th installment of a comic in which a man named juice is looking for something. this episode contains an erotic exchange, a new outfit, a punching sequence, and a guest bedroom.
75 pages, risograph printed, 3 color cover, 1 color interior.


mickey zacchilli was born in 1983 lives in providence ri

Visit Mickey’s website, and pick up RAV #6 at Table 51 June 16 & 17th!

Adventure School for Ladies Comics Intensive June 4 – 15

May 11, 2012By NeilCAKE


CAKE is excited to connect with the Adventure School for Ladies Comics Intensive! Not only is the school taking place leading up to CAKE, Anne Elizabeth Moore is one of our special guests, and she’s bringing her Lady Drawers posse with her! They’ll also be debuting the comic they will be making during the school (more info about both their debut and programming featuring them to come). Here’s some information from the school itself:

The Adventure School for Ladies Comics Intensive will be going down June 4-15 at the Read/Write Library in Chicago and Spudnik Press, right before CAKE, and it will be awesome. Although we are open to collaborators of all genders and identities, we do ask participants be willing to politically align themselves with the female creators that, in comics, make up over 40% of the industry, 60% of the characters pictured sans culottes*, receive aproximately 10% of the paid gigs at mainstream or independent presses (and yet, submit to publishers at the same rates as male creators do.)

If you’re in town before CAKE, come to our Orientation Cocktail Party at Spudnik Press on June 3rd, or check the website for other public events that may come together later. But definitely come visit us at our table, where we’ll have a new, hot-off-the-presses anthology about gender, race, class, and representational theory in comics. In comics!

Wanna better idea of what we do? Here’s a comic that will tell you. Here’s the anthology we made last year, Unladylike. Here’s the Ladydrawers column on Truthout. Our you can follow this Twitter feed, this Tumblr, or read this blog.

*French! For pantsless.

CAKE DEBUT: Misper by Anthony Meloro

May 9, 2012By NeilDebuts

Police slang for “missing person”, Misper is a new comic from Anthony Meloro that shows brief, dirty glimpses into the lives of two detectives. Taking cues from neo-noir cinema, occult mysticism, and petty offenses, Meloro merges grotesque and banal imagery with criminal acts. The entire comic is screen printed and hand bound.


Anthony Meloro is a Richmond, VA based comic artist.

Visit Anthony’s website, and pick up Misper at Table 33 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen

May 8, 2012By NeilDebuts

The Rage of Poseidon is a 48 page limited edition accordian book of short stories re-imagining stories and characters from Greek and Christian religious stories. Included are stories about Prometheus, Isaac and Abraham, Jesus and Aphrodite and the Devil as well as the titular Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The stories are accompanied by silhouetted images of the characters and events depicted. The project evolved out of a series of adaptations for slide readings of short pieces from my sketchbooks, and is being released in conjunction with CAKE and with an exhibition of new drawings by the author, Adam and Eve Sneak Back into the Garden of Eden to Steal More Apples, opening the same weekend at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Anders Nilsen is a cartoonist and artist. He’s the author of Big Questions, Dogs and Water, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow and Monologues for the Coming Plague, among others. His work has appeared in Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, Best American Comics, the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis.
Visit Anders’ website, and pick up Rage of Poseidon at Table 66 June 16 &17!

Table Assignments for CAKE 2012!

May 5, 2012By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors

Visit our Guests & Exhibitors page to view the table assignments for CAKE! Now you can plan your visit to your favorite comics artists ahead of time. We spent hours arranging exhibitors, hoping to compliment our guests and exhibitors with their neighbors.

CAKE is a free event, and is open to the public on Saturday June 16 & Sunday, June 17, 11am – 6pm on the 8th floor of 1104 S Wabash Ave in Chicago’s South Loop. We hope to see you there!

Guests & Exhibitors Announced!

April 6, 2012By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors, Special Guests

We’re really excited to finally publish the list of special guests, small press publishers, and exhibitors at the first Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (aka CAKE to those in the “know”)!

June 16th & 17th, the city of Chicago will be treated to an amazing cross section of alternative comics artists from all over the country (and from other exotic lands as Canada)!

Check out our list of guests & exhibitors. Careful, your brain might explode by the awesomeness contained in the list!

Stay tuned for programming information coming soon!

Comic Art Battle CAKE Fundraiser 4/8/12

March 28, 2012By NeilBenefit, CAKE

Come to what should be our final fundraiser ahead of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.  We’ll have the imfamous Ezra Claytan Daniels emceeing his Comic Art Battle at the Hideout!  Here are the details:

COMICS ART BATTLE at the Hideout Easter Sunday 2012
Benefit for the first Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Door at 7
$5 Donation

Refereed by Ezra Claytan Daniels

In the Ring:
Aaron Renier
Jo Dery
Brooks Golden
Susan Sarandon
David Alvarado
Krystal DiFronzo
Joe Tallarico
Onsmith
Jeremy Pettis

Followed by a musical DJ set from Fatty Jubbo

We’ll also have a “comic swap” table, so bring comics you don’t want, and take the comics you do want.

It’s gonna be the jam!