CAKE DEBUT: Don’t Try to Save Me – Part One: The Wolfman by Grant Reynolds

May 28, 2015


This is the first issue of an ongoing memoir series that explores the author’s turbulent past of substance abuse, as well as physical abuse. The first portion, which was initially published in Lumpen, has been re-drawn. The last two portions are comprised of new, previously unpublished material. The second issue of the series, which debuted last year, will also be available.





Grant is a member of, and will be tabling with Trubble Club! Trubble Club has published 8 volumes of jam comics in the six years it’s been active, but its various members are additionally all active contributors to Chicago’s comics scene. We’ve tabled at all the CAKEs, as well as participated in a variety of other events, including a mural at the MCA and a jam sculpture at DePaul’s Art Museum.

Visit Trubble Club’s website, and pick up Don’t Try To Save Me at Tables 39 & 40A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: The Yellow Zine 6 by Roman Muradov

May 28, 2015


1. lists
2. Seinfeld
3. dogs
4. lists
5. pigeons
6. lisps
7. Julian Barnes’s nose
8. “arches torn midyawn”
9. lists
10. lists





Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist from Moscow, Russia, currently living in San Francisco. His clients include the New Yorker, New York Times, Penguin, Random House, Vogue, Lucky Peach and many others. His work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), ADC Young Guns, American Illustration and numerous other shows. Over the last decade he’s been self-publishing his romanthology called the Yellow Zine, with issue #6 debuting at CAKE. His first graphic novella In A Sense (Lost & Found) was published in September 2014 by Nobrow Press. He likes books, tea and long aimless walks.


Visit Roman’s website, and pick up Yellow Zine 6 at Table 28A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Bluff Issue 1 by Odin Cabal

May 28, 2015


Blapho is an anthology series from Midwestern Cuban Comics. The first issue features David Kubrick Private Dick, Lucky Dog, and Life in Cars.
Published by Midwestrn Cuban Comics

Midwestrn Cuban Comics is a small press comics series created by Odin Cabal. The issues are compilations of vignettes revolving around a small cast of characters who come in and out of each others’ lives. Leading the cast and anchoring them together is Maria Garcia, a Cuban American trying to figure out identity and life fulfillment in the Midwestern city of Milwaukee, WI.

Visit Odin’s website, and pick up Bluff #1 at Table 22A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Expectation by Amy Peltz

May 27, 2015


Expectation is a story of hope and tragedy inspired by the life and work of the early-twentieth-century Expressionist artist Egon Schiele, whose tortured, attenuated forms are instantly recognizable. Wordless and rendered in pencil, this thread-bound mini-comic by Amy Peltz explores how narrative can be conveyed with a minimum of means. In some respects continuing the style of her previous comics Shopping and Houses, Expectation also takes this approach in new directions, finding in pencil smudges, erasures, and traces a visual analogue for memory and loss.

Amy Peltz is an artist, editor, and writer living in Chicago. When not working at the Art Institute of Chicago, she makes, reads, and thinks about comics.

Visit Amy’s website, and pick up Expectation at Table 83B June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUTS: Two New Comics by Aaron Poliwoda

May 27, 2015


Prolific zinester, Aaron Poliwoda will be debuting TWO new comics at CAKE, here’s a description of them in his own words:

I have two comics debuting. One is a wrestling comic about the life of the Ultimate Warrior who died in 2014. The other is Autism Conversations. It is an approximately 150-page comic of email conversations regarding autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, The conversations are between Aaron Poliwoda (creator of Low Blow comics) and Erika Hammerschmidt (creator of the Abby and Norma webcomic and author of the book Born On The Wrong Planet.

Aaron Poliwoda is from your girlfriend’s bedroom. He stands six foot seven, three inches from heaven. He weighs three-oh-five and can whip any man alive! He has self published over 75 issues of Low Blow comics mostly about autism and wrestling.

Visit Aaron’s website, and pick up Ultimate Warrior, and Autism Conversations at Table 36A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Half Asleep Volume 4 by Beth Hetland and Kyle O’Connell

May 27, 2015


Beth Hetland and Kyle O’Connell’s newest volume of their series Half Asleep picks up right where volume 3 left off. Who is this character who calls himself “”Uncle”” and why does he know about Ivy? What is with the underground tunnels? Where is Ivy’s dad?! Find out some of the answers to these questions as Hetland and O’Connell take you through this 42pg volume that marks the half-way point of the whole series. New and continued readers welcome!
Half Asleep Series Synopsis: At age 11 Ivy Lassette is the youngest student enrolled at the elite college, Ebony-Alerca. Ivy’s studies focus on Hypnology, an experimental discipline that teaches students how to access and inhabit their dream worlds with the same conscious control they experience in waking reality. Ivy’s world-renown and highly demanding professor also happens to be her mother, Dr. Michelle Lassette. Follow Ivy and Dr. Lassette as they navigate the layers of existence attempting to understand the world, each other, and themselves.
All volumes contain b/w and full-color watercolored artwork, all-ages appropriate narrative, and a triple fold-out cover.

Beth Hetland is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies (’11) and alumna and faculty member teaching comics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo work, FUGUE, is an autobiographical three-part story about her family using music as a metaphor for their relationships. Her most recent collaborative work, Half Asleep, is the story of a young girl whose mother enrolls her in a college program in a reality where you can manipulate your dreams and they affect the real world.

Visit Beth website, and pick up Half Asleep Volume 4 at Table 80A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Dial 9 (For an Outside Line) by Peter + Maria Hoey

May 26, 2015


The 7th title in our Coin-Op Singles series. Dial 9 (For an Outside Line)
chronicles the rough intersection between musician and hotel.




Peter and Maria Hoey are brother and sister artists. Since 2007 they have published their work independently under their studio name: Coin-Op. Their comics have received notice in The Best American Comics 2011, BAC 2013′s Notable Comics list, Society of Illustrators, and many issues of American Illustration.

Visit Peter & Maria’s website, and pick up Dial 9 (For an Outside Line) at Table 1A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: An Honest Performance by Will Dinski

May 26, 2015


The newest from Will Dinski. A brief meditation on truth, representation, and loss, all done in Dinski’s thoughtfully composed yet seemingly tossed off style. Limited riso edition made exclusively for 2dCloud.

Will Dinski is a cartoonist and book artist. He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2dcloud 2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.

Visit Will and 2DCloud’s websites, and pick up An Honest Performance at Table 75 June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Miseryland by Special Guest, Keiler Roberts

May 25, 2015


Miseryland is a collection of Keiler Roberts’ ongoing autobiographical comics series Powdered Milk. Throughout the book, short stories and vignettes build into one narrative. The first scene shows Roberts’ three-year-old daughter Xia watching her shrink the window cellophane with a hairdryer. “It’s getting fancier and fancier,” she observes. Throughout the book Xia is a major character: challenging Roberts (“You want to say dammit?”), entertaining her (“There’s a little man inside my butt, cleaning it. Some poop might come out.”), and loving her (“You’re a good friend to me Mommy.”) Xia’s at the age when she’s unintentionally funny and lacks self-consciousness. The awkward yet realistic drawings establish the tone of the work and perspective of Roberts’ character. The compositions, gestures and expressions work in combination to achieve a deadpan humor, often with underlying darker emotions. Roberts’ character is earnest, but flawed—moody and volatile. She screams at a stranger on the sidewalk during a dog walking conflict, bursts into a swearing/crying rage over a car seat, and tunes out her husband and daughter. The book concludes with a family trip to Wisconsin to visit Roberts’ parents. Her mother recalls a recent eBay loss while her father delights in new shoes, which are superior because they are “shaped like a foot.” They arrive home and unload the packed car (dog food was cheaper there). Roberts leaves a message for her mother, letting her know they arrived safely and thanking her once again.




Keiler Roberts teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Her autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk has received three Ignatz nominations and was included in The Best American Comics 2014 Notables List. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine and Newcity. She was special guest at Chicago Zine Fest 2013, a panelist at CAKE 2011, and performed at Brainframe.

Visit Keiler’s website, and pick up Miseryland at Table 19 June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Epilogue May 2015 by Kevin Budnik

May 24, 2015


Epilogue is a 12-page-a month ongoing series that began in January 2015. Written and drawn on a weekly basis, the story organically follows Kevin’s daily life. His point of view is one of quarter-life crises focusing on struggling with mental clarity and the daily stress of relationships and employment.
This is the fifth issue of the series, collecting each journal entry from May, 2015

Kevin Budnik is an cartoonist and illustrator from Chicago. He has been producing comics steadily since 2010. His comics are largely autobiographical, and explore Kevin’s coming to terms with anxiety and adulthood. Kevin’s books include Dust Motes (Yeti Press), Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, and Flower Grow (self-published). His newest series, Handbook, is written in part from journals he kept in therapy for disordered eating.

Visit Kevin’s website, and pick up Epilogue May 2015 at Table 88B June 6 & 7th!