Jan 11

Applications Launch for 2nd Annual Artist Residency

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CAKE is proud to announce our continuing partnership with Transit Residency and Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) as applications open for the second annual inbound comics artist residency! Transit Residency is looking for non-Chicago-based cartoonists and zinesters to apply for a chance to spend the 2 weeks leading up to CAKE (May 29 – June 12) creating work at the beautiful ChiPRC studio/workspace. The winner of this juried residency is awarded a stipend of $1000 to help cover travel and lodging expenses. They will also receive a free table space at CAKE as well as integration into programming at CAKE 2016! Last year Transit and ChiPRC hosted Ignatz nominee and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Roman Muradov, who wrote about his experience here for the Transit blog. We hope all of our out of town exhibitors, friends, and visitors will apply! For more information, please follow this link.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about the residency, please contact Meredith Winer at meredith@transitresidency.org.

Nov 30

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Leslie Stein!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Leslie Stein!

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Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE. For more information, please visit Leslie’s website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Today Is the Last Day to Apply to CAKE 2016!

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 28

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Laura Park!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Laura Park!

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Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Best American Comics, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vice magazine, and Saveur.com. She is the illustrator for two middle-grade kids’ book series written by James Patterson, Middle School and I Funny, both of which have been number one New York Times bestsellers. Her book Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016. She is a member of the jam comics collective Trubble Club, and she created the poster art for the first annual CAKE in 2012. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 24

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Patrick Kyle!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Patrick Kyle!

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Patrick Kyle is a cartoonist from Toronto, Canada. His self-published comic book series Black Mass was nominated in the best emerging talent category in the 2012 Doug Wright Awards and the Outstanding Series Category in the 2012 Ignatz Awards. His book Don’t Come in Here will be published by Koyama Press in May 2016. He is the Co-editor of Wowee Zonk, an anthology that focuses on avant garde and non-traditional comics. His comics can be read online at What Things Do and Vice. For more information, please visit Patrick’s website or follow him on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 19

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Sammy Harkham!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Sammy Harkham!

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After being inspired by the work of Jamie Hewlett, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Renee French, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet and Jim Woodring, Sammy Harkham started making his own comics and a zine, Kramers Ergot, which has evolved into one of the most highly influential comics anthologies being published today. His comic strip Poor Sailor, originally published in Kramers Ergot 4, was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2004 and has been published in French, Korean, and Italian. Kramers Ergot has been favorably reviewed and placed on numerous best of the year lists by publications including the LA Weekly, Time, The New York Times, Dazed And Confused, The Comics Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Volume 9 of Kramers Ergot will be published by Fantagraphics in March 2016. In 2006, after contributing to the third volume of the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, he started the ongoing solo comic series, Crickets, with the most recent issue being published in November 2015. For more information about Sammy, please visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 17

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

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Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, which is a staple of comics and art events throughout the country, as well as Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established and up and coming comics artists. Ezra’s latest project is Upgrade Soul, a pioneering immersive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award. Developed for Erik Loyer’s Opertoonity comics engine, Upgrade Soul has been displayed in installations at The Hyde Park Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and was a featured project at the Fantoche International Animation Festival and the Fumetto International Comics Festival. For more information, please visit Ezra’s website or connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 12

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Cathy G. Johnson!

CAKE is excited to announce our second special guest for 2016: Cathy G. Johnson!

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Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist living in Providence, Rhode Island who makes comics, drawings, prints, and books about confrontation and sincerity. Cathy was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Cathy also teaches at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island and is a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, which was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015. Cathy’s first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013. Cathy’s other comics and artwork are available at their online store, One Percent Press, Czap Books, and Youth in Decline. For more information, please visit Cathy’s website or connect with them on Twitter or Tumblr.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 10

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Tyrell Cannon!

CAKE is excited to announce our first special guest for 2016: Tyrell Cannon!

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Tyrell Graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has been a fixture in the Chicago comics scene for nearly a decade, with his primary focus being to explore comics with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique. He has created work in the genres of science fiction (Victus), true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), and experimental short form comics (Simon). He is also the co-editor and co-creator of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships. To learn more about Tyrell, please visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Tumblr.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 06

Join the Chicago Architecture Biennial and CAKE for a Night of Architecture, Food, Drinks, Music—and Comics!

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CAKE would like to invite you to join us for Imaginary Worlds, a discussion and workshop that will take place as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Two cartoonists (Edie Fake and Keiler Roberts) and two architects from UIC School of Architecture (Ania Jaworska and Sam Jacob) will discuss the depiction of space and time and the representation of worlds real and imagined, among other links between comics and architecture. Following this conversation, moderated by comics scholar Brian Cremins, Neil Brideau, cartoonist and organizer for CAKE, will lead a live comics-making workshop. Pick up an architect- or cartoonist-designed button, made live by Busy Beaver Buttons.

To attend, RSVP Here. This event will take place on Friday, November 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, in Chicago, Illinois. The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.

About the Panelists

Edie Fake’s drawings, comic books, and publications have been written about in Artforum, Chicago Reader, The Comics Journal, ART21, the Guardian, Hyperallergic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists, and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in group shows at MASS Gallery in Austin, John Connelly Presents in New York City, the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Threewalls in Chicago. Fake was born in Chicagoland and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He recently dropped out of the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She teaches comics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her autobiographical comic Powdered Milk can be seen atkeilerroberts.com. She has received several Ignatz Award nominations, including for Best New Talent and Outstanding Series in 2014.

Ania Jaworska is an architect and educator. She currently teaches art, design, and architecture courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her practice focuses on exploring the connection between art and architecture through bold simple forms, humor, commentary, and conceptual, historic, and cultural references. Jaworska’s work was presented as part of 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit in Common Ground, the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), and CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center (2014). She recently completed a design for the bookstore at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which is currently on view. Her solo show BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Ania Jaworska is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago until January 31, 2016. She holds a master’s in Architecture from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland and from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Sam Jacob is Principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. His work spans scales and disciplines ranging from master planning and urban design to architecture, design, and art projects. Current projects include a master plan for 250 homes, the reinvention of a 1980s business park, a mixed-use development in London’s Shoreditch, and a public art commission for Milton Keynes. Previously, Jacob was a Founding Director of FAT Architecture, where he was involved in internationally acclaimed projects including the BBC drama production village in Cardiff and the curation of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna, and the Biennale. A contributing editor to Icon and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen, he regularly participates in talks and events for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Southbank Centre, and Sir John Soane’s Museum. Jacob is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association.

Brian Cremins is a Programming Coordinator for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and an Associate Professor of English at Harper College. His essays on comics have appeared in Studies in American Humor, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in the collection Comics and the U. S. South. He is now working on his first book, a study of comics, nostalgia, and the work of C. C. Beck and Otto Binder, for the University Press of Mississippi.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. We are honored to host this year’s special guests Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cathy G Johnson, Sammy Harkham, Patrick Kyle, and Laura Park. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists—past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Nov 02

APPLY TO CAKE 2016!

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Click here to apply to the 2016 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2015
APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. CAKE’s standard table space is a half-table (3′ x 2.5′). A registration fee of $65 is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee.

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. We recognize personal aesthetic preference informs selections but should not drive jurors’ decisions. We hold ourselves to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.

For the first round of jurying, we reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.

The application period is open for 29 days, we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.

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