Apr 20

CAKE Invites You To Our Drink & Draw on May 18th

Our next fundraiser event for CAKE 2016 is a Drink and Draw that will take place on May 18th from 7:00 PM to Midnight at The Owl, located at 2521 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Admission to the event is $5.00, which includes entry to a raffle for some special prizes, and for every drink sold, The Owl will donate $1.00 to CAKE.

The artists who will be participating in the event include:

  • Mike Freiheit
  • Krystal DiFronzo
  • David Alvarado
  • Gina Wynbrandt
  • Tyrell Cannon
  • More to be announced!

Drink and Draw

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Apr 19

Announcing the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Residency!

Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil

CAKE and Transit are excited to announce the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Inbound Residency! Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil are illustrators/comics artists currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They will collaborate on a Risograph-printed comic that they will begin under Sarah’s Risograph imprint, Room Press, and complete it during their Chicago residency. The end result will be available at this year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE).

During their two-week residency, Chris and Sarah will utilize CHIPRC’s space as their studio, as well as use CHIPRC’s Risograph machine. In addition to working on their project, they will also meet with local Risograph printers in Chicago, teach a workshop at CHIPRC, and present and exhibit at CAKE. We look forward to welcoming them to Chicago at the end of May!

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. The fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Mar 28

Announcing the CAKE 2016 Exhibitor List!

CAKE is pleased to announce our exhibitor list for the fifth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. You can see the full list, which includes special guests, comics companies and distributors, and all of the artists who will be exhibiting, here: http://www.cakechicago.com/2016-expo/guest-exhibitor-list/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Mar 14

CAKE Events: Fourth Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will be holding its 4th annual art auction fundraiser at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 8th, at the The Hideout Inn, located at 1354 W Wabansia Ave. The event will be hosted by intermedia artist Lyra Hill. The event will feature live and silent auctions of over 20 pieces of art by past special guests and exhibitors of CAKE, including Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Eleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw. The event will also feature live comics readings by local artists Samuel Nigrosh, Molly Colleen O’Connell, and Isabella Rotman.
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Lyra Hill is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living in Chicago. Between 2011-2014, she founded and organized the legendary performative-comix reading series Brain Frame. She exhibits her films, performances, and comics internationally and across the US. She is currently hosting and producing a weekly radio interview show called Magic Chats. This is Lyra’s fourth year as a live auctioneer for CAKE.

Samuel Nigrosh is a local Chicago glumper and sole proprietor of Sun Eater Studios. He’s also the Editor & Publisher of Trash City & all around peach of a guy. Very approachable.- http://suneaterstudio.com/

Molly O’Connell is a recent Baltimore Transplant, who has released work in Closed Caption Comics, and her book “Difficult Loves” was published by Domino Books.- http://www.mollycolleenoconnell.com/

Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. – http://www.isabellarotman.com/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

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!

Leslie Stein

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.

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