Trubble Club Draws Your True Inner Self for Free Comic Book Day 5/3


Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club!

This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pick up (while supplies last).

Trubble Club started as a group of Chicago-based cartoonist making jam comics. While we still do that, and love doing that, we’ve been branching out. The Infinite Corpse is a never-ending webcomic spearheaded by Trubble Club, that includes panels by both totally unknown artists, and institutions, like Art Speigelman and Kim Deitch. We have also recently done commissioned installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, The DePaul Art Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

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. This year’s CAKE is May 31 & June 1st at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and is free and open to the public.

Contact us for more information

Sat, May 3, 7pm – Free Event


Reader’s Comics Issue

Check out the Reader’s Comics Issue! It features a bunch of folks who’ll be exhibiting at CAKE. Out in print today!!



CAKE Application Deadline Extended Through Dec 20!

Oh my goodness gracious me! It’s December 16th, and you missed the deadline to apply for CAKE 2014?!

Have no fear! We are extending the deadline through Friday, December 20th.

At 11:59pm CST on December 20th, we are shutting down access to the application, and will not accept any requests for an extension.

So if you missed the December 15th deadline, get cracking on getting your application in. The 20th will be here before you know it! Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter when your application comes in, it’ll get a fair shake with all the others, as long as it arrives before the end of December 20th.

As always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to email exhibitors@cakechicago.com and have fun filling out the form!

You can find the application here.



A Guide to Our 2014 Exhibitor Application

Please review this guide for the CAKE 2014 application. A lot of this information is on the application, but we’re OK with repeating ourselves, if it means you’re better informed.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact exhibitors@cakechicago.com.

PLEASE NOTE: This application is open until December 15th! CAKE is a curated show, not first-come, first-served. There is no benefit to applying early. All applications received between October 15 & December 15 will be treated the same and reviewed by the CAKE 2014 jury.

Contact Information
City, State & Zipcode
Email Address

This information will only be used for CAKE’s internal use, and will not be shared with anyone. (We do disclose your City & State to our jury).

Are You Applying as an Individual or Group?
108 tables may seem like a lot of space, but it’s not. In order to give as many people a chance to exhibit at CAKE, we have set a half table (3′ wide by 2.5′ deep) as the standard size for exhibitors. Most applicants should apply as “Individuals.”

The “Group” application is designed for small press publishers, distros, or collectives, when a large group of people are represented by a single entity.

If you are a group of friends who always table together, you should each apply as individuals, and request to be placed next to each other. We try our hardest to accommodate those requests. Feel free to ask us if you’re not sure how you should apply. Table prices are $65/half table space.

Exhibitor Information
This is information that will help our jury get to know who you are, and what to expect if you were to exhibit at CAKE. You should include any information you feel is relevant to your application. If you are applying as a group, be sure to explain why you feel you need additional space, and the people you’re representing and/or will have behind the table with you.

Promotional Information
Short Bio
Social Media Information

This is information that will be used on our website and in our program if you are invited to exhibit. You can list information for up to 2 individuals. Any social media information will be used to connect with you, and to promote you as an exhibitor.

Tabling Preferences & Requests
You may list up to two individuals you’d like to sit next to, as well as any important information we need to know in order to make your exhibiting experience a positive one.

Submitting Work
We strongly encourage you to submit links to specific work that our jurors will review to best understand the type of comics you make. If you link to a general website, or to your Tumblr, our jurors may not make the effort to follow links, or scroll past all of your Golden Girls gifs. Please use URLS of specific web pages. If you cannot link to specific work, you may upload up to five PDFs or JPGs of your comics. If you cannot link to pages or upload files, you may mail us hard copies to:

c/o Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Additional Notes
If you still have something to say to us, speak now! This is the space to include it.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo Terms & Conditions
The Application Process
Filling out this application does not guarantee you a table space at CAKE. All applications will be reviewed by the CAKE advisory committee, which is an open body consisting of members of the Chicago alternative comics community. All applications submitted on or before December 15, 2013 will be reviewed within the month of January and applicants will be informed via email by January 20, 2013 as to whether they will be offered table space at the expo, or if they are on the waiting list. While reviewing applications, CAKE and its advisory committee strive to put together a show that includes a wide variety of talent and experience behind our tables – we are looking more for an indication of a passion for alternative comics rather than an established reputation. In our exhibitors, we also hope to present a strong representation from the greater Chicago area and are eager to host and promote first-time exhibitors. Exhibitors should have for sale at least one title that they feel strongly represents their talent and personal voice as a comics creator. CAKE reserves the right to request more information about your table merchandise. No table space is reserved until you receive confirmation from CAKE.

The Jury Process
All applications submitted on time will be reviewed by at least 4 jurors, who will rate the work of the applicant from 5 to 1. The jurors’ primary concern is selecting exhibitors that reflect rich and varied styles of alternative comics. Each applicants’ ratings will be averaged together, and all applicants will be ranked based on their averaged score. CAKE organizers will then have an opportunity to advocate for applicants who may have received a lower ranking due to inexperience, or a unique style. Your score is only seen by CAKE organizers. We will not share your score or your placement on the waitlist.

Exhibitor Information
An exhibitor fee of $65 for each half table (3’ x 2’5′) granted is due within three weeks of being invited to exhibit at CAKE. If you are invited to exhibit, you will receive instructions on payment.PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY PAYMENT WITH THIS APPLICATION!

CAKE loves crafts and baked goods, but we ask exhibitors focus their tables towards comics. No animals, except service animals, are allowed at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.

Refund Policy
In the event of table cancellation, CAKE will refund table fees as long as we can fill the table space from our waiting list. Refunds will be issued within 30 days. NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLED TABLES WILL BE GRANTED AFTER MAY 1, 2014.

Exhibitor’s contact information will be kept private. CAKE will not sell, trade, rent or give away submitted contact information to a third party.

Safer Spaces Policy
CAKE does not discriminate against any person with respect to race, color, sex, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, or source of income. CAKE is a safe space: actions or merchandise that is considered hateful or that makes any attendee, staff member or exhibitor feel unsafe will not be tolerated. Offended parties are encouraged to approach CAKE organizers to mediate and resolve the situation. CAKE reserves the right to remove any party from our events. Exhibitor agrees to not hold CAKE, its staff, or Center on Halsted responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged merchandise.


CAKE 2014 Exhibitor Application to Open Oct. 15

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The 2014 exhibitor application will open Tuesday, October 15 and close on December 15, 2013. Potential exhibitors need not rush to submit applications, as CAKE is a curated show. The application period lasts 8 weeks and we encourage you to take your time to 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.

CAKE takes place May 31 and June 1, 2014 at the Center on Halsted.

Follow CAKE on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for updates!


CAKE DEBUT: Incidents in the Night by David B. from Uncivilized Books


In Incidents in the Night David B. (Epileptic, The Armed Garden) sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris’ legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious 19th Century journal:Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth, fact and fiction in search of the elusive thread that links them all. Along the way he stumbles on fanatical Bonapartists, occult conspiracies and the angel of death. Incidents in the Night is an intricate, ever-expanding web of dream and reality exquisitely translated by novelist Brian Evenson (Immobility, The Wavering Knife, Fugue State)


Uncivilized Books

Uncivilized Books

Uncivilized Books is small press run by cartoonist Tom Kaczynski dedicated to publishing great comics, mini-comics & graphic novels.

Visit Uncivilized Books’ website, and pick up Incidents in the Night at Table 11 June 15 & 16th!


CAKE DEBUT: Godhead #1 by Caitlin Skaalrud


The first part of a Midwesterner’s fable, in which three misfit friends discover a severed head that grants wishes in a cornfield outside of small town Wrenshall, Minnesota.



Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud self-publishes comics from a garage and studio in South Minneapolis under the moniker Talk Weird Press. In 2012, “Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story” was awarded a Xeric Grant for self-publishing. Her first word was “Batman.”

Visit Caitlin’s website, and pick up Godhead #1 at Table 107 June 15 & 16th!


CAKE DEBUT: Sea Change a Choose-Your-Own-Way Story by Caitlin Skaalrud


‘Bosco is dead. The sea is emptying, and you are hungry and tired.
Every morning that breaks on the Inland Sea is another spent
wondering: Go to work, or rot in bed? Follow the shore, or ride into
the storm? Tell a lie, or tell the truth? Kill the mermaid, or let her

Recipient of a 2012 Xeric Grant. Printed by hand by the author on an AB Dick
360 printing press named Maisie.




Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud self-publishes comics from a garage and studio in South Minneapolis under the moniker Talk Weird Press. In 2012, “Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story” was awarded a Xeric Grant for self-publishing. Her first word was “Batman.”

Visit Caitlin’s website, and pick up Sea Change at Table 107 June 15 & 16th!


CAKE DEBUT: Emotional Distance No’s 1 & 2 by Zach Mason


My name is Zach Mason. I’m from Rockville, Maryland (just outside DC)
and I will have two new comics at CAKE.

The first debut is a second edition of Emotional Distance 1. This
comic was available at SPX 2012 as a black and white, digitally
printed booklet and quickly sold out. The new version of this
single-panel joke collection is a very pretty risograph-printed
booklet with blue ink on pink paper.

The second debut is Emotional Distance 2. This comic is brand new for
CAKE and is a full-color digital print which collects more
single-panel joke comics as well as abstract, stand-alone work.

I’ll be at table 10. Please come say hi.

For more information: emotionaldistance.com




Zach Mason

Zach Mason

Creator of Emotional Distance. His comics have also appeared in Comics Workbook.

Visit Zach’s website, and pick up Emotional Distance at Table 10 June 15 & 16th!


CAKE DEBUT: Sequential Vacation 2 by Sar Shahar


Sequential Vacation 2 follows the yearning romantic beach fantasy of a man spending his weekend alone. The second issue of Sar Sharhar’s lauded series finds the artist using graphically intricate textures to further his storytelling.



Secret Acres

Secret Acres

Sar Shahar graduated in 2006 from CalArts with a BFA in Fine Arts. His previous comic, Sequential Vacation 1, was selected as one of the thirty best mini-comics of the year by the Comics Journal. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches drawing and cartooning classes to middle and high school students.

Secret Acres was launched in 2007 to champion the finest unpublished comics creators, and to distribute quality mini-comics. We continue to do everything we can to get our comics into the hands of reader who will love them as much as we do. Secret Acres’ publications include the Ignatz Award-winning Gaylord Phoenix, Monsters, Troop 142 and I Will Bite You!

Visit Secret Acres’ website, and pick up Sequential Vacation 2 at Table 56 June 15 & 16th!

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