Jan
23

Announcing Programming and Workshops for CAKE 2015

We’ve got some exciting plans for CAKE 2015, including programming featuring out special guests and hands-on workshops that will let attendees join in the comics-making process. Here’s what we’ve got planned:

Programming

A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers – Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez discuss their work and careers in comics. Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will moderate.

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Comic Books and Speculative Fiction – A roundtable discussion of how comics fits into the New Wave of speculative fiction that began in the 1960s with writers like J.G. Ballard, Samuel Delaney, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Octavia Butler.

Comics in Cyberspace – A discussion of the relationship between webcomics and traditional print comics, looking at the different means of distribution now available, from Tumblr to ebooks.

The Real Truth – Three cartoonists will discuss creative nonfiction, creating comics that reflect the details of everyday life, and the ethics and challenges of writing about real people, from friends and family to historical figures.

 We’ll be announcing more exciting programming soon!

Workshops

BRAND NEW for CAKE 2015!

  • Live drawing with Jamie Hernandez, hosted by Tom Spurgeon!
  • Learn printing techniques from Anya Davidson!
  • Help us conduct an experiment to see if cartoonists in different parts of the country have different styles!
  • Join a drawing competition hosted by Johnny Misfit, with a chance to win a trophy made by Paul Nudd and post-CAKE exhibiting opportunities at ChiPRC!
  • Create jam comics with Trubble Club at CAKE! Bring your kids!
  • Learn to format your comics for the web and various devices!

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& MORE!

If you want to help us make all this happen, please vote for us to win a grant from the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQCG8XQ We’re excited about everything we’ve got planned, and we hope you are too!

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Programming and workshops are subject to change depending on guest and moderator availability.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Jan
19

Help CAKE Get Bigger and Better Just By Voting Online!

We have some exciting plans, including expanding  our programming to include workshops, and (drumroll please) streaming our programming  online with the help of Windy City Television! We’ll be announcing more information about our plans later this week (follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr to stay up to date!). Want a hint? How about a workshop on printing techniques with Anya Davidson and a live drawing demonstration from Jaime Hernandez? That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we’ve got planned!

In order to make all this happen, we’ve applied for a grant from the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation. The finalists for the grant are being decided by an online vote, so if you’d like to support CAKE, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQCG8XQ and vote for us. We appreciate the support!

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The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
21

CAKE 2015: Application closed

The exhibitor application for CAKE 2015 has officially closed. Thank you to everyone who applied, and we hope to see you next June!

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
16

CAKE 2015: Application Deadline Extended!

Due to the large response, we’ve extended the deadline to apply as an exhibitor to CAKE 2015 through Saturday, December 20! If you missed the December 15th deadline, this is your last chance! To apply, go to http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
15

CAKE 2015: Last Day to Apply, Plus Ivan Brunetti’s Poster Art!

Today is the final day to apply for CAKE 2015! The application closes at midnight tonight (Monday, December 15th), so if you want to exhibit at next year’s CAKE, be sure to get your submission in before it’s too late. The application form can be found at http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

We’re also pleased to share the final poster art for CAKE 2015, by the incomparable Ivan Brunetti:

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The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
14

CAKE 2015: Only One More Day Left to Apply!

The deadline to apply as an exhibitor for CAKE 2015 is tomorrow! The application will be closing on Monday, December 15th, so if you haven’t yet applied, now is the time to do so! Please go to http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application to fill out the application form. We hope to see you at CAKE!

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
13

CAKE 2015: 2 Days Left to Apply!

The deadline for the exhibitor application for CAKE 2015 is on Monday, December 15th, meaning there are only two days left to apply. If you’re still planning to apply, please do so at http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

If you’re still deciding whether you want to apply, Keith Herzik, an exhibitor at CAKE 2014, described his experience for us:

“Cake is a fun time!

“I feel like I heard ’Man, I didn’t know what to expect…this is great!’ Over and over.

“I like the mix of people that come out to support the scene. Here are a few examples:

  • The excited young, looking to stay hip to new art and artists and opportunities
  • The experienced old, looking to see what looks familiar to them from when they were hip
  • The parents bringing children to stimulate their minds
  • The fellow artists
  • Out-of-towners!

“I love matching faces and personalities of artists to their art, with everyone in the same room breathing the same air .

“Two great memories for me are:

  1. The meeting and trading of zines with a knowledgeable collector. He came around on all of the days with alternative and underground books from the nineteen seventies; the nineteen eighties; the nineteen  nineties .  I hope I can be as cool and encouraging  someday.
  2. Also the meeting my future employer is a highlight. Currenty she is probably around five years old…a really excited little girl who ran to my table (accompanied by her parents) and squealed with delight at my colorful cartoons (she liked the newest issue of my series !). I heard: ‘Now honey, remember we said we could only pick out one thing to buy today…’ ( I nodded and winked back at the father as they prepared to leave my table after looking just about everything over) ‘We are still looking around…’ Far out!   Thirty five minutes later the little darling came back and bought the book that made her squeal so much. Thank you!

” Yipes! I better get some new stuff to sell!”

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
12

CAKE 2015: 3 Days Left to Apply!

The CAKE 2015 exhibitor application closes on December 15th, which is only three days away. If you haven’t applied yet, be sure to do so at http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

If you need some motivation to apply, here’s Jo Dery, who exhibited at CAKE 2014 and participated on a panel about animation. She also provided the official art for CAKE 2013. Jo had the following to say about CAKE:

“The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo embodies many things I deeply believe in: community, DIY culture, experimentation, thinking, making, and most importantly — sharing! The pleasure of participating in CAKE is something I look forward to each year. It is a celebration!”

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The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
11

CAKE 2015: 4 Days Left to Apply!

The application for CAKE 2015 exhibitors will be closing on Monday, December 15th, meaning there are only four days left. If you still need to apply, please go to http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

If you’re still not sure whether you want to apply, here’s cartoonist Matt Davis describing the CAKE experience:

“10,000 cartoonists perform the Garfield & Friends theme song in imperfect unison on kazoo — It’s your 8th birthday; you’ve had way too much coffee and you’ve just found out that not only is George Herriman is alive, but he is your uncle and he is coming to help out with the pinata. Lynda Barry gives you a back massage while you hold forth on design and aesthetics to a captivated audience of 900 Chris Wares. There’s $999,999,997 in your bank account and you don’t need a cent of it because you just spent three bucks on a minicomic and it’s so great sososo great the only thing you’ll ever need for ever and ever forever again. CAKE Chicago.”

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Dec
10

CAKE 2015: 5 Days Left to Apply!

The deadline to apply as an exhibitor for CAKE 2015 is on December 15th, which is only five days away. If you haven’t yet done so, you can apply at http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

If you’re still pondering your decision whether to apply, here’s a note from Caitlin McGurk, of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, about her experience at CAKE 2014. Caitlin interviewed Tony Millionaire for one of the panels, and she had the following to say to Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter about the weekend:

“I like CAKE! No in fact, I love CAKE. Few other American comics shows come to mind (other than Short Run, perhaps) where I have felt energized the entire time by the homegrown, we-can-do-this-if-we-try attitude that their entire organization is fueled by.  Young fans and cartoonists that are clearly dedicating themselves to this year after year just out of the love of it, and have rather impressively pulled off a professional and well-oiled-machine within only 3 years of operating. Their website is tight and cohesive. Their programming is original, satisfying without being overly-ambitious or packed in, and doesn’t just cater to big names but exposing lesser-known folks.

“And speaking of panels, they are the only indie comics show that I am aware of (and please correct me if I’m wrong) who actually PAY their moderators. As someone who is frequently asked to moderate or interview folks for part of a conventions programming, I know just how much time, energy, and cash (from purchasing the artists’ books) goes into researching and preparing for that kind of event, and it’s an enormous help to be passed $100 or so as a sign of thanks and appreciation. Especially for those of us who moderate but otherwise have no place at a convention beyond being a fan and picking up work.

“Unfortunately, I can’t speak to how the sales were, as I haven’t tabled at CAKE, but late-Saturday and throughout Sunday seemed fairly busy, and morale remained high. Both the programming venue and the exhibitor areas are beautiful, well-lit, comfortable and well located in a friendly neighborhood with plenty of good food. The after parties are always a blast, and it’s nice to go to a convention where basically everyone at the show actually does go to the official after-party, rather than dispersing throughout small parties in the city. In short, keep doin’ it right guys. And thanks for another great festival.”

McGurk and Millionaire

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

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