Aug
15

Call for Organizers

We’ve already started talking about the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. With the departure of two of our original organizers this past year, we are looking for a few new organizers to join our ranks. If you are interested, please read the following post in its entirety.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Seeking New Organizers

Application Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014

Job Description:

CAKE organizers have a hand in creating every aspect of the show: who we invite as special guests, where we hold the show, jurying the final exhibitor list, jurying the Cupcake award, helping promote and raise money for the festival, and all manner of brainstorming more and better ways to serve the community. This is a particularly interesting time to be a part of the group, since we’re focusing as much on planning next year’s show as institutionalizing the organization itself. We are wrapping up paperwork to become a nonprofit organization, so new organizers would become members of our board and would help us formalize and shape our mission and organizational structure so that CAKE will live on in a manner we can all be proud of, beyond our individual terms as organizers.

Organizing for CAKE is a rewarding job. Coordinating a festival that serves both the Chicago alternative comics community and the larger, national community means that you will shape and develop conversations happening in the comics art world, and create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share work and ideas. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when the weekend finally arrives: it is overwhelming. In addition to the sense of creating something larger than yourself, the camaraderie and friendship built between the organizers while planning is invaluable; there are a lot of tense conversations during meetings but there are also a lot of laughs.

In an organizer, we look for someone with a strong work ethic, solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and a sense of connection to a larger community. New organizers tend to take on support roles in committees as they’re learning how the expo runs, but within discussions, we need people who will voice their opinions, think about issues from different angles, and bring in different perspectives.

Organizer Duties:

We meet (roughly) every other week throughout the year, sometimes more or less as needed, but once it gets to about 3 months out from the weekend of CAKE the organizers meet weekly. There are also 3 or 4 epic meetings in addition to the weekly meetings that happen throughout the year to address specific time-consuming tasks (final jurying, table layout, etc). There is work that can’t be done in meetings (email coordination, writing projects, various administrative duties) and the work of staffing and coordinating fundraising events through the year.

This is a year-round, unpaid part-time job. We are all flexible with one another and understand that everyone can’t make it to every meeting, but the commitment is there. Also, because the weekend of CAKE is an all-hands-on-deck work period (and because table spaces are always fewer than applicants), core organizers often don’t table at the event.

There is also an unspoken assumption that this is a more-than-one-year engagement. There isn’t a mandatory term expectation per se, but there are a lot of moving parts, so learning happens on the job–it’s easier to contribute after seeing the whole process through once.

How To Apply:

Send us an email explaining why you think you’d be a great organizer! Email cakexpo [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “New Organizer” with a paragraph or two telling us why you want to join the core organizing team, and what you think you would bring to CAKE. Not all applicants will be invited as organizers; we only plan to expand our organizing group by one or two members for 2015, but we welcome and appreciate other levels of involvement in the planning and execution of CAKE.

Jul
23

Comics Around Town: Corinne Mucha at Quimby’s Bookstore 7/25

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Corinne Mucha will be celebrating her new graphic novel, Get Over It! (Secret Acres), which details the true-life story of a messy breakup at Quimby’s Bookstore this Friday! Through a series of comic vignettes, the story follows the author as she deals with a serious relationship’s end, and eventually learns the tough lessons of letting go. “Get Over It!” is a hilarious tale about a subject every decent person can relate to: getting BURNED BY LOVE.

Corinne Mucha is a Chicago based cartoonist, illustrator, and teaching artist. Her comics work includes the Xeric funded My Alaskan Summer, the Ignatz award winning The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions (Retrofit Comics) and the YA graphic novel Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense. Her work has appeared in publications such as Chicago Magazine, Cicada, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Truthout.

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave
Chicagoo, IL 60622

Jun
17

Comics Around Town: 3rd Yetaversary Party

3rd Yetaversary at Challengers 6/20/14
3rd YETAVERSARY Party!
Challengers Comics & Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
7-11pm

Local comics micropress, Yeti Press is moving to Seattle, WA. Come celebrate three years of publishing comics & bon voyage!

Jun
09

Comics Around Town: 2 Dueling Comics Events! This Thursday!

TWO COMICS EVENTS BATTLE FOR YOUR ATTENTION THIS WEEK!

Thursday, June 12 7pm
Which comics event will you attend?!

Box Brown signs Andre The Giant at Challengers 6/12/14
Box Brown signs Andre The Giant Biography!
Challengers Comics & Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
Afterparty at Squared Circle (2418 N Ashland) to follow at 8pm

Meags Fitzgerald Photobooth Biography at Quimby's Bookstore 6/12/14
Meags Fitzgerald launches Photobooth, a Biography!
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave

Which event will you go to? The one at 1845 N. Western Ave, or the one at 1854 W. North Ave? The biography about a wrestler or the biography about the photobooth? HOW CAN YOU CHOOSE?!

Jun
02

Comics Around Town: 2 Cookie Minimum tonight! 9pm

Just because CAKE is over, it doesn’t mean the comics fun in Chicago has to stop!
2 Cookie Minimum at the Hungry Brain 6/2/14
TONIGHT!

2 Cookie Minimum
Tuesday, June 3rd 9pm

Hungry Brain 2319 W Belmont
This month readers are
Allyson Frazier
Christine Petrowich
Mason Johnson
Huey Amaru
with comics readings by
John Porcellino
Alex Nall

2 Cookie Minimum is a monthly reading series run by Johnny Misfit (of the Chicago Zine Fest & the ChiPRC). Every year 2 Cookie Minimum has helped promote CAKE and featured an all-comics reading event each May in the lead up to our festival. 2 Cookie Minimum readings are always a great time, come buy a drink, enjoy some readings, and yes, eat some cookies.

Jun
01

THANK YOU!

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The 2014 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo has closed, and we want to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend!

Please take a moment to fill out our attendee survey.

The organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance in making CAKE 2014 a successful event:
David Alvarado, Jake Austen, Gregory Baldino, Nate Beaty, Sarah Becan , Monte Beauchamp, Matt Brady, Tony Breed, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Ryan Burns, Jessica Campbell, Tyrell Cannon, Jenna Caravello, Lilli Carré, RJ Casey, Danielle Chennette, Chicago Zine Fest, Caleb Condit, Sarah Marie Coogan, CoProsperity Sphere, Zain Curtis, MK Czerwiec, Alex Dahm, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Anya Davidson, Matt Davis, Jo Dery, Krystal DiFronzo, Sara Drake, Jon Drawdoer, Nick Drnaso, El Is A Sound Of Joy, Edie Fake, Rachel Foss, Glitter Gutz, Terry Grant, Beth Hetland, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Paul Hornschemeier, Hungry Brain, Hunter Husar, Robin Hustle, Joey Jacks, Josh Johannpeter, Mason Johnson, Joanne Kim, Eric Kirsammer, Lucy Knisley, Bret Koontz, Chad Kouri, Steve Krakow, Angee Lennard, Carter Lodwick, Loyola Business Law Clinic, Brett Manning, Edmar, Ben Marcus, Liz Mason, Marieke McClendon, Nancy McClelland, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Caitlin McGurk, Ben McLeod, Duncan McKenzie, Meeting Tomorrow, Lane Milburn, Jaclyn Miller, Rebecca Mir, Johnny Misfit, Annie Mok, Corinne Mucha, Rachel Niffenegger-Tinder, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Peanut Gallery, Leslie Perrine, Caroline Picard, JP Pollard, John Porcellino, George Porteus, Propeller Fund, Pup House, Aaron Renier, Grant Reynolds, Jen Rickert, Eric Rivera, Brad Rohloff, Keiler Roberts, Scott Roberts, Joshua Roma, Isabella Rotman, Marian Runk, Chad Sell, Sam Sharpe, Situations, Harrison Smith-Mooney, Scott Speh, Otto Splotch, Spudnik Press Co-Op, Matt Streets, Jill Summers, Laura Szumowski, Joe Tallarico, Jeremy Tinder, Trubble Club, Jim Trainor, Spike Trotman, Michael Vega, Chris Ware, Sarah Wawrzaszek, Lillie West, Leslie Weibeler, Sua Yoo, and of course to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, special guests and attendees thanks for being a part of CAKE!

We hope to see all of you at the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

May
31

CAKE DEBUT: Everyone Is Someone’s Fetish by Tony Breed

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

The story of a gay married couple and their friends. Stories of romance, sex, marriage, music, kids, life, and why it’s not a good idea to shave your whole body. Volume 4 from the popular web comic.

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

Tony Breed

Tony Breed


Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com). The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), where he’s a DJ and is on the board of directors. Tony lives in Chicago with his husband, and makes good pie.

Visit Tony’s website, and pick up Everyone is Someone’s Fetish at Table 83A May 31st & June 1st!

May
30

CAKE DEBUT: The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

An 8” x 10.5” 3-color Risograph psychedelic comic picture book, based on my performance at Brain Frame 14. “The Star-Spangled Angel” tells the tale of two childhood friends, mutation mishaps, personal evolution, and complicated male relationships.

The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

The Star-Spangled Angel Part One by Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts


Scott Roberts makes experimental comics. His animations, sculptures, and video installations have been shown in galleries and museums. He lives in Evanston with his wife, daughter, and dog and is the chair of the Animation program at DePaul University in Chicago.

Visit Scott’s website, and pick up Star-Spangled Angel at Table 37A May 31st & June 1st!

May
30

CAKE DEBUT: Blimpakind by Talya Modlin

Talya Modlin Drinking Buddies Cover

Blimpakind: Drinking Buddies
The first story of he Blimpakind series. Udell and Chief are close room-mates who visit their semi-friend, Pepin, after his sordid travels. They both find themselves in a thick web of conning, lust and a bad allergy flare up.

Blimpakind: The Isles of Amos
**This is the secret debut of the current story of Blimpakind. (Learn the ending before the internet does!)
Amos is a solitary adventurer, but he’s not sure why he ended up on such a desolate planet. He finds he is not really alone, and no one is really on his side while everything goes completely wrong. Can he figure out his purpose while also managing a great escape?

Talya Modlin Isles Cover

Talya Modlin

Talya Modlin


A chicago-based independent comic artist, illustrator, and doodle-cook. It’s like a fry-cook but for doodling.

Visit Talya’s website, and pick up the Blimpakind comics at Table 92A May 31st & June 1st!

May
30

CAKE DEBUT: Powdered Milk vol.13 by Keiler Roberts

Powdered Milk vol 13 by Keiler Roberts

16 pages of life with a three year old – arguments, apologies, education, macaroni and cheese, and first memories. Autobio, b&w.

Powdered Milk vol 13 by Keiler Roberts

Powdered Milk vol 13 by Keiler Roberts

Powdered Milk vol 13 by Keiler Roberts

Powdered Milk vol 13 by Keiler Roberts

Keiler Roberts

Keiler Roberts


Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk can be seen at www.keilerroberts.com. She has been a contributor to Mutha Magazine and her minicomic “The Man Who Could Not Read” was nominated for an Ignatz in 2013.

Visit Keiler’s website, and pick up Powdered Milk vol 13 at Table 37B May 31st & June 1st!

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