May
21

CAKE DEBUT: SuperCakes by Kat Leyh

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What’s harder than fighting robot aliens and ice monsters? Being in a relationship! SuperCakes follows May and Molly as they learn to live together while still being on-call to battle the next baddie that’s ravaging their city. Kat Leyh’s SuperCakes touches on topics most “capes and tights” comics wouldn’t even fly near.

“Kat’s comics shine with wit, sincerity, and warmth — a welcome fresh take on the superhero genre.”"
– Noelle Stevenson (Eisner-nominated writer of Lumberjanes and creator of the webcomic Nimona)
Published by Yeti Press

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Yeti Press is a small publishing behemoth out of Seattle and Chicago. We’ve published the likes of Kat Leyh, Sam Sharpe, Kevin Budnik, and many more. Most importantly, we like to make comics and have fun.

Visit Yeti Press’ website, and pick up Super Cakes by Kate Leyh at Table 89 June 6 & 7th!

May
20

CAKE DEBUT: Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt

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When cats and anime characters are your only guides into adulthood and sexuality, you know you’re in for a funny trip. Big Pussy is new comic by Chicagoan cartoonist and funny-woman, Gina Wynbrandt!
Published by 2D Cloud

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2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Big Pussyby Gina Wynbrandt at Table 75 June 6 & 7th!

May
19

CAKE DEBUT: 3 Books by Blaise Larmee

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3 Books is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books: Nudes, a collection of drawings originally released in small editions over several volumes, Amateurs, a photo book produced for the Japanese gray market, and Ice Cream Kisses, the highly anticipated catalogue of paintings. Together the books form a constellation of love and lust, revealing the artist at his most vulnerable and his most arrogant. The results are exquisite. And the production quality is unprecedented. Featuring a cold-glued, thread-bound textblock, an innovative cover that draws back to reveal an exposed spine, and a rich assortment of gray and black inks, 3 Books is a stunning tribute to the book form itself.
Published by 2D Cloud

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2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up 3 Books by Blaise Larmee at Table 75 June 6 & 7th!

May
18

Cupcake Debut Minicomic: Operation Menu by Sara Drake!

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Have you been wondering what Sara Drake has been working on after winning the First Annual Cupcake Award? Well we have too, and we can’t wait to see her Cupcake debut comic Operation Menu. Here are some sneak peak pages! Find Sara and Operation Menu at Table 28A at CAKE 2015!

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Do you have a minicomic idea you’d like to pitch? The Second Annual Cupcake Award launches CAKE weekend! Stay tuned here for more details in the next few weeks.Breakfast06

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.

May
18

CAKE DEBUT: Qviet by Andy Burkholder

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Qviet focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two. Using the strip, one of the oldest formal modes in comics, as the misleadingly benign container for his explorations, Burkholder challenges the reader to reimagine not only what falls under the purview of this form, but the larger conceptions of sex as a set of abstract symbols that inform our daily lives. Qviet stands as an example of the ever expanding potential of comics in the 21st century.
Published by 2D Cloud

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Andy Burkholder is a Chicago cartoonist who has been very active over the past several years, creating mini comics and posting a steady stream of work online. Andy’s comics are abstract yet playful, often times dealing with very adult themes twisted through an extremely dry sense of humor. His work has been featured in anthologies such as Sonatina, Happiness, and Thickness. Oily has published his Ground trilogy. Andy has also produced several self-published mini-comics and recently wrapped up his long-running story Qviet which will be collected and published by 2D Cloud in 2015.
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2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.

Visit Andy and 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Qviet at Table 75 June 6 & 7th!

May
17

CAKE DEBUT: Mox Nox by Joan Cornellà

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Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà’s viciously funny Mox Nox comic strips have struck such a nerve on social media that his Facebook page has garnered over one million fan followers. A quick glance indicates why. Each single page strip is a wordless, full-color, hand-painted marvel of the comic strip form. That Cornellà’s visually inviting artwork is in the service of his graphic sense of humor/horror only heightens the appeal. Mox Nox is populated almost exclusively by smiling psychopaths who invariably turn even the most mundane situation into a side-splitting and cringe-inducing farce. Cornell`a’s humor mixes the absurdist comedy of Michael Kupperman with the transgressive, political incorrectness of Johnny Ryan. This is Cornell`a’s long-awaited first book to be published in the U.S.
Published by Fantagraphics Books

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Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Mox Nox by Joan Cornellà at Tables 7 & 8 June 6 & 7th!

May
16

CAKE DEBUT: Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason

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Salz & Pfeffer immerses us in Émilie Gleason’s taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic. Abduction, damnation, hell, brainwashing, fart jail, murderous machinations, magical kingdoms are all bandied about as Gleason lets loose across 76 pages of pencil-born sequential art. A gorgeously illustrated funny book bound to inspire laughter and concern, Salz & Pfeffer will earn a place in your farty heart.
Published by 2D Cloud

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2DCLOUD is a comics publisher and visual purveyor based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2007 as a loose collective of local artists focused on the advocacy of experiments in visual narrative, the label has since expanded its scope to publish challenging, expressive work by both new and established creatives across North America and beyond. We seek out and champion artists with a distinct vision, one that questions norms both within comics and culture at large.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason at Table 75 June 6 & 7th!

May
15

Debuting a Comic at CAKE?

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Exhibiting at CAKE and debuting a new comic? There’s still time to fill out our debut form: http://goo.gl/forms/ful6jTQNDl The deadline is MONDAY (May 18)!  Thanks to everyone who has submitted info about your debuts, we are starting to post about debuts now!

You can also tag any post about CAKE on twitter, tumblr, or instagram #CakeChicago2015 and we will do our best to re-post it for you!

May
14

CAKE DEBUT: Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver

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Noah Van Sciver’s latest graphic novella drops in on the life of the self-styled, aspiring young writer, Fante Bukowski, as he delusively makes his way to literary fame and fortune, one drink at a time. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for that golden idea that will rocket him to the success he yearns for as the great American novelist, and to get respect from his father once and for all. But, there’s just one problem: Fante Bukowski has no talent for writing.
Published by Fantagraphics Books

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FantagraphicsShield
Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver at Tables 7 & 8 June 6 & 7th!

May
13

CAKE DEBUT: Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes

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Not Funny Ha-Ha is a bold, slightly wry graphic novel illustrating the lives of two young women from different cultural, family, and financial backgrounds who go through two different abortions (medical and surgical). It does not address the events leading up to the pregnancy, or even the decision-making before choosing abortion as an option. It simply shows what happens when a woman goes through it, no questions asked. It follows them through the process of choosing a clinic, reaching out to friends, partners, and/or family…and eventually the procedure(s) itself.

Despite the fact that so many women and girls have abortions every day, in every city, all around us…t can be a lonely experience. Not Funny Ha-Ha is a little bit technical, a little bit moving, and often funny, in a format uniquely suited to communicate. The book is meant to be a non-judgmental, comforting, even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion. Although the subject matter is heavy, the illustrations are light. The author takes a step back from putting forth any personal opinion whatsoever, simply laying out the events and possible emotional repercussions that could, and often do, occur.
Published by Fantagraphics Books

FantagraphicsShield
Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes at Tables 7 & 8 June 6 & 7th!

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