CAKE is run by a small, dedicated crew of volunteer organizers and coordinators. Here are our organizers and volunteers present and past.


Matt Brady is a lifelong comics fan and occasional comics critic. For more than ten years, he has maintained the blog Warren Peace Sings the Blues, where he writes about comics, movies, TV, and whatever else meets his fancy. He lives and works in the Chicago suburbs, where he tries to share his comics obsession with his three children.

Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist, illustrator and teacher living in Albany Park with his wife and two wolves. Check out his work at and

Chris Lopez grew up in swampy south Florida, raised by Cuban food, alligator sightings, and mosquito bites. Now he's a long-term Rogers Parker living with his husband and their cat, where he's made various comics and contributed to a few comics anthologies. Currently, Chris is working on a graphic novel that will most definitely get finished one day.

Jon Mastantuono is a queer cartoonist living in Chicago. Jon has written and drawn many comics, including 2017's 'the guest house', and contributed to anthologies about bears, school mascots, queer horror, astrology, and professional wrestling.

Jackie Roche is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator specializing in nonfiction comics about history and current events. She illustrated Samya Kullab’s Escape from Syria (Firefly Books, 2017), colored by Mike Freiheit, which won the School Library’ Association’s 2018 Information Book Children’s Choice Award. Her work has also been published by The Nib, Columbia Magazine, Harvard Library, and various anthologies.

Ed Witt was born in the wilds of Northern Michigan and quickly escaped to Northern Chicago. He makes comics, illustrations, and t-shirts and also runs a comic artists collective called Northside Comic Artists. Check out his work at or come draw with him at


Development Tony Recktenwald
Exhibitor Services Gabi Cracraft
Enrique Guerra
Logistics Anne Marie Sticksel
Programming Ben Bertin
Jessica Campbell
Tyrell Cannon
Amber Huff
Alex Nall
Social Media Sage Coffey

Organizers + Coordinators of CAKEs Past

We would also like to mention an extremely deep well of gratitude for all of the previous CAKE organizers and coordinators. Many thanks to those who started this organization and those who kept it running throughout the years:

Organizers Alli Alleman • Ben Bertin • Neil Brideau • Jessica Campbell • Edie Fake • Marnie Galloway • Max Morris • Amy Pelz • Grace Tran • Jeff Zwirek
Coordinators Brian Cremins • Corinne Halbert • Cathy Hannah • Amara Leipzig • Isabella Rotman • Sheika Lugtu