CAKE DEBUT: Snack Pak #1 by Rob Kirby

May 27, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

Snack Pak #1 is a new collection of autobiographical vignettes and diary comics from the creator of Curbside, Boy Trouble, and the Ignatz nominated THREE. “Kirby’s the kind of artist who can do just about any type of storytelling, and minis like this are clearly a way for him to stay nimble and loose while … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Chris Ware

May 2, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We are thrilled to announce Chris Ware will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! As part of our programming, Roctober’s Jake Austen will host Chris Ware in conversation to talk about Ware’s career and his connection to Chicago and its living comics history. Chris Ware is … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Deb Sokolow

April 25, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We are so excited to announce Deb Sokolow will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! Deb Sokolow’s art combines a penchant for drawing diagrams with an outsider’s cautiously curious view of the world around her. Overheard conversations, observed facts, suspicions and guesswork accumulate in a fractured … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Collective Stench!

April 22, 2013By NeilCAKE

We are wicked excited to announce Collective Stench will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! The Collective Stench is a group of friends who met at school in Providence, RI, and shared the love for bone-crushing comics. They now frequently table together at comics festivals, show … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Kim Deitch!

March 4, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We couldn’t be more excited to announce Kim Deitch will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! Kim Deitch has a reserved place at the first table of underground cartoonists. The son of UPA and Terrytoons animator Gene Deitch, Kim was born in 1944 and grew up … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Phoebe Gloeckner!

February 22, 2013By NeilSpecial Guests

We are very excited to announce Phoebe Gloeckner will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! Phoebe Gloeckner is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up … Read More

The CAKE 2013 Application is CLOSED!

January 8, 2013By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors

We have officially closed our application for 2013. Thanks so much to the nearly 350 individual comics makers, small press publishers, collectives and distros who applied this year! Now comes the difficult part, the jurying process. Our jury will be composed of members of the Chicago alternative comics community who are volunteering their time to … Read More

Application Deadline Extended to January 7th

January 3, 2013By NeilCAKE

CAKE Applications Extended Through January 7th! We’ve received nearly 300 applications from all over the US, as well as Canada, and the United Kingdom! If you missed the January 1st deadline to apply for CAKE, don’t fret! We want to give you the opportunity to get your application in for the 2013 Chicago Alternative Comics … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Oily Comics!

December 27, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We are super psyched to announce Oily Comics will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! OILY COMICS is a micro publisher of mini comics and zines. Charles Forsman (B:Mechanicsburg, PA, 1982) graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. That same year he won 2 … Read More

Special Guest Announcement: Jason Shiga!

December 20, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We are thrilled to announce Jason Shiga will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! Jason Shiga graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in pure mathematics and his comics often incorporate puzzles, mazes and unconventional narrative techniques. He is the creator of … Read More