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

Special Guest Announcement: Michael DeForge!

December 13, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We’re excited to announce Michael DeForge will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013! Michael DeForge lives in Toronto and works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His series Lose is published annually by Koyama Press. His web strip Ant Comic is serialized weekly and will be collected … Read More


November 12, 2012By NeilCAKE

CAKE 2013 Individual Exhibitor Application CAKE 2013 Small Press/Collective/Distro Application CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXPO 2013 EXHIBITOR APPLICATION NOW OPEN All Interested Independent and Alternative Comic Artists and Publishers Encouraged to Apply As of November 12, 2012, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) exhibitor application is available at All interested independent and alternative comic artists … Read More

CAKE receives Propeller Fund Grant!

November 12, 2012By NeilCAKE

We’re really excited to announce we have received a grant from the Propeller Fund! The $6,000 grant was presented to the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at the MDW Fair on Friday, November 9. CAKE was one of fifteen self-organized groups to receive a grant during this cycle. This grant is a great development, as it … Read More

Lale Westvind’s paintings

October 8, 2012By GraceCAKE, Exhibitors

While mindlessly surfing the Internet, I am always pleased to come across familiar names and faces. My dreary Monday took a pleasant turn when I found myself looking at paintings by Lale Westvind, who debuted Hot Dog Beach #2 at CAKE this past June (and won Promising New Talent at SPX 2012 — congrats!). There … Read More

‘Mazing Minis with Zettwoch!

October 2, 2012By JeffCAKE

2012 Cake Exhibitor Dan Zettwoch has been putting out some incredible work for a long time. I just picked up a couple of his new minis at SPX; Red bird #2, and Te-Tales #1. Each new Zettwoch comic is always packed to the gills in cool fold outs and labeled cross sections that will make … Read More

Thanks for a Great Weekend!

June 25, 2012By NeilCAKE

Whew! Here we are, with CAKE a week behind us. We want to thank exhibitors, publishers and visitors for joining us at CAKE this year. We learned a lot this first time ‘round, and we also had a good time. It was great to meet new people and to see old friends, and exhilarating on … Read More

CAKE Debuts This Weekend!

June 16, 2012By NeilCAKE

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is taking place 11am – 6pm June 16 & 17, 2012! CAKE (as it’s known around town) is on the 8th floor of 1104 S Wabash (Columbia College Chicago’s Ludington Building)! CAKE is FREE and features over 200 talented comics creators and small-press publishers from all over North America, from … Read More