The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.
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 all the incredible comic books.
We’ve been reading exhibitor, publisher, and visitor reviews of the weekend as they pop up on websites and blogs, and we want to thank them for their kind words and their honesty. As we begin working on CAKE 2013, we will take your comments and suggestions into consideration. We hope that you continue to give us feedback on this year’s event. Please feel free to email us with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Jill Summers and Mairead Case at Columbia College for their immeasurable help. Thank you to our sponsors who helped us make CAKE possible. Thank you to the exhibitors and publishers who took a chance on a first time show. And thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to buy books and check out our programs.
We will be updating the CAKE blog, Facebook page and Twitter, so be sure to follow us and help us promote CAKE for next year!
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 hometown heroes to exotic Canadians (wooooooo)!
If you are looking for personalized story-telling, experimental art, humor comics, self-reflection and self-expression, and everything else in between -par excellence- CAKE is the place to be! Their contents’ depth and breadth are impressive, as is the count of over 25 comics which will be available for the first time (debuts).
And if 80 tables chocked full of the greatest comics being made today is not enough for you (jeesh, really?), our Slate of programming presents 14 events that range from conversation to presentation to demonstration to documentation. Yes! Let’s talk about vulgarity! Yes! Let’s talk about autobiography! Yes! Let’s talk about the history of comics in Chicago! Let’s investigate the relationship of the cousin media, Comics & Animation!
After 16 years, Chicago has an alternative comics festival again! Thanks to everyone who has made CAKE possible, we’re looking forward to a great weekend.
Chicago native Jay Fuller is debuting the first ever, all original Boy in Pink Earmuffs mini comic at CAKE this weekend. When a neighborhood cat goes missing, 12 year old Danny calls in his boyfriend and fellow Super Sleuth J.J. to help solve the case. Whodunit? Find out in this 16 page, black and white tale of intrigue and goofy nonsense: “Miss Priss is Missing!”
Jay graduated from Boston University in 2008 where he drew the single panel comic “Depth Deception” for 3 years. His most recent work includes “Banapplenut,” an absurdist webcomic about three talking fruit marooned on a desert island, and “The Boy in Pink Earmuffs,” a loosely autobiographical webcomic about two boys who fall in love.
Visit Jay’s website, and pick up Miss Priss is Missing at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!
After three years the ‘hand-drawn psychedelic bible’ is back, leaving no stone unturned in the quest for mind-blowing illumination.
‘Galactic Zoo Dossier #9’ has over 100 pages on overlooked freak rock bands, heady comics and populist pop-psych.
Contributors include creator Plastic Crimewave, Byron Coley (The Wire), Eric Colin (Ugly Things / Shindig), Avi Spivak (Human Being Lawnmower) and Scott Wilkinson (Ugly Things, Endless Trip).
Contains Interviews with Arthur Brown, Black Widow, Poppy Family, Rodriguez and Mark Fry. Features on Egg & East Of Eden, Collectors & Folklords, Curtis Knight, John Berberian, Psyched Archie & Mad, Kirby, Texas psych scene, Kak, Moody Blues, White Witch.
Trading cards of damaged guitar gods and astral folk maidens, in full colour. The CD compilation contains unreleased and mind-frying sounds by Mainliner, Secter Syde, Ultima Thule, Mark Fry, Daze Of Night and The Light Company, amongst others.
Chicago-native Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow is known for being a “psychedelic guru” of sorts, and is the creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier, a hand-drawn magazine published by Drag City featured in Mojo, Spin, etc. He also runs the Galactic Zoo Disk reissue label imprint, draws/writes bi-weekly “info-strip” Secret History of Chicago Music for the Chicago Reader, has drawn numerous posters and album covers, books the MIllion Tongues festival, and conducts Celestial Guitarkestras (of up to 70 guitarists).
Since 2001, he’s headed up Plastic Crimewave Sound, a legendary space-punk ensemble Julian Cope described as “outtasite.” Crimewave also plays in the avant-prog trio Moonrises, ambient duo Solar Fox, and plays solo electric guitar ragas.
Pick up Galactic Zoo Dossier #9 at Table 6 June 16 & 17th!
New 16pg. Book by Conor Stechschulte.
Words stolen from H.P. Lovecraft/Crepuscular wanderers passing twice through the xerox machine.
Conor Stechschulte lives and works in Baltimore Maryland. He is a member of Closed Caption Comics, the editor of the anthology Sock, and the author of the comic The Amateurs. Conor also co-founded the Open Space Gallery and plays guitar in the band Witch Hat
Visit Conor’s website, and pick up Lurking/Nocturners at Table 12 June 16 & 17th!
Apostrophe to the Ocean is a much belated follow up to Rebecca’s earlier mini-comic I was born to be an explorer. It trails the explorer from her wanderings on the ice to the sea floor, as she encounters sea creatures of all kinds, and finds Amelia Earhart and her lost plane.
Offset color cover with b+w interior
7 x 8.5 inch booklet
Rebecca Mir is a Chicagoan by way of Maine and Alaska. When she was too little to walk, she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. These days she spends her days making ice floes and mountains, comic books about adventuring and earthly phenomenon, and mix tapes for the Ocean.
Visit Rebecca’s website, and pick up Apostrophe to the Ocean at Table 46 June 16 & 17th!
Futurdog is a science-fiction comic about a dog making his way from a weird, depressing wasteland into a weird, overwhelming metropolis. 24 pages, black and white.
Roxanne Palmer draws comics about leopard slug sex, murder, and other sorts of things under the not-really-pseudonym of Roxy Drew. By day, she’s a mild…ish-mannered science journalist, with works appearing in Slate, Nature Medicine, and the Science Creative Quarterly.
Stonewall (Book One) is the first of a ten-part comics series, which dramatizes the events of the 1969 “Stonewall Riots” in Manhattan (the spontaneous and violent uprisings that spearheaded the LGBT rights movement). This ongoing series will present the same historical events from three different perspectives, each one drawn in a classic comics style.
In Book One, we are introduced to the first of these perspectives. At the center of this story is “Miss Venus,” a beautiful young transsexual who has yet to see the dark underbelly that defined gay life in the late sixties. Although Venus is a fictional character, she embodies many of the real fears and dreams of the era. Her world, drawn in statuesque poses, expressive brush strokes, glamorous outfits, and fierce eyebrows, directly recalls the art of Tarpe Mills (1915-1988) – one of America’s first female cartoonists, whose work also dealt with themes of violence, gender, and the law.
28-page comic in glorious full-color!
Sasha is an American comics artist. He is currently a graduate student at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He holds a B.A. in Modern Literatures from Vassar College, and is particularly interested in developing queer literary comics that depart from standard autobiographical tropes.
Visit Sasha’s website, and pick up Stonewall: Book One at Table 8 June 16 & 17th!
Now firmly in the double digits with #11, the latest issue of Jumbly Junkery contains a suite of whimsical and sad musings on loss. Stories include an oyster shucker who hears songs in his seafood, to a man lost in the desert, determined to move forward. As the pages progress, Jumbly Junkery #11’s drawings evolve from realism, to abstraction, to nearing mathematical equations. Topped off with a heart pounding animal-driven motorcycle race, this issue is full of what L. Nichols’ fans have come to expect from a master of the minicomic!
L. left a life of engineering to live and work as an illustrator, artist and graphic designer in Brooklyn.
Visit L. Nichols’ website, and pick up Jumbly Junkery #11 at Table 49 June 16 & 17th!
Lark Pien and Rina Ayuyang have collaborated to present Yam Book’s first release of 2012. Lollygag, a revealing anthology edited by cartoonist and artist Lark Pien, collects the compulsive doodles from the sketchbooks of some of the most dynamic and inventive minds in art and comics. Contributors include Trevor Alixopulos, Rina Ayuyang, Nick Bertozzi, Lille Carré, Martin Cendreda, Capucine Delouis, Eleanor Davis, Vanessa Davis, Renee French, Shaenon Garrity, Tom Gauld, John Hankiewicz, Tom Hart, Dylan Horrocks, Tom Kaczynski, Dave Kiersh, Larry Marder, Maré Odomo, Lark Pien, Jesse Reklaw, Jim Rugg, Daria Tessler, Angie Wang, Malachi Ward, and Dan Zettwoch. Each page sheds new light on the murky minds of cartoonists, quirks and all!
Rina Ayuyang is a cartoonist based in Oakland, California. Her comics have been collected in the Ignatz-nominated book “Whirlwind Wonderland” co-published by Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press. She has contributed to various anthologies like Unicorn Mountain #3 and Stripburger, and plays the “nice” co-host on the comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. She also runs the publishing company, Yam Books. lark pien began making mini-comics in 1997. she is best known for her Long Tail Kitty series, oil paintings, and coloring of American Born Chinese(1). anthology contributions include Blood Orange, Flight, Hi-Horse Omnibus, and Orchid. Long Tail Kitty(2) and Mr. Elephanter(3) are her first hardcover children’s books. lark lives equidistant to jason shiga, dan clowes, and rina ayuyang, who all are also cartoonists. isn’t that nice.