CAKE DEBUT: Finn and Charlie are Hitched vol 3, How Would I Know If You Are Dreaming? by Tony Breed

May 30, 2012By NeilDebuts

Volume 3 of Finn and Charlie Are Hitched, How Would I Know If You’re Dreaming?, will debut at CAKE. The book with contains comics run online in 2010 and 2011, and includes such story lines as Charlie’s Indie Rock Beard, Finn’s Dream, Candy’s Long-Lost Daughter, and When Finn Met Charlie.

Finn and Charlie Are Hitched is a slice-of-life comic about a gay couple and their friends. It was nominated for an Ignatz award in 2011 in two categories: Outstanding Online Comic and Promising New Talent.

“Humor isn’t hard to find in comics, and keen observations of life and relationships are common enough in art, but rarely are these two qualities combined as enjoyably as they are in Hitched.”
– Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Darth Vader and Son

“Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched. The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio, where he’s a DJ and is on the board of directors. Tony lives in Chicago with his husband, and makes good pie

Visit Tony’s website, and pick up Finn and Charlie are Hitched vol 3 at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Suck It Up! by Krystal DiFronzo

May 29, 2012By NeilDebuts

Full of internet dating, secret bathroom lunch breaks, PBS nature documentaries, and loads of vomiting guts, Suck It Up! is quick, sweet, and nasty. Krystal DiFronzo is a scholar in the upcoming session of Adventure School for Ladies, past performer at Brain Frame, and once co-editor of Xerox Candy Bar. She will be at Table 37 with Sara Drake will have past issues of Xerox Candy Bar along with comics and offset prints.


Krystal DiFronzo is a dreamy cartoonist and weaver baby from the midwest. Previously the co-editor of Xerox Candy Bar, her comics include EchoLocation and Suck It Up! She wants to be your valentine.

Visit Krystal’s website, and pick up Suck It Up! at Table 37 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: July Diary by Gabrielle Bell

May 28, 2012By NeilDebuts

July is the seventh month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It’s a warm month. On average, it’s the warmest month in the Northern hamisphere. It’s also the month Gabrielle Bell decided to do a comic every day. 31 days, 31 comics. Why did she do this? You’ll have to read the comic to find out. The book comes with several pages of Gabrielle’s process comics.
2-color, offset cover.
40 pages

5.25 x 7.5 inch pamphlet
perfect binding


Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Houghton-Mifflin Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Vice magazines. “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” the title story of her most recent book, was adapted for the screen by Bell and director Michel Gondry in the film anthology Tokyo! She lives in Brooklyn.

Visit Gabrielle and Uncivilized Books’ websites, and pick up July Diary at Table 27 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored by Bernie McGovern

May 27, 2012By NeilDebuts

For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored is a collection of recent watercolors and drawings by Bernie McGovern. Inspired by the hospitalized students he teaches, these works take the form of impossible biology, dreamed video games, flaming figures, and space-faring kittens. Expect minimal resistance, boarding crews.


Bernie McGovern is a comics artist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the self-published comic DemonDust, and his massive labor of love comic “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” has been in the works for years. Illustrations appear in Lumpen Magazine and the Ragbag Writers Alliance. Puppet designs have appeared in shows by the House Theatre, the Hypocrites, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Neo-Futurists, and Dog & Pony. He is an Artist in Residence with Snow City Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, teaching art to children hospitalized in Rush University’s Pediatrics.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up For the Hospitalized & the Adorably Bored at Table 4 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: An Army Of Lovers Will Be Beaten, Volume 2 by Bernie McGovern

May 27, 2012By NeilDebuts

An Army of Lovers Will Be Beaten, Volume 2 is a collection of the most recent chapters of the Army of Lovers saga. Six years running, this story follows the surreal happenings in a war between a blue-skinned people and constellations in the night sky. Join Lieutenant Buckeley and his peeping-tom Llama on a voyage through rat-wrestling, psychosis, temporal plumbing, and digestive mythology.

Self published, perfect bound, 168 pages, B&W with some full color pages.



Bernie McGovern is a comics artist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the self-published comic DemonDust, and his massive labor of love comic “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” has been in the works for years. Illustrations appear in Lumpen Magazine and the Ragbag Writers Alliance. Puppet designs have appeared in shows by the House Theatre, the Hypocrites, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Neo-Futurists, and Dog & Pony. He is an Artist in Residence with Snow City Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, teaching art to children hospitalized in Rush University’s Pediatrics.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up An Army of Lovers Will be Beaten, Volume 2 at Table 4 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Weather by Gabby Schulz

May 25, 2012By NeilDebuts

Secret Acres will be debuting Gabby Schulz’s new comic book, Weather, at the CAKE Expo. Weather is Schulz’s first comic published under his own name, and features fan-favorite Schulz character, Gordon Smalls, traveling by air to a decidedly unpleasant destination. Weather is 8″ x 10″, 16 pages and full color. Gabby will be at the Secret Acres table all weekend, selling Weather and signing books!



Ken Dahl is the name Gabby Schulz uses to make it harder for his relatives to connect him to the comics he draws. Born in Honolulu, Gabby has since spent time in most of the United States & a bit of Canada as well. He was the 2007 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and his Ignatz-winning and Eisner-nominated book, Monsters, has been translated into French and Spanish. He has been posting a webcomic called Sick on his website

Visit Gabby’s, and Secret Acres’ websites, and pick up Weather at Table 36 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Primahood: the Second Album by Tyler Cohen

May 24, 2012By NeilDebuts

Primahood: The Second Album shares more real and and surreal adventures of MamaPants and Primazons. There are further glimpses into the feral and cultured world of the Primazons; MamaPants rides twists and turns through her young daughter’s engagement with marriage. Full-color, 24-page book.

Tyler Cohen is addicted to actual books and paper in a time when we are moving into the digital, and finds it highly ironic that she reads a lot of science fiction. She made mini-comics back in the nineties, then diverged to spend time with creatures she calls Primazons, drawing snapshot, ethnographic moments of their lives. Now, returning to comics with Primahood and Primahood: the Second Album, her work continues to playfully tell stories and ask questions that might lead to thoughts about femaleness, social constructs, feminist parenting, and how we relate to one another.

Visit Tyler’s website, and pick up Primahood: the Second Album at Table 48 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

May 23, 2012By NeilDebuts

What if Darth Vader actively raised his son? What if “I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars™ moments a fresh twist, showing that the trials and joys of parenting are universal, even in a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include light saber battling practice, using the Force to raid a cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star, and the special bonding moments shared between any father and son.
Humorous and touching, Darth Vader and Son is the perfect gift for dads of the Star Wars generation.

Jeffrey Brown is a Chicago cartoonist known for his autobiographical (Clumsy), humorous (Incredible Change-Bots) and cat (Cats Are Weird) graphic novels. His newest book is Darth Vader and son.

Visit Jeffrey’s website, and pick up Darth Vader and Son at Table 57 Father’s Day Weekend!

Eat Before We Eat You CAKE Art Show

May 23, 2012By NeilCAKE, Programming


The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and Morpho Gallery present…

EAT BEFORE WE EAT YOU
or, The C.A.K.E. Show

Curated by Onsmith & Nudd

Although not strictly a comics show, The CAKE Show (subtitled “Eat Before We Eat You” – the toxic mantra of the legendary bottom-of-the-barrel weirdo schlock-fest Troll 2) will include one-offs and side projects by a multitude of local and national artists that work deep within the fleshy walls of the underground comics world or, at very least, in an underground comics vain. Traditional comics panels will be exhibited alongside a slew of visual out takes, false starts, b-sides and orphans: prints, paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, posters, zines, and other ephemera. Formally trained artists that operate inside the fine art and comics worlds will comprise the majority of the show, but work will also be included by several untrained self taught artists. The central themes of E.B.W.E.Y. are productivity, promiscuity, radioactivity, infidelity, and automatous artistic cannibalism. The result will be something of an artistic curiosity shop or odditorium, a peculiar curio cabinet of comics inspired graphic wonders and deformities. This show will coincide with the much anticipated first ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Columbia College Chicago.

Opening Reception: Saturday June 16, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibition & Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday June 6 – 9, Wednesday – Sunday June 13 – 17, 11:30AM – 5:30PM

208 S. Wabash
Chicago

INFO: 773.878.4255

Participating artists include…

Eric Lebofsky
Chris Kerr
Keith Herzik
Leslie Weibeler
Jeremy Tinder
John Porcellino
Jo Dery
Andy Gabrisiak
Ivan Brunetti
Kevin Budnik
Grant Reynolds
Andy Burkholder
Ryan Standfest
Nick Drnaso
Anya Davidson
David Alvarado
Nate Beaty
Liz Born
Joe Tallarico
Sanya Glisic
Lilli Carre
Laura Park

Also, a hand silkscreened and numbered commemorative poster by Keith Herzik is available in addition to a xerox flyer by Pete Clodfelter.