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
Participating artists include…
Also, a hand silkscreened and numbered commemorative poster by Keith Herzik is available in addition to a xerox flyer by Pete Clodfelter.
These three new issues continue THE ADVENTURES OF PITO AND MARIA as they struggle to get some extra bucks to fix their sink; a task which sees them crossing paths with a lone shark and getting Maria’s head accidentally shaved. Also a new ongoing miniseries is introduced, CUBAN THUNDER. CUBAN THUNDER follows ex-con Frank Betancourt as he struggles to lead a non-violent life in hectic surroundings of Liberty City Miami.
Odin Cabal is a Latino artist from the Milwaukee Chicago area who also writes and draws Midwestrn Cuban Comics.
Visit Odin’s website, and pick up Midwestrn Cuban Comics at Table 34 June 16 & 17th!
The Year Of The Beasts, written by Cecil Castellucci (First Day On Earth, Plain Janes) and drawn by Nate Powell (The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) is a hybrid narrative told with alternating chapters of prose and comics. Sibling rivalry, resentment, loss, sexual awakening, and betrayal hold together parallel worlds and the creatures that inhabit each. (2012, Roaring Brook Press)
Nate Powell was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978, and began self-publishing at age 14. He graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Please Release, Sounds Of Your Name, It Disappears, Tiny Giants, and the self-published Walkie Talkie series. From 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait, Divorce Chord, and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Rachel and new daughter Harper.
Visit Nate’s website, and pick up Year of the Beasts at Table 38 June 16 &17!
Marian is excited to debut the second installment of her Ignatz Award nominated autobiographical series “The Magic Hedge,” at CAKE. In addition to examining the familiar subjects of bird-watching, family relationships, queer romance and community, much of Issue #2: Firsts, Seconds, and Endings will return to vivid moments of Marian’s childhood growing up in Dallas, Texas. First Snowy Owl sightings, second words uttered as a toddler, awkward childhood vocabulary mistakes, broken hearts, and childhood mentors lost to the AIDS epidemic are memorialized with love and humor in this new collection.
Marian is a Texan born, Chicago-based cartoonist who loves birds, cats, and country music. The second issue of her Ignatz-nominated comic series, The Magic Hedge, will debut at CAKE. When she’s not at her day job (peddling birth control and promoting safer sex to the Chicagoland area), she’s probably drawing comics, playing guitar, singing in a choir, or watching birds along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Visit Marian’s website, and pick up Magic Hedge #2 at Table 46 June 16 & 17th!
Injury Comics #4 It’s the latest in the ongoing series from Ted May in collaboration with Jeff Wilson and Mike Reddy. It features two stories.
“A Birdsong Shatters the Still,” (Wilson/May), starts off early one spring morning as a gang of teens congregate outside high school getting high just before going to morning detention. Can these addled young adults make it through said detention without garnering even further punishment?
“Blades of Grass,” (May/Reddy) features Beast Biplane from Injury Comics #3. Beast’s best bud Brat Fink wakes up hungover and must contend with arch nemesis, Greg whilst cleaning up revellers’ wreckage from the night before. Meanwhile Beast must go mano a mano with a new, sick villain: Steve in Valor! This is just the start of an amazing new story. Get in on the ground floor, etc!
Injury Comics #4 is a 36 page b/w standard size comic book. It will be debuting at CAKE.
Ted May just released the fourth issue of his Ignatz Award nominated series Injury Comics. His work has appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine, Vice, Kramers Ergot and Bart Simpson Comics. May is married to the cartoonist Mardou and lives in St. Louis.
Visit Ted’s website, and pick up Injury Comics #4 at Table 61 June 16 & 17th!
The 6th installment of a comic in which a man named juice is looking for something. this episode contains an erotic exchange, a new outfit, a punching sequence, and a guest bedroom.
75 pages, risograph printed, 3 color cover, 1 color interior.
mickey zacchilli was born in 1983 lives in providence ri
Visit Mickey’s website, and pick up RAV #6 at Table 51 June 16 & 17th!
CAKE is excited to connect with the Adventure School for Ladies Comics Intensive! Not only is the school taking place leading up to CAKE, Anne Elizabeth Moore is one of our special guests, and she’s bringing her Lady Drawers posse with her! They’ll also be debuting the comic they will be making during the school (more info about both their debut and programming featuring them to come). Here’s some information from the school itself:
The Adventure School for Ladies Comics Intensive will be going down June 4-15 at the Read/Write Library in Chicago and Spudnik Press, right before CAKE, and it will be awesome. Although we are open to collaborators of all genders and identities, we do ask participants be willing to politically align themselves with the female creators that, in comics, make up over 40% of the industry, 60% of the characters pictured sans culottes*, receive aproximately 10% of the paid gigs at mainstream or independent presses (and yet, submit to publishers at the same rates as male creators do.)
If you’re in town before CAKE, come to our Orientation Cocktail Party at Spudnik Press on June 3rd, or check the website for other public events that may come together later. But definitely come visit us at our table, where we’ll have a new, hot-off-the-presses anthology about gender, race, class, and representational theory in comics. In comics!
Wanna better idea of what we do? Here’s a comic that will tell you. Here’s the anthology we made last year, Unladylike. Here’s the Ladydrawers column on Truthout. Our you can follow this Twitter feed, this Tumblr, or read this blog.
*French! For pantsless.
Police slang for “missing person”, Misper is a new comic from Anthony Meloro that shows brief, dirty glimpses into the lives of two detectives. Taking cues from neo-noir cinema, occult mysticism, and petty offenses, Meloro merges grotesque and banal imagery with criminal acts. The entire comic is screen printed and hand bound.
Anthony Meloro is a Richmond, VA based comic artist.
Visit Anthony’s website, and pick up Misper at Table 33 June 16 & 17th!
The Rage of Poseidon is a 48 page limited edition accordian book of short stories re-imagining stories and characters from Greek and Christian religious stories. Included are stories about Prometheus, Isaac and Abraham, Jesus and Aphrodite and the Devil as well as the titular Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The stories are accompanied by silhouetted images of the characters and events depicted. The project evolved out of a series of adaptations for slide readings of short pieces from my sketchbooks, and is being released in conjunction with CAKE and with an exhibition of new drawings by the author, Adam and Eve Sneak Back into the Garden of Eden to Steal More Apples, opening the same weekend at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Anders Nilsen is a cartoonist and artist. He’s the author of Big Questions, Dogs and Water, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow and Monologues for the Coming Plague, among others. His work has appeared in Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, Best American Comics, the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis.
Visit Anders’ website, and pick up Rage of Poseidon at Table 66 June 16 &17!
Visit our Guests & Exhibitors page to view the table assignments for CAKE! Now you can plan your visit to your favorite comics artists ahead of time. We spent hours arranging exhibitors, hoping to compliment our guests and exhibitors with their neighbors.
CAKE is a free event, and is open to the public on Saturday June 16 & Sunday, June 17, 11am – 6pm on the 8th floor of 1104 S Wabash Ave in Chicago’s South Loop. We hope to see you there!