CAKE DEBUT: Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen

May 8, 2012

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!

Table Assignments for CAKE 2012!

May 5, 2012

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!

Guests & Exhibitors Announced!

April 6, 2012

We’re really excited to finally publish the list of special guests, small press publishers, and exhibitors at the first Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (aka CAKE to those in the “know”)!

June 16th & 17th, the city of Chicago will be treated to an amazing cross section of alternative comics artists from all over the country (and from other exotic lands as Canada)!

Check out our list of guests & exhibitors. Careful, your brain might explode by the awesomeness contained in the list!

Stay tuned for programming information coming soon!

Comic Art Battle CAKE Fundraiser 4/8/12

March 28, 2012

Come to what should be our final fundraiser ahead of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.  We’ll have the imfamous Ezra Claytan Daniels emceeing his Comic Art Battle at the Hideout!  Here are the details:

COMICS ART BATTLE at the Hideout Easter Sunday 2012
Benefit for the first Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Door at 7
$5 Donation

Refereed by Ezra Claytan Daniels

In the Ring:
Aaron Renier
Jo Dery
Brooks Golden
Susan Sarandon
David Alvarado
Krystal DiFronzo
Joe Tallarico
Jeremy Pettis

Followed by a musical DJ set from Fatty Jubbo

We’ll also have a “comic swap” table, so bring comics you don’t want, and take the comics you do want.

It’s gonna be the jam!


CAKE Fundraiser at Mortville

February 8, 2012

CAKE Benefit
Saturday, February 11, 2012
starts at 8pm
at Mortville
2106 S Kedzie
Chicago, IL
Come down to Mortville for a Benefit for CAKE, Chicago Alternative Comics Fest! It’s the first festival of it’s kind in Chicago, so come help support independent publishing in our fair city!

With live performances by-

Bomb Banks
Unmanned Ship
Violet Mice
Matchess (Whitney Johnson of Verma and E+)
Feast of The Epiphany (Baltimore)
and a live comic reading by Brainframe All-star Lyra Hill

The entire show will be presented by MCs Glucuous and his pal April Camlin

It’s a $5 Donation to get in, and those who chip in the full amount will be entered into a raffle for excellent prizes provided by Quimby’s.

This thing is also starting on time at 8pm, because we have a lot to fit into one night! A fun night to support a great cause!

Bring your pals and spread the word!


CAKE Application has closed

January 4, 2012

The exhibitor application for the 2012 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo has closed.  Thanks to everyone who applied! We received almost 200 applications by folks from all over the country.  We’re going to spend January sifting through everything, and hopefully come out in February with a really exciting exhibitor list!

Stay tuned!

CAKE 2012 Exhibitor Application is up!

November 17, 2011
CAKE poster by Laura Park! (click for larger view)

The exhibitor application for 2012 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is now closed.  Thanks to all who applied!

CAKE is a curated show. Exhibitors will be selected by members of the Chicago alternative comics community based on submitted applications. CAKE strongly encourages comics creators at all skill levels to apply for table space, and we will respond to every application.

Table space units are 3′ long by 30″ wide.  An exhibitor fee of $50 will be paid by exhibitors selected by CAKE.

The deadline for registration is January 1st, 2012. Initial exhibitor selection will take place during the month of January, and all applicants will be notified of their status for CAKE 2012 by the end of January.  Applications will be accepted after January 1st, but will only be considered after those who submitted before the deadline.

Terms and conditions provided in the registration form should clarify other questions, but any further inquiries should be directed to us through our contact page.

Over the next days and weeks, we’ll be announcing publishers and special guests who have already signed on to be at the show.  We are sure you will be as excited as we are.

Announcing Chicago Alternative Comics Expo June 16 & 17 2012

August 18, 2011


Save the date! We are excited to announce the debut of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (or “CAKE” for short) in the summer of 2012! Taking place June 16th and 17th at Columbia College’s Ludington Building, CAKE is focused on celebrating independent and alternative comics of all stripes.

The festival plans to feature over 100 exhibitors along with a two-day program of signings, panels, workshops and lectures. With Chicago’s long legacy as a stronghold for underground and alternative comics, the Windy City is an ideal locale to showcase some of the most wild, weird and wonderful contemporary comics talent.

Later this month we’ll be unveiling our website ( and publicity images designed by Laura Park. Potential exhibitors can look for our show application and guidelines to be available around Halloween and we’ll be periodically announcing special guests and events as CAKE draws closer.

Until then: make your travel plans, draw that new comic you were thinking of, and try to contain your eager anticipation! See you next summer!

CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Saturday June 16th and Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Columbia College’s Ludington Building

1104 S Wabash, 1st and 8th floors

Chicago, IL 60605