CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: The Center for Cartoon Studies

May 30, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

CAKE is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, and if it wasn’t for the support of our generous sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We wanted to take the time to spotlight our amazing sponsors, and we encourage you to support them!

Center for Cartoon Studies

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other manifestations of the visual narrative. Experienced and internationally recognized cartoonists, writers, and designers teach classes. CCS programs include a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree, One- and Two-Year Certificates in Cartooning, and annual summer workshops. The school is located in historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont.

About CAKE

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Fantagraphics Books

May 30, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

CAKE is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, and if it wasn’t for the support of our generous sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We wanted to take the time to spotlight our amazing sponsors, and we encourage you to support them!

Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books Inc

Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics found itself at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn’t know existed or wouldn’t touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the ’60s. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards and its exacting production values.

About CAKE

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Print Ninja

May 30, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

CAKE is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, and if it wasn’t for the support of our generous sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We wanted to take the time to spotlight our amazing sponsors, and we encourage you to support them!

Print Ninja

Since launching in 2009, PrintNinja has printed over 3 million books, comic books, children’s books, magazines, and catalogs for thousands of independent creators, publishers, and businesses.

International Offset Printing, Made Easy

It’s what we do every day here at PrintNinja, and we look forward to helping you save time and money on your next print project.

About CAKE

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Panel: Gabrielle Bell and Kevin Huizenga

May 25, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Sunday, June 11th, 1:00–2:00  p.m. “Comics Is a Way of Thinking”

In Gabrielle Bell’s and Kevin Huizenga’s work, comics is a site for poetry, autobiography, and fiction, but underlying these subjects is an exploration of the nature of thought, consciousness, existence, and the human condition. Comics is uniquely suited to investigate such issues, with its ability to convey both thought and speech, to represent time via the space of the page, and to graphically portray abstract ideas. Bell and Huizenga have, perhaps more than any other artists working today, exploited this potential. Designer and artist Alex Kostiw will moderate this discussion of how exactly these cartoonists use comics in pursuit of philosophical discovery. This panel is sponsored by CHIRP Radio.

Introducing This Year’s Cupcake Award Winner: Kelly Fernandez!

May 25, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts No Comments

This year’s Cupcake Award winner, Kelly Fernandez, will be debuting her comic Cuidando at CAKE! Here’s what Kelly had to say about her comic:

“Cuidando is a memoir comic about how my experiences as a nanny have affected the way I see myself and my family. The title translates to ‘Taking Care,’ which is meant to not only suggest ‘taking care of children’ but also ‘taking care of oneself’ or self-care/self-love.”

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge. Entries for the fourth annual Cupcake Award will be accepted following CAKE 2017.

About CAKE

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Workshop: Comics 101 With Corinne Mucha

May 25, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming No Comments

Sunday, June 11th, 12:00–1:00 p.m.  Comics 101

Are you a kid (or a kid at heart)? Do you love to doodle, draw, and invent amazing characters who you send on exciting adventures? Are you hoping to turn this hobby into a practiced skill? If so, then acclaimed teaching artist Corinne Mucha’s workshop is perfect for you. Mucha will lead participants through a variety of exercises that will challenge and excite the next generation of comics creators. This workshop is sponsored by Quimby’s and is appropriate for all ages.

Introducing The First Slice Emerging Talent Showcase

May 24, 2017By NeilUncategorized No Comments

We are pleased to introduce the First Slice Emerging Talent Showcase table. This new table at CAKE 2017 features artists who have never exhibited at a comics festival! Curated by CAKE Organizers, each artist will table for one day of CAKE, free of charge, to expose them to exhibiting at a festival, and expose attendees to these new comics voices.
Visit table 233 each day to meet all of these exciting new comics creators!

The inaugural First Slice artists are…

Diego Cadena Bejarano (Saturday)

Diego Cadena Bejarano

Illustrator coming from Colombia, the land of magical realism, plans to exaggerate his way to stardom. Currently living and working in Brooklyn trying to change the world from his basement, while making zines with his better half.
http://diegocadena.com

Rayne Klar (Saturday)

Rayne Klar

Queer artist making comix and zines about punk rock, witchcraft, and feelings.
http://Rayneklar.com

Karina Shor (Saturday)

Karina Shor

Karina was born under a different name in the Soviet Union. Grew up in Israel to become a kids book illustrator. After years of writing a journal telling all her fuck ups in life, she decided to move to New York to pursue the illusive career of underground comix and tell all her secrets to the world. Karina believes that nothing is sacred and hopes that her stories will help other confused girls like her.
http://karinashor.com

Nathan & Ryan Veach (Sunday)

Nathan Veach / Ryan Veach

Siblings born and raised in the Mississippi River Valley. Currently residing in Chicago and East Moline, Illinois. Collaborating on art, music, and mischief since the late ’80s.

http://www.thisisnathanveach.tumblr.com

Ann Xu (Sunday)

Ann Xu

Ann Xu is a cartoonist and illustrator from San Jose, CA, recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her comics have been published as self-published minis and in anthologies, most recently in Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology. She likes to think about and draw nostalgic things; her comics are filled with themes of childhood, heritage, home, and relationships.
http://annixu.com

We strongly encourage you to visit all of these great new comics artists when exploring CAKE!