Workshop: Comics 101 With Corinne Mucha

May 25, 2017

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, 2017

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!

CAKE 2017 Debuts!

May 24, 2017

Every year, we are honored to see comics artists use CAKE as a venue to debut new comics.  Be the first person on the planet to get a copy of these new and innovative titles! You can view our debuts on our 2017 Debut page.
Here are a few titles that will be debuting at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 10 & 11:

 

From Ian McDuffie, Table 310a:

Bodies Of Work

Bodies of Work is a collection of Ian McDuffie’s short comics work from the last ten years. It includes cartoons that have been included in anthologies, as well as some works that never saw the light of day. Steel yourself for death, pasta, Kate Bush, sorrow, transformation, and a talking phallus.

Lazarus

Lazarus shows a slice of life of Thomas Jerome Newton, an ancient alien, prisoner of Earth, drunk, stumbling and sleeping through his life, unable to die. Loosely adapted from both Walter Tevis’ “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” Nicolas Roeg’s film of the same name, and David Bowie & Enda Walsh’s musical “Lazarus.” 24 pages, b/w.

2 Stories

Ian McDuffie’s 2 Stories contains two brand new tales of isolation, loss, appropriation, ignorance, disgust, alienation, and evil. These stories depict two different characters will a complete lack of understanding of their place in the world, and how they overreact to that lack. Comeuppance comes to them in different ways. 24 pages, b/w.

From Corinne Halbert, Table 410a:

Hate Baby 666

For Horror Movie fans, BDSM fetish freaks and lovers of Satan! Hate Baby 666 is more sinful than ever before. Enjoy a series of debaucherous vignettes including Seven Deadly Sins and Six Names of Satan. 32p, b+w 5.5”x8.5” for adults only!

Lady Like

Reimagined vintage ads marketed towards women with an added Horror twist. This sassy little mini-comic is poking fun at the blatant sexism of advertising campaigns from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. 20p, b+w, 5’5”x8.5” step into the past and have a laugh.

From Scott R Miller (also at Table 410a):

Printsploitation No. 3

The third installment of PRINTSPLOITATION a horror and cult movie Illustration fanzine. Featuring art from Putrid, Corinne Halbert, Reuben Splatterbeast and many more! New larger format, 8.5”x11” b+w.

CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Dimo’s Pizza

May 22, 2017

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!

Dimo’s Pizza

Dimo’s exists as a for-profit hospitality organization that champions unity, development and justice for our guests, our team and our communities in order to lead the charge in creating a positive, long-lasting impact.  We see pizza as our crispy, chewy, edible passion – a platform on which we can imagine all our culinary ambitions. And we believe that our pizza can only be as relevant, radical and creative as the people who make it, support it and love it. As a people-centric company, every decision we make comes from our employees and stakeholders.

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: Museum of Science and Industry

May 22, 2017

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!

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago—one of the largest science museums in the world—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.

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: Halfwit Coffee

May 22, 2017

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!

Halfwit Coffee

Founded in 2012, Halfwit Coffee was created as a way to provide baristas and consumers alike with a panoramic understanding of coffee, from the first leaf to the final sip. Halfwit started as the brainchild of the team at The Wormhole Coffee, a café in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. From inception until now, we have sought to discover ways to combine the world of coffee science with the arts of service and hospitality.  Our goal is to learn about and celebrate the beauty and complexity we find in one of the world’s most unique beverages, and we do that by providing expertly roasted, seasonal coffees, industry leading training, and a competitive equipment program. Building on a foundation of knowledge from diverse perspectives, our quality stays consistent but current, with a local focus in an industry that is globally connected. We take it slow, never letting growth be our defining goal and listening to the needs of our existing customers first. And we keep it fun, because no one should take themselves – or their coffee – too seriously.

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: Perfectly Acceptable Press

May 22, 2017

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!

Perfectly Acceptable Press

A very small Risograph printing studio and publishing house in Chicago, IL. Perfectly Acceptable is run by Matt Davis. Printing is done with a Risograph RZ 990. The Risograph is a duplicator manufactured by Riso Kagaku Corporation in Japan. It works like a mimeograph, using a stencil wrapped around a drum coated in ink. The drum rolls over paper fed through the machine, creating an impression.

Risograph printing is extremely efficient, fast, and cost-effective. The Risograph was designed for medium volume printing (50 to 5000 copies), and proves one of the most economical choices against duplicators at such quantities. One only needs to take a peek at what’s being done with Risographs now-a-days to understand the possibilities.

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.

Special Guest: Ben Passmore!

May 22, 2017

CAKE is thrilled to have Ben Passmore as a special guest this year. Ben’s excellent comic, Your Black Friend, was just recently nominated for an Eisner Award! You can catch Ben in the panel Comics and Resistance on Sunday, June 11th, 11:30am-12:30pm. Silver Sprocket, who published Your Black Friend, will also be tabling at CAKE 2017.

CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Spudnik Press

May 22, 2017

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!

Spudnik Press

Founded on the premise that art should be a democratic and empowering medium, Spudnik Press Cooperative is committed to being an approachable and affordable print shop; a space where professional printmakers merge with aspiring students; a space that encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

At Spudnik Press, artists create and use printed materials to further culture and engage with their community. Through sharing materials, equipment, and studio space, artists are also sharing technical skills, practical knowledge, and creative processes. By pooling resources and creative problem solving, artists at Spudnik Press are able to create a space that is beyond the means of solo emerging artists.

By extending our programming to include exhibitions, classes, free workshops, and drawing groups, we are able to reach beyond the print community and engage with the community as a whole.

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.