CAKE Drink and Draw Brunch Special Thanks

May 20, 2017

On April 30, 2017, CAKE hosted a Drink and Draw fundraiser at Empty Bottle. We would like to thank the people and institutions who helped make this year’s event so good.


Empty Bottle was a wonderful venue who was super accommodating and nice to us. Special thanks to our contacts Mike, Tim, and Sarah, and Marie for working the door.

CAKE Coordinator Corinne Halbert did a great job with the event logistics – thank you, Corinne!

Hey- you know who generously donated their time and did an outstanding job DJing on a stormy Sunday afternoon? Joe Tallerico and Tony Breed did. That’s who. Thank you both.

Blick Art MaterialsQuimby’s and Mike Freiheit sponsored our event, and we are so thankful for their generosity.

Special thanks for everyone who volunteered for CAKE at the event:  Neil Brideau, Mike Freiheit, Corinne Halbert, and Jeff Zwirek.



CAKE Art Auction Special Thanks

May 13, 2017

On April 21, 2017, CAKE hosted our fifth annual Art Auction fundraiser at 826chi. The event was a great success, and we would like to thank many people and institutions who helped make this year’s event so memorable.

826chi was a wonderful venue who was super accommodating and nice to us. Special thanks to our contact Tyler!

Ian McDuffie and their assistant Brad Rohloff were the perfect auctioneers, generously donating their time and talents.

Blick Art MaterialsRevolution Brewing and Cream Wine Distributors sponsored our event.  They were all easy to work with and we are so thankful for their generosity.

We were so lucky to have Mike Centeno, Beth Hetland & Kyle O’Connell give incredible readings. Thank you!

Thank you so much to the amazing artists who donated: Chester Brown, Josh Cotter, Nick Drnaso, Mike Freiheit, Henry Guerra, Corinne Halbert, Sammy Harkham, Kevin Huizenga, Jesse Jacobs, Ed Luce, Leigh Luna, Alex Nall, Gary Panter, Laura Park and John Porcellino, John Pham, Keiler Roberts, Isabella Rotman,  Johnny Sampson, Leslie Stein, Joe Tallarico, Hiromi Ueyoshi, Carrie Vinarsky, Lale Westvind!!!

Thank you to Davey Krofta, who tended bar. Special thanks for everyone who volunteered for CAKE at the event:  Matt Brady, Neil Brideau, Mike Freiheit, Corinne Halbert, Chris Lopez, Sara Murphy, Amy Peltz, Anne Marie Sticksel, and Jeff Zwirek,

And, finally, extra thanks to Mike Freiheit who drew our poster, programmed the readers, promoted the event, donated art, worked the door, found us a BASSETT-certified bartender, hung the silent auction, and,to top it all off, won the most expensive auction item. Thank you, Mike!!


CAKE Events: Fourth Annual Art Auction Fundraiser

March 14, 2016

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will be holding its 4th annual art auction fundraiser at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 8th, at the The Hideout Inn, located at 1354 W Wabansia Ave. The event will be hosted by intermedia artist Lyra Hill. The event will feature live and silent auctions of over 20 pieces of art by past special guests and exhibitors of CAKE, including Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Eleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw. The event will also feature live comics readings by local artists Samuel Nigrosh, Molly Colleen O’Connell, and Isabella Rotman.
Lyra Hill is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living in Chicago. Between 2011-2014, she founded and organized the legendary performative-comix reading series Brain Frame. She exhibits her films, performances, and comics internationally and across the US. She is currently hosting and producing a weekly radio interview show called Magic Chats. This is Lyra’s fourth year as a live auctioneer for CAKE.

Samuel Nigrosh is a local Chicago glumper and sole proprietor of Sun Eater Studios. He’s also the Editor & Publisher of Trash City & all around peach of a guy. Very approachable.-

Molly O’Connell is a recent Baltimore Transplant, who has released work in Closed Caption Comics, and her book “Difficult Loves” was published by Domino Books.-

Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. –

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email

CAKE DEBUT: Pet Theories

June 2, 2015



Pet Theories is releasing their first album just in time for CAKE weekend. The band, which features Allison Felus on vocals and keyboard bass, Tony Trigilio on drums, and CAKE panels coordinator Brian Cremins on guitar and vocals, will be playing the CAKE after-party at The Observatory onSaturday, June 6th. Their album, which features a fabulous cover by Chicago cartoonist Amara Leipzig, draws on a variety of influences, from Krautrock and show tunes to 60s folkrock and psychedelia (with a little Modernist poetry and Bronze Age comic books thrown into the mix). 



They’ll have CDs for sale, along with more of Amara’s work, at table 78. The band would also be happy to trade for zines or minicomics! At the show, Allison will also have copies of her new zine, Satan Is My Father, a collection of essays about forgotten and imaginary bands.





See you at the after-party!

CAKE DEBUT: Epilogue May 2015 by Kevin Budnik

May 24, 2015


Epilogue is a 12-page-a month ongoing series that began in January 2015. Written and drawn on a weekly basis, the story organically follows Kevin’s daily life. His point of view is one of quarter-life crises focusing on struggling with mental clarity and the daily stress of relationships and employment.
This is the fifth issue of the series, collecting each journal entry from May, 2015

Kevin Budnik is an cartoonist and illustrator from Chicago. He has been producing comics steadily since 2010. His comics are largely autobiographical, and explore Kevin’s coming to terms with anxiety and adulthood. Kevin’s books include Dust Motes (Yeti Press), Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, and Flower Grow (self-published). His newest series, Handbook, is written in part from journals he kept in therapy for disordered eating.

Visit Kevin’s website, and pick up Epilogue May 2015 at Table 88B June 6 & 7th!

March 4, 2015


Help raise money for CAKE 2015 by chillin with awesome local cartoonists at the Owl! $1 per drink goes to support CAKE 2015!

Wednesday March 18th 7pm – 12pm

The Owl 2521 N Milwaukee

Confirmed Artists: Corinne Mucha, Sarah Becan, Kevin Budnik, Danielle Chenette, Andy Burkholder, Tyrell Cannon and Matthew Landvogt

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!