CAKE 2017 Debuts!

June 7, 2017By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors No Comments

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.
2dcloud has brought their unique comics voice every year to CAKE. Here are the titles they will be debuting at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 10 & 11. Be sure to visit them at table 515:

Architecture of An Atom

by Juliacks
With Architecture of an Atom, internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist Juliacks brings her trans-media project to the print realm. Characterized by critics as a member of the immersive school of cartooning, she has sought to trouble the boundaries between fine art and comics throughout her career. A socially conscious, layered work in every sense of the word.

Mirror Mirror II

by Julia Gfrörer & Sean T. Collins
For volume two of 2dcloud’s annual anthology, editors Julia Gfrörer & Sean T. Collins have amassed some of the darkest talents within as well as outside of comics to create a wholly singular reading and visual experience. From masters of horror like Clive Barker to leading figures in altcomics such as Simon Hanselmann, this collection transcends the expectations of what a comics anthology can do. Lala Albert Clive Barker Heather Benjamin Apolo Cacho Sean Christensen Nicole Claveloux Sean T. Collins Al Columbia Dame Darcy Noel Freibert Renee French Meaghan Garvey Julia Gfrörer Simon Hanselmann Claude Paradin Aidan Koch Laura Lannes Céline Loup Uno Moralez Mou Jonny Negron Chloe Piene Josh Simmons Carol Swain Trungles

Sound of Snow Falling

by Maggie Umber
A paint and paper documentary, observing great horned owls in their natural habitat.
Sound of Snow Falling is a graphic novel done in a poetic documentary mode. In this unique work, the reader becomes a voyeur of the natural world, following a great horned owl family through the dead of winter. Extensively researched and expressively painted, Sound of Snow Falling is a triumph of the comics form.

Yours

by Sarah Ferrick
With Yours, the notions of art, poetry, and form collapse into one of the most singular approaches to comics in recent memory. Ferrick’s intimate love letters read as both a confession and a seduction.

Extended Play

by Jake Terrell
Extended Play, the debut collection by Jake Terrell, seizes upon the millennial zeitgeist from an array of angles. From the haze of summer to the conflicting feelings of ennui and hope that guide the figures in Terrell’s magical realist landscapes, there’s an effortlessness to his work that obscures the heightened sense of understanding he brings to the form. Jake Terrell is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His comics have a loose, confident line, often focusing on a youth-centric cast of characters written into magical realist or measured fantastical narratives.
“Extended Play” is an apt title. The pleasure of Terrell’s line, and his storytelling, is infectious. It’s a battle cry for cartooning as mark making, as line design, for thinking of drawing as handwriting and a form of searching and discovery. It may be his first book, but already he seems to understand what IT is, better than most. I could read his work all day long. — Sammy Harkham

CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Center on Halsted

June 5, 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 on Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

We are open to the public every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment with programs and services for the entire community. Our programs range from volleyball, dance performances and cooking classes to rapid HIV testing, group therapy and vocational training. We partner regularly with other organizations and groups from across Chicago and the nation to provide additional programming for the community.

Center on Halsted also serves as an incubator for a number of smaller LGBTQ non-profit organizations, called Resident Partners. We provide operational support, space and resources for organizations that may otherwise find it difficult to interact and grow.

In addition, there is a Whole Foods Market in the building with two levels of underground parking at Center on Halsted (note, parking is exclusively for Whole Foods customers). Free wi-fi access is available throughout the building including our lobby, reading library and our rooftop terrace. We also offer meeting and reception space, with special discounts for non-profit community groups.

For more information, please check out our programs and events pages. And check out our get involved pages to find out how you can help us advance the LGBTQ community. We hope to see you at the Center soon!

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: The Empty Bottle

June 5, 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!

The Empty Bottle

In 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine beers for a buck-fifty or less, play pool for 50 cents, and find everything from Monster Magnet to Bill Monroe on the jukebox. On Halloween of 1993, we moved two blocks up the street and threw open the doors to our new, sound-equipped, slightly larger hole with three nights of great shows, culminating with a SCRAWL performance that could have been a scene out of “Carrie.” We’ve done a bunch of shows since then; in fact, we’ve been anything but empty these last 20 or so years, thanks to the same low prices, lack of attitude, and dedicated regulars that made the original bar such a success.

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: Blick Art Materials

June 5, 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!

Blick Art Materials

 

Since 1911, artists have turned to Dick Blick Art Materials for dependable savings, a huge selection, and fine customer service on art supplies.

At Blick Art Materials, family owners and dedicated staff support the Visual Art Community by providing the widest selection of art supplies at the lowest prices. With extraordinary service and integrity, they strive to provide artists, educators, students, and employees with the tools, assistance, and training they need to grow, innovate, and reach their creative potential.

CAKE is extremely pleased to partner with Blick Art Materials in 2017 as our Exclusive Sponsor of Art Supplies. Blick’s knowledgeable, dependable, and creative staff have supported us every step of the way. We hope you will visit them at their Chicago stores in the Loop at 42 S. State Street and in Lincoln Park at 1574 N Kingsbury Street..

Click the link below for savings from our sponsor, Blick Art Materials:

http://www.dickblick.com/stores/promotions/ChicagoMktCAKE2017

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: Chicago Architecture Foundation

June 5, 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!

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Our friends at The Chicago Architecture Foundation recently completed a successful Kickstarter for their comics project No Small Plans. No Small Plans is a graphic novel that follows the neighborhood adventures of teens in Chicago’s past, present and future as they wrestle with designing the city they want, need and deserve.

Chapter 1: The Past, 1928. Bernard, a young Chicagoan with a passion for engineering, makes his way from the Austin neighborhood to the intersection of State and Madison streets to meet up with his friends, Reggie and Elsa.

The book was inspired by the 1911 Wacker’s Manual, which was once used in classrooms to explain Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. It is filled with beautiful illustrations and divided into three chapters set in the years 1928, 2017 and 2211. Each chapter ends with a map and a short interlude about Burnham, to give readers insight into the creation of the 1909 Plan and other urban planning challenges.

No Small Plans was launched in conjunction with CAF’s 50th anniversary and our new “Meet Your City” initiative, which aims to foster civic engagement. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Public Library, CAF aspires to distribute 30,000 copies of No Small Plans for free to Chicago teens over the next three years.

CAF launched a Kickstarter campaign at the end of March to raise funds for “No Small Plans” and hit our $20,000 goal in just 10 days. By the end of April we surpassed $65,000, which will result in the distribution of at least 5,000 free copies of the novel to students by the end of 2017.

You can pre-order or request copies of the book today at architecture.org/teach-learn/no-small-plans/

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.

What’s a punch card?

June 3, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Comics Around Town, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

You can get free stuff at CAKE 2017 just for buying comics! What?!

It’s true! When you get your program from the info booth upon entering, there will be a detachable punch card. When you buy something from an artist, have them write down their name and the price of what you bought. The more stuff you buy, the more free things you get.

$15-25: A show poster and a set of CAKE buttons!

$26-65: A show poster, a set of buttons, and a set of stickers!

$66+: Receive everything, plus a limited edition risograph print by BEN PASSMORE, printed by Perfectly Acceptable Press!

Thank you!

June 3, 2017By Jon MastantuonoCAKE No Comments

The organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance in making CAKE 2017 a successful event: Leila Abdelrazaq, Izzy Adams, Meghan Ansbach, Oscar Arriola, Rachel Bard, Monte Beauchamp, Sarah Becan, Andrea Bell, Ben Bertin, Katie Bourgeois, Tony Breed, Patrick Brower, Jeffrey Brown, Scott Bufis, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Lauren Burke, Ryan Burns, Dal Bush, Tyrell Cannon, Scott Cederlund, Mike Centeno, Kelsey Choo, Sage Coffey, Jacq Cohen, Heather Colby, Paul Courtright, Gabi Cracraft, Kitty Curran, MK Czerwiec, Matt Davis, Vanessa DellaMorte, Nick Drnaso, Raphael Espinoza, Joshua Farnum, Susan Farnum, Sarah Ferrick, Adam Fotos, Elliott Franklin, Tim Gagne, Marnie Galloway, Michael Gebel, Megan Rose Gedris, Terry Gant, Henry Guerra, Tim Gurnig, Christine Gutierrez, Corinne Halbert, Cathy Hannah, Paul Helfen, Erik Huntoon, KT Hawbaker-Krohn, Beth Hetland, Clay Hickson, Amber Huff, Emily Hutchings, Nick Jackson, Forrest Jove, Gene Kannenberg, Tom Kaczynski, Megan Kirby, Eric Kirsammer, Sean Kleefeld, Alex Kostiw, Chad Kouri, Anne Koyama, Beck Kramer, Davey Krofta, Yewon Kwon, Matthew Landvogt, Angee Lennard, Sheika Lugtu, Sacha Lusk, Darick Maasen and Grotesque Burlesque, Ben Marcus, Ed Marsziewski, Liz Mason, Ian McDuffie, Todd McGill-Rusynyk, Bernie McGovern, Caitlin McGurk, Tom McHenry, Duncan McKenzie, Sophie McMahan, Megan Metzger, Rebecca Mir Grady, Johnny Misfit, Max Morris, Corinne Mucha, Sara Murphy, Alex Nall, Pranas T. Naujokaitis, Samuel Nigrosh, Alicia Obermeyer, Molly Colleen O’Connell, Kyle O’Connell, Sarah O’Neill, Turtel Onli, Onsmith, Laura Park, Andy Pates, Anna Pederson, Travis Pedroza, Chloë Perkis, Caroline Picard, George Porteus, Ashly Powley, Jason Price, Josh Reinwald, Andy Rench, Keiler Roberts, Scott Roberts, Eric Roesner, Brad Rohloff, Isabella Rotman, Marian Runk, Johnny Sampson, Erik Schneider, Emily Schulert, Chad Sell, Bobby Sims, Alyson Sinclair, Harrison Smith-Mooney, Dena Springer, Conor Stechschulte, Tyler Stoltenberg, Wesley Sun, Sam Szabo, Joe Tallarico, Lizzy Tiritilli, Hiromi Ueyoshi, Manuel Velasco, Sarah Wenzel, Emme Williams, Gina Wynbrandt, Jessi Zabarsky, Larissa Zageris, the Zwirek family (Emily, Van, Asa, and Sydney), and of course all the special guests, panel participants and workshop leaders, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees.

 

Farewell to Friends

June 3, 2017By Jon MastantuonoCAKE No Comments

CAKE would like to thank our emeritus organizers who stepped down in 2016:

A jack-of-all-trades, Ben Bertin served as an organizer from 2014 to 2016, focusing on show logistics and support. He tackled all his tasks, even the most thankless, with excellence and enthusiasm to make the show the best it could be. Ben’s good nature and connections to the community were crucial to the success of CAKE; he always knew just the right person to recruit for much-needed help. Since he stepped down to plan a cross-country move, we have missed his intelligence, wit, and sensitivity. We thank Ben for everything he’s done for the festival and wish him well in his future ventures.

CAKE co-founder Max Morris stepped down in 2016 from his important role as show organizer, and this truly marked the end of an era. Since the show’s beginnings, Max worked tirelessly to design, plan, and promote events; craft panels and workshops; and connect CAKE with the rest of Chicago’s arts communities. The public face of the festival for so many in Chicago, and a large part of its soul for those of us who have helped make CAKE, Max’s energy and profound dedication to artistic excellence are hard to match. We thank Max for his outstanding work on the show over the years, as well as his dedication to comics and art more generally in Chicago.

An organizer since before CAKE even had a name, Jeff Zwirek has been an indispensable resource for the festival. From postering, print logistics, and art direction to creating our sponsorship platform and shaping our methods and practices, Jeff has worked tirelessly to make CAKE the equal of any comics festival in the world. Although he will still be an instrumental part of the show, in 2016 he stepped back from being a core organizer, so we want to take this moment to thank him for his commitment, his talent, and his genuine, authentic passion for comics. Always patient, always friendly, and always conscious of the big picture, CAKE owes so much to Jeff, and we thank him for all he has done.

CAKE 2017 DEBUTS!

June 2, 2017By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors No Comments

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:

Soft Power: an anthology

Edited by Erin K Drew and Alicia Obermeyer
Table 207b
The first ever Pubes and ‘Tudes anthology will amplify disgusting attitudes towards the hegemonic status quo. It is a 28-page riso-printed collection of drawings by 13 multi-disciplinary artists living in Chicago, Indianapolis, or roving around the states.

The bar date

by Alan D Caesar
Table 226a
A fluorescent series of odd moments from bar dates, featuring a badger, shark, hundreds of groundhogs in a trenchcoat and at lest one cat on fire.

Orbiting

by Penina Gal
Table 502b
“Orbiting” is a poetic comic exploring themes of anxiety, insecurity, community, and belonging. 60 pages, 2-color riso printed.

In the Middle of the Night

by Nicole Del Rio
Table 314b
A book of drawings and comics about anxieties of personal friendships, daily life commitments, and self worth

Open Letter to Sleep

by Alyssa Berg
Table 415a
Open Letter to Sleep is a 32-page, Risograph printed love letter to insomnia. The epic poem was made in November 2016 for 30 Days of Comics (a comic a day for the month of November) and printed at the SVA RisoLab in 2017.