CAKE Sponsor Spotlight: Revolution Brewing

May 15, 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!

Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing is Illinois’ largest craft brewery. Our brewpub in Chicago’s Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Opening our brewery has been a labor of love. We think you can see that in everything we do ranging from the details of our carved fists holding up our mahogany bar to the pungent hop aroma of our Anti-Hero IPA to our creative dishes like our bacon-fat popcorn.

The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we’re proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That’s exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We’ve got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us.

Brewpub:

Located in Logan Square, our brewpub is a bustling meeting place for our diverse community and for beer enthusiasts from across Chicago and beyond. Just a few years ago, we turned a dark, dusty warehouse into a welcoming destination for great craft beer. Barrel wood walls and benches made from 100-year old beams salvaged during construction make our space warm and cozy as do our two hardwood bars. Our friendly staff are happy to share what’s new on tap or our latest brunch specials!

BREWPUB HOURS

Open 7 days a week
Mon-Fri: 11am-1am
Sat: 10am-1am
Sun: 10am-1am
Sorry, we do not accept dining reservations.

BREWPUB ADDRESS

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Directions
CONTACT
(773) 227-2739
info@revbrew.com

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: CHIRP Radio

May 15, 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!

CHIRP Radio

CHIRP is a volunteer-driven, online community radio station that focuses on music, arts, and culture. We are live and local every day of the year from 6am-midnight from our studios in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, and the city we live in is a key part of everything we do. CHIRP Radio plays a wide mix of local, independent, lesser-heard, and just generally good music from a variety of genres and eras. CHIRP DJs are true music fans who love to share their discoveries, new and old, with listeners. The station also features conversations with artists, activists, and other people doing interesting work, and our features department produces pieces highlighting Chicago’s diverse voices and stories. The station has been awarded a broadcast license Listen now at: chirpradio.org

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: 826CHI

May 15, 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!

826CHI

826CHI (“eight-two-six Chicago”) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future 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: Challengers Comics

May 15, 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!

Challengers Comics

Challengers Comics + Conversation was opened on March 31, 2008 by Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Since then, they’ve been honored not just to be the recipients of awards like Best Comics Shop (Chicago Reader, 2010) and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (2013), but to be the local comics shop of some enthusiastic comics fans.

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 Art Auction Special Thanks

May 13, 2017By Jon MastantuonoBenefit, CAKE, Comics Around Town No Comments

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 Kick-off with Bell, Ferris, Knisley and Trotman!

May 12, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Comics Around Town No Comments

Chicago Alternative Comics (CAKE) Kick-off with Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman

Friday, June 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM
at
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Gabrielle Bell, Emil Ferris, Lucy Knisley and C. Spike Trotman read from their recent work as a kick-off for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), happening on June 10th & 11th at the Center on Halsted.

Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California.  She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is Flammable (Uncivilized). She lives in Brooklyn, New York. http://gabriellebell.com/

Emil Ferris is the author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part 1 (Fantagraphics) Emil is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry. http://emilferris.com/

Lucy Knisley is an award-winning comic artist and author who specializes in personal, confessional comics that deal with memory, travel, family and traditions. Her latest graphic novel, Something New; Tales from a Makeshift Bride (First Second), deals with her struggle to modernize and equalize her 2004 wedding, and the meaning behind many matrimonial traditions. http://www.LucyKnisley.com/

Spike Trotman was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago’s biggest alt-press publisher, responsible for strange and amazing books such Poorcraft, the Smut Peddler series and more. https://ironcircus.com/

Learn more at our Facebook event –https://www.facebook.com/events/289964744795398/

CAKE Street Team Pizza Party

May 12, 2017By Jon MastantuonoCAKE, Comics Around Town, Uncategorized No Comments

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Dimo’s Pizza Wicker Park
1615 N Damen Ave

FREE PIZZA for POSTERING! $2 PBRs!

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) needs help getting out the word that our expo is back at Center on Halsted this June 10 and 11. Please join CAKE’s organizers for FREE PIZZA! We’ll have posters, and you can participate in two ways:

1. Pick up a bundle of CAKE posters and agree to hang them in your neighborhood, and post a photo with the hashtag #CAKE2017, OR

2. If you picked up posters from us at Chicago Zine Fest or some other time and place, post a photo of the poster in the world on social media with the hashtag #CAKE2017

In past years this has been a great chance to volunteers to catch up with food and a short low-key weeknight hang. It’s fun, and we really appreciate any help you can give us postering the city.

Learn more at our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/747432248770427/

CAKE 2017 – Maximalism Panel!

May 11, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Maximalism Panel

Jesse Jacobs, Ron Regé, Jr, Lale Westvind, and Marnie Galloway address different subject matter in their books, but their work expresses a similar horror vacui: all fill the entirety of their pages with intricate detail. And although nature may abhor a vacuum, comics is often described as a combination of poetry and graphic design, a definition that would appear to set it in direct opposition to a maximalist aesthetic. This panel discussion, moderated by Galloway, will address what drives these four artists to work in their distinctive styles and how their approaches affect the kinds of stories that they tell.

This panel is sponsored by Busy Beaver.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, June 10th at CAKE 2017!

CAKE 2017 Workshop – Professional FUNdamentals!

May 11, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Professional FUNdamentals Workshop

Do you have a project you’ve been waiting to get off the ground? Do you have friends, colleagues, coworkers, and family members who are your superfans? What does it take to turn that passion for your work into profit? Hear from creators Kevin Budnik and C. Spike Trotman about their experiences in successfully supporting their projects and themselves. This professional-development workshop will give you the resources, knowledge, and inspiration, so you’ll just need to add the elbow grease!

This workshop is sponsored by 826 Chi and Half Wit Coffee.

3:00-4:00 p.m. – SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH at CAKE 2017!