Thanks to CAKE’s Sponsors!

May 8, 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 spotlight some of these sponsors, and we encourage you to support them!

Busy Beaver Button Company

Since its beginnings in 1995, Busy Beaver Button Co. has gone from a one-woman operation in Christen Carter’s college apartment to a company with fifteen employees. Over the last 20 years, the Busy Beaver crew has overseen over 60,000 designs and produced millions upon millions of custom buttons for clients like Brooklyn Brewery, NBC Entertainment, The Art Institute of Chicago, Threadless, and WordPress, as well as thousands of bands, non-profits, small businesses and other great folks.

Quimby’s Books

Quimby’s is an independently owned bookstore that sells independently-published and small press books, comics, zines and ephemera. We favor the unusual, the aberrant, the saucy and the lowbrow.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events: CAKE’s Annual Art Auction and a Drink And Draw Fundraiser!

April 14, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE No Comments

If you’re in the Chicago area, we’ve got a couple fundraising events coming up that you won’t want to miss:

CAKE’s Annual Art Auction

Friday, April 21
7:00 PM
Taking place at 826CHI, located at 1276 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

A live and silent auction to benefit the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Bid on art from the luminaries of Chicago’s comics scene! Admission is $10, or $15 with one drink and one raffle ticket.

Featuring original auction pieces by:

Chester Brown
John Pham
Laura Park and John Porcellino
Nick Drnaso
Ed Luce
Sammy Harkham
Leslie Stein
Kevin Huizinga
Leigh Luna
Kevin Czap
Joe Tallerico
Josh Cotter
Alec Longstreth
Carrie Vinarsky
Lale Westvind
Ted May
Mardou

and more!

Join the event on Facebook.

CAKE Drink And Draw Brunch

Sunday, April 30
1:00-4:00 PM
Taking place at the Empty Bottle, located at 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo cordially invites you to our annual Drink and Draw! This years soiree will take place at the Empty Bottle, one of our favorite venues. CAKE will be supplying sketch books and drawing materials, but please feel free to bring your own art supplies as well. Admission is $5.00. There will be drinking and drawing, live performances by local cartoonists, and a prize raffle! All of the proceeds will benefit CAKE. We really hope to see you there!

Join the event on Facebook or purchase advance tickets.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Ron Rege, Jr.!

March 24, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our final special guest for 2017: Ron Rege, Jr.!

Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual yet accomplished storyteller whose work exudes a passionate, moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. The Cartoon Utopia is his Magnum Opus, a unique work of comic art that, in the words of its author, “focuses on ideas that I’ve become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.” It’s part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto. Regé’s work exudes psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

Regé’s new book What Parsifal Saw, which was recently released by Fantagraphics Books, is a psychedelic collection of comics that includes an adaptation of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s work. Regé’s interest in esoteric ideas and spirituality has permeated into all aspects of his comics, as highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” which concerns magical, alchemical, ancient, and mysterious ideas; cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

For more information about Ron, please follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, or subscribe to his monthly series of minicomics.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Jesse Jacobs!

March 24, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Jesse Jacobs!

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, NB, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, ON. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and has appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture, Safari Honeymoon in 2014. His next book, Crawl Space, will be published in May 2017.

For more information about Jesse, please visit him on Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: C. “Spike” Trotman!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: C. “Spike” Trotman!

Charlie “Spike” Trotman is an accomplished cartoonist and publisher and an outspoken thought leader in today’s alternative comics scene. She runs the independent publishing company Iron Circus out of her home in Chicago. Since founding Iron Circus in 2005, she not only published her own comics (including Templar, Arizona and Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well for Less), she has also edited and published several anthologies (including Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, and New World) and completed multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns. Her graphic novel Black Pearl: The Graphic Life of Josephine Baker will be published in 2017 by First Second.

For more information about Spike, please visit the Iron Circus website or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Jessi Zabarsky!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Jessi Zabarsky!

Jessi Zabarsky is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her comics “are generally about very small spaces and moments in very big worlds.” Her graphic novel Witchlight was published in 2017 by Czap Books. For more information about Jessi, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Gary Panter!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Gary Panter!

Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, designer, and part-time musician who has been a fixture of the art-comics scene for decades. Panter has published his work in various magazines and newspapers, including RAW, Time, and Rolling Stone. His most famous works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise and Facetasm, which was created together with Charles Burns, and the graphic novel Cola Madness. In the early 1990s, he drew seven issues of a Jimbo comic book through Matt Groening‘s Zongo Comics label, and later created two more graphic novels starring his character, Jimbo in Purgatory and Jimbo’s Inferno. Gary has won numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, as well as the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence. His latest book, Songy of Paradise, will be published by Fantagraphics in April 2017. For more information, please visit Gary’s website.

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 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Kevin Budnik!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Kevin Budnik!

Kevin Budnik is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Illustration. His published works include Our Ever Improving Living Room, Dust Motes 1 and 2, Flower Grow, Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, Handbook (for which he received an Ignatz Award nomination for Promising New Talent in 2016), and Epilogue, and his comics have appeared in several anthologies including LINEWORK, What’s Your Sign Girl?, The Adventure Zine, Sweaty Palms, Andromeda Quarterly, Animal Crosszine, and Comfort Food Zine. For more information, please visit Kevin’s website, visit him on Facebook or Twitter, or support him on Patreon.

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.