R. Sikoryak In Conversation with Charles C. Valauskas July 11th, Quimby’s

July 9, 2017

Tuesday, July 11th at 7 PM – 8 PM

Quimby’s Bookstore

1854 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622


In the new graphic novel Terms & Conditions (Drawn & Quarterly), R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head – each page features an avatar of Apple cofounder and legendary visionary Steve Jobs juxtaposed with a different classic strip such as Mort Walker’s Beatle Bailey, or a contemporary graphic novel such as Craig Thompson’s Blankets or Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

“Mischievous, pastiche-heavy artist Robert Sikoryak…upped the difficulty level for his long-term conceptual project: Instead of abridging a book, he lifted the complete text of Apple’s mind-numbing corporate boilerplate, which users must agree to before accessing iTunes, and mashed it up with art invoking more than a century of comics.”—New York Times

R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.

Charles C. Valauskas is legal counsel to domestic and foreign companies, new ventures, and universities and research foundations. Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics. He has appeared in articles published in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and Food & Wine.

More info: quimbys.com

Workshop: Visual Recipes: The Art of Instructional Comics

June 8, 2017

June 11th, 1:30–2:30 p.m.  Visual Recipes: The Art of Instructional Comics

Do you have a special skill, piece of secret knowledge, family recipe, or weird trick that just has to be shared with the world? Learn how to simply and clearly teach it through the medium of comics. Jessi Zabarsky, who accomplished this very feat in her comic I Want To Eat Everything, will guide participants through the process, showing what it takes to create beautiful and comprehensible instructional comics, using techniques that will help artists make better comics in any genre.  This workshop is sponsored by Revolution Brewing and is appropriate for all ages.

What’s a punch card?

June 3, 2017

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!

Comics That Kiss Better: CAKE and European Comics Chicago Party!

June 2, 2017

Thursday, June 22 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press – 2337 N Milwaukee Ave

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and the French Comics Association, with Europe Comics and Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press, host a FREE cross-cultural celebration with drinks, drawings, and Bande Dessinée.

Welcome European Cartoonists to the Windy City: Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer, David Etien, Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi with Chicago-land favorites Ivan Brunetti and Keiler Roberts

Live readings of projected comics, emcee’d by Aaron Renier, plus book-signings, (cash) bar, and the chance to chat with incredible international artists. Bring your sketchbook. Mingle with French and European publishing professionals and the CAKE community.

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Two Cookie Minimum Starts its 7th Season!

June 2, 2017

Tuesday, June 6 at 8 PM – 11 PM
CHI PRC – 858 N Ashland Ave

Have a Ball as Chicago reading series stalwart Two Cookie Minimum is celebrates its seventh season with cookies and all things self-published. The first of its four zine- and comic-friendly summer readings will take place on Tuesday June 6, at Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHI PRC 858 N. Ashland Ave).

Special guest and CHIPRC/ Transit Residency (TRANSIT) Artist in Residence Célia Marquis (illustrator and zinester) will be visiting from Montreal, Canada. Joining her will be Chicagoans, Yewon Kwon (comics artist), Alenka Figa (journalist), Rebecca Mir Grady (comics artist), and Amy Giacalone (writer).

All readings are open to the public. The $5 cover benefits CHIPRC. Doors open at 8pm. Get there early to grab a seat. And as always, cookies will be provided. The full summer reading schedule will be posted on the series blog.

Two Cookie Minimum is a reading series that aims to bring together writers and self-publishers. It gives emerging writers a forum and showcases the Chicago zine community. For more information visit the TCM blog at twocookieminimum.blogspot.com

A Revival House Party: 2017 CAKE Pre-Fest Social Mixer

May 26, 2017

Revival House Party: 2017 CAKE Pre-Fest Social Mixer

Friday 6/9 starting at 9:30 p.m.

The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Join Revival House and CAKE for this free mixer at the Den Theatre, featuring D.J. Pluto (aka Ben Marcus).

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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.




May 19, 2017

Tuesday, June 6  – A Book Release Party for Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg at The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.,  6:00–7:30 p.m.

Join Art Institute of Chicago curator Mark Pascale and comics artist and CAKE organizer Amy Peltz to celebrate the launch of Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg. The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition of the New Yorker artist’s work that is on view at the Art Institute (111 S. Michigan Ave.) from May 27 to October 29.

Romanian-born American artist Saul Steinberg (1914–1999) won international acclaim for his inventive, wry representations of the postwar age. His work appeared on the covers and interiors of the New Yorker for nearly six decades, and his drawings, collages, prints, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. With essays by cartoonist Chris Ware and curator Mark Pascale, this lively book traces Steinberg’s imagery as it evolved over the full scope of his career, celebrating his refusal to distinguish between high and low art. The 60 works included traverse the realms of Steinberg’s world, from the witty black-ink takes on his newly adopted land of 1940s America to the watercolor paintings he made as a mature artist in the late 1980s.

RSVP HERE (Please note that your RSVP is requested, but not required)

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!!