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/

Join Us in Welcoming Trina Robbins to Chicago this March!

March 2, 2017By Matt BradyComics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

At CAKE 2016, we were disappointed that our Special Guest Trina Robbins had to cancel her appearance due to health concerns, but luckily, we were still able to have her come to Chicago this spring for some local events:

Wimmin’s Comix

Wednesday, March 15
5:00-6:00 PM
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972, she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972–1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee. Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

This lecture is open to the public, but non-SAIC attendees must have a state issued ID to check in with security upon entering the building.

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/748499208652940/

Women, Culture, and Comics

Thursday, March 16
6:00-8:00 PM
UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street, Chicago

As part of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Trina Robbins’ talk will focus on women and diversity in comics as vehicles for cultural understanding and social change. Her talk will draw from her various works, including the Junior Library Guild Selection graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper and her forthcoming book Babes in Arms. A book-signing will follow.

Please RSVP at http://go.uic.edu/trinarobbins

About Trina Robbins

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book (1972 – 1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women in the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee.  Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer, 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

Applications for TRANSIT’s Third Annual CHIPRC Inbound Residency Are Open!

January 15, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town No Comments
2016’s TRANSIT Artists in Residence, Sarah McNeil and Chris Gooch, who traveled to Chicago from Australia!

We’re excited to announce that applications for TRANSIT and the Chicago Publisher’s Resource Center (CHIPRC)’s third annual inbound comics artist residency are now open! This residency gives artists from outside the Chicago area the opportunity to focus on their craft with the goal of self-publishing new work, as well as to share their process with others in Chicago’s self-publishing community. This two-week residency will take place from May 28 – June 11, 2017, and it will culminate with table space and a presentation given during the 2017 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), which will take place on Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11. For more information about the residency and instructions for how to apply, please visit TRANSIT’s call for entries page.

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.

10 Days to CAKE! Join Us on June 1 to Welcome our Transit/CHIPRC Artists in Residence!

June 1, 2016By Matt BradyComics Around Town No Comments

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CAKE, Transit, and CHIPRC welcome Sarah McNeil and Chris Gooch, who were both selected as Transit’s Inbound CHIPRC Artists-in-Residence for 2016. We invite you to join us for a welcome reception for Sarah and Chris on Wednesday, June 1 at CHIPRC, located at 858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60620. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. Join the Facebook event here!

Sarah and Chris are printers and illustrators from Melbourne, Australia! The two of them will be working on a Risograph-printed art book while working at CHIPRC (May 29-June 10). They will also be guests and exhibitors at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 11 and 12.

Take this time to meet them, ask questions about their work and welcome them to Chicago. There will be light refreshments and drinks available.

CAKE is in 17 days! Join Us for Our Kickoff Events

May 25, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

Thursday Night – David Alvarado & Tyrell Cannon at Sulzer Library in Lincoln Square

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CAKE Special Guest Tyrell Cannon will join Newcity Cartoonist David Alvarado for a presentation on their work at the Sulzer Library. This event will be in accordance with 2 exhibitions of Alvarado and Cannon’s work; Alvarado will be exhibiting in the 2nd floor cases and Cannon will be exhibiting in the North Exhibit Case in the lobby of the Sulzer. Both exhibits will run from June 1st to June 30th.

The event will take place at The Sulzer Library, located at  4455 N. Lincoln Ave, on Thursday, June 9th at 7pm. Join the Facebook event here!

Friday Afternoon – Chester Brown at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

Stop by Chicago Loop Graham Crackers Comics on the Friday before the CAKE weekend and meet author Chester Brown. Chester will be signing copies and discussing his new graphic novel Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

This exclusive signing with Chester Brown at CAKE Sponsor Graham Crackers Comics will be taking place Friday, June 10th from Noon – 1:30 PM at 77 E Madison St. Join the Facebook event here!

Graham Crackers

Friday Night – Kramers Ergot Signing at Quimby’s Books

Kramers Ergot 9

CAKE is excited to present a signing event for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle,John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

Since the inception of Kramers Ergot inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last. This event will be taking place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at 1854 W North Ave. Join the Facebook event here!

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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 fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE Invites You To Our Drink & Draw on May 18th

April 20, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town

Our next fundraiser event for CAKE 2016 is a Drink and Draw that will take place on May 18th from 7:00 PM to Midnight at The Owl, located at 2521 N. Milwaukee in Chicago. Admission to the event is $5.00, which includes entry to a raffle for some special prizes, and for every drink sold, The Owl will donate $1.00 to CAKE.

The artists who will be participating in the event include:

  • Mike Freiheit
  • Krystal DiFronzo
  • David Alvarado
  • Gina Wynbrandt
  • Tyrell Cannon
  • More to be announced!

Drink and Draw

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 cakexpo@gmail.com.

Join the Chicago Architecture Biennial and CAKE for a Night of Architecture, Food, Drinks, Music—and Comics!

November 6, 2015By Matt BradyComics Around Town

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CAKE would like to invite you to join us for Imaginary Worlds, a discussion and workshop that will take place as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Two cartoonists (Edie Fake and Keiler Roberts) and two architects from UIC School of Architecture (Ania Jaworska and Sam Jacob) will discuss the depiction of space and time and the representation of worlds real and imagined, among other links between comics and architecture. Following this conversation, moderated by comics scholar Brian Cremins, Neil Brideau, cartoonist and organizer for CAKE, will lead a live comics-making workshop. Pick up an architect- or cartoonist-designed button, made live by Busy Beaver Buttons.

To attend, RSVP Here. This event will take place on Friday, November 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, in Chicago, Illinois. The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.

About the Panelists

Edie Fake’s drawings, comic books, and publications have been written about in Artforum, Chicago Reader, The Comics Journal, ART21, the Guardian, Hyperallergic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists, and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in group shows at MASS Gallery in Austin, John Connelly Presents in New York City, the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Threewalls in Chicago. Fake was born in Chicagoland and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He recently dropped out of the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. She teaches comics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her autobiographical comic Powdered Milk can be seen atkeilerroberts.com. She has received several Ignatz Award nominations, including for Best New Talent and Outstanding Series in 2014.

Ania Jaworska is an architect and educator. She currently teaches art, design, and architecture courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her practice focuses on exploring the connection between art and architecture through bold simple forms, humor, commentary, and conceptual, historic, and cultural references. Jaworska’s work was presented as part of 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit in Common Ground, the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), and CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center (2014). She recently completed a design for the bookstore at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which is currently on view. Her solo show BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Ania Jaworska is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago until January 31, 2016. She holds a master’s in Architecture from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland and from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Sam Jacob is Principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. His work spans scales and disciplines ranging from master planning and urban design to architecture, design, and art projects. Current projects include a master plan for 250 homes, the reinvention of a 1980s business park, a mixed-use development in London’s Shoreditch, and a public art commission for Milton Keynes. Previously, Jacob was a Founding Director of FAT Architecture, where he was involved in internationally acclaimed projects including the BBC drama production village in Cardiff and the curation of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna, and the Biennale. A contributing editor to Icon and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen, he regularly participates in talks and events for institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Southbank Centre, and Sir John Soane’s Museum. Jacob is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association.

Brian Cremins is a Programming Coordinator for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and an Associate Professor of English at Harper College. His essays on comics have appeared in Studies in American Humor, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in the collection Comics and the U. S. South. He is now working on his first book, a study of comics, nostalgia, and the work of C. C. Beck and Otto Binder, for the University Press of Mississippi.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. We are honored to host this year’s special guests Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Cathy G Johnson, Sammy Harkham, Patrick Kyle, and Laura Park. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.