Announcing the 2019 Cupcake Award Winner: Diana H. Chu!

November 17, 2018

CAKE is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Cupcake Award: Diana H. Chu!

Diana H. Chu is an illustrator, comics artist, and zinemaker who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was selected by this year’s guest judge/mentor, Marnie Galloway, and she will use the Cupcake Award grant to create a new minicomic that will debut at CAKE 2019.

“With the mentorship & financial support of the 2019 Cupcake Award, I’m honored to expand the pool of visual narratives with my family’s own stories,” said Diana. “If the goal is to promote exposure / compassion vs. divisiveness, then cheers to this legacy of inter-artist collaboration. Thank you for your generosity, CAKE. I’m beyond thrilled.”

In addition to the winner, four honorable mentions were selected: JJ McLuckie, Clare Rosean, Cee Laverty, and Joe Maccarone.

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge.

The CAKE 2019 Exhibitor Application Is Now Open!

CAKE is now accepting exhibitor applications for CAKE 2019, which will take place on June 1 and 2, 2019. Applications will be accepted through December 9th, 2018. Please apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/tMkoOmYtXJA9oPZG2

We Are Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Cupcake Award!

August 13, 2018

 

Thanks again to all of our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for making CAKE 2018 a success! As we begin planning for next year’s CAKE, we are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Cupcake Award.

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of this year’s special guest judge, Marnie Galloway. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

The deadline for the application is September 30, 2018. Please visit our Cupcake Award page for instructions about how to apply, as well as eligibility guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please email us at cupcake@cakechicago.com or fill out the form on the Cupcake Award page. We look forward to receiving some great applications, and we’ll see you at next year’s CAKE!

Debuting at CAKE 2018: The Hanging at Limestone Road, by Cupcake Award Winner Adam Griffiths

May 30, 2018

The winner of the fourth annual Cupcake Award, Adam Griffiths, will be debuting the minicomic created as a part of this award at CAKE 2018, which is coming up on June 2 and 3.

The Hanging at Limestone Road

Four boys head into the forest to investigate a reported suicide that may or may not coincide with a local legend. Described by the author as a mix of the “CUBE” sci-fi film series and Stephen King’s “Stand By Me,” this 50-page full-color horror mini-comic was commissioned as part of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) Cupcake Award, which included guidance and mentoring with artist Edie Fake.

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge.

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. For any questions about CAKE, please email cake@cakechicago.com.

Announcing the 2018 CAKE exhibitor application and 2017’s Cupcake award winner!

October 25, 2017

Hello, everyone,

While it’s only fall, the time has already come to begin planning for CAKE 2018! Next year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place June 2–3 at the Center on Halsted, and exhibitor applications will open on Monday, November 6. The application form will be available at cakechicago.com. The application period will run until November 30, so we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application.

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists, both established and emerging, working in independent and alternative comics, displaying equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. Through a jurying process that involves many members of Chicago’s comics community, we strive to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, we strive to produce a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages, and advances the full depth and breadth of artists working in our community.

CAKE’s standard table space is a half table (3′ x 2.5′). A registration fee of $65 is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee. Please direct any questions to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all queries as quickly as possible.

The Winner Is…

CAKE is proud to award the fourth annual Cupcake Award to Adam Griffiths! Adam is a cartoonist, illustrator, artist living in Takoma Park, MD. He was excited to receive the award, saying, “I was surprised and honored to be selected by the superb cartoonist and storyteller Edie Fake as the Cupcake Award winner for 2018! For someone like myself who is really just beginning to release books, getting feedback from a seasoned creator about my narrative methods and materials presentation is a priceless opportunity that can only improve the quality of the stories I have to tell.”

Adam just released the first installment of his graphic novel Washington White (pictured below), which can be purchased at http://adamgriffithscartoonist.bigcartel.com/.

Launched in 2014, the Cupcake Award emerges from CAKE’s commitment to support independent comics and the self-publishing community. As the winner of this year’s Cupcake Award, Adam will receive $250 to support the printing of a new comic; a free half table at the 2016 CAKE festival, where the comic will debut; and mentorship support from special guest juror Edie Fake.

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 about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com

The Deadline to Apply for the 2017 Cupcake Award Is Coming Soon!

July 20, 2017

The deadline for applying for the 2017 Cupcake Award is coming up on July 31! Please visit our Cupcake Award page to apply.

We spoke to last year’s winner, Kelly Fernandez, about her experience:

What was the process of applying for the Cupcake award like?

The hardest part of applying for the Cupcake award was thinking of a story to submit. I spent days racking my brain trying to come up with a compelling fiction story, but I always felt like nothing was good enough. Then I thought: “Why don’t I just tell my story?” I was nervous because I had never made an autobiographical comic, but I decided to just do it!

What did you learn when creating your comic?

I learned that making comics involves taking care of yourself, too. While working on my final art, I barely ate, slept, or spoke to anyone. It wasn’t healthy. Deadlines, taking feedback, and working with others is a vital part of working in comics, so learning how to handle the pressure of these things was important for me. You need to take breaks to destress, exercise, and recharge.

How did you like working with this year’s guest judge/mentor, Caitlin McGurk?

Caitlin was great; she was so supportive and friendly. She was always there to help me not only with my project for the Cupcake award, but also to give me advice about school and my career. I’m very grateful to have had her as my mentor, and I hope we stay friends for a long time.

Do you have any other thoughts about CAKE or the Cupcake award, or any words of encouragement for people who apply?

CAKE and winning the Cupcake award was an incredible experience, and I strongly encourage people to apply! I learned so much and met so many great people, and I would do it again if I could.

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge.

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. For any questions about CAKE, please email cake@cakechicago.com.

Applications Are Now Open for the Cupcake Award!

June 12, 2017

Now that CAKE 2017 is over, we are accepting applications for the fourth annual Cupcake Award, a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest Edie Fake. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

The deadline for the application is July 31, 2017. Please visit our Cupcake Award page for instructions about how to apply, as well as eligibility guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please email us at cupcake@cakechicago.com or fill out the form on the Cupcake Award page. We look forward to receiving some great applications, and we’ll see you at next year’s CAKE!