CAKE DEBUT: Great Moments In Western Civilization Cooperative In The Beginning by Caitlin Cass

May 29, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative collects five years of canonical failure and heartache into a single volume. This book includes selections from the Cooperative’s monthly print periodical and internet gag cartoons. Its good ole fashioned folklore is guaranteed to bring you comfort as you revel in the missteps of our Great Western forefathers.
228 Pages, Full Color

Check out the collection’s preview video on youtube.

Caitlin Cass
Caitlin Cass

Caitlin Cass calls herself the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative. The cooperative is a one-person arts group and publishing house best known for their monthly periodical The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Forged in 1986, Great Moments in Western Civilization did not assume its formal name until 2007, but Cass has been curating great moments since birth. She grew up outside of Chicago and after spending much of her youth impersonating disaster victims for the local historical society, she retreated to Santa Fe, New Mexico to study luminiferous aether in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Cooperative is currently based in Buffalo, NY.

Visit Caitlin’s website, and pick up G.M.I.W.C.C. In the Beginning at Table 81 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt

May 29, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


“For years I’ve encountered Lisa Hanawalt’s comics and illustrations piecemeal — in various magazines and periodicals. They’re always a pleasant jolt. Now, they’ve been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon. I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first time. This is a Hanawalt assault. Succumb.”–Patton Oswalt

My Dirty Dumb Eyes introduces Lisa Hanawalt as a first-rank cartoonist/humorist/stalker for an audience that likes its humor idiosyncratic, at times anthropomorphic or scatological, often uncomfortable, and always absurd. Her world vision is intricately rendered in a full spectrum of color, unapologetically gorgeous and intensely bizarre. With movie reviews, tips for her readers, laugh-out-loud lists and short pieces such as “Rumors I’ve Heard About Anna Wintour,” and “The Secret Lives of Chefs,” Hanawalt’s comedy shines here, making the quotidian silly and surreal, flatulent and facetious.

Lisa Hanawalt
Lisa Hanawalt
Drawn and Quarterly
Drawn and Quarterly

Lisa Hanawalt is a renowned self-publisher and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. Her comics work has won several awards, and she was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Humor for her piece, “The Secret Lives of Chefs.” Hanawalt’s illustration and comics clients include The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeneys, Chronicle Books, and Vanity Fair. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog and a comedian. MY DIRTY DUMB EYES (May 2013) is her first book with Drawn & Quarterly.

Drawn & Quarterly is one of the most influential art and literary comics publishers in North America, publishing work by such luminaries as Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Dan Clowes, Julie Doucet, Seth, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware.

Visit Lisa’s website, and pick up My Dirty Dumb Eyes at Tables 35 & 36 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: El Gallo de la Muerte by Odin Cabal

May 28, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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After a botching an assassination attempt cartel hit-man Dei is exiled to Kenosha, Wisconsin were he finds himself in the middle of the domestic problems of his new neighborhood.

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Midwestrn Cuban Comics

Midwestrn Cuban Comics is an on going series which features stories based mainly in the Midwest staring mainly Latinos.

Visit Odin’s website, and pick up El Gallo de la Muerte at Table 31 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Lose #5 by Michael DeForge

May 28, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Special Guests


This issue of Lose houses three self-contained stories: “Living Outdoors” tracks two high school students as they explore a zoo and experiment with hallucinogens. “Muskoka” is the story of a cowboy on the road home to see his family. “Recent Hires” follows a young author’s descent into the criminal underworld in order to win the affections of a girl.
ISBN: 978-0-9879630-6-2
7 x 10 inches, 48 pages, b&w, softcover
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“His [DeForge’s] newest releases–a collection of convention minis and other short run one-offs called Very Casual, and the fifth issue of whatever-he feels-like Lose series–is exactly what one arrogantly screeches all cartoonists should be doing all the time: great, unique comics that only that individual could make that are a little better than their previous work, hearty and head-rushing experiences that plainly demand attention and then reward it easily.” — Tucker Stone, The Comics Journal

Michael DeForge
Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Canada. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. Past illustration clients include The Believer, Vice, New York Times Magazine, and The Walrus. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success and is published by Koyama Press. Lose #1 won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, and Lose #3 won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic. Lose #4 was released in Spring 2012 and is nominated for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The fifth Lose installment is slated for Spring 2013. His web comic strip Ant Comic is serialized weekly and will be collected into a graphic novel by Drawn and Quarterly upon its completion. DeForge’s work blends an encyclopaedic knowledge of cartooning with a range of influences that include Jack Kirby, Eduardo Munoz Bachs, Mark Newgarden, and Hideshi Hino.

Visit Michael, and Koyama Press’ websites, and pick up Lose #5 at Tables 66 & 67 June 15 & 16th!


CAKE DEBUT: Powdered Milk vol’s 9 & 10 by Keiler Roberts

May 27, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


Keiler Roberts be debuting two books at CAKE. Powdered Milk vol. 9 contains vignettes that are mainly about her two year old daughter. The Man Who Could Not Read (Powdered Milk vol. 10) begins with a memory of a film she saw as a child, and develops into fictional characters and themes about perception and Dairy Queen.



Keiler Roberts
Keiler Roberts

Keiler Roberts studied art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. After painting and drawing for ten years, she began making comics in 2009. She teaches in the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Visit Keiler’s website, and pick up Powdered Milk at Table 89 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Snack Pak #1 by Rob Kirby

May 27, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Snack Pak #1 is a new collection of autobiographical vignettes and diary comics from the creator of Curbside, Boy Trouble, and the Ignatz nominated THREE.
“Kirby’s the kind of artist who can do just about any type of storytelling, and minis like this are clearly a way for him to stay nimble and loose while he’s between longer projects, with results that are delightful for the reader.”
-Rob Clough

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Rob Kirby
Rob Kirby

Robert Kirby, straight outta Minneapolis, has been publishing comics since 1991. His books include Curbside, (funded with the Xeric Grant in 1998), Curbside Boys (Cleis Press, 2002), The Book of Boy Trouble, and The Book of Boy Trouble Volume 2: Born To Trouble (Green Candy Press, 2006 & 2008). In 2011, Robert received the Prism Queer Press grant for his anthology series THREE, which was also nominated for Outstanding Anthology or Collection in the 2011 Ignatz Awards. Rob’s currently working on a big new all-color queer comics anthology, due from Northwest Press in Fall 2013.

Visit Rob’s website, and pick up Snack Pak #1 at Table 58 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Miss Priss is Missing by Jay Fuller

June 16, 2012By NeilDebuts

Chicago native Jay Fuller is debuting the first ever, all original Boy in Pink Earmuffs mini comic at CAKE this weekend. When a neighborhood cat goes missing, 12 year old Danny calls in his boyfriend and fellow Super Sleuth J.J. to help solve the case. Whodunit? Find out in this 16 page, black and white tale of intrigue and goofy nonsense: “Miss Priss is Missing!”

Jay graduated from Boston University in 2008 where he drew the single panel comic “Depth Deception” for 3 years. His most recent work includes “Banapplenut,” an absurdist webcomic about three talking fruit marooned on a desert island, and “The Boy in Pink Earmuffs,” a loosely autobiographical webcomic about two boys who fall in love.

Visit Jay’s website, and pick up Miss Priss is Missing at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Galactic Zoo Dossier #9 by Plastic Crimewave

June 15, 2012By NeilDebuts

After three years the ‘hand-drawn psychedelic bible’ is back, leaving no stone unturned in the quest for mind-blowing illumination.

‘Galactic Zoo Dossier #9’ has over 100 pages on overlooked freak rock bands, heady comics and populist pop-psych.

Contributors include creator Plastic Crimewave, Byron Coley (The Wire), Eric Colin (Ugly Things / Shindig), Avi Spivak (Human Being Lawnmower) and Scott Wilkinson (Ugly Things, Endless Trip).

Contains Interviews with Arthur Brown, Black Widow, Poppy Family, Rodriguez and Mark Fry. Features on Egg & East Of Eden, Collectors & Folklords, Curtis Knight, John Berberian, Psyched Archie & Mad, Kirby, Texas psych scene, Kak, Moody Blues, White Witch.

Trading cards of damaged guitar gods and astral folk maidens, in full colour. The CD compilation contains unreleased and mind-frying sounds by Mainliner, Secter Syde, Ultima Thule, Mark Fry, Daze Of Night and The Light Company, amongst others.

Chicago-native Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow is known for being a “psychedelic guru” of sorts, and is the creator of the Galactic Zoo Dossier, a hand-drawn magazine published by Drag City featured in Mojo, Spin, etc. He also runs the Galactic Zoo Disk reissue label imprint, draws/writes bi-weekly “info-strip” Secret History of Chicago Music for the Chicago Reader, has drawn numerous posters and album covers, books the MIllion Tongues festival, and conducts Celestial Guitarkestras (of up to 70 guitarists).
Since 2001, he’s headed up Plastic Crimewave Sound, a legendary space-punk ensemble Julian Cope described as “outtasite.” Crimewave also plays in the avant-prog trio Moonrises, ambient duo Solar Fox, and plays solo electric guitar ragas.

Pick up Galactic Zoo Dossier #9 at Table 6 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Lurking/Nocturners by Conor Stechschulte

June 15, 2012By NeilDebuts

New 16pg. Book by Conor Stechschulte.
Words stolen from H.P. Lovecraft/Crepuscular wanderers passing twice through the xerox machine.

Conor Stechschulte lives and works in Baltimore Maryland. He is a member of Closed Caption Comics, the editor of the anthology Sock, and the author of the comic The Amateurs. Conor also co-founded the Open Space Gallery and plays guitar in the band Witch Hat

Visit Conor’s website, and pick up Lurking/Nocturners at Table 12 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Apostrophe to the Ocean by Rebecca Grady Mir

June 15, 2012By NeilDebuts

Apostrophe to the Ocean is a much belated follow up to Rebecca’s earlier mini-comic I was born to be an explorer. It trails the explorer from her wanderings on the ice to the sea floor, as she encounters sea creatures of all kinds, and finds Amelia Earhart and her lost plane.

Offset color cover with b+w interior
40 pages
7 x 8.5 inch booklet

Rebecca Mir is a Chicagoan by way of Maine and Alaska. When she was too little to walk, she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. These days she spends her days making ice floes and mountains, comic books about adventuring and earthly phenomenon, and mix tapes for the Ocean.

Visit Rebecca’s website, and pick up Apostrophe to the Ocean at Table 46 June 16 & 17th!