CAKE DEBUT: No Straight Lines edited by Justin Hall

June 12, 2012

LGBTQ cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social mores with intelligence, humor, and an irreverent imagination. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, a massive 328-page hardcover anthology published by Fantagraphics Books, is the most definitive collection to date of this material, showcasing the spectrum from lesbian underground comix, to gay newspaper strips, to bi punk zines, to trans webcomics.

Edited and compiled by Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, Hard To Swallow), this anthology features the work of over 90 creators, from crossover successes like Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Ralf Konig, Dan Savage, and Eric Shanower, to dozens of talented cartoonists who were never able to reach an audience beyond the queer community but nonetheless produced important work deserving of a wider audience. Complete with Hall’s essay on the history and cultural context of the material, as well as an introduction by Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Bound), this book is an invaluable piece of comics history and LGBTQ culture.

cover art by Maurice Vellekoop

Justin Hall is an award-winning cartoonist and creator of Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny, True Travel Tales, and Hard To Swallow, as well as contributions to such publications as Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, Boy Trouble, and the S.F. Bay Guardian. At CAKE he is debuting No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which he edited for Fantagraphics.

Visit Justin’s website, and pick up No Straight Lines at Table 76 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Need More by Kevin Czapiewski

June 11, 2012

“Need More” is a meditation on the timeless phenomenon of missing someone close to you, aided by modern technology. In this case, that means Tumblr and tattoos. A short mini comic, “Need More” is a 12 page comic in glorious black and white, with a color cover.

Also be sure to come by Kevin’s table (Table 74) to pick up the brand new (and free) June issue of Trigger, starring the Deep Dark Truthful Mirror.

Kevin Czapiewski (pronounced “chappy-ESSky”) is the Cleveland-based artist of the webcomic Project: Ballad. His other work includes the collection Birthday Surprise, the anthology PUPPYTEETH (co-edited with Liz Suburbia), and the webcomic Spoilers. He also writes a column for the Comix Cube blog and occasionally teaches a class on the art of comics.

Visit Kevin’s website, and pick up Need More & Trigger at Table 74 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Little Heart, a Comic Anthology for Marriage Equality from 2D Cloud & [MN]Love

June 11, 2012

Little Heart is a comic anthology created to show support for marriage equality, produced in partnership with 2D Cloud & [MN]Love. The comics included in the volume cover a variety of material, from auto-bio to science fiction, intimate vignettes, and romantic incidentals; work created to show that love strikes all walks of life. This project was spawned by the very urgent need to fight the 2012 referendum that seeks to instill discrimination and hate in the Minnesota state constitution. We have enlisted artists across the US, Canada, and a small sampling of international artists. Little Heart premiered internationally at the Toronto Comics Art Festival last month and will be premiering stateside at CAKE this June!

artists include:

Tuesday Bassen, Emma Reynolds, Tim Sievert, Michael DeForge, Alex Fukui, Ellen Redshaw, Anna Bongiovanni, Hannah Blumenreich, Megan Tulius, Hedwig Vinson + Rachel Kowarski, Christopher Adams, Milkyboots/Virginia Paine, Luke Holden, Ed Choy + Sam Sharpe, Tammy Ray, Noah Van Sciver, Sally Madden, Jeremy Sorese, Emily Carroll + Kate Craig, Sean Lynch, Joseph Remnant, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Zak Sally, Raighne Hogan, Meghan Hogan, Barbara Schulz; introduction by Christopher Butcher, funded in part by Kickstarter.

2D CLOUD is a micro-press comics publisher based in NE MPLS. We publish paper-craft art books, mini comics, and graphic novels by an assortment of creatives. Select past releases include Yearbooks by Nic Breutzman, Death of Elijah Lovejoy by Noah Van Sciver, Things You Carry by Vincent Stall/King Mini, Motherlover by Breutzman and brothers Holden. New titles to make their Chicago debut include Startled Maggie by Meghan Hogan, Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality by various, Prizon Food 2 by Eric Schuster & Party Food. We also distro Will Dinski’s minis and Pornhounds by Sharon Lintz.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Little Heart at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!
Little Heart is also a sponsor of CAKE’s Queer Communities, Queer Anthologies panel, Sunday, June 17, 2012 3:30 – 4:30pm in the 8th Floor Auditorium.

CAKE DEBUT: Prizon Food Part 2 by Eric Schuster & Party Food (aka Joe Gillette)

June 10, 2012

Prizon Food is an offshoot and printed companion to Party Food — which is a multimedia project by MCAD grad Joe Gillette. Using puppets, video projections, and a symphony of chopped and screwed pop music, Party Food explores themes of love and loss, heritage and rebellion, production and consumption, [one big long fart noise] somethingsomething existentialism. Prizon Food is bit-art-ified and candy colored by fellow MCAD’er alum Eric Schuster.

Joe Gillette is multimedia artists whose work veers into performance, video, and comics. His work has been displayed/showcased/performed on both coasts and in the mid-west.

Eric Schuster is a comic artist and illustrator living in Minneapolis. He is a MCAD graduate with a BFA in Comic Art. He enjoys biking and tea.

Visit 2D Cloud and Prizon Food’s websites, and pick up Prizon Food Part 2 at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Hypnotic Induction Technique by Grant Reynolds

June 9, 2012

Close your eyes. Slow your breathing. Let your body relax. Your mind is clear. Let yourself slip back into the darkness. Let the warmth fold itself around you. You are no longer yourself. You are a part of it now. You are a part of the unnameable. Feel it as it takes you in. Let the pulse of its heartbeat rise up your body. The hairs on its skin burrow inside you. Its tongue is in the back of your throat, curling down your spine. Its fingernails grow longer and longer, until they clutch your organs and work their way inside them. You are no longer yourself. You are a part of it now. You are a part of the unnameable. Sleep now. Sleep.

Hypnotic Induction Technique is a collection of comics, mostly from 2009, with a few from 2010-11. All of the comics share a dream-like quality. Some play with traditional narrative structure, while others float through transformational abstraction.

2-color cover, 40 pages, 7 x 8.5 in.

Grant Reynolds’ work was recently selected for the 2011 volume of Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics. His work has appeared in Elfworld, Shitbeams on the Loose, and the Finnish comics newspaper Kuti Kuti. He’s a member of the Chicago jam comics group Trubble Club. And he’s also exhibited artwork at Giant Robot for a two-man show with Jeremy Tinder called Chip Beef, Chipped Tooth, as well as CartoonInk!: Emerging Comics in Context at SAIC, and this year’s Eat Before We Eat You show, which will be open during CAKE. In 2009 Top Shelf published his book Comic Diorama. He currently lives in Chicago with an aloe plant and cockroaches.

Visit Grant’s website, and pick up Hypnotic Induction Technique at Table 3 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Startled Maggie #1 by Meghan Hogan

June 8, 2012

Startled Maggie is an auto-bio serial focusing on a mischievous little spit-fire. Drawn in light pencil, this new series is pointed at the ephemeral qualities of memory and what makes early life such a funny and charming place.

Meghan Hogan is the comic book artist and crochet toy designer behind Startled Maggie. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Hamline University with a major in studio arts and a minor in anthropology. After a year of portrait commissions and local art shows she ran away with her boyfriend to Cirque du Soleil. They traveled with the circus to many cities doing gift shop merchandising and security. When they returned to Minnesota they got security gigs as museum guards, started their own businesses, and got hitched.

Visit Meghan’s website, and pick up Startled Maggie at Table 50 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: The Legend of Bold Riley by Leia Weathington

June 7, 2012

Northwest Press has just confirmed that Leia Weathington’s debut graphic novel, The Legend of Bold Riley, will be ready in time to make its debut at CAKE!

This lush, 232-page full color epic follows the restless princess Rilavashana Sanparite, called Bold Riley, as she abandons her royal station and ventures out to travel through distant lands where she will find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods and tragic love.

The Legend of Bold Riley was created by Leia Weathington, with art by Weathington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, Konstantin Pogorelov and Jason Thompson, and cover artwork by Brinson Thieme. The book features a foreword by fan-favorite TV and comics writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, Husbands).

Visit Northwest Press’ website, and pick up the Legend of Bold Riley at Table 77 June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: 2012 CAKE Anthology

June 6, 2012

Debuting at CAKE will be an anthology made for the expo! Andy Burkholder put together an exciting list of great comics artists to contribute to the anthology, which will be available for sale at the front info table at CAKE.
The contributors to the CAKE anthology are:
Dane Martin
Anna Haifisch
Paul Nudd
Brecht Vandenbroucke
Patrick Kyle
Sua Yoo
Michael Olivo
A. Degen
Anders Nilsen
Jason Overby
Nick Drnaso
Sanya Glisic
Jason T Miles
Ginette Lapalme
Blaise Larmee
Otto Splotch
Eamon Espey
Molly O’Connell
Paul Loubet
Jesse Balmer
Aidan Koch
John Hankiewicz
Jeff Lok
Maz Morris
Lyra Hill
Henry Glover
Jaakko Pallasvuo
Michael Deforge
Jesse Fillingham
Edie Fake
Jesse McManus
Mike Redmond
Leslie Weibeler
Matthew Thurber
Josh Bayer
David Alvarado
Chris Day
Mickey Z
Scott Longo
Austin English
Julie Delporte
Andy Burkholder
Conor Stechschulte
Zach Hazard Vaupen
Joe Tallarico
Bret Koontz
Aaron Shunga
Noel Freibert
Andy Ortmann
Shalo P
Anya Davidson

Big thanks to Andy for putting this together. We’re really excited about it, and hope you’ll check it out on June 16 & 17!

CAKE DEBUT: Structures 12-23 by Vincent Stall

June 5, 2012

This is the second book in the Structures series. This time cartoonist and designer Vincent Stall was invited to contribute 11 structures. Vincent’s constructions contain a kind simultaneity of decay and growth. Are they ruins of an unknown civilization or the beginnings of a new one?
1-color cover.
20 pages

5.25 x 7 inch pamphlet

From Yo Gabba Gabba to General Mills, Vincent Stall’s work proves that no brand is too big, too small, or too unusual. Designing and producing work for Dominos Pizza, Kmart, Haute Dish, Big Brain Comics, Dunn Brothers, Dairy Queen, Northwest Airlines…blah blah blah, his award-winning work has appeared in the graphic design annuals Graphis, Print, and CA.
His true roots trace back to founding King Mini International, a boutique design house, where he spent several years “figuring it all out”. In addition to publishing numerous
books, including the much loved Robot Investigator, the much misunderstood Everyone Takes A Turn, as well as Passenger Side and Jetsam, Stall’s work also graces the walls of music venues and transit kiosks in the form of rock and roll posters. Under the name King Mini, his illustration work has appeared in such comic book and rock poster books as Sonic: Visuals of Music, MeatHaus, and 2D Cloud’s Things You Carry

Visit Vincent and Uncivilized Books’ website, and pick up Structures 12-23 at Table 27 (though Vincent will be tabling at table 49) June 16 & 17th!

CAKE DEBUT: Island Brat 2 by Colleen Frakes

June 2, 2012

I grew up on McNeil Island, home to America’s last island prison,
accessible only by air or sea. People seem to find this pretty
interesting, so I keep making comics about it. Here’s three stories
about what it was like to move to the island, shop on the mainland,
and how a prison break almost ruined my birthday.

4.25 x 5.5, 24 pages, b+w interiors, color cover.

Colleen Frakes was a member of the inaugural class of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2007 she received a Xeric Grant for her book “Tragic Relief”. In 2009 she was awarded the Ignatz for “Promising New Talent” for her book “Woman King”. In 2010, her comic “Island Brat” was published with help from Koyama Press.

Visit Colleen’s website, and pick up Island Brat 2 at Table 45 June 16 & 17th!