Introducing This Year’s Cupcake Award Winner: Kelly Fernandez!

May 25, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts No Comments

This year’s Cupcake Award winner, Kelly Fernandez, will be debuting her comic Cuidando at CAKE! Here’s what Kelly had to say about her comic:

“Cuidando is a memoir comic about how my experiences as a nanny have affected the way I see myself and my family. The title translates to ‘Taking Care,’ which is meant to not only suggest ‘taking care of children’ but also ‘taking care of oneself’ or self-care/self-love.”

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. Entries for the fourth annual Cupcake Award will be accepted following CAKE 2017.

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 CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Debuts!

May 24, 2017By NeilDebuts, Exhibitors No Comments

Every year, we are honored to see comics artists use CAKE as a venue to debut new comics.  Be the first person on the planet to get a copy of these new and innovative titles! You can view our debuts on our 2017 Debut page.
Here are a few titles that will be debuting at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 10 & 11:

 

From Ian McDuffie, Table 310a:

Bodies Of Work

Bodies of Work is a collection of Ian McDuffie’s short comics work from the last ten years. It includes cartoons that have been included in anthologies, as well as some works that never saw the light of day. Steel yourself for death, pasta, Kate Bush, sorrow, transformation, and a talking phallus.

Lazarus

Lazarus shows a slice of life of Thomas Jerome Newton, an ancient alien, prisoner of Earth, drunk, stumbling and sleeping through his life, unable to die. Loosely adapted from both Walter Tevis’ “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” Nicolas Roeg’s film of the same name, and David Bowie & Enda Walsh’s musical “Lazarus.” 24 pages, b/w.

2 Stories

Ian McDuffie’s 2 Stories contains two brand new tales of isolation, loss, appropriation, ignorance, disgust, alienation, and evil. These stories depict two different characters will a complete lack of understanding of their place in the world, and how they overreact to that lack. Comeuppance comes to them in different ways. 24 pages, b/w.

From Corinne Halbert, Table 410a:

Hate Baby 666

For Horror Movie fans, BDSM fetish freaks and lovers of Satan! Hate Baby 666 is more sinful than ever before. Enjoy a series of debaucherous vignettes including Seven Deadly Sins and Six Names of Satan. 32p, b+w 5.5”x8.5” for adults only!

Lady Like

Reimagined vintage ads marketed towards women with an added Horror twist. This sassy little mini-comic is poking fun at the blatant sexism of advertising campaigns from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. 20p, b+w, 5’5”x8.5” step into the past and have a laugh.

From Scott R Miller (also at Table 410a):

Printsploitation No. 3

The third installment of PRINTSPLOITATION a horror and cult movie Illustration fanzine. Featuring art from Putrid, Corinne Halbert, Reuben Splatterbeast and many more! New larger format, 8.5”x11” b+w.

Workshop: Zinecraft/Spellcraft with Alyssa Berg

May 18, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Zine Craft / Spell Cast with Alyssa Berg

Join Brooklyn-based comic-book artist Alyssa Berg for a workshop that is part zine crafting and part spell casting. Berg, whose ALPENGLOW won the Comics Workbook 2015 Composition Competition, will lead participants in creating a magic minizine through writing and drawing rituals. After considering the zine as a physical object that can be charged with intentions, attendees will make a unique eight-page spell zine. Materials will be provided, but interested participants should bring any special scraps or drawings they might want to include in their zines. 

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30–2:30 p.m. 

This workshop is sponsored by Challengers Comics.

CAKE 2017 Debuts!

May 17, 2017By NeilDebuts No Comments

Every year, we are honored to see comics artists use CAKE as a venue to debut new comics.  Be the first person on the planet to get a copy of these new and innovative titles! You can view our debuts on our 2017 Debut page.
Here are a few titles that will be debuting at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on June 10 & 11:

 

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge: A Nestor Burma Mystery

by Jacques Tardi
Paris, 1950s. Nestor Burma’s past comes knocking when a young gypsy woman leads him to a hospital where he discovers a recently deceased old buddy from his anarchist days. While Burma has chosen to move onto the (more or less) straight and narrow as a private eye, his friend had stayed on the other side of the law as a counterfeiter and worse. So now it’s up to Burma to avenge his friend, keep the girl safe, and hopefully unravel a mystery whose roots run far and deep back into the past… Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge is the first of four major graphic novels adapted by Tardi from the legendary French crime writer Léo Malet’s original Nestor Burma novels, each set in Paris. Tardi’s stylish use of mechanical gray tones provides the book with a lovely period feel which, combined with Tardi’s usual obsessive visual research, gives it a uniquely personal, authentic quality. Tardi’s adaptation is a cracking good detective yarn and a milestone in comics history.
Table 417 & 418

Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours

by Alex Nall
The next installment of Nall’s ‘Teaching Comics’ series, ‘Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours’ explores the life and influence of tv’s Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers.
Table 301b

Midwestrn Cuban Comics 10

by Odin D. Cabal
Baseball, romance, and near death experience. Maria and company are back in black in the streets of Milwaukee.
Table 110b

A New Low

by Johnny Ryan
For more than a decade, Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix, Prison Pit) has been filling the back page of Vice magazine with some of the most transgressively hilarious and politically incorrect comics to ever grace a glossy, national magazine. A New Low collects this impressive body of work, as well as several other surprises. The victims of Ryan’s skewering satire in this collection include: G.G. Allin, Caddyshack, Bill Cosby, E.T., Everybody Loves Raymond, Ireland, Italy, Kenny G, Kid Rock, D.H. Lawrence, Ted Nugent, Russians, Small Wonder, The Shield, Spain, Two and a Half Men, Vice magazine, Wall Street, and so much more that can’t be so easily categorized (such as “Erotic Art Collecting Squirrel” or “Whorenado,” to name but a few). Johnny Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century, and A New Low collects almost 100 full-color examples of Vice’s signature cartoonist.
Tables 417 & 418

The Complete Strange Growths, 1991-1997

by Jenny Zervakis
Jenny Zervakis was part of a wave of underground, do-it-yourself cartoonists who came of age during the Zine Revolution of the 1990’s. At a time when most “alternative comics” were loud, abrasive, and sarcastic, Jenny’s zine, Strange Growths, was warm, understated, and emotionally bare. Now, for the first time, these inspirational and groundbreaking comics have been collected in book form. The Complete Strange Growths: 1991-1997 gathers the first thirteen issues in their entirety, plus a selection of rare comics from anthologies, and a new interview with Jenny, conducted by Robert Clough.
Table 105

Upgrade Soul Vol 3

by Ezra Claytan Daniels
After almost 15 years in the making, Ezra Claytan Daniels’ award-winning science fiction epic finally concludes. Upgrade Soul Volume 3. 96 pages, full color, squarebound. “Upgrade Soul is a dazzling, disturbing piece of science fiction that examines aging, family and science gone wrong. It’ll grip you from the first page on.” —Heidi MacDonald, The Beat
Table 211a

Zanardi

by Andrea Pazienza
Fantagraphics is proud to introduce American (and English-speaking) readers to this blazingly honest cartoonist of international stature. Andrea Pazienza was part of a group of Italian cartoonists and illustrators who pioneered a breakthrough approach to comics in Italy, comparable to what Moebius did at Les Humanoïdes Associés with Métal Hurlant in France and Robert Crumb with Zap in the U.S. Pazienza was a true visionary, with a fluid line and an uncanny sense of color and composition, and his innovative graphic style served up stories that were iconoclastic, outrageous, humorous, and deeply personal, often based on himself and his microcosm of friends and collaborators. Zanardi portrays a lost generation of late-1970s/early-1980s teenagers, coping with family problems, school, sex, and drugs — a universal tale in many Western countries. Pazienza was a revolutionary cartoonist who ushered an underground sensibility to Italian and European comics, breaking from the more staid tradition of genteel adult (and children’s) graphic albums.
Tables 417 & 418

5 Days to CAKE! Check Out Our Debuts Page!

June 6, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts No Comments

CAKE 2016 is approaching fast, and we’re excited to share the debuts that our exhibitors will have available for purchase, including work by Grant Reynolds, Kevin Budnik, Ed Piskor, Lisa Hanawalt, Sarah Becan, Alex Nall, Leela Corman, and Special Guests Leslie Stein, Tyrell Cannon, and Ezra Claytan Daniels!

Check out the full list of debuts here.

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.

Announcing the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Residency!

April 19, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming

Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil

CAKE and Transit are excited to announce the Artists in Residence for the 2016 CHIPRC Inbound Residency! Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil are illustrators/comics artists currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They will collaborate on a Risograph-printed comic that they will begin under Sarah’s Risograph imprint, Room Press, and complete it during their Chicago residency. The end result will be available at this year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE).

During their two-week residency, Chris and Sarah will utilize CHIPRC’s space as their studio, as well as use CHIPRC’s Risograph machine. In addition to working on their project, they will also meet with local Risograph printers in Chicago, teach a workshop at CHIPRC, and present and exhibit at CAKE. We look forward to welcoming them to Chicago at the end of May!

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 DEBUT: Trash City Comix by Samuel Nigrosh, Zach Dillon, Ryan Doherty

June 4, 2015By NeilCAKE, Debuts

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Total trash from the Windy City Dumps crew. They tried to kill themselves but it didn’t work so they are making more comics for YOUR pleasure. This collection comes with a special Risographed cover making it worth millions on the second hand SCUM market. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pay bills & die so get this and feel better for 5 minutes.

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Samuel Nigrosh is a Chicago based artist & illustrator who runs Sun Eater Studio.

Visit Samuel’s website, and pick up TITLE at Table 10B June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Soft Violence by Danielle Chenette

June 4, 2015By NeilCAKE, Debuts

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“Soft Violence” is the story of Penny, who’s luck changes one day while walking through the mall. Enticed by a charismatic saleswoman, Penny decides to purchase a bottle of the cool, new product “Adventure Serum”, which allows the user complete control of their wildest dreams! However, the batch Penny bought (at a slightly reduced price) is well past the expiration date, meaning her results may vary… 24 Pages, B&W.

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Danielle Chenette makes comics, paintings, prints, and animations in Chicago IL.

Visit Danielle’s website, and pick up Soft Violence at Table 77A June 6 & 7th!

CAKE DEBUT: Hot Dog Beach #3 by Special Guest, Lale Westvind

June 3, 2015By NeilCAKE, Debuts

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Mop and Fuzz crash through the green house of Jazzy Milkman’s chaotic desert bungalow on a V8 motorbike “borrowed” from a dead guy. Now if they could just find Jazzy and get the “Big Digger” they might get paid.
Drawn with an overflowing enthusiasm for depicting MOVEMENT and ENERGY.
The third issue of Hot Dog Beach, 40 pages, black and white with color cover, 8×10.5

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Lale Westvind is the creator of over a dozen self-published comics including Hot Dog Beach, Hyperspeed to Nowhere and Express Less. She lives and works in her native New York City.

Visit Lale’s website, and pick up Hot Dog Beach #3 at Table 95B June 6 & 7th!