CAKE DEBUT: Hate Baby #3 by Corinne Halbert

June 1, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Corinne Halbert’s Hate Baby Three: (The Love Issue) is even more of a rip roaring good time than ever before. Mutilation, deviant sex acts, murderous children and explosions of bodily fluids all circling around personal real life situations and revenge vignettes. One of my biggest inspirations is the work of the brilliant Charles Burns. The imagery is all about the drawings, in large format (8 1/2 by 11 inches,) in high contrast black and white. A must read for alt comic junkies.

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Corrine Halbert

Corinne Halbert’s Hate Baby Three is even more of a rip roaring good time than ever before. Mutilation, deviant sex acts, murderous children and explosions of bodily fluids all circling around personal real life situations and revenge vignettes. One of my biggest inspirations is the work of the brilliant Charles Burns. The imagery is all about the drawings, in large format (8 1/2 by 11 inches,) in high contrast black and white. A must read for alt comic junkies.

Visit Corinne’s website, and pick up Hate Baby #3 at Table 72 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Demon Gunz by Bernie McGovern

June 1, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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DemonGunz: A Minicomic Anthology presents the first eleven issues of the autobiographic DemonGun and DemonDust books. Chronicling the first months of sobering up from a decade of alcoholism, DemonGunz wastes no time before tumbling into bizarre reflections on the creative process. Embark on its dreamworld meanderings through impossible phenomena and the heart-warming friendship of a disembodied nervous system.

Self published, 134 pages, B&W

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Bernie McGovern
Bernie McGovern

Bernie McGovern is a cartoonist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the new comic “DemonTears,” released by Hic & Hoc Publications, alongside the mini-comics “DemonGunz” and “DemonDust.” He loves demons. Book 7 of the self published, terribly long, epic series “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” will be available this year at CAKE, possibly near a plate of heart-shaped snacks. By day, Bernie is an Artist in Residence with the nonprofit Snow City Arts Foundation, bringing school credit and art education to children while staying in Chicago hospitals.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up An Demon Gunz at Table 86 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: An Army of Lovers Will Be Beaten Book 7 by Bernie McGovern

June 1, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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An Army of Lovers will be Beaten, Book 7 is the most recent chapter in the Army of Lovers saga. Six years running, this story follows the surreal happenings in a war between a blue-skinned people and constellations in the night sky. Book 7 delivers hallucinations, pawn shops, clinics, a mountain of suffering, romantic dysfunction, and some graphically romantic…function.
Self published, 40 pages, B&W with some full color pages.

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Bernie McGovern
Bernie McGovern

Bernie McGovern is a cartoonist, puppet designer, animator, and teacher living in his native Chicago. His real-life adventures are documented in the new comic “DemonTears,” released by Hic & Hoc Publications, alongside the mini-comics “DemonGunz” and “DemonDust.” He loves demons. Book 7 of the self published, terribly long, epic series “An Army of Lovers will be Beaten” will be available this year at CAKE, possibly near a plate of heart-shaped snacks. By day, Bernie is an Artist in Residence with the nonprofit Snow City Arts Foundation, bringing school credit and art education to children while staying in Chicago hospitals.

Visit Bernie’s website, and pick up An Army of Lovers Will Be Beaten Book 7 at Table 86 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Mumblecore Comix by Kevin Budnik

May 31, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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A collection of anti-gags drawn in homage to the film genre that gave voice to a generation of shoegazing depressives.
Originally serialized in The Columbia College Chronicle, “Mumblecore Comix” features painfully unfunny banter and includes previously unreleased strips. Guaranteed to make you chuckle quietly to yourself.

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Kevin Budnik

Kevin Budnik is a cartoonist and Chicagoan who, with the help of Yeti Press, recently published a book of daily journal comics called “Our Ever Improving Living Room.” He still keeps a weekly diary comic, which he posts online, which focuses on his coping with anxieties and disordered eating. Kevin lives in Andersonville, and likes to stroll up and down Clark street with the young couples, dog owners, and older gay gentlemen.

Visit Kevin’s website, and pick up Mumblecore Comix at Table 75 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Wolfman Chicago Eats Pants Pie by Nate Beaty

May 31, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

Can’t get enough Nate Beaty? Neither can we! Debuting at CAKE will be Nate Beaty’s latest mini of “not at all daily strips”, Wolfman Chicago Eats Pants Pie. Nate’s life is full of silly tragedies that make for good bathroom reading, his Wolfman Chicago series proves it.

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Nate Beaty

Nate Beaty is a multi-sarcastic hacksaw. He makes comics in his multi-cat Chicago home.

Visit Nate’s website, and pick up Wolfman Chicago Eats Pants Pie at Table 4 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Piecemeal #3 by Nate Beaty

May 31, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

Nate Beaty sent CAKE a whole slew of photos of Piece Meal #3, which features the first chapter of a longer story. Check this out:

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Nate Beaty

Nate Beaty is a multi-sarcastic hacksaw. He makes comics in his multi-cat Chicago home.

Visit Nate’s website, and pick up Piecemeal #3 at Table 4 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: The End by Anders Nilsen

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Assembled from work done in Anders Nilsen’s sketchbooks over the course of the year following the death of his fiancée in 2005, The End is a collection of short strips about loss, paralysis, waiting, and transformation.

It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his struggle to reconcile the great upheaval of a death, and finding a new life on the other side.

The book blends Nilsen’s disparate styles, from the iconic simplicity and collaged drawings of his Monologues for the Coming Plague to the finely rendered Dogs and Water and Big Questions.

Originally released in magazine form in 2007 (which received an Ignatz Award nomination for Outstanding Story), The End has been updated and expanded to more than twice its original length, including 16 pages of full color.

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Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up The End at Tables 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? This gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene.

In “Drowned Shelley,” for example:

A chorus of frogs surrounds the house where young Shelley was drowned headfirst in the bathtub by her drunken stepfather. Say her name 13 times while looking in the pond and she will drown you in your sleep. Say her name the wrong number of times while looking in the pond, and she will leave hair in your breakfast dishes. Say her name 13 times while not looking in the pond, and she will watch you when you clip your toenails. Mispronounce her name 13 times while looking anywhere near the pond, and she will kick you somewhere delicate at the stroke of midnight.

Catmull’s images are evocative, haunting masterpieces that never tread in graphic imagery, choosing instead to suggest horrors far more frightening than what they explicitly depict. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.

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Fantagraphics Books
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Ben Catmull

Ben Catmull is an Oakland based artist who first entered the world of alternative comics through the Bay Area mini comics collective Puppy Toss back in the early nineties. He has been slowly squeezing out comics and randomly showing up to comic book events ever since. His last comic, Monster Parade, was published by Fantagraphics in 2006 and his brand new book, Ghosts and Ruins, will be debuting at CAKE. Look for him at the Fantagraphics table.

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Ghosts and Ruins at Tables 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Eye of the Majestic Creature vol 2 by Leslie Stein

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 is the second book collecting Leslie Stein’s loose, funny and charming autobiographical narratives that combine idiosyncratic fantasy and stark reality. Larrybear, our hero, has moved from the countryside to the city, where she finds work as a shop girl. Quotes from Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie are sprinkled throughout the story to add humor and poignancy. Stein then takes us back to a childhood in the ’80s filled with odd experiences including joining a rock band with older people, sitting in on her mother’s AA groups, and the mystery of the disappearing gumballs. Finally, a fun story in which Larrybear and her new friend Poppin the Flower go on a strange trip to see his father. Let us not forget that Marshmallow, Ping-Ping and Mimolette, Larry’s walking and talking instruments, have adventures all their own.

Stein’s gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.

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Fantagraphics Books
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Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein was born in Evanston, Illinois but now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Fantagraphics publishes her series Eye of the Majestic Creature. She plays guitar in a band called Prince Rupert’s Drops.

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Eye of the Majestic Creature at Tables 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Special Guests

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TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character’s perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James’s character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.

Forsman’s story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative’s tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.

Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel.

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Fantagraphics Books
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Charles Forsman (B:Mechanicsburg, PA, 1982) graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. That same year he won 2 Ignatz awards for his series Snake Oil. He lives in Massachusetts where he runs a micro press called Oily Comics. Fantagraphics Books will release The End of the Fucking World and Celebrated Summer in the second half of 2013.Charles Forsman is a special guest at CAKE, and will be at table 46!

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up The End of the Fucking World at Tables 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!