Announcing the CAKE 2016 Exhibitor List!

March 28, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Exhibitors, Special Guests

CAKE is pleased to announce our exhibitor list for the fifth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. You can see the full list, which includes special guests, comics companies and distributors, and all of the artists who will be exhibiting, here: http://www.cakechicago.com/2016-expo/guest-exhibitor-list/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

APPLY TO CAKE 2016!

November 2, 2015By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors
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Click here to apply to the 2016 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2015
APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. 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.

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. We recognize personal aesthetic preference informs selections but should not drive jurors’ decisions. We hold ourselves to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.

For the first round of jurying, we reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.

The application period is open for 29 days, we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.

APPLY TO CAKE 2016!

November 2, 2015By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors
Cake icon

Click here to apply to the 2016 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2015
APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. 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.

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. We recognize personal aesthetic preference informs selections but should not drive jurors’ decisions. We hold ourselves to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.

For the first round of jurying, we reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.

The application period is open for 29 days, we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.

APPLY TO CAKE 2016!

November 1, 2015By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors
Cake icon

Click here to apply to the 2016 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2015
APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. 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.

CAKE is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists. We recognize personal aesthetic preference informs selections but should not drive jurors’ decisions. We hold ourselves to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. Additionally, CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.

For the first round of jurying, we reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.

The application period is open for 29 days, we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.

CAKE DEBUT: Good to Know by Isabella Rotman

June 2, 2015By Isabella RotmanCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Good To Know is a tiny zine of useful information by Isabella Rotman. Topics include how to build a campfire, some ways to purify water, plants to avoid, a very good plant to know, how to find the north star, how to open a bottle without a corkscrew, how to improvise a dental dam, some very useful knots, how o break into stuff, how to jump a car, and how to change a tire. This zine is cute and pocket sized, so you can easily carry it with you to be prepared for most minor emergencies.

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In conjunction with this zine, Isabella Rotman will be selling “Damsel In Distress Kits” which are basically just Altoid tins filled with a bunch of incredibly useful things, like safety pins, needle and thread, a tiny pocket knife. The Damsel in Distress Kits come with a zine, but get there fast, she is only bringing 20 of them.

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Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and illustrator from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. You can find her at table 78.

Cupcake Debut Minicomic: Operation Menu by Sara Drake!

May 18, 2015By Isabella RotmanCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Have you been wondering what Sara Drake has been working on after winning the First Annual Cupcake Award? Well we have too, and we can’t wait to see her Cupcake debut comic Operation Menu. Here are some sneak peak pages! Find Sara and Operation Menu at Table 28A at CAKE 2015!

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Do you have a minicomic idea you’d like to pitch? The Second Annual Cupcake Award launches CAKE weekend! Stay tuned here for more details in the next few weeks.Breakfast06

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us.

Sara Drake Wins The Inaugural Cupcake Award & Exhibitor Application Opens

October 21, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long festival celebrating independent comics, is proud to announce that Sara Drake is the recipient of the inaugural Cupcake Award. Launched at the June 2014 CAKE, the Cupcake Award emerges from CAKE’s commitment to support independent comics, self-publishing and community. As the winner of the first Cupcake Award, Drake will receive $250 to support the printing of a new comic, a free half table at the 2015 CAKE show, and mentorship support from special guest juror Annie Koyama of Koyama Press. Alexander Rothman, Sab Meynert and Rebekka Dunlap received honorable mentions.

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“When I agreed to judge the first Cupcake award,” Koyama says, “I anticipated some good work but wasn’t prepared for the quality of the final twenty submissions. It was very difficult to narrow those entries down to four winners. I look forward to seeing new work from all of the finalists and congratulations to this year’s winner.”

Cupcake Award winner Sara Drake is a Chicago artist who has been making comics since 2010 and experimenting with storytelling in a variety of mediums, including illustration, shadow puppetry, criticism and performance. She will use the Cupcake Award to produce two sections of a serialized comic, “Operation Menu,” that investigates the illegal and secretive U.S. carpet bombing of Cambodia in 1969-1970.

“I am thrilled to be the initial recipient of the Cupcake Award,” says Drake. “What a risky honor to be the first of anything. CAKE has been pivotal in giving shape and support to Chicago’s abundance of independent creators – a cohort to which I am forever indebted.”

“Operation Menu” will debut at CAKE, which will return to Chicago on Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 11am – 6pm with over 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted located at 3656 N. Halsted Ave. Free and open to the public, CAKE is returning for a fourth year to celebrate the diverse community of underground and alternative comic artists, publishers and fans in Chicago.

Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application

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All applications will be reviewed by the CAKE advisory committee, which is an open body consisting of members of the Chicago alternative comics community. All applications submitted on or before December 15, 2014 will be reviewed within the month of January and applicants will be informed by January 26, 2015 as to whether they are offered a space at the expo, or if they are on the waiting list.

About Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
CAKE is 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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Tuesday, October 21!

October 19, 2014By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors

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The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will announce the winner of the inaugural Cupcake Award on Tuesday, October 21st!!!

That is also the day we’ll be opening applications for the 2015 expo! Applications will be open until December 15th.

CAKE 2015 will take place June 5 & 6!

See you on Tuesday!

CAKE DEBUT: Everyone Is Someone’s Fetish by Tony Breed

May 31, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

The story of a gay married couple and their friends. Stories of romance, sex, marriage, music, kids, life, and why it’s not a good idea to shave your whole body. Volume 4 from the popular web comic.

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Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

Everyone is Someones Fetish by Tony Breed

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Tony Breed is the man behind the Ignatz-nominated web comic Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com). The slice-of-life comic tells the story of married gay couple and their friends, and over the years has addressed such topics as sausage smuggling, teenage romance, and indie rock beards. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), where he’s a DJ and is on the board of directors. Tony lives in Chicago with his husband, and makes good pie.

Visit Tony’s website, and pick up Everyone is Someone’s Fetish at Table 83A May 31st & June 1st!