CAKE DEBUT: Acid Ankh by Dawn Aquarius

May 5, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

Acid Ankh by Dawn Aquarius

Cyborg romance. Occult gags. Biker gore. Cosmic floozies.

Acid Ankh by Dawn Aquarius

Acid Ankh by Dawn Aquarius

Acid Ankh by Dawn Aquarius

Dawn Aquarius
Dawn Aquarius

Born of the strange seeds of California, Dawn Aquarius draws greasy bikers, slimy skulls and serpents, and occult psychedelia for pleasure and money.

Pick up Acid Ankh at Table 9A May 31st & June 1st!

CAKE DEBUT: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

May 5, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The suppression of family history is the initial thread that ties together The Love Bunglers, featuring Hernandez’s longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie. Because these secrets can’t be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie’s ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what’s made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie’s emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.

Published by Fantagraphics

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

Fantagraphics Books
Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.

Visit Fantagraphics website, and pick up The Love Bunglers at Tables 6 & 7 May 31st & June 1st!

CAKE DEBUT: Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman

May 2, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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One of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics resulted in 34 taut, gritty war stories — spanning the centuries, emotionally draining and dramatically eloquent — collected here.

Published by Fantagraphics

Bomb Run by Various

Bomb Run by Various

Fantagraphics Books
Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books is the Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists. Whether contemporary graphic novels, classic comic strips, European bande dessinee, or groundbreaking underground comics, Fantagraphics specializes in the best work from the best cartoonists in world history.

Visit Fantagraphics website, and pick up Bomb Run at Tables 6 & 7 May 31st & June 1st!

CAKE Application Deadline Extended Through Dec 20!

December 16, 2013By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors

Oh my goodness gracious me! It’s December 16th, and you missed the deadline to apply for CAKE 2014?!

Have no fear! We are extending the deadline through Friday, December 20th.

At 11:59pm CST on December 20th, we are shutting down access to the application, and will not accept any requests for an extension.

So if you missed the December 15th deadline, get cracking on getting your application in. The 20th will be here before you know it! Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter when your application comes in, it’ll get a fair shake with all the others, as long as it arrives before the end of December 20th.

As always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to email exhibitors@cakechicago.com and have fun filling out the form!

You can find the application here.


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CAKE 2014 Exhibitor Application to Open Oct. 15

October 2, 2013By GraceCAKE, Exhibitors

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The 2014 exhibitor application will open Tuesday, October 15 and close on December 15, 2013. Potential exhibitors need not rush to submit applications, as CAKE is a curated show. The application period lasts 8 weeks and we encourage you to take your time to 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 takes place May 31 and June 1, 2014 at the Center on Halsted.

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CAKE DEBUT: Incidents in the Night by David B. from Uncivilized Books

June 8, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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In Incidents in the Night David B. (Epileptic, The Armed Garden) sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris’ legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious 19th Century journal:Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth, fact and fiction in search of the elusive thread that links them all. Along the way he stumbles on fanatical Bonapartists, occult conspiracies and the angel of death. Incidents in the Night is an intricate, ever-expanding web of dream and reality exquisitely translated by novelist Brian Evenson (Immobility, The Wavering Knife, Fugue State)

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Uncivilized Books
Uncivilized Books

Uncivilized Books is small press run by cartoonist Tom Kaczynski dedicated to publishing great comics, mini-comics & graphic novels.

Visit Uncivilized Books’ website, and pick up Incidents in the Night at Table 11 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Godhead #1 by Caitlin Skaalrud

June 7, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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The first part of a Midwesterner’s fable, in which three misfit friends discover a severed head that grants wishes in a cornfield outside of small town Wrenshall, Minnesota.

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Caitlin Skaalrud
Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud self-publishes comics from a garage and studio in South Minneapolis under the moniker Talk Weird Press. In 2012, “Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story” was awarded a Xeric Grant for self-publishing. Her first word was “Batman.”

Visit Caitlin’s website, and pick up Godhead #1 at Table 107 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Sea Change a Choose-Your-Own-Way Story by Caitlin Skaalrud

June 7, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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‘Bosco is dead. The sea is emptying, and you are hungry and tired.
Every morning that breaks on the Inland Sea is another spent
wondering: Go to work, or rot in bed? Follow the shore, or ride into
the storm? Tell a lie, or tell the truth? Kill the mermaid, or let her
go?’

Recipient of a 2012 Xeric Grant. Printed by hand by the author on an AB Dick
360 printing press named Maisie.

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Caitlin Skaalrud
Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud self-publishes comics from a garage and studio in South Minneapolis under the moniker Talk Weird Press. In 2012, “Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story” was awarded a Xeric Grant for self-publishing. Her first word was “Batman.”

Visit Caitlin’s website, and pick up Sea Change at Table 107 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Emotional Distance No’s 1 & 2 by Zach Mason

June 7, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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My name is Zach Mason. I’m from Rockville, Maryland (just outside DC)
and I will have two new comics at CAKE.

The first debut is a second edition of Emotional Distance 1. This
comic was available at SPX 2012 as a black and white, digitally
printed booklet and quickly sold out. The new version of this
single-panel joke collection is a very pretty risograph-printed
booklet with blue ink on pink paper.

The second debut is Emotional Distance 2. This comic is brand new for
CAKE and is a full-color digital print which collects more
single-panel joke comics as well as abstract, stand-alone work.

I’ll be at table 10. Please come say hi.

For more information: emotionaldistance.com

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Zach Mason
Zach Mason

Creator of Emotional Distance. His comics have also appeared in Comics Workbook.

Visit Zach’s website, and pick up Emotional Distance at Table 10 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Sequential Vacation 2 by Sar Shahar

June 6, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

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Sequential Vacation 2 follows the yearning romantic beach fantasy of a man spending his weekend alone. The second issue of Sar Sharhar’s lauded series finds the artist using graphically intricate textures to further his storytelling.

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Secret Acres
Secret Acres

Sar Shahar graduated in 2006 from CalArts with a BFA in Fine Arts. His previous comic, Sequential Vacation 1, was selected as one of the thirty best mini-comics of the year by the Comics Journal. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches drawing and cartooning classes to middle and high school students.

Secret Acres was launched in 2007 to champion the finest unpublished comics creators, and to distribute quality mini-comics. We continue to do everything we can to get our comics into the hands of reader who will love them as much as we do. Secret Acres’ publications include the Ignatz Award-winning Gaylord Phoenix, Monsters, Troop 142 and I Will Bite You!

Visit Secret Acres’ website, and pick up Sequential Vacation 2 at Table 56 June 15 & 16th!