CAKE DEBUT: The Fold and The Creator by Grant Reynolds

June 6, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


The Fold and the Creator takes a stark look at the goings-on of an isolated village and the customs of its inhabitants, including the annual sacrifices of their daughters in the name of a pitiless deity. Using these tropes of fantasy fiction, the ideas of women’s roles in our own society, as well as those of the ‘female victim’ in our media, are brought under examination.

2-color cover, 30 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in.


Grant Reynolds
Grant Reynolds

Grant Reynolds’ work was recently selected for the 2011 volume of Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics. Last year’s Hypnotic Induction Technique was nominated for an Ignatz for Outstanding Mini-Comic 2012. Grant is a member of the Chicago jam comics group Trubble Club, and in 2009 Top Shelf published his book Comic Diorama. He currently lives in Chicago and dreams of living with the capybaras.

Visit Grant’s website, and pick up The Fold and the Creator at Table 4 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Monkey Chef by Mike Freiheit

June 5, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


In 2010, Mike Freiheit lived in South Africa and worked at a primate sanctuary. For nine months he fed humans dinner, chopped fruit for monkeys, and dealt with the day to day life of a primate care taker.
This is the first volume of stories about his adventures.

Mike Freiheit
Mike Freiheit

Mike Freiheit makes comics for no money and illustrations for almost no money. He loves to draw, he loves most animals, and he’s getting married in August 2013 to a lovely lady named Megan.

Visit Mike’s website, and pick up Monkey Chef at Table XXXXXXX June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Backyard by Sam Alden

June 5, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


Backyard is a comic about housemates in New Orleans. The housemates are vegans and anarchists and community organizers, and the story follows them through a humid summer of small dramas and petty arguments; meanwhile, almost unnoticed, their friend Molly is living in the backyard and slowly turning into a feral dog. 24 pages, published by Sonatina Comics.






Sam Alden
Sam Alden

Sam is the author of the serialized comics Eighth Grade and Haunter, and of the short stories Farmer’s Dilemma and The Boat. He draws comics in his hometown of Portland, OR.

Visit Sam’s website, and pick up Backyard at Table 90 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Sky in Stereo #2 by Mardou

June 4, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


Sky in Stereo #2 is the second issue of the critically-acclaimed self-published comic series by cartoonist, Mardou, and now published by Oakland-based publisher, Yam Books. This issue continues the story of Iris, a young woman turning eighteen, slowly losing her tenuous grip on her world of burger-flipping, drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll.

Mardou is from Manchester, England and now lives in St Louis, MO. She has been making mini-comics since 2001, such as ‘Anais in Paris’, the series ‘Manhole’ and was a founder of the all-girl comic ‘Whores of Mensa.’ (Sky In Stereo #2, 48pp/BW)


Visit Mardou’s website, and pick up Sky in Stereo #2 at Table 15 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Victus by Tyrell Cannon

June 4, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


In a timeless city, a young thief named Isaac struggles to connect with a beautiful girl. The bartering inhabitants are challenged by the public speeches of a great thinker, while a mysterious man constructs a machine powered by stolen religious relics.

Victus is a deus-scientia fiction comic that explores both the purity and corruption of human relationships. It features foot-chases, strange technology, exotic animals, and thought-provoking philosophy. Each book is presented as a precious object for readers to experience intimately and engage with emotionally.




Tyrell Cannon
Tyrell Cannon

Tyrell Graduated in 2004 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Following graduation, Tyrell moved to Los Angeles and worked on various television, film, and video game productions. Tyrell moved back to thic comics community of Chicago in 2006 and has continued to create comics and release them online and locally. Most recently, Tyrell completed Gary, a graphic novel in 3 parts based on the life of the Green River Killer. Tyrell continues to explore comics, with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique.

Visit Tyrell’s website, and pick up Victus at Table 53 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Towerkind #2 from Friendship Edition

June 3, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors

towerkind cover01

The second in the monthly subscription comic TOWERKIND, this book follows Mose as he recovers from Tyson’s megalomaniacal heckling.

Towerkind 01 preview

Towerkind 02 preview

Friendship Edition
Friendship Edition

A Toronto based collective of illustrators, cartoonists and zinesters. Represented in Chicago by Kat Verhoeven (Towerkind, Meat&Bone) and Gillian Blekkenhorst (Scared of Skin Sack, Cuddlegeddon), we’ll have many books including the lusciously illustrated H.P.Lovecraft and Sailor Moon fanzines (contributors from around the globe).

Visit Friendship Edition’s website, and pick up Towerkind #2 at Table 24 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Fire Messenger #3 by Penina Gal

June 3, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


The Fire Messenger is a kids’ fantasy comic by Penina Gal, featuring parallel worlds, magic, creepy institutions, and a mysterious conspiracy to unravel. The third chapter is debuting at CAKE!




Penina Gal
Penina Gal

Penina Gal is an East coaster who floated out to Bloomington, IN. She co-edited the Werewolf! anthology, draws comics about kids and parallel worlds, paints pictures, volunteers at a collectively run bookstore, and coaches roller derby. Penina is a big fan of snacks.

Visit Penina’s website, and pick up Fire Messenger #3 at Table 52 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Strong Eye Contact by Christopher Adams

June 2, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


In Christopher Adams’ Strong Eye Contact, the reader is led through a kaleidoscope of crystalline memory fragments. These fragments coalesce into one narrative track, guided by a quixotic, Buster Keaton-like figure. As this unnamed figure tries, with limited success, to be a typical American: using consumer products, failed vacations, fabricated family life, he also attempts to be a successful comic, much like the collection of pages he lives on.

The day to day saga is wet and alive with water colors, crayon, markers, and steady beats of spacious white deluges. Landscapes are populated with mountainous close-ups, cacti, abstracted-patterns, confusion, vast empty spaces, gaps — cartooning as a potent puzzle where the strangest magic happens inside the readers mind.




Christopher Adams
Christopher Adams
2D Cloud
2D Cloud

Christopher Adams was born in the New York Metropolitan Area. He is between 5′ 10″ and 5′ 11″. He does not eat animals. He is an artist and musician. His latest recordings are Baby Hair,Vegetables and Xmas Boogie. His artworks include videos and comic books. His first published comic is Period, released by 2D Cloud in the fall of 2012. CAKE will see the US debut of his first full-length book, Strong Eye Contact. He currently lives and works in Baltimore with his girlfriend and plants.
“Death is not an event of life.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

2D Cloud is a micro-press comics publisher and distributor based in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2007, we have published paper-craft art books, mini comics, and graphic novels by an assortment of both established and new/emerging creatives. Gravitating towards work that balances a distinct vision with narrative elements, we publish artists that both challenge and invite, draw and disturb.

Visit 2D Cloud’s website, and pick up Strong Eye Contact at Table 104 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Inhaling the Sun by Kira Mardikes

June 2, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


Follow the wandering path of Jay, as ELF raccoons overtake his cabin
and he’s forced into the woods and back to his roots amongst the
characters of Oregon’s seedy diners and Chinatown. Heal all, cure all!
Comix reeking of whimsy and indigestible as real life 😉

54 pages, b&w on newsprint
by Kira Mardikes




Kira Mardikes
Kira Mardikes

Kira Mardikes is a street artist and comic creator from the Pacific Northwest who lives in New Orleans. She draws detailed dream narratives and self-publishes under secret comix.

Visit Kira’s website, and pick up Inhaling the Sun at Table 108 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Deep in the Woods by Noah Van Sciver and Nic Breutzman

June 2, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors


Levitating disembodied cow heads, crack witches, mutant children, urban myths, half-remembered folklore: from the minds of Noah Van Sciver and Nic Breutzman comes Deep in the Woods, a double feature that pairs two of 2D Cloud’s favorite cartoonists in one oversized newsprint.



Noah Van Sciver
Noah Van Sciver
2D Cloud
2D Cloud
Nicholas Breutzman
Nicholas Breutzman

Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 in New Jersey. He first came to readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz award nomination in 2010. His work has appeared in the Alternative weekly newspaper Westword, Mad magazine and multiple graphic anthologies. His first book The Hypo: The melancholic young Lincoln from Fantagraphics books is a graphic portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s early years in Springfield, Illinois.

Nic is a Minnesotan native by way of New York who has had a number of comics published both through 2D Cloud as well as in collaboration with other artists, such as Sharon Lintz (Pornhounds 2) and a collection of SVA grads (Jon Vermilyea, Eamon Espey, Raymond Sohn, et al) for the anthology Critical Citadel. He placed at #24 on The Comics Journal’s Top 50 comics of 2009 for his graphic Novella Yearbooks, has been listed as a notable in multiple editions of Best American Comics for work in Motherlover and Yearbooks, and his work with Sharon Lintz on Pornhounds 2 secured him a place on numerous best of 2011 lists. CAKE will see the debut of his newest work, Deep in the Woods, a newspaper split with Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, The Hypo, and 2D Cloud published The Death of Elijah Lovejoy).

2D Cloud is a micro-press comics publisher and distributor based in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2007, we have published paper-craft art books, mini comics, and graphic novels by an assortment of both established and new/emerging creatives. Gravitating towards work that balances a distinct vision with narrative elements, we publish artists that both challenge and invite, draw and disturb.

Visit Noah, Nic & 2DCloud’s websites, and pick up Deep in the Woods at Table 104 June 15 & 16th!