Help CAKE Get Bigger and Better Just By Voting Online!

January 19, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Programming

We have some exciting plans, including expanding  our programming to include workshops, and (drumroll please) streaming our programming  online with the help of Windy City Television! We’ll be announcing more information about our plans later this week (follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr to stay up to date!). Want a hint? How about a workshop on printing techniques with Anya Davidson and a live drawing demonstration from Jaime Hernandez? That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we’ve got planned!

In order to make all this happen, we’ve applied for a grant from the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation. The finalists for the grant are being decided by an online vote, so if you’d like to support CAKE, please go to and vote for us. We appreciate the support!


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.

CAKE DEBUT: Saint’s Love by Krystal DiFronzo

May 26, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Programming

Saint's Love by Krystal DiFronzo

Caleb feels a violent faith pulsing through him. Dragging his well-meaning friend Joseph along, he attempts to become a saint by martyrdom. Full of weird pre-pubescent feelings of importance and Catholic guilt.

Saint's Love by Krystal DiFronzo

Saint's Love by Krystal DiFronzo

Saint's Love by Krystal DiFronzo

Krystal DiFronzo
Krystal DiFronzo

Krystal DiFronzo is a cold weather baby from the Midwest. She creates dreamy quilts, weavings, prints and comics. Her work has been printed in anthologies such as Happiness, Believed Behavior and in self-published minis. She is a chrysalis waiting to happen.

Visit Krystal’s website, and pick up Saint’s Love at Table 56B May 31st & June 1st!

Brain Trubble Kicks Off the Weekend for CAKE!

June 14, 2012By NeilCAKE, Programming

You may have heard CAKE is this weekend, and you are invited to the opening night soirée! Get pumped, and settle in for an intense comics convention by attending this intense comics performance, brought to you by Trubble Club and Brain Frame.

Trubble Club will interpret a number of comics from the Trubble Club oeuvre, and guest artists Gabrielle Bell, Leslie Stein, and Mike Taylor will be whipping out some live drawings, in front of everyone, no shame. And music! And your hosts, Lyra Hill and Sackley! Tune on, drop in, turn out, come chill. Donations suggested.

You can RSVP at this Facebook event.

Eat Before We Eat You CAKE Art Show

May 23, 2012By NeilCAKE, Programming

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo and Morpho Gallery present…

or, The C.A.K.E. Show

Curated by Onsmith & Nudd

Although not strictly a comics show, The CAKE Show (subtitled “Eat Before We Eat You” – the toxic mantra of the legendary bottom-of-the-barrel weirdo schlock-fest Troll 2) will include one-offs and side projects by a multitude of local and national artists that work deep within the fleshy walls of the underground comics world or, at very least, in an underground comics vain. Traditional comics panels will be exhibited alongside a slew of visual out takes, false starts, b-sides and orphans: prints, paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, posters, zines, and other ephemera. Formally trained artists that operate inside the fine art and comics worlds will comprise the majority of the show, but work will also be included by several untrained self taught artists. The central themes of E.B.W.E.Y. are productivity, promiscuity, radioactivity, infidelity, and automatous artistic cannibalism. The result will be something of an artistic curiosity shop or odditorium, a peculiar curio cabinet of comics inspired graphic wonders and deformities. This show will coincide with the much anticipated first ever Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Columbia College Chicago.

Opening Reception: Saturday June 16, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibition & Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday June 6 – 9, Wednesday – Sunday June 13 – 17, 11:30AM – 5:30PM

208 S. Wabash

INFO: 773.878.4255

Participating artists include…

Eric Lebofsky
Chris Kerr
Keith Herzik
Leslie Weibeler
Jeremy Tinder
John Porcellino
Jo Dery
Andy Gabrisiak
Ivan Brunetti
Kevin Budnik
Grant Reynolds
Andy Burkholder
Ryan Standfest
Nick Drnaso
Anya Davidson
David Alvarado
Nate Beaty
Liz Born
Joe Tallarico
Sanya Glisic
Lilli Carre
Laura Park

Also, a hand silkscreened and numbered commemorative poster by Keith Herzik is available in addition to a xerox flyer by Pete Clodfelter.