June 11th, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Visual Recipes: The Art of Instructional Comics Do you have a special skill, piece of secret knowledge, family recipe, or weird trick that just has to be shared with the world? Learn how to simply and clearly teach it through the medium of comics. Jessi Zabarsky, who accomplished this very feat … Read More
June 11th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Signs of the Times: Abstracting Adaptation Ron Regé, Jr., is best known for his adaptations of mystical and esoteric texts (The Cartoon Utopia, What Parsifal Saw), but throughout his career he has maintained an interest in the here and now, reflecting on the contemporary political climate. His most recent work, the … Read More
June 11th, 11:30–12:30 p.m. Comics and Resistance This year, as right-wing extremism has produced a reality-television presidency, Brexit, and the specter of a neo-Nazi-led France, the question emerges: Can activism manifest as art? In this panel discussion, cartoonists Leila Abdelrazaq, Ben Passmore, Isabella Rotman, and Bianca Xunise will address how comics can galvanize populations to … Read More
CAKE 2017 is excited to welcome Ron Regé, Jr. as a special guest! Be sure to catch Ron in the Maximalism panel on Saturday, June 10th, and also leading his workshop on Sunday, June 11th!
You can get free stuff at CAKE 2017 just for buying comics! What?! It’s true! When you get your program from the info booth upon entering, there will be a detachable punch card. When you buy something from an artist, have them write down their name and the price of what you bought. The more stuff … Read More
June 10th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Fantagraphics 40th Anniversary Spotlight Since its founding in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (who were joined a year later by Kim Thompson), Fantagraphics has been changing the landscape of comics. In addition to championing work by many of the greatest alternative cartoonists of all time, such as Dan Clowes, … Read More
June 11th, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Place as Character According to an old maxim, all cartoonists lavish attention on either their characters or their settings, but not both. The work of Emil Ferris, Sophie Goldstein, Laura Knetzger, and Mita Mahato give the lie to this assertion because, in their comics, place is itself a character. Through the use … Read More
June 10th, 12:00–1:00 p.m. My So-Called Cartoon Life: Alter Egos with Celia Marquis Comics is a great medium for telling personal stories, be they funny, contemplative, or traumatic. In comics narratives, authors’ alter egos may resemble them physically and/or psychologically, but they may also possess traits that their makers don’t have or that are exaggerated … Read More
We’re very happy to welcome C. Spike Trotman for CAKE 2017! Be sure to check out the Professional FUNdamentals workshop, featuring Spike and Kevin Budnik!
We’re excited to have Jesse Jacobs as a special guest for CAKE 2017!