Panel: Gabrielle Bell and Kevin Huizenga

May 25, 2017

Sunday, June 11th, 1:00–2:00  p.m. “Comics Is a Way of Thinking”

In Gabrielle Bell’s and Kevin Huizenga’s work, comics is a site for poetry, autobiography, and fiction, but underlying these subjects is an exploration of the nature of thought, consciousness, existence, and the human condition. Comics is uniquely suited to investigate such issues, with its ability to convey both thought and speech, to represent time via the space of the page, and to graphically portray abstract ideas. Bell and Huizenga have, perhaps more than any other artists working today, exploited this potential. Designer and artist Alex Kostiw will moderate this discussion of how exactly these cartoonists use comics in pursuit of philosophical discovery. This panel is sponsored by CHIRP Radio.

Special Guest: Ben Passmore!

May 22, 2017

CAKE is thrilled to have Ben Passmore as a special guest this year. Ben’s excellent comic, Your Black Friend, was just recently nominated for an Eisner Award! You can catch Ben in the panel Comics and Resistance on Sunday, June 11th, 11:30am-12:30pm. Silver Sprocket, who published Your Black Friend, will also be tabling at CAKE 2017.

Local Exhibitor Spotlight: Special Guests

May 19, 2017

We want to highlight the talented local comics artists who are exhibiting with us at CAKE on June 10 & 11th. Every year, CAKE Organizers invite a few artists to be Special Guests. Special Guests are featured during CAKE programming, and are a draw for attendees. This year three of our nine Special Guests are local. Come out to CAKE to see them in programming throughout the weekend!

Emil Ferris

Emil Ferris has been making waves since her debut graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part1 came out from Fantagraphics earlier this year. Emil’s book has drawn praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Spiegelman, The Guardian, The Chicago Reader, and the list goes on and on and on!

C. Spike Trotman

Spike Trotman has single-handedly created Iron Circus Comics, a successful alternative comics press that champions new voices, daring subject matter, and fair compensation for artists. Spike is an accomplished comics maker in her own right, having originally gained notoriety for her webcomic series, Templar Arizona!

Jessi Zabarsky

Jessi Zabarsky is an inventive comics maker who plays with form and story structure to delightful results! Jessi’s graphic novel, Witchlight from Czap Books is already being considered one of the best all-ages comics to be released in 2017.

Workshop: Zinecraft/Spellcraft with Alyssa Berg

May 18, 2017

Zine Craft / Spell Cast with Alyssa Berg

Join Brooklyn-based comic-book artist Alyssa Berg for a workshop that is part zine crafting and part spell casting. Berg, whose ALPENGLOW won the Comics Workbook 2015 Composition Competition, will lead participants in creating a magic minizine through writing and drawing rituals. After considering the zine as a physical object that can be charged with intentions, attendees will make a unique eight-page spell zine. Materials will be provided, but interested participants should bring any special scraps or drawings they might want to include in their zines. 

Saturday, June 10th, 1:30–2:30 p.m. 

This workshop is sponsored by Challengers Comics.

Panel: Panter²: Gary and Olive Panter in Conversation

May 18, 2017

Panter²: Gary and Olive Panter in conversation

Texas-born cartoonist, illustrator, painter, designer, and musician Gary Panter is a child of the 1950s who blossomed under the grow-lamp glare of the psychedelic ’60s, survived underground during the ’70s, and finally made his mark on mainstream culture in the ’80s as head set designer for the TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, a job which brought his jagged style and surreal ideas into the homes of America and bagged him two Emmy Awards. Among Panter’s notable comics are JimboJimbo: Adventures in Paradise, Jimbo’s Inferno, and Facetasm (with Charles Burns). His newest book, Songy of Paradise (Fantagraphics, 2017), is an inspired interpretation of John Milton’s retelling of Satan’s temptation of Jesus. This conversation pairs him with his daughter, artist Olive Panter, for a new take on the work of one of the greatest artists of our time, in comics and out.

Saturday, June 10th, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

This panel is sponsored by Print Ninja.

CAKE 2017 – Maximalism Panel!

May 11, 2017

Maximalism Panel

Jesse Jacobs, Ron Regé, Jr, Lale Westvind, and Marnie Galloway address different subject matter in their books, but their work expresses a similar horror vacui: all fill the entirety of their pages with intricate detail. And although nature may abhor a vacuum, comics is often described as a combination of poetry and graphic design, a definition that would appear to set it in direct opposition to a maximalist aesthetic. This panel discussion, moderated by Galloway, will address what drives these four artists to work in their distinctive styles and how their approaches affect the kinds of stories that they tell.

This panel is sponsored by Busy Beaver.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Saturday, June 10th at CAKE 2017!