CAKE 2017 Workshop – Professional FUNdamentals!

May 11, 2017By Mike FreiheitCAKE, Exhibitors, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

Professional FUNdamentals Workshop

Do you have a project you’ve been waiting to get off the ground? Do you have friends, colleagues, coworkers, and family members who are your superfans? What does it take to turn that passion for your work into profit? Hear from creators Kevin Budnik and C. Spike Trotman about their experiences in successfully supporting their projects and themselves. This professional-development workshop will give you the resources, knowledge, and inspiration, so you’ll just need to add the elbow grease!

This workshop is sponsored by 826 Chi and Half Wit Coffee.

3:00-4:00 p.m. – SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH at CAKE 2017!

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Ron Rege, Jr.!

March 24, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our final special guest for 2017: Ron Rege, Jr.!

Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual yet accomplished storyteller whose work exudes a passionate, moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. The Cartoon Utopia is his Magnum Opus, a unique work of comic art that, in the words of its author, “focuses on ideas that I’ve become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.” It’s part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto. Regé’s work exudes psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

Regé’s new book What Parsifal Saw, which was recently released by Fantagraphics Books, is a psychedelic collection of comics that includes an adaptation of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s work. Regé’s interest in esoteric ideas and spirituality has permeated into all aspects of his comics, as highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” which concerns magical, alchemical, ancient, and mysterious ideas; cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

For more information about Ron, please follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram, or subscribe to his monthly series of minicomics.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Jesse Jacobs!

March 24, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Jesse Jacobs!

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, NB, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, ON. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and has appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture, Safari Honeymoon in 2014. His next book, Crawl Space, will be published in May 2017.

For more information about Jesse, please visit him on Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: C. “Spike” Trotman!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: C. “Spike” Trotman!

Charlie “Spike” Trotman is an accomplished cartoonist and publisher and an outspoken thought leader in today’s alternative comics scene. She runs the independent publishing company Iron Circus out of her home in Chicago. Since founding Iron Circus in 2005, she not only published her own comics (including Templar, Arizona and Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well for Less), she has also edited and published several anthologies (including Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, and New World) and completed multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns. Her graphic novel Black Pearl: The Graphic Life of Josephine Baker will be published in 2017 by First Second.

For more information about Spike, please visit the Iron Circus website or follow her on Twitter or Tumblr.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Jessi Zabarsky!

March 23, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Jessi Zabarsky!

Jessi Zabarsky is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her comics “are generally about very small spaces and moments in very big worlds.” Her graphic novel Witchlight was published in 2017 by Czap Books. For more information about Jessi, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Gary Panter!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Gary Panter!

Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, designer, and part-time musician who has been a fixture of the art-comics scene for decades. Panter has published his work in various magazines and newspapers, including RAW, Time, and Rolling Stone. His most famous works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise and Facetasm, which was created together with Charles Burns, and the graphic novel Cola Madness. In the early 1990s, he drew seven issues of a Jimbo comic book through Matt Groening‘s Zongo Comics label, and later created two more graphic novels starring his character, Jimbo in Purgatory and Jimbo’s Inferno. Gary has won numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, as well as the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence. His latest book, Songy of Paradise, will be published by Fantagraphics in April 2017. For more information, please visit Gary’s website.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Kevin Budnik!

March 22, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Kevin Budnik!

Kevin Budnik is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Illustration. His published works include Our Ever Improving Living Room, Dust Motes 1 and 2, Flower Grow, Old Gum Wrappers and Grocery Lists, Handbook (for which he received an Ignatz Award nomination for Promising New Talent in 2016), and Epilogue, and his comics have appeared in several anthologies including LINEWORK, What’s Your Sign Girl?, The Adventure Zine, Sweaty Palms, Andromeda Quarterly, Animal Crosszine, and Comfort Food Zine. For more information, please visit Kevin’s website, visit him on Facebook or Twitter, or support him on Patreon.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists–past, present, and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.