CAKE 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Emil Ferris!

March 21, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests 1 Comment

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Emil Ferris!

Emil Ferris broke into the comics scene in 2017 with her first graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. Taking inspiration from her time growing up in Chicago in the 1960s and her love of classic “creature features”, she has created a beautifully detailed and unique style of comics that offers pleasures both on and under the surface.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

For more information about Emil Ferris, please visit her 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: Ben Passmore!

March 21, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2017: Ben Passmore!

Ben Passmore lives in New Orleans where he is constantly creating quality comics, including Your Black Friend, which looks at race in the modern United States, and DAYGLOAYHOLE, a “psychedelic post-apocalyptic adventure comic about misanthropy, old punks, gentrification, TV faced monsters, anarchism, art theory, lame literary references, and a bunch of other words.” He has also been published on The Nib, and he continues to create stories about police abolition, sex addiction, struggles with radical utopian ideas, gentrification, and inherent classism in art esthetics, and sex addiction on Patreon. For more information, please visit Ben’s website, or follow him on Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook.

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: Gabrielle Bell!

March 20, 2017By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests No Comments

CAKE is excited to announce our first special guest for 2017: Gabrielle Bell!

Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 1998 She began to collect her “Book of” miniseries (Book of Sleep, Book of Insomnia, Book of Black, etc), which resulted in When I’m Old and Other Stories, published by Alternative Comics. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series Lucky, published by Drawn and Quarterly. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, The Believer, and Vice Magazine. The title story of Bell’s book, “Cecil and Jordan in New York” has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Bell’s graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. Her first full-length graphic memoir, Everything is Flammable, will be published in hardcover by Uncivilized Books in April 2017. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit Gabrielle’s website or follow her on 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.

Join Us in Welcoming Trina Robbins to Chicago this March!

March 2, 2017By Matt BradyComics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

At CAKE 2016, we were disappointed that our Special Guest Trina Robbins had to cancel her appearance due to health concerns, but luckily, we were still able to have her come to Chicago this spring for some local events:

Wimmin’s Comix

Wednesday, March 15
5:00-6:00 PM
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972, she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972–1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee. Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

This lecture is open to the public, but non-SAIC attendees must have a state issued ID to check in with security upon entering the building.

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/748499208652940/

Women, Culture, and Comics

Thursday, March 16
6:00-8:00 PM
UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street, Chicago

As part of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Trina Robbins’ talk will focus on women and diversity in comics as vehicles for cultural understanding and social change. Her talk will draw from her various works, including the Junior Library Guild Selection graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper and her forthcoming book Babes in Arms. A book-signing will follow.

Please RSVP at http://go.uic.edu/trinarobbins

About Trina Robbins

In 1970, Trina Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book (1972 – 1992). In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women in the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee.  Her new book, Babes in Arms, due out in Summer, 2017, collects the work of four Golden Age women who fought the Axis with pen and ink, drawing comics that starred beautiful, courageous women who didn’t need to be rescued by some guy.

CAKE Announcement: Trina Robbins Cancellation, Eddie Campbell Steps In

June 9, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Programming, Special Guests No Comments

We’re sad to announce that due to health concerns, our Special Guest Trina Robbins will be unable to attend CAKE 2016. We will miss her wisdom, her enthusiasm, and her spirit this year, but we send her good energy for a speedy recovery! We’d also like to remind you that the collected edition of Wimmen’s Comix will be available from Fantagraphics at the show, so—if you haven’t already picked up a copy of this beautiful collection, or of Trina’s stunning 2013 book Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013—well, what are you waiting for?!

When they heard about this change in schedule, Eddie Campbell—the creator of the autobiographical Alec, the mythic Bacchus and, with Alan Moore, the classic graphic novel From Hell—and Top Shelf Productions publisher Chris Staros, both tremendous fans of Trina’s four decades of work as a cartoonist and herstorian, offered to step in.

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CAKE is proud to announce that Eddie and Chris will be taking part in a conversation about their twenty years of work together. So please join us on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted for a wide-ranging conversation about the art and practice of alternative comics from two of the innovators in the field.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at CAKE this weekend!

CAKE is in 17 days! Join Us for Our Kickoff Events

May 25, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Comics Around Town, Special Guests No Comments

Thursday Night – David Alvarado & Tyrell Cannon at Sulzer Library in Lincoln Square

David AlvaradoTyrell Cannon
CAKE Special Guest Tyrell Cannon will join Newcity Cartoonist David Alvarado for a presentation on their work at the Sulzer Library. This event will be in accordance with 2 exhibitions of Alvarado and Cannon’s work; Alvarado will be exhibiting in the 2nd floor cases and Cannon will be exhibiting in the North Exhibit Case in the lobby of the Sulzer. Both exhibits will run from June 1st to June 30th.

The event will take place at The Sulzer Library, located at  4455 N. Lincoln Ave, on Thursday, June 9th at 7pm. Join the Facebook event here!

Friday Afternoon – Chester Brown at Graham Crackers Comics Downtown

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus

Stop by Chicago Loop Graham Crackers Comics on the Friday before the CAKE weekend and meet author Chester Brown. Chester will be signing copies and discussing his new graphic novel Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

This exclusive signing with Chester Brown at CAKE Sponsor Graham Crackers Comics will be taking place Friday, June 10th from Noon – 1:30 PM at 77 E Madison St. Join the Facebook event here!

Graham Crackers

Friday Night – Kramers Ergot Signing at Quimby’s Books

Kramers Ergot 9

CAKE is excited to present a signing event for Kramers Ergot 9, with CAKE Special Guest Sammy Harkham. Joining the signing will be contributors Andy Burkholder, Anya Davidson, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle,John Pham, and Lale Westvind.

Since the inception of Kramers Ergot inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto. This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham’s comics passions, both past and future. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection.

This event is sponsored by Revolution Brewery, and will have refreshments provided while supplies last. This event will be taking place on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 PM at 1854 W North Ave. Join the Facebook event here!

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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 fifth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

Announcing the CAKE 2016 Exhibitor List!

March 28, 2016By Matt BradyCAKE, Exhibitors, Special Guests

CAKE is pleased to announce our exhibitor list for the fifth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. You can see the full list, which includes special guests, comics companies and distributors, and all of the artists who will be exhibiting, here: http://www.cakechicago.com/2016-expo/guest-exhibitor-list/

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 amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.The Fifth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago. For any questions about about CAKE, please email cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Leslie Stein!

November 30, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Leslie Stein!

Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE. For more information, please visit Leslie’s website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Today Is the Last Day to Apply to CAKE 2016!

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Laura Park!

November 28, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Laura Park!

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Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Best American Comics, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Vice magazine, and Saveur.com. She is the illustrator for two middle-grade kids’ book series written by James Patterson, Middle School and I Funny, both of which have been number one New York Times bestsellers. Her book Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2016. She is a member of the jam comics collective Trubble Club, and she created the poster art for the first annual CAKE in 2012. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or follow her on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Patrick Kyle!

November 24, 2015By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Patrick Kyle!

Patrick Kyle Books

Patrick Kyle is a cartoonist from Toronto, Canada. His self-published comic book series Black Mass was nominated in the best emerging talent category in the 2012 Doug Wright Awards and the Outstanding Series Category in the 2012 Ignatz Awards. His book Don’t Come in Here will be published by Koyama Press in May 2016. He is the Co-editor of Wowee Zonk, an anthology that focuses on avant garde and non-traditional comics. His comics can be read online at What Things Do and Vice. For more information, please visit Patrick’s website or follow him on Twitter.

Have You Applied to CAKE 2016?

CAKE’s 2016 application is currently open to the public. To apply, please head to http://goo.gl/forms/oJB8kKRXzC. The application period is open until November 30; we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. CAKE 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to an exciting 5th annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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.