CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Sammy Harkham!

November 19, 2015

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Sammy Harkham!

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After being inspired by the work of Jamie Hewlett, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, Renee French, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet and Jim Woodring, Sammy Harkham started making his own comics and a zine, Kramers Ergot, which has evolved into one of the most highly influential comics anthologies being published today. His comic strip Poor Sailor, originally published in Kramers Ergot 4, was subsequently included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2004 and has been published in French, Korean, and Italian. Kramers Ergot has been favorably reviewed and placed on numerous best of the year lists by publications including the LA Weekly, Time, The New York Times, Dazed And Confused, The Comics Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Volume 9 of Kramers Ergot will be published by Fantagraphics in March 2016. In 2006, after contributing to the third volume of the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, he started the ongoing solo comic series, Crickets, with the most recent issue being published in November 2015. For more information about Sammy, please visit his 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.

CAKE 2016 Special Guest Announcement: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

November 17, 2015

CAKE is excited to announce our next special guest for 2016: Ezra Claytan Daniels!

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Ezra Claytan Daniels is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, which is a staple of comics and art events throughout the country, as well as Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established and up and coming comics artists. Ezra’s latest project is Upgrade Soul, a pioneering immersive science fiction graphic novel for iOS that has been featured on the App Store and nominated for a 2013 IndieCade Award. Developed for Erik Loyer’s Opertoonity comics engine, Upgrade Soul has been displayed in installations at The Hyde Park Art Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and was a featured project at the Fantoche International Animation Festival and the Fumetto International Comics Festival. For more information, please visit Ezra’s website or connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.

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: Cathy G. Johnson!

November 12, 2015

CAKE is excited to announce our second special guest for 2016: Cathy G. Johnson!

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Cathy G. Johnson is a cartoonist living in Providence, Rhode Island who makes comics, drawings, prints, and books about confrontation and sincerity. Cathy was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Cathy also teaches at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island and is a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, which was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015. Cathy’s first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013. Cathy’s other comics and artwork are available at their online store, One Percent Press, Czap Books, and Youth in Decline. For more information, please visit Cathy’s website or connect with them on Twitter or Tumblr.

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: Tyrell Cannon!

November 10, 2015

CAKE is excited to announce our first special guest for 2016: Tyrell Cannon!

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Tyrell Graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has been a fixture in the Chicago comics scene for nearly a decade, with his primary focus being to explore comics with an emphasis on variety of theme, mode of presentation, and technique. He has created work in the genres of science fiction (Victus), true crime (Gary, based on the Green River Killer), and experimental short form comics (Simon). He is also the co-editor and co-creator of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships. To learn more about Tyrell, please visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Tumblr.

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 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Jillian Tamaki!

December 4, 2014

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CAKE is thrilled to announce that Jillian Tamaki will be a Special Guest for CAKE 2015. Jillian is a Canadian illustrator and cartoonist. Her illustrations have won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. Jillian is the co-creator of the graphic novel SKIM (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times‘ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards and a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the graphic novel This One Summer, was a New York Times Bestseller and won the 2014 Governor General’s Award. Jillian’s three books of personal work are Gilded Lilies (2006), Indoor Voice (2010), and SuperMutant Magic Academy, which will debut at CAKE 2015. The hilarious SuperMutant Magic Academy draws from Jillian’s Ignatz Award-winning webcomic and concludes the story of life at the academy. You can learn more about Jillian at her website and on Twitter.

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CAKE’s organizers have long been in awe of Jillian’s illustration talent, which brings an astoundingly beautiful naturalism to the environments and characters in her comics. The graphic novels she has created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki feature some of the best examples of well-defined young female characters in contemporary literature (either graphic or prose), and her solo work on SuperMutant Magic Academy is not only a hilarious take on the tropes of teenagers with superpowers, but also contains plenty of sharp cultural commentary and fascinating explorations of adolescent emotions. We’re incredibly proud to have Jillian join us for CAKE 2015, and we’re excited to share her amazing work with her present and future fans in Chicago.

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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. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Dash Shaw!

December 4, 2014

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CAKE is excited to announce that Dash Shaw will be a Special Guest for CAKE 2015. Dash is a cartoonist and animator whose last graphic novel, Doctors, about doctors who enter deceased people’s afterlives to bring them back from the dead, came out recently from Fantagraphics Books. His previous book New School, about two brothers on an island where an amusement park is under construction, was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. His other recent comics include Cosplayers, 3 New Stories, BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button. His animated works include the Sigur Ros video “Seraph”, “Wheel of Fortune”, and the IFC series The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD. He’s currently a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. You can learn more about Dash at his website, on Twitter, and on Tumblr.

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Dash has been producing fascinating, innovative comics for years, and CAKE’s organizers are thrilled to welcome him to the show. Dash’s comics and animations are full of innovative ideas and artistic styles, and his ability to incorporate relatable human emotion alongside the rampant weirdness is an ability that is near-unparalleled. We’re excited to bring him to Chicago for CAKE 2015, and we can’t wait to see what amazing work he continues to produce.

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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. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Keiler Roberts!

November 25, 2014

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CAKE is happy to announce that Keiler Roberts will be a Special Guest for CAKE 2015. Keiler has been a major force in the Chicago comics community through her prolific comics production, as well as through teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Her autobiographical comic Powdered Milk has received three Ignatz Award nominations and was included in The Best American Comics 2014 Notables List. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine, and Newcity. She was a special guest at the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest, a panelist at CAKE 2011, and her performance at  Brain Frame 14 had the whole room laughing. You can view it here. You can also find out more on her website, Tumblr, or Twitter, or learn about her from this interview with Jason Love or this review by Rob Clough.

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CAKE’s organizers have been fans of Keiler’s work for quite some time. Her comics are insightful and hilarious, and her abundant and consistently excellent comics production is representative of what makes Chicago a great town for comics. We’re thrilled to see that others are beginning to recognize the talent that we’ve seen in Keiler for years, and we hope that as a special guest at CAKE 2015, her influence will grow deservingly as she gains even more fans.

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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. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Wilfred Santiago!

November 20, 2014

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CAKE is pleased to announce that Wilfred Santiago will be joining us as a Special Guest for CAKE 2015! Wilfred is a cartoonist and illustrator from the Chicago area and the author of Michael Jordan: Bull On Parade, scheduled to be released in January 2015 by Fantagraphics Books. His first professional work was seen in the DC Comics/Milestone Media series Static, and since then he has gone on to create the original graphic novel In My Darkest Hour and the best-selling comics biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and he has had illustrations published in Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He publishes Goodwilfred Sunday Magazine every first Sunday of the month with his wife. For more information, we suggest reading this interview at The Comics Journal, or this interview at Comics Alliance.

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CAKE’s organizers are happy to have such a unique talent as Wilfred Santiago as a special guest at CAKE 2015. We’re especially excited to promote his Michael Jordan biography to the massive number of Chicago Bulls fans here in the Windy City, and we think they will be thrilled to see their hometown hero’s on-court exploits depicted so dynamically. Wilfred has a stunning ability to capture both thrilling sports action and human detail on the comics page, and we’re proud to welcome him to CAKE.

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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. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.

CAKE 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Zak Sally!

November 13, 2014

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CAKE is excited to announce that Zak Sally will be a Special Guest for CAKE 2015! Zak is a writer, musician, educator, and cartoonist who has been prominent in the world of independent comics for more than a decade. He is most well known for his Sammy The Mouse series (published by Fantagraphics, La Mano, and Uncivilized Books), as well as the Eisner-nominated Recidivist, of which the 4th volume was just released. You can find out more about Zak at his website, on Twitter, and on Facebook. You could also listen to this interview with Zak Sally on the Comics Alternative Podcast, or this interview conducted by Tom Spurgeon at the Comics Reporter.

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Zak Sally has been making comics for 30 years, having made his first mini comic when he was 13 years old. In the intervening years he has been a line cook, a dishwasher, a “professional musician” (in minimalist rock band Low), had a bit part in a Steve Martin movie, written for the Village Voice, sold the dyed t shirts on Telegraph Ave, taught college courses in comics (even though he barely made it through high school), started his own art school (Schoolhaus/A4, with Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus), been a correspondent for ABC news online, and founded La Mano, an award winning micro press where the DIY/handmade ethic is taken beyond any sane and reasonable bounds. He is the cartoonist behind Recidivist and Sammy The Mouse, and might be working on a novel right now. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and 2 kids.

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CAKE organizers are proud to welcome Zak as a special guest. He is a hard-working and admired comics maker, and his small press, La Mano, stands as a paragon of independent publishing. In addition to his immediate work in comics, we are excited by his commitment to interdisciplinary comics education with Schoolhaus. We see his commitment to alternative comics as an inspiring force, which stretches to our collective past and connects to the future of the medium. We’re also looking forward to hearing him and his band play while he is in town! We couldn’t be happier to have him join us as a part of CAKE 2015.

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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. Applications for CAKE 2015 exhibitors are now open: http://www.cakechicago.com/2015-cake-exhibitor-application The deadline for applying is December 15, 2014. If you have any questions about CAKE, please contact us at cakexpo@gmail.com.