CAKE 2015 Special Guest Announcement…. THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

November 6, 2014By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

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CAKE is delighted to announce that Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez will be joining us for CAKE 2015! Jaime and Gilbert are best known for their collaborative series Love and Rockets, which they have been releasing in a number of formats since 1981.  In addition to Love and Rockets, both Jaime and Gilbert have been incredibly prolific, producing a large number of solo works, many of which prominently feature Love and Rockets characters. In just the past few years, Jaime’s God and Science: The Return of the Ti-Girls and The Love Bunglers and Gilbert’s Julio’s Day, Marble Season, Bumperhead, and Loverboys have received a great deal of well-deserved acclaim. The brothers have also been recognized for a number of awards, including Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner awards for Jaime and a PEN Center Graphic Literature Award for Outstanding Body of Work, a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, and an Eisner award for Gilbert. We are very excited to hear that Ofelia, the latest collection of Gilbert’s stories from Love and Rockets, will be coming out in January 2015, and Love and Rockets New Stories no. 7, the latest entry in the brothers’ long running-series, will be coming out in February 2015.

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CAKE organizers are honored to welcome Jaime and Gilbert as special guests. These two artists have long been an inspiration to readers and creators of comics alike. They are nearly peerless in their talent at creating dynamic and ever changing characters and relationships that continue to evolve and captivate. Jaime and Gilbert have been doing so for decades, and during their long, fruitful careers, they’ve created some of the best artwork and most affecting stories in the history of the medium. We sincerely look forward to welcoming Jaime and Gilbert to 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.

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Cake 2015 Special Guest Announcement: Lale Westvind!

November 3, 2014By Matt BradyCAKE, Special Guests

We’re excited to announce another special guest for CAKE 2015: Lale Westvind!

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Lale is an exciting and prolific cartoonist and self-publisher working in New York City, regularly releasing issues of several ongoing series, including Hyperspeed to Nowhere, Express Less, and Go Now & Stay Here, along with other “one-shot” comics. Her comic Hot Dog Beach #2 won the 2012 Ignatz award for Promising New Talent, and she was nominated for the Ignatz for Outstanding Comic in 2012 and 2013. An excerpt from her comic Hyperspeed to Nowhere: Return to Entropy was included in The Best American Comics 2014, edited by Scott McCloud. You can learn more about Lale at her website on Tumblr.

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CAKE’s organizers are proud to welcome Lale as a special guest. As she continues to create ongoing series, one-shots, and short stories, she proves again and again the efficacy of comics to challenge and expand their visual language as they are being written and as they are being read. She has attended every CAKE festival to date, and we consider her part of the family of Chicago cartoonists. As a special guest, her amazing work will continue to build a deserving audience.

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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.

Eleanor Davis is a Special Guest for CAKE 2015!

October 23, 2014By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We’re excited to announce our first special guest for CAKE 2015: Eleanor Davis!

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Eleanor is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Drew Weing. Her collection of short comics for adults, How To Be Happy, was published in 2014 by Fantagraphics Books. She has also created two comics for kids called The Secret Science Alliance and Stinky. You can learn more about her at her website, on Twitter, and on Tumblr.

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CAKE organizers are not alone when we declare that we’re big fans of Eleanor’s work, and we are excited to have her as a special guest. Her online comics, printed minicomics and illustration work are full of humor, humanity, and grace, and How to be Happy shines as one of our favorite collections of the past few years. We also consider ourselves enthusiastic fans of Stinky and The Secret Science Alliance, and we’re glad that CAKE will be a chance for the young comics readers of Chicago to get to meet her.

CAKE DEBUT: CS by Inés Estrada

May 23, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Special Guests

CS by Inés Estrada

CS is a story about the primitive urge of wanting to feel connected, trascending the microscopic to the macroscopic. 16 pages, printed in risograph with green and neon pink.
Published by Sacred Prism

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CS by Inés Estrada

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Inés Estrada

Inés Estrada is a cartoonist and sort of a nomad. She is the editor of the comics section of Vice Mexico and she also manages Gatosaurio, a webshop where you can find her stickers and comics. Most of her work is self-published, but she has also worked with publications such as Kuš (Latvia), The Believer (US) and Ediciones Valientes (Spain.) She has inhaled inhuman amounts of car smog biking through her home town of Mexico City, which has surely damaged her brain into seeing the psychedelic colors and shapes you can find in her work.

Visit Inés’ website, and pick up DEBUT at Table 71 May 31st & June 1st!

CAKE DEBUT: Traducciones by Inés Estrada

May 22, 2014By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Special Guests

Traducciones by Inés Estrada

A story tangled in symbols about a translator who works from home and her experiences with long distance romance, sex, interpretations, friends and having fun in this pointless void we call living.

Published by Ediciones Valientes

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Traducciones by Inés Estrada

Traducciones by Inés Estrada

Traducciones by Inés Estrada

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Inés Estrada

Inés Estrada is a cartoonist and sort of a nomad. She is the editor of the comics section of Vice Mexico and she also manages Gatosaurio, a webshop where you can find her stickers and comics. Most of her work is self-published, but she has also worked with publications such as Kuš (Latvia), The Believer (US) and Ediciones Valientes (Spain.) She has inhaled inhuman amounts of car smog biking through her home town of Mexico City, which has surely damaged her brain into seeing the psychedelic colors and shapes you can find in her work.

Visit Inés’ website, and pick up Traducciones at Table 71 May 31st & June 1st!

CAKE DEBUT: The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Special Guests

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TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character’s perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James’s character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.

Forsman’s story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative’s tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.

Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel.

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Charles Forsman (B:Mechanicsburg, PA, 1982) graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008. That same year he won 2 Ignatz awards for his series Snake Oil. He lives in Massachusetts where he runs a micro press called Oily Comics. Fantagraphics Books will release The End of the Fucking World and Celebrated Summer in the second half of 2013.Charles Forsman is a special guest at CAKE, and will be at table 46!

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up The End of the Fucking World at Tables 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch

May 30, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Exhibitors, Special Guests

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This is a story about a girl, born at the beginning of the 20th century. She grows up in a small river town in upstate New York. One day the mysterious Charles Varnay, an eccentric who dresses in the style of an 18th century dandy, comes to town, his sole companion a remarkably intelligent dog named Rousseau. Varnay wants to star Katherine in a movie serial he plans to make, called The Goddess of Enlightenment.

Katherine is rather put off when she discovers that he expects her to appear nude in this film. But even more strange is the film’s subject matter: It has to do with seven metal urns that Varnay claims are actual recordings of the voice of Jesus Christ which, he says, contain an urgent message that the modern world needs to hear!

Varnay also claims that his dog, Rousseau, is the product of experiments he has been making in advanced selective breeding. He’s eager to continue these experiments with human subjects; Katherine realizes that he’s expecting her to be a part of this, and it worries her…

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is a full-length graphic novel created in a striking “widescreen” landscape format that allows Deitch to give full rein to his astonishing graphics.

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Kim Deitch has a reserved place at the first table of underground cartoonists. The son of UPA and Terrytoons animator Gene Deitch, Kim was born in 1944 and grew up around the animation business. He began doing comic strips for the East Village Other in 1967, introducing two of his more famous characters, Waldo the Cat and Uncle Ed, the India Rubber Man. In 1969 he succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the Other’s underground comics tabloid. During this period he married fellow cartoonist Trina Robbins and had a daughter, Casey. “The Mishkin Saga” was named one of the Top 30 best English-language comics of the 20th Century by The Comics Journal, and the first issue of The Stuff of Dreams received the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue in 2003. Deitch remains a true cartoonists’ cartoonist, adored by his peers as much as anyone in the history of the medium. Kim Deitch is a special guest at CAKE, and will be signing at Chicago Comics June 14th at 6pm!

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley at Tables 12, 13 & 14 June 15 & 16th!

CAKE DEBUT: Lose #5 by Michael DeForge

May 28, 2013By NeilCAKE, Debuts, Special Guests

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This issue of Lose houses three self-contained stories: “Living Outdoors” tracks two high school students as they explore a zoo and experiment with hallucinogens. “Muskoka” is the story of a cowboy on the road home to see his family. “Recent Hires” follows a young author’s descent into the criminal underworld in order to win the affections of a girl.
ISBN: 978-0-9879630-6-2
$8
7 x 10 inches, 48 pages, b&w, softcover
June 2013

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PRAISE FOR LOSE #5 AND VERY CASUAL

“His [DeForge’s] newest releases–a collection of convention minis and other short run one-offs called Very Casual, and the fifth issue of whatever-he feels-like Lose series–is exactly what one arrogantly screeches all cartoonists should be doing all the time: great, unique comics that only that individual could make that are a little better than their previous work, hearty and head-rushing experiences that plainly demand attention and then reward it easily.” — Tucker Stone, The Comics Journal

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Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Canada. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. Past illustration clients include The Believer, Vice, New York Times Magazine, and The Walrus. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success and is published by Koyama Press. Lose #1 won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, and Lose #3 won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic. Lose #4 was released in Spring 2012 and is nominated for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The fifth Lose installment is slated for Spring 2013. His web comic strip Ant Comic is serialized weekly and will be collected into a graphic novel by Drawn and Quarterly upon its completion. DeForge’s work blends an encyclopaedic knowledge of cartooning with a range of influences that include Jack Kirby, Eduardo Munoz Bachs, Mark Newgarden, and Hideshi Hino.

Visit Michael, and Koyama Press’ websites, and pick up Lose #5 at Tables 66 & 67 June 15 & 16th!

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Special Guest Announcement: Chris Ware

May 2, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We are thrilled to announce Chris Ware will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

As part of our programming, Roctober’s Jake Austen will host Chris Ware in conversation to talk about Ware’s career and his connection to Chicago and its living comics history.

Chris Ware is the author of “Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth,” which received the Guardian First Book Award and was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His most recent book “Building Stories” was voted a 2012 Top Ten Book of the Year by the New York Times, Time Magazine and Publishers Weekly. An irregular contributor to The New Yorker, he guest-edited the 13th issue of “McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern” and was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in The New York Times Magazine. His work has been the focus of solo exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Nebraska and the Gävle Konstcentrum in Gävle, Sweden, as well as regular exhibitions at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York and the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, as well as at the Galerie Martel in Paris in March, 2013.

“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one.”—Zadie Smith

For decades, Chris Ware has been a shining star of cartooning culture abroad and in the Midwest metropolis of Chicagoland. His dedication to craft, production, and originality are a consistent source of inspiration to his peers. Since his appearance in the comics world, he has dramatically impacted the realm, raised the bar, and opened the door of potential to many young artists. It is an honor to us to have him involved with CAKE this year.

Our full slate of programming will be announced mid May.
Check out all of our guests & exhibitors who will be participating at CAKE, June 15 & 16!

Special Guest Announcement: Deb Sokolow

April 25, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests


We are so excited to announce Deb Sokolow will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

Deb Sokolow’s art combines a penchant for drawing diagrams with an outsider’s cautiously curious view of the world around her. Overheard conversations, observed facts, suspicions and guesswork accumulate in a fractured story, told with flow charts, maps, and Xeroxed images rather than smooth narrative transitions. Like a conspiracy theory, Sokolow’s drawings assemble enough arguments and facts to impart a sense of a deep logical connection, but determining the presence of truth is left to the viewer-who is pulled into the work by Sokolow’s use of the second-person pronoun “you” to refer to her protagonist. To a skeptic, the character’s subjective train of thought appears to unravel and become paranoid, falling prey to delusional fantasies about Hollywood-caricature pirates and drug kingpins. There is a chilling sense of witnessing a mind losing its hold on reality.
-Brian Droitcour, curator’s essay for “Big Reality”, 2012

Deb Sokolow’s 2013 solo show, “Deb Sokolow/MATRIX 166: Some Concerns About the Candidate” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT was reviewed in The New York Times. Other solo museum shows include The Kemper Museum in Kansas City; The Spertus Museum of Art, Chicago; a 12 x 12 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Abrons Art Center in New York City; INOVA in Milwaukee; and The Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She’s been included in group shows at the Van Abbemuseum in The Netherlands; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Smart Museum in Chicago; Voorkamer in Belgium; and Invisible-Exports in New York City. Upcoming group shows include The Drawing Center in New York City and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany. Sokolow’s work is in the permanent collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Spertus Museum in Chicago and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Bloomington, Indiana. Her work has been written about in Artforum.com, Art in America.com, The New York Times, Artnet, Art Papers, Art on Paper, Artslant, Beautiful Decay, Dagens Nyheter, The Kansas City Star, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, New City, Timeout Chicago, and Jettison Quarterly and she will be included in Phaidon’s upcoming VITAMIN D2 hardcover survey of contemporary drawing practices. She is a 2010 resident of the Art Omi International Artists Residency and a 2012 recipient of an Artadia Chicago grant. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and lives and works in Chicago. Deb Sokolow is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Deb was featured in this article from Art In Print: http://tinyurl.com/artaftergraphicnovels

We are really excited about the way Deb’s work bends and reshapes the way we think about comics. Her installations are an exhilarating and unique approach to sequential narrative format and eloquently bridge the worlds of comics and fine art. We are so thrilled to have her be part of this year’s festival – one that is shaping up to be all about rethinking boundaries and redefining what comics can become.

Check out all of our guests & exhibitors who will be participating at CAKE, June 15 & 16!