Special Guest Announcement: Kim Deitch!

March 4, 2013By NeilCAKE, Special Guests

We couldn’t be more excited to announce Kim Deitch will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

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.

For decades, Kim has illuminated readers with his incisive, beautiful, and galvanizing work. Not only is he a respected presence in the world of underground comics, he is one of its progenitors. Kim’s work paved the way for hundreds of young cartoonists to follow, and as he continues to put out work, he remains an inspiration to many of us.

There are a few more special guests to be announced soon! Stay tuned!

Special Guest Announcement: Phoebe Gloeckner!

February 22, 2013By NeilSpecial Guests

We are very excited to announce Phoebe Gloeckner will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

Phoebe Gloeckner is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.” Cartoonist R. Crumb called her story, Minnie’s Third Love (published in A Child’s Life and Other Stories) one of the “comicbook masterpieces of all time.”

Her books have been published in multiple languages and her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe.

In 2008, Gloeckner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to continue work on an on-going project centering on the life of the family of a murdered teenager living in Ciudad Juárez, several hundred feet from the US-Mexico border. Throughout and preceeding the escalation and gradual recession of the current period of intense violence in the city (3,200+ homicides in 2010), Gloeckner has been observing the evolution of the family, the case of their daughter’s murder, and the neighborhood they live in. The end product of this process will be several novels.

Gloeckner has long experimented with the form of the novel- Diary is a hybrid of prose and graphic novel, and her current projects will incorporate various media (audio, motion, and static) with text. The challenge is to create an electronic “multi-touch” book offering a “seamless” reading experience, a work that feels to be of one piece (the whole, greater than the sum of its parts) rather than an “enhanced” novel with multi-media annotations and side matter. She is working concurrently on printed versions of these books.

For decades, Phoebe has illuminated readers with her incisive, beautiful, and challenging work, giving voice to struggles and narratives that are often silenced. Through the years, she has become a respected presence in the world of underground comics, and we are honored to have her as a featured exhibitor in this year’s line-up.

There are more special guests to be announced soon! Stay tuned!

Special Guest Announcement: Oily Comics!

December 27, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests


We are super psyched to announce Oily Comics will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

OILY COMICS is a micro publisher of mini comics and zines.

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.

Melissa Mendes is the author of Freddy Stories, a Xeric-Award winning all-ages graphic novel. She also received her MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2010, does comic-making workshops for kids, has been an art teacher, and is currently illustrating a chapter book for Roaring Brook Press. She also draws a monthly comic book called Lou published by Oily Comics. Melissa lives in Hancock, MA.

Oily Comics is gearing up to become an influential small-publisher of the Decade, with a stable of hardworking cartoonists coming up with strong work in an exciting format. Oily displays a strong dedication to craft and independent publication in the independent American underground, especially in a place where there are so many nay-sayers and track-jackers.

There are more special guests announcements to come! CAKE’s application is open through January 1st. If you make alternative comics, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Individual Application
Small Press Publisher/Distro/Collective Application

Special Guest Announcement: Jason Shiga!

December 20, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests


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

Jason Shiga graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in pure mathematics and his comics often incorporate puzzles, mazes and unconventional narrative techniques. He is the creator of the world’s second largest interactive comic, spanning 25 square feet and the author of over 20 comic books including Fleep, Bookhunter, Meanwhile and Empire State. He lives in Oakland, California.

Jason has garnered many fans from his mad-scientist book-making abilities seen in books like the choose-your-own-adventure comic, Meanwhile, and countless minicomic inventions. His story telling skills also touch readers, as they mix problem solving with a great deal of emotion.

There are more special guests to be announced soon! CAKE’s application is open through January 1st. If you make alternative comics, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Individual Application
Small Press Publisher/Distro/Collective Application

Special Guest Announcement: Michael DeForge!

December 13, 2012By NeilCAKE, Special Guests


We’re excited to announce Michael DeForge will be a special guest at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, June 15 & 16 2013!

Michael DeForge lives in Toronto and works as a cartoonist and illustrator. His series Lose is published annually by Koyama Press. His web strip Ant Comic is serialized weekly and will be collected into a graphic novel by Drawn and Quarterly upon its completion.

In the past few years, Michael’s work has become a massive presence in the world of underground comics, coupled with an inhuman yield of production in the worlds of illustration and animation. Michael’s work has a large following in Chicago, with his comics flying off the shelves at independent bookstores, and his presence was a highlight at CAKE last year. We’re very excited to have him involved.

We’ll be announcing more special guests in the next few weeks. CAKE’s application is open through January 1st. If you make alternative comics, we strongly encourage you to apply!
Individual Application
Small Press Publisher/Distro/Collective Application

Guests & Exhibitors Announced!

April 6, 2012By NeilCAKE, Exhibitors, Special Guests

We’re really excited to finally publish the list of special guests, small press publishers, and exhibitors at the first Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (aka CAKE to those in the “know”)!

June 16th & 17th, the city of Chicago will be treated to an amazing cross section of alternative comics artists from all over the country (and from other exotic lands as Canada)!

Check out our list of guests & exhibitors. Careful, your brain might explode by the awesomeness contained in the list!

Stay tuned for programming information coming soon!