CAKE 2019 Poster Artist Marnie Galloway!

January 7, 2019

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is very excited to announce our 2019 poster artist, Marnie Galloway!


Marnie Galloway

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and artist working in Chicago. Her first graphic novel, In the Sounds and Seas, was collected by One Peace Books in 2016 from a Xeric Award winning series. Other comics of note include Burrow (2016), Particle/Wave (2016), and Slightly Plural (2018).

 Marnie is also a former organizer of CAKE, and championed the creation of our Cupcake Award, which spotlights upcoming talent in indie comics. This year Marnie is also serving as mentor for Cupcake recipient, Diana H. Chu.

 Stay tuned for more artwork from Marnie and updates on CAKE 2019, June 1st-2nd at Center on Halsted.

CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway
CAKE 2019 Art by Marnie Galloway




CAKE 2019

January 6, 2019

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.

Transit’s 2018 CHIPRC Inbound residency call for entries

February 19, 2018

Once again, CAKE is partnering with Transit to offer an Artist in Residency (AiR) opportunity for artists outside of the Chicagoland area. Calls for applications are now open. The selected AiR will get to present and table at CAKE, in addition to using CHIPRC as their studio (and a place to teach) for two weeks prior; Transit awards recipient $1000 stipend. Applications due by Friday March 16th, 5pm CST!

For more information, including the application, please visit the Transit site:

TRANSIT’s 2018 CHIPRC Inbound residency call for entries


Introducing The First Slice Emerging Talent Showcase

May 24, 2017

We are pleased to introduce the First Slice Emerging Talent Showcase table. This new table at CAKE 2017 features artists who have never exhibited at a comics festival! Curated by CAKE Organizers, each artist will table for one day of CAKE, free of charge, to expose them to exhibiting at a festival, and expose attendees to these new comics voices.
Visit table 233 each day to meet all of these exciting new comics creators!

The inaugural First Slice artists are…

Diego Cadena Bejarano (Saturday)

Diego Cadena Bejarano

Illustrator coming from Colombia, the land of magical realism, plans to exaggerate his way to stardom. Currently living and working in Brooklyn trying to change the world from his basement, while making zines with his better half.

Rayne Klar (Saturday)

Rayne Klar

Queer artist making comix and zines about punk rock, witchcraft, and feelings.

Karina Shor (Saturday)

Karina Shor

Karina was born under a different name in the Soviet Union. Grew up in Israel to become a kids book illustrator. After years of writing a journal telling all her fuck ups in life, she decided to move to New York to pursue the illusive career of underground comix and tell all her secrets to the world. Karina believes that nothing is sacred and hopes that her stories will help other confused girls like her.

Nathan & Ryan Veach (Sunday)

Nathan Veach / Ryan Veach

Siblings born and raised in the Mississippi River Valley. Currently residing in Chicago and East Moline, Illinois. Collaborating on art, music, and mischief since the late ’80s.

Ann Xu (Sunday)

Ann Xu

Ann Xu is a cartoonist and illustrator from San Jose, CA, recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her comics have been published as self-published minis and in anthologies, most recently in Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology. She likes to think about and draw nostalgic things; her comics are filled with themes of childhood, heritage, home, and relationships.

We strongly encourage you to visit all of these great new comics artists when exploring CAKE!

CAKE Street Team Pizza Party

May 12, 2017

Tuesday, May 23 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Dimo’s Pizza Wicker Park
1615 N Damen Ave


Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) needs help getting out the word that our expo is back at Center on Halsted this June 10 and 11. Please join CAKE’s organizers for FREE PIZZA! We’ll have posters, and you can participate in two ways:

1. Pick up a bundle of CAKE posters and agree to hang them in your neighborhood, and post a photo with the hashtag #CAKE2017, OR

2. If you picked up posters from us at Chicago Zine Fest or some other time and place, post a photo of the poster in the world on social media with the hashtag #CAKE2017

In past years this has been a great chance to volunteers to catch up with food and a short low-key weeknight hang. It’s fun, and we really appreciate any help you can give us postering the city.

Learn more at our facebook event

CAKE Stands in Solidarity With the Queer Community Following the Orlando Shooting

June 17, 2016

CHICAGO—In response to the horrific attack that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past weekend, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) would like to express its solidarity with the Queer community by donating to Equality Florida and The Center on Halsted. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people are a vital presence in the alternative comics scene, and for four years, CAKE has taken place at the Center on Halsted, a North Side haven for many LGBTQ people. The organizers are incredibly grateful for the welcoming, inclusive home it provides the Expo. We are proud to stand with our LGBTQ neighbors, both in times of violence such as these, and in the times of peace we hope for in the future.

The evil acts committed in Orlando do not represent the sentiments of the majority of Americans, and with our donation we hope to demonstrate this fact. We encourage fans and friends of CAKE to show their support by donating as well. Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone affected by the tragedy in Orlando.