CAKE is an all-volunteer run event. If you wish to be involved with CAKE, from organizer, to advisor, to staff, please contact us and indicate your interests and general commitment level.
|Raised and Educated in Western and Central New York State, Neil lives in Chicago where he works at Quimby’s Bookstore. He draws minicomics about friendship & plays in the band, James P.B. Duffy. He was a founding organizer for the Chicago Zine Fest, and organized it for three years. He has also volunteered at SPX and MoCCA, twice each.
|Edie Fake is a Chicago-based artist and minicomics sommelier for Quimby’s Books. His first graphic novel, Gaylord Phoenix, was published by Secret Acres in 2010.
|Editor and contributor for Linework, a student comic anthology produced by Columbia College, and Vacuum Horror, a showcase for Alternative Chicago Comics.
|Grace Tran supervises a counseling program at the Alternative Schools Network, co-organizes the Chicago Youth Community Film Festival, and self-publishes comics zines under the imprint Graph Paper Products.|
|Jeff Zwirek, a.k.a Jeffrey Antacid, a.k.a Jeff Z is a self-publishing cartoonist. His comics work includes Jack Rabbit, Black Star, Pinstriped Bloodbath, and Burning Building Comix. He has received a nomination for an Ignatz award, and his comics have been named “Notable Comics” multiple times by the Best American Comics anthology. He lives and works in Chicago, with his wife and two sons.
CAKE’s organizational structure involves many members of the alternative comics community in Chicago, who don’t attend every meeting, but review meeting minutes, volunteer to bottom-line tasks, and take part in major decision making, such as exhibitor jurying, date and location selection, selection of special guests, etc. Without them, CAKE would be impossible:
Gregory Baldinio • Sarah Becan • Matt Brady • Andy Burkholder • Tyrell Cannon • Lilli Carré • Ed Choy • Jo Dery • Sara Drake • Nick Drnaso • Lyra Hill • Mason Johnson • Lucy Knisley • Ben Marcus • Liz Mason • Bernie McGovern • Ben McLeod• Corinne Mucha • Paul Nudd • Aaron Renier • Grant Reynolds • Marian Runk • Sam Sharpe • Joe Tallarico • Jeremy Tinder