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.

Additionally, volunteers are crucial for the days of the expo. Having CAKE volunteers available to greet visitors at the door, staffing the information booth, and setup/teardown of the event space ensures that the show runs smoothly for everyone. If you can spare some time that weekend to help out, it would be much appreciated!

Drawing by Corinne Mucha


Matt Brady
 Matt Brady is a lifelong comics fan and occasional comics critic. For more than ten years, he has maintained the blog Warren Peace Sings the Blues, where he writes about comics, movies, TV, and whatever else meets his fancy. He lives and works in the Chicago suburbs, where he tries to share his comics obsession with his three children.

Jessica Campbell
Jessica Campbell was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia and currently resides in Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Campbell has recently exhibited solo and two-person exhibitions at The Sub-Mission (Chicago, IL); Roots & Culture (Chicago, IL); Trunk Show (Chicago, IL) and Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, QC). She is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute and DePaul University, and her most recent book, Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists, was released in September, 2016.

Mike Freiheit
Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist, illustrator and teacher living in Albany Park with his wife and two wolves. Check out his work at and

Chris Lopez
 Chris Lopez grew up in swampy south Florida, raised by Cuban food, alligator sightings, and mosquito bites. He’s since relocated to Chicago, where he works in IT and lives with his fiancé and their cat, Clementine. Throughout the years, he has created various comics, contributed to a few comics anthologies, and spent time volunteering at CAKE. Currently, Chris is working on a graphic novel that will most definitely get finished one day.

Jon Mastantuono
Jon Mastantuono is a queer cartoonist living in Chicago. Since 2012, he has written and drawn many comics, including Infinite Jest Tijuana Bible, Guy Gardners, and Mindfulness Comics. In his spare time he as a full-time graphics job. He has contributed to anthologies about bears, school mascots, queer horror, and professional wrestling. Jon has exhibited art at SAW, ChiPRC, and at Challengers Comics. Jon has tabled at: CAKE, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Chicago Zine Fest, Grand Rapids Zine Fest, St. Louis Small Press Expo, and the inaugural Gluestick Festival.
For CAKE, Jon volunteered in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and exhibited in 2015 and 2016.In 2016, Jon was also a show Coordinator, and he is proud to be a core CAKE organizer in 2017.

Ed Witt
Bio Coming soon!


Coordinators are invaluable members of the CAKE-planning team, taking on specific specialized tasks they are particularly qualified for. CAKE Orgainzers are infinitely grateful for the tireless work our coordinators put into CAKE!

Development  Corinne Halbert
Exhibitor Services Gabi Cracraft
Programming Beth Hetland
Alex Nall
Volunteers Tony Recktenwald

Organizers + Coordinators of CAKEs Past

We would also like to mention an extremely deep well of gratitude for all of the previous CAKE organizers and coordinators. Many thanks to those who started this organization and those who kept it running throughout the years:

Organizers Alli Alleman • Ben Bertin • Neil Brideau • Edie Fake • Marnie Galloway • Max Morris • Amy Pelz • Grace Tran • Jeff Zwirek
Coordinators Brian Cremins • Cathy Hannah • Amara Leipzig • Isabella Rotman • Sheika Lugtu

Advisory Committee

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 • Jo Dery • Sara Drake • Nick Drnaso • Lyra Hill • Mason Johnson • Lucy Knisley • Ben Marcus • Liz Mason • Bernie McGovern • Ben McLeod• Annie Mok • Corinne Mucha • Paul Nudd • Aaron Renier • Grant Reynolds • Marian Runk • Sam Sharpe • Joe Tallarico • Jeremy Tinder