Introducing This Year's Cupcake Award Winner: Kelly Fernandez!

This year's Cupcake Award winner, Kelly Fernandez, will be debuting her comic Cuidando at CAKE! Here's what Kelly had to say about her comic:"Cuidando is a memoir comic about how my experiences as a nanny have affected the way I see myself and my family. The title translates to 'Taking Care,' which is meant to not only suggest 'taking care of children' but also 'taking care of oneself' or self-care/self-love."

About the Cupcake Award

The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic by an emerging artist whose work is primarily self-published. The winner of the award receives $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at the next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of a special guest judge. Entries for the fourth annual Cupcake Award will be accepted following CAKE 2017.

About CAKE

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 among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers. The sixth annual CAKE will take place Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Avenue in Chicago. For any questions about CAKE, please email