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CAKE Chicago Alternative Comics Expo & CAKE Satellite Events Thurs-Sun, 6/4-6/7

Jun
4
6:00 pm

If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know CAKE is this weekend. Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor. The tabling exhibition is at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave) 6/6 & 6/7, but did you know there are other CAKE-related events going on around town? Here was a most recent missive from the folks at CAKE HQ that we thought it helpful to repost here!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is this Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7! We can’t wait! Before the weekend get’s started, we wanted to share some more information about the exciting weekend ahead.

1Signings

For information about signings for Special Guests, Publishers, and CAKE poster artist Ivan Brunetti, visit www.cakechicago.com/2015-expo/signing-schedules

2

Satellite Events

Thursday, June 4:

Visiting Artist Lecture: Dash Shaw at the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts, 14 E Jackson Blvd #LL105 at 6pm

How to Draw Comics The Ladydrawers’ Way featuring Femicomix Finland at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St at 6pm

Comic Reading at the Archer Ballroom 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 7PM featuring readings by Lale Westvind, Blaise Larmee, Anna Haifisch, Andy Burkholder, Sarah Ferrick, Lane Milburn, Gina Wynbrandt, Krystal DiFronzo, Paul Nudd, and David Alvarado. Hosted by Nick Jackson.

 

Friday, June 5:

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez Signing at Graham Crackers Comics, 77 E Madison St from 6-8pm

CAKE Presents: Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino & Keiler Roberts panel moderated by Hillary Chute at Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave at 7pm

Andy Burkholder’s Qviet Book Release/Exhibition at Learning Machine Gallery, 3145 Morgan at 7pm

CAKE Weekend Kickoff Concert, featuring CAKE exhibitors sound projects, 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 8PM

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Saturday, June 6:

CAKE is hosting two Saturday after parties in the same building!

Enter through the 4th floor entrance for both parties, a $5 donation supports the bands & the Observatory, an independently run music space.

8pm – late The Observatory, 3036 N. Lincoln, 4th floor. CAKE will be hosting a night of musical performances after the first day of exhibition. Bring some cash, there will be a bar. Performers include: Ambergris featuring Matt Thurber, Traducer featuring Lane Milburn, Pet Theories featuring Brian Cremins, and Naff Whiff featuring Eddy Rivera.

8pm – midnight: 3036 N Lincoln, 3rd floor. For exhibitors looking for a quiet place to meet up, join us on the 3rd floor (below The Observatory) for a Drink & Draw sponsored by Print Ninja. Snacks will be provided by CAKE; BYOB, or purchase drinks at The Observatory and bring them downstairs to the drink & draw. To get to the Drink & Draw space, go to the 4th floor after party and go down the back stairwell to the 3rd floor (the same stairwell that allows rooftop access).

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CAKE Minicomic Incentive Punchcard

We are so excited to have our punchcard incentive back this year- As if buying mini comics wasn’t reward enough!

When you buy a mini-comic you support a fantastic self-publishing artist! We will be handing out incentive punchcards to all of our exhibitors at the beginning of the day Saturday.

Spend $8- $15- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster!

Spend $15- $25- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster, and an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, provided by CAKE sponsor Busy Beaver Buttons!

Spend over $25- Get an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, and a CAKE 2015 screenprinted poster printed by Steve Walters of Screwball Press!

Thank you Mike Freiheit for the wonderful punchcard design!

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.For more info: cakechicago.com

CAKE Announces Programming Lineup

632f19d5-df40-4ba1-8731-07d0edd3f490The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. The programming that will accompany the tabling has been announced. All panels take place at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre on the third floor of the Center on Halsted. All workshops take place in the board room on the second floor of the Center on Halsted.

For detailed information about our programming, please visit cakechicago.com and cakechicago.com/2015-expo/workshops/

Saturday

Panels

11:30am – 12:30pm The Golden Age(s) of Comics- Jillian Tamaki, Dash Shaw, and Sam Sharpe, moderated by Gene Kannenberg, Jr. This panel and Jillian Tamaki’s appearance are sponsored by Print Ninja. Dash Shaw appears courtesy of the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.
1:00 – 2:00pm What I Do Is Secret- Zak Sally and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Jake Austen. This panel is sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies.

3:00 – 4:00pm Comic Books and Speculative Fiction- Eleanor Davis, Lale Westvind, and Tom Kaczynski moderated by Ytasha Womack. Lale Westvind appears courtesy of Busy Beaver Button Company.

Workshops

11:30am – 12:00pm Where Do You (Yes,You) Get Your Ideas From?- with ChiPRC/Transit Residency Artist Roman Muradov

12:30 – 1:30pm From Panels to Pixels: Making Comics Look Great on Digital Devices- with Beck Kramer

2:00 – 3:00pm Jaime Hernandez Inks Live! in conversation with Tom Spurgeon

3:15 – 4:00pm ChiPRC presents:The Doodle Dash- drawing competion with judges Johnny Misfit, Zak Sally and  Corinne Mucha.

Sunday

Panels

11:30am – 12:30pm A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers- with Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, moderated by Caitlin McGurk. This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution. The Hernandez Brothers appear courtesy of Graham Crackers Comics and Fantagraphics Books.

1:00 – 2:00pm The Honest Truth- Derf Backderf, Sarah Becan, and Keiler Roberts, moderated by Amy Peltz. Keiler Roberts appears courtesy of First Aid Comics.

2:30 – 4:00pm Eyeworks- curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart, Q&A after the screening with Dash Shaw, Lale Westvind, Scott Roberts, and Jenna Caravello. This panel is sponsored by the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.

Workshops

11:30am – 12:30pm Printmaking for All Ages- with Anya Davidson This workshop is sponsored by Spudnik Press.

1:00 – 2:00pm Infinite Corpse Jam Comics- with Jeremy Tinder and Aaron Renier. This workshop is sponsored by Rotofugi.

2:30 – 3:45pm The Regionalism Experiment with Ben Passmore, Leigh Luna, Isabella Rotman, Anuj Shrestha, and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Brian Cremins and Amara Leipzig.

CAKE Presents . . . A Conversation with Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino, and Keiler Roberts Moderated by Hillary Chute 6/5

Jun
5
7:00 pm

Poster_Low-Res porcWhat better way to usher in CAKE weekend than a conversation with three of the most innovative cartoonists working today? If there’s a graphic narratives supergroup—the Emerson, Lake, & Palmer of American indie comics—this is it.

 

Eleanor Davis’s Fantagraphics collection How to Be Happy was just nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award. Keiler Roberts’s series Powdered Milk is a consistently stunning example of why so many of us fell in love with autobiographical comics in the first place. John Porcellino’s The Hospital Suite was one of the most critically acclaimed comics of 2014. With King-Cat Comics and Stories now 25 years old and going stronger than ever, John remains one of the guiding lights of the indie comics scene and for CAKE itself. Hillary Chute, comics scholar extraordinaire, author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics and Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, will moderate this exciting roundtable.

Please join us for a rocking, inspiring kick-off event for CAKE 2015! For more information on this event & on the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, visit cakechicago.com . CAKE is June 6th-June 7th. Quimby’s is proud to be a co-sponsor.

Click here for the Facebook invite for this event.

Friday, June 5th, 7pm – Free Event!

CAKE Bake Auction Fundraiser at No Nation Art Gallery on April 25th

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The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will be holding its annual art auction fundraiser at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 25th, at the NO NATION art gallery, located at 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The event, called CAKE Bake, will be hosted by Lyra Hill, a well-known Chicago cartoonist and filmmaker.

The event will feature live and silent auctions of over 30 pieces of art by cartoonists from Chicago and elsewhere, including Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carre, Anders Nilsen, Lucy Knisley, Edie Fake, Keiler Roberts, and Anya Davidson. In addition, live comics readings will be performed by Lyra Hill, John Porcellino, Sara Heymann of the Mortville Collective, and Ben Marcus.

Max Morris, a member of CAKE’s organizing committee, said, “We are very excited to hold CAKE Bake, which has been a great success for us in the past. As a volunteer-run non-profit event, we rely on fundraisers like this to make each year’s CAKE a success, and we greatly appreciate the support we get from the local comics community, especially all the pieces of art that our great cartoonists have donated. We’re really excited about this year’s CAKE, in which we’re going to be offering hands-on workshops for the first time, as well as programming featuring our amazing special guests, including Jillian Tamaki, Eleanor Davis, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dash Shaw, and Zak Sally. We think this year’s CAKE is going to be the best one yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying to keep making it better and better.”

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.The Fourth Annual CAKE will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. in Chicago.

Quimby’s Bookstore is proud to be a CAKE co-sponsor.

More info:

cakexpo(at)gmail(dot)com

cakechicago.com

off-site: CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event to Benefit CAKE 4/20

cakeframeSun, April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608 (NOT at Quimby’s)

Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm
$5 – $20 sliding scale entry

For the second year running, the performative comics reading series Brain Frame is teaming up with the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) to host the CAKE Frame fundraiser, an evening of comics readings and a live art auction. Cake Frame 2 is All proceeds go to benefit CAKE, the weekend-long celebration of independent comics 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.

Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer. Attendees can bid on original art from 30 talented Chicagoans including Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, Ivan Brunetti, and Edie Fake. All bids for artworks will start at $30. The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm, but we recommend attendees arrive early if they want to review the auction items before bidding.

With only two months until CAKE on May 31/June 1 at the Center on Halstead, the CAKE organizers are kicked into full gear. Organizers Ben Bertin, Neil Brideau, Marnie Galloway, Max Morris, Grace Tran and Jeff Zwirek are committed to making this year’s show one that goes down in history, and the CAKE Frame 2 fundraiser will help them towards that goal.

For more information on CAKE, please visit cakechicago.com
For more information on Brain Frame, please visit brainframe.tumblr.com
Contact: Max Morris, cakexpo(at)gmail(dot)com