The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago for its fifth year on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 11am to 6pm, with over 200 local, national, and international exhibitors at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 North Halsted Avenue. 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.
Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comics artists, publishers, and fans, both in Chicago and the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Comics, prints, and other artwork will be available for purchase, and in addition to the expo itself, several off-site events will occur throughout the weekend.
In addition to art for sale, the expo also features workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions with special guests Chester Brown, Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Sammy Harkham, Cathy G. Johnson, Laura Park, Patrick Kyle, Trina Robbins, and Leslie Stein. Independent publishers appearing at CAKE include 2D Cloud, Alternative Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, Retrofit Comics, Secret Acres, and a number of Chicago-based publishers. For a full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit the website.
CAKE is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization and would not be possible without the help of generous donations from supporters and sponsors, including Blick Art Materials, Busy Beaver Button Company, the Center on Halsted, Graham Crackers Comics, Challengers Comics, Halfwit Coffee, Print Ninja, Quimby’s Books, and Spudnik Press Cooperative.
For more information about the expo, please visit www.cakechicago.com.
Cartoonist Liz Climo signs at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at noon to sign her latest book RORY THE DINOSAUR WANTS A PET!
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
Join tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood on Wednesday June 8, 2016 for a reading and signing event at the USS Constitution Museum celebrating her new book Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea!
Reading: “Scurvy Dogs, the Cartoon History of Scurvy” at 1:30pm in the Discovery Center
Signing: 2:30pm-4:30pm in the Gift Shop
Baggywrinkles is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with “a sheer and unremitting sense of joy” [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier].
More details on the USS Constitution Museum website
USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
Paul Montani, creator of Welcome to the Rat Race, signs at Friendly Neighborhood Comics on Wednesday June 1st from 4:00 – 7:00 PM!
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic Street (Route 140), Bellingham, MA 02019
Cartoonist Peter Kuper opens a solo exhibition at the Scott Eder Gallery on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at 6:00 PM!
SCOTT EDER GALLERY is thrilled to announce a solo exhibition of work by Peter Kuper, spanning his prolific career as a cartoonist, author, and political illustrator.
Peter Kuper’s powerful illustrations and comics have appeared around the world in newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Liberation, The Nation, Vertigo (DC Comics), and MAD Magazine, where he has been writing and drawing “Spy vs. Spy,” the ironic – and iconic – wordless strip featuring dueling spies, since 1997. Noted for his politically and socially charged visual commentary, Kuper is also the co-founder of Dream of the Rarebit Fiend/ Blab!
Spy vs Spy / MAD Magazine World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine, and has remained on its editorial board since 1979.
Peter Kuper has produced over two dozen books translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew and other languages. They include The System, Stop Forgetting To Remember, Sticks and Stones (which won The Society of Illustrators’ Gold Medal),
Newsweek cover and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works including The Metamorphosis, which is used in high school and college curricula in the U.S. and abroad. He has also been teaching comics courses at The School of Visual Arts for over 25 years and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.
An inveterate traveler, Kuper has journeyed around the world with sketchbook in hand and the results include Comics Trips, a chronicle of his eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia and Diario de Oaxaca, based on a two-year sabbatical Kuper spent with his wife and daughter living in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2006-2008. His most recent graphic novel, Ruins, is the culmination of his travel experiences, chronicling the migration of the Monarch butterfly interwoven with a couple’s journey to Mexico.
Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge Street, Suite 2-i, Brooklyn, NY 11201
May 23, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
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Tickets are Now On Sale for the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 23, 2016 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce that tickets are now on sale for this year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.
Tickets that are now on sale include:
As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!
* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all 3 days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!
** Harvey Awards tickets include full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag.
“Our fans have been asking us on the website, in email, and on social media when tickets would be available,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re happy to make them available now, and as you can see from our website, our our guest list is already large and growing, we have CGC back, and our show floor is filling up quickly with a great selection and breadth of exhibitors and retailers, with more news yet to come!”
Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!
The Baltimore Comic-Con has made arrangements with a number of downtown hotels in close proximity to the Baltimore Convention Center. These include:
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen); Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); Jeff Balke (Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St. Patty’s Day Special); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Danica Bradshaw (Wayward); Nick Bradshaw (Spidey); Reilly Brown (Deadpool); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Ben Caldwell (Scooby Apocalypse); Chris Campana (The Accelerators); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Mike Cavallaro (The Fox); Howard Chaykin (Imperium); Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians); Frank Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk); Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death); Steve Conley (Bloop); Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary); J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed); Jeff Dekal (New Avengers); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Tod Emko (A Piggy’s Tale); Joe Endres (Colossians); Steve Englehart, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America); David Finch (Wonder Woman); Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat!); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman ’66: The Lost Episode); Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis); Anna Gownley and Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Stephen Green (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Rob Guillory (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Ken Hunt (Talon); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Dan Jurgens (Action Comics, Saturday & Sunday only); Tom King (Batman); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Samantha Kyle (Paul & Olly); John Layman (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Paul Levitz (Doctor Fate); Mike Lilly (Red Agent); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool); Mark Morales (Convergence); Joe Mulvey (SCAM); Jamar Nicholas (Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America); Chris Otto (A Dog’s Life); Greg Pak (Teen Titans); Tom Palmer (Doctor Strange); Yanick Paquette (Batman/Superman); Dan Parsons (Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle); Brent Peeples (Gold Key: Alliance); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Eric Powell (The Goon); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Khary Randolph (Robin War); Tom Raney (Ninjak); Paul Renaud (Superman/Wonder Woman); Emily Romano (Comic Art House); Craig Rousseau (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn and Power Girl); Joe Rubinstein (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man newspaper strip); Stuart Sayger (Hellboy 100); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Matt Slay (TMNT Micro-Series); Brian Smith (SpongeBob Comics); Charles Soule (Star Wars: Poe Dameron); Babs Tarr (Batgirl); Ben Templesmith (Blackholers); Chad Thomas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures); Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle); David Trustman (The Rise); James Tynion (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Rick Veitch (Miracleman); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Mark Waid (All-New, All-Different Avengers); Michael Watkins (Pantha); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who); Matt Wieringo (‘Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Sasha Yosselani (Comic Art House); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
firstname.lastname@example.org – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
email@example.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
firstname.lastname@example.org – for inquiries about submitted registrations
email@example.com- for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
firstname.lastname@example.org- for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 11 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form.
The exhibitors will be in various locations throughout the library. There will be maps and guides to help anyone attending. Here is the exhibitor and guest list and their locations.
Fiction/ Music area:
AndrÈs Vera MartÌnez
Joe St. Pierre
Lenwood Brown III
Colleen AF Venable
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq, Portland, Maine 04101
Join Gallery Nucleus on Saturday May 28th, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm with Disney Animation artist Bob Scott for his signing of his published popular comic book strip Molly and the Bear. If you always wanted to introduce your little ones to comics, now is the chance!
Books will be available for purchase at the signing
About the book:
It can be tough on a family when someone new has moved in, especially if it’s a 900-pound scaredy-bear so terrified of wilderness life that he’s fled to the burbs. Fortunately Bear was found by Molly, a fearlessly optimistic 11-year-old can-doer who has taken him firmly in hand, devoted to seeing her hirsute BFF cope with modern life. Molly’s Mom is happy with the new sibling — Bear’s an excellent conversationalist and loves her homemade cookies. But Dad is having a harder time, his role as center of the universe now shared with an ursine behemoth who, unfortunately, adores him.
About the Artist:
Bob Scott lives in both the world of comic strips and animation. Born in Detroit, he taught himself cartooning, emulating the masters in the funny pages. Acceptance and graduation from California Institute of the Arts opened the world of character animation for Bob. He has worked over 30 years in the industry as an animator, character designer, storyboard artist and voice talent. His credits can be found on projects from Marvel’s Muppet Babies, Turner Animation’s Cats Don’t Dance and Pixar’s The Incredibles. He has worked for Jim Davis, co-penciling U.S. Acres and co-directing Garfield: His 9 Lives. His heart has always wanted a comic strip of his own, and so Molly and the Bear was born in 1997 and became a syndicated webcomic in 2010. Scott lives in Burbank, CA.
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
May 12, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
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All ages are welcome and FREE admission for all!
We’ll have artists, authors, publishers and vendors set up all day signing and selling their books, art, and prints and doing commissioned sketch art… Workshops, tutorials & panels relating to all things nerd culture… A special art exhibition in the Transmetropolitan Gallery… Gaming demos & tournaments… Costumed character appearances for photo ops… Costume contest with prizes… Balloon artists, face-painters & magic shows… And free coffee tasting by Coffee Shop of Horrors! www.facebook.com/
And our popular D20 sale back again… Roll the die upon checkout to see what prizes you will win or how big of a discount you can get off all your items! Will you roll a 20 to get 40% OFF your purchase?
We’ll also be launching some new drink specials at our extensive craft beer/cider/mead/wine & soda bar in the Offworld L.O.U.N.G.E. And everyone in costume gets 20% OFF at the bar all day and night!
Raffle tickets being sold, with hourly prizes awarded, to raise money for Hero Initiative, a charity helping comic creators in need. www.heroinitiative.org
Interested in learning to play a new RPG? Pathfinder Society will be running demos throughout the day. https://warhorn.net/
Tim Proctor, local Artist and Actor will be on hand signing autographs and selling prints. Tim can be seen portraying Walkers in seasons 5 and 6 of the hit show The Walking Dead. Tim is also known for his sketch card work on such properties as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, X-files and many more. He has also produced limited edition prints for both Disney and Lucasfilm.
Jenni Gregory, creator of comics DreamWalker, Summoner, Abby’s Menagerie and Byrd, as well as sketch card artist for ChadPops and A1 Art Cards. www.jennigregory.com
Barry Gregory, creator of the John Aman series from Gallant Comics. www.gallantcomics.com
Mitch Hyman – Bubba The Redneck Werewolf
The Mohawk Crew www.mohawkcrew.com
DJ Clulow www.crabbysquiid.com
Ashley Lanni www.ashleylanni.com
Edmond Dansart Edbot5000.com
Chris Butler – Big Chris’ Gallery
Morgan Wilson, facebook.com/LuxNovaStudio
Warren Hart, aka famousafterdeath: Facebook.com/
Stephen Wittmaak, MegaCon and Tampa Bay Comic Con regular, as well as a t-shirt artist. http://theSwitt.com/
Bianca Roman-Stumpff: http://
Sid Graves, Cemetery Prints: www.cemeteryprints.com
Josh Tyson, Mammoth Syndicate: www.mammothsyndicate.com
Ransom Designs, www.ransomdesigns.com
Gray Hollow, www.facebook.com/Grayswork
Thom Solo, facebook.com/Thomsoloart
Melissa’s Candle Bakery, facebook.com/
Nerd Improv by The Improvengers! facebook.com/
“The Improvengers are an improvised comedy troupe that infuse all things geeky into their scenes. Everything is made up on the spot so no two shows are ever the same! Be sure to catch this hilarious show!”
Cosplay panel by Ðementia vön Grimm at 8pm: www.facebook.com/
“Join the CON-gregation at the holy church of Gods & Monsters for blessings, enlightenment, and cosplay commandments.
The ConMother Superior Ðementia vön Grimm, along with Father Inferior, will offer teachings from the CON-Bible, hear confessions, and provide penance with the Golden Rule(r), along with some surprises.
Come for the absolution. Stay for the cookies.”
Interested in volunteering at the event? Please contact email@example.com to find out how you can help.
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Wexner Center for the Arts for a free lecture on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM!
Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in today’s US comic book world. How did they come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry? At this free lecture, award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing prominent Asian American cartoonists, the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.
The creator of American Born Chinese (2006), Boxers and Saints (2013), Secret Coders (2015), Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and DC’s Superman among many other acclaimed comics, Yang was recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Teens interested in comics are invited to register for a free workshop with Yang; space is limited, so register now at the link. A book signing will follow the event.
Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Good Grief!: Children and Comics (opening June 10) and the Children’s Literature Association’s national conference (at Ohio State June 9–11; visit childlitassn.org/2016 for details).
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210