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 Box Brown appears at the Van Pelt Library on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM!
Box Brown is the Ignatz Award-winning author of the bestselling ANDRE THE GIANT graphic biography as well as countless other comics. He’s also the founder and editor of RETROFIT COMICS, one of the most productive and creative small press comics publishers in business today. We’ll sit down with Box to discuss his life as a cartoonist and editor, the challenges of independent publishing, and the endless possibilities of the comic form.
The event is free and open to the public. Just bring a photo ID to get into the library.
Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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Meet cartoonists Pat Aulisio (Bowman), Josh Bayer (Raw Power) and Retrofit Comics head-honcho Box Brown all sign EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York City this Friday, December 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm!
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001