The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) Returns June 15 & 16

Featuring Over 200 Local, National and International Exhibitors at Center on Halsted

Chicago, IL, May 30, 2013 --( The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 11am – 6pm with over 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted located at 3656 N. Halsted.

Free and open to the public, the CAKE Expo will feature original artwork for purchase, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and special guests.

Organizers Neil Brideau, Edie Fake, Max Morris, Grace Tran and Jeff Zwirek created CAKE to celebrate the diverse community of underground and alternative comics. The expo debuted last year as the first alternative comics expo in Chicago in 16 years. This year, over 20% of the exhibitors are local Chicagoland-area artists.

Special guests include Chris Ware (Chicago, IL), Deb Sokolow (Chicago, IL), Kim Deitch (New York, NY), Phoebe Gloeckner (Ann Arbor, MI), Oily Comics (Hancock, MA), Jason Shiga (Oakland, CA), Michael Deforge (Toronto), and Collective Stench (NY-area).

Comics, prints and artwork will be available for purchase, including debut works from 200+ local, national and international cartoonists as well as independent publishers such as Alternative Comics, Drawn & Quarterly (Quebec), Fantagraphics Books (Seattle, WA), Hic & Hoc Publications (New Jersey), Koyama Press (Toronto), Northwest Press (Seattle, WA), Picturebox (Brooklyn, NY), Secret Acres (Brooklyn, NY), Sparkplug Comic Books (Portland, OR), Uncivilized Books (Minneapolis, MN), and Chicago-based Yeti Press.

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 Brain Frame, Busy Beaver Button Company, Center on Halsted, Propeller Fund, Quimby’s Bookstore, Spundik Press Cooperative and Wormhole Coffee.

About Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
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. For more information about the expo, please visit:

For more information, images or to schedule an interview please contact Grace Tran or Candace Corner:

Contact: Grace Tran
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Contact: Candace Corner
Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Grace Tran
(630) 234-3992