Hey Chicago friends, looking for something to do on this dreary day? Well check out the Chicago Alternative Comic Expo (CAKE) happening thing weekend. Cake is an event created to celebrate independent comics, while building community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. The event runs all weekend-long and features comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions. Some of this year’s special guest include: Chris Ware, Melissa Mendes, Phoebe Gloeckner, Kim Detich, Michael DeForge, Jason Shiga, and Charles Forsman.
The event takes place at Center on Halstead (3656 N Halsted, Chicago IL), and kicks off today from 11 am till 6 pm and continues on tomorrow. Oh Yeah, this event is absolutely FREE!!! So you have no reason not go… Unless you’re one of those crazy people that don’t like free stuff; which is kind of sad in my book.
And like last year I’ll be floating around volunteering at the event so feel free to say hello.
Here’s a listing of some the programming happening this weekend.
12pm-1pm Chris Ware in Conversation with Roctober’s Jake Austen
1:30pm-2:30pm Innovative Forms with Jason Shiga, Deb Sokolow, Aaron Renier and Nate Beaty, moderated by Caroline Picard
3pm-4:30pm Eyeworks: Parallel Lines, an hour-long screening of experimental animation with a Q&A with Kim Deitch, Leif Goldberg, and Kevin Eskew
12:30pm-1:30pm Mega-Solutions to Micro-Publishing:Oily Comics with Michael DeForge, Chuck Forsman, Anna Haifisch, and Melissa Mendes, monderated by Max Morris
2pm-3pm Kim Deitch in conversation with Caitlin McGurk
3:30pm-4:30pm Intimate Anxiety with Heather Benjamin, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Julia Gfrörer, moderated by Caroline Paquita
If you haven’t marked June 15 and 16th on calendar then you should. Those are the dates for Chicago Alternative Comics Expo also known as CAKE. Special guest this year include Phoebe Gloeckner and Melissa Mendes to name a few. The event will take place at Center on Halsted and best of all it’s FREE, so you have no excuse not go. So consider yourself warned!
designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com).
Looking for something FREE and cool to do? Then check out the Chicago Zine Fest happening this weekend on the 9th and 10th. Chicago Zine Fest will highlight many talented self-published artists, and give artist a chance to interact with each other. Zine Fest will feature tons of informative workshops that are sure to appeal to everyone. And for you early risers I’ll be working at the info table. So make sure you stop by and say hello.
Chicago Zine Fest
March 9 & 10, 2012
1 – 3pm Gender, Race & Sexuality, a Discussion with Women in Self-Publishing at Columbia College
6 – 9pm Zine Readings at 826CHI
9:30pm – 12am Zine Olympics at Quimby’s Bookstore
11am – 6pm Zine Exhibition at Columbia College
more details at http://www.chicagozinefest.org
Looking for something to do today from 11 am-4 pm? Well come up to DNA Comics on 20032 HWY 59 N, Humble, Texas, 77338 for their Grand Opening at their new location. The event will feature 50% off comic bin issues, 25% off almost everything, and free food from Chick-fil-a.
You can also get your picture taken with a Storm Trooper from the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Houston area Ghostbusters, and the Dark Knight himself, Batman!
Halloween has to be the best holiday around there is no forced family interaction and you get to dress up. It’s the holiday were nerds, Goths, and suburbanites can actually party together and no one looks out of place. Alas, for some people scary decoration is not enough to get into the Halloween spirit and they need a good kick in the butt to get in the mood. And that kick in the butt is coming from Alamo Drafthouse in Houston, Texas, which is the place to be to get in the Halloween spirit. Alamo Drafthouse has tons of films sure to scare you and make you laugh, and there is still time to get in on the fun.
Wednesday, October 20th @ 10pm FREE Alamo Drafthouse West Oak
Join Alamo as they present Horror Remix a collection of cheesy horror films that have been boiled down to the essentials: central plot, gore, cheese factor, and oh yeah nudity (none of no skin showing shower scene here). The theme for tonight’s edition of Horror Remix is what else but Halloween featuring Hack-O-Lantern (1988), Night of Demons (1988), and Hollowgate (1988).
Saturday October 23rd, @ 8pm Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
Join Alamo’s Mason Park location for a special screening of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ where you can text along with the movie. Pay tribute zombie film legend George Romero by instering own witty comments onto the screen via your mobile devices and see what awesome things your movie-going neighbors have to about the classic film. HeckleVision lets the audience write texts on their cell phones and then have those messages appear on the screen under the movie.
Wednesday, October 27th @10pm Free Alamo Drafthouse West Oak
Alamo is serving up another Horror Remix this time giving you two hours of undead madness. Which can only mean that this week’s theme is all about Zombies. So join Alamo fellow zombie lovers for condensed versions of The Dark Power, Soul Survivor, and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.
Friday, October 29th @ 8pm $10 bucks gets a film and dance/ $3 bucks gets you a zombie dance party
It’s a Dawn Of the Dead Mall party at Alamo Draft House West Oak. This epic zombie event is great to get you in the mood for the premier of The Walking Dead. The mall party will consist of a Zombie Dance Party in West Oaks Mall food court with a live DJ, zombie trivia, costume contest, and an 8pm screening of Dawn Of The Dead. I’m not sure about you but a zombie dance party sounds like a great way to spend the weekend.
Saturday, October 31st @ 9pm Alamo Drafthouse West Oak
On Saturday September 26, I was at the Houston Public Library for Graphic Novel Day. It was a great learning experience for fans young & old, as well as those wanting a career in comics. The speakers for the day included Barbara Slate (You Can Do Graphic Novels), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Esther Pearl Watson (Tammy Is Unlovable), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise). I have to say I was very happy to see a large number of women in attendance. While there I got meet two awesome girls Meredith and Ciana whose work everyone should be on a lookout for.
The day started with a talk from Gene Luen Yang who gave an interesting talk on his Comics. Yang discussed what defines the comics medium and what distinguishes it from other media. He also shed light on the process of making comics by defining key terms.
The panel got off to a great start by discussing current projects that the panelists are working on. Along with industry changes worth noting; some of the changes mentioned were the growth in jobs for illustrators, and the growing market for digital comics. Things took a turn for the humorous when the panelists shared stories of their convention experiences. One of my favorite stories was Esther Pearl Watson, who told a story of having her hand kissed by Matt Groening, who told her how much he loved Tammy Is Unlovable. A key lesson to take from the panel was the importance for anyone wanting to be in the industry to educate themselves on the business side of comics.
Following the panel writer and artist Terry Moore participated in a question and answer session, which proved to enlightening for up and coming writers wanting to break into the industry. During the session Terry Moore shared his insight on the good and bad of self publishing. Moore, who is known for comics featuring strong women, credited the women he grew up around as being an influence.
The day drew to a close with Esther Pearl Watson who gave an entertaining Q and A in which she shared the origins of Tammy Is Unlovable. Finally, Barbara Slate held a workshop on creating graphic novels. The workshop was great bouncing off ideas on ways to overcome writes block and develop new characters.
A big thank you has to go out to Bayou City Books, Houston Public Library, and Domy Books for hosting a great event. The writers and illustrators were informative and I think it’s safe to say that everyone in attendance learned a lot. I hope we can see Graphic Novel Day as a regular event.
posted by: vegantiff
Are you a comic book fan on a budget? Or maybe you’re interested in getting into comics but don’t want to break the bank. Well this Saturday is for you. This weekend marks the 8th annual Free Comic Book Day, a day designed to introduce people young and old to comic books. While giving a big thank you to current readers for their support. Some of the publishers offering up free comics this year are: Dark Horse, IDW, Top Shelf, Marvel, DC, and Oni Press. To see who in your area is giving out free comics go to www.freecomicbookday.com