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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.

designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com)

designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com)

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.

Saturday
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

Sunday
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!

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designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com).


It’s pretty hard for me to contain my excitement with C2E2 coming up this weekend. I have panel schedules picked out and am excited about all the amazing people I’m going to meet. I will try my hand at  live-blogging to keep you up to speed with all the fun I’m having. If you’re going to C2E2 this weekend, make sure to check out the Chicago Comics table where there will be a Jhonen Vasquez signing.

Speaking of Chicago Comics, you might remember that I did a review of Jason Poland’s Robbie and Bobby Mini-Comic last year. Well, now you can get the full Robbie and Bobby comic at Chicago Comics as well as its awesome sister store, Quimby’s.

And finally, sunday night I attended the Comic Art Battle Fundraiser at The Hideout, which benefited Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). A fun time was had by all and I won two drawings from the battle that were up for auction.