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
Okay, I don’t mean to freak everyone out but there are only six days left till Halloween. And honestly four days left if you are like me and start celebrating on Friday night. And I know some of you still are trying to figure out what be. Don’t worry, I have put together a list of some comic inspired Halloween costumes that are easy on the pocket and don’t require too much work.
Almost every guy owns a long white button up shirt and black pants. So why not dress dress up as Daniel Clowes’ latest character Wilson. Just add some facial hair, glasses, and go to the goodwill to pick up some brown shoes. You’ll love that it didn’t cost you much to put this costume together. However you might hate having to explain constantly who you are supposed to be.
To be everyone’s favorite cynical teen Enid Coleslaw, head over to Goodwill and grab a green and black skirt. Go to any wig shop costume store for a short black wig and wear a pair of thick-framed glasses. Photoshop a screen cap of the movie recreate “the raptor” t-shirt. Not handy with Photoshop? Here’s a link that can help you out.
To be 80’s teen Tammy of Unlovable, head to your local thrift store and pick up the very best in tacky 80’s clothing. And don’t forget – a crimper and hair teasing will be your best friend.
Have a kid who wants to be a witch for Halloween? Well why not have her go as everyone’s favorite spunky little witch Trixie from the Jill Thompson graphic novels Magic Trixie. For Trixie’s costume, get a black dress and some orange tights. Go to any store selling costumes and get a witch hat and a pink or orange wig. Tie a green ribbon around the hat and your little witch is ready to head out.
I hope this gave you some last minute costume ideas for this weekend. I’m still not sure on what I’ll be for Halloween but I’ll post a picture once I decide. I would love to hear what my readers are going to be for Halloween.