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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.

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


Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? by Liz Prince, Top Shelf Production 

       Love can be a pretty awesome thing filled with tons of super gooey romantic moments. Most which wears off after the first month and that’s when the real romance happens. Like when your partner makes fun of your dance moves that you think are super cool. It’s also when the two of you start to develop inside jokes that only the two of you find funny. Sometimes we forget how awesome those moments are but lucky for us Liz Prince captured these moments for us in her classic comic Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf).

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed? by Liz Prince, Top Shelf Productions

        Will You Still Love Me, is offers up of short vignettes that bring to light the cute, gross, and enduring aspects of relationships. These are those moments that happen when we find someone that allows us to take our guard down and become exposed. Liz Prince has the ability to capture that vulnerability with humor that makes this comic such a great read. It’s pretty hard not to find something to relate to while reading, whether its Liz noticing her boyfriend crying at the end of “Elf” or Liz giving Kevin a “corn on the cob” kiss.

      When I first read this book I let how so many “aww’s” followed laughter that made my sides started to hurt, and I think those sitting around me looked at me weird; that’s why this is the perfect gift to give your partner for Valentine’s Day or any day during the year.  Will You Still Love might make readers who are single want to go out and get a boyfriend or girlfriend.

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.

Wilson by Daniel Clowes / Drawn and Quarterly

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.

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes/ Fantagraphics Books

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.

Unlovable Vol.1 and 2 by Esther Pearl Watson/ Fantagraphics Books

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.

Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson/ HaperCollins

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.

I recently visited one of my favorite cities: Austin, Texas. While there I popped into Austin Book & Comics located on 5002 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78751.  I’m not sure if it was the giant Hulk, the knowledge of the staff, or just how organized the store is. Whatever the reason, Austin Books & Comics is probably one the best comic book stores I’ve been to in a long time. photo by vegantiff

Austin Books & Comics has a great number of comics from genres such as Scfi-Fi, Action, Western, Action, War, Fantasy, and Horror. Being a fan of indie comics I have to say that I was super impressed with Austin Books and Comics selection of indie titles which includes the works of Liz Prince, Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Hernandez Brothers, and Aaron Renier. ABC is a great place to go if you are into getting trade paperbacks and their graphic novels are 10% off every day. Not to forgetting the kiddos, Austin Books offers up a section of all ages comics for kids. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, their friendly staff is more than willing to order it for you. Austin Books and Comics also has a  large selection of overstock single issues. The selection of single issues varies between classic series and those that might have been forgotten. Combing through one box of issues a friend I was with came across a comic book featuring former President Ronald Regan.

photo by vegantiff

If you need another reason to love ABC , well how about their selection of comic book related shirts and toys.  With the holidays coming up soon ABC is the place to shop for the geeky person in your life . The store has a Venom mask, Legion of Super Heroes action figures, and Hawk Women shirts.

photo by vegantiff

It literally took me three hours to see what the store has to offer, and I still feel as if I didn’t see everything. While in the store you get a sense of community that is often hard to find in many stores. I highly urge that if you ever find yourself in the Austin, Texas area make sure you pay a visit to the gang over at Austin Books & Comics.

Austin Books and Comics is opened seven days a week

Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 am – 7pm.

Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm