So last weekend was my first time tabling at CAKE, aka the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo! It was an amazing time and I made some diary comics about a few of my experiences there. Click on the images to see the larger versions.

Despite all the awkwardness in the above comics (awkwardness… is my lifestyle), I actually felt really happy and relaxed most of the time I was at the convention. I had a lot of great conversations with attendees and fellow exhibitors, and I bought and traded for some excellent comics and prints. I didn’t always remember to ask people’s names, or suggest trades with other artists, and I didn’t make it out from behind my table until about a half hour before the con ended… but those are all small things I can fix for next time. Overall it was really positive and fun and I’m glad I was able to go.

I had such a great experience that I’m already psyched about my next CAKE (whenever that will be… pretty soon I won’t be living in Chicago anymore, but I hope I can still make it out for comic events once in a while). And I have a lot of plans for the future. I hope that those of you who went had a nice time, and thank you to all my new followers! You guys have given me so much energy and inspiration for new projects!

(P.S. If you are depicted in any of these comics, and you’d rather not be, let me know. Also in fairness these drawings are from memory and if I didn’t remember what you were wearing or what your hair looked like etc. etc. I probably just made it up.)

cakechicago:


THANK YOU!!!!!
The 2014 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo has closed, and we want to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend!
Please take a moment to fill out our attendee survey.
The organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance in making CAKE 2014 a successful event:
David Alvarado, Jake Austen, Gregory Baldino, Nate Beaty, Sarah Becan , Monte Beauchamp, Matt Brady, Tony Breed, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Ryan Burns, Jessica Campbell, Tyrell Cannon, Jenna Caravello, Lilli Carré, RJ Casey, Danielle Chennette, Chicago Zine Fest, Caleb Condit, Sarah Marie Coogan, CoProsperity Sphere, Zain Curtis, MK Czerwiec, Alex Dahm, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Anya Davidson, Matt Davis, Jo Dery, Krystal DiFronzo, Sara Drake, Jon Drawdoer, Nick Drnaso, El Is A Sound Of Joy, Edie Fake, Rachel Foss, Glitter Gutz, Terry Grant, Beth Hetland, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Paul Hornschemeier, Hungry Brain, Hunter Husar, Robin Hustle, Joey Jacks, Josh Johannpeter, Mason Johnson, Joanne Kim, Eric Kirsammer, Lucy Knisley, Bret Koontz, Chad Kouri, Steve Krakow, Angee Lennard, Carter Lodwick, Loyola Business Law Clinic, Brett Manning, Edmar, Ben Marcus, Liz Mason, Marieke McClendon, Nancy McClelland, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Caitlin McGurk, Ben McLeod, Duncan McKenzie, Meeting Tomorrow, Lane Milburn, Jaclyn Miller, Rebecca Mir, Johnny Misfit, Annie Mok, Corinne Mucha, Rachel Niffenegger-Tinder, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Peanut Gallery, Leslie Perrine, Caroline Picard, JP Pollard, John Porcellino, George Porteus, Propeller Fund, Pup House, Aaron Renier, Grant Reynolds, Jen Rickert, Eric Rivera, Brad Rohloff, Keiler Roberts, Scott Roberts, Joshua Roma, Isabella Rotman, Marian Runk, Chad Sell, Sam Sharpe, Situations, Harrison Smith-Mooney, Scott Speh, Otto Splotch, Spudnik Press Co-Op, Matt Streets, Jill Summers, Laura Szumowski, Joe Tallarico, Jeremy Tinder, Trubble Club, Jim Trainor, Spike Trotman, Michael Vega, Chris Ware, Sarah Wawrzaszek, Lillie West, Leslie Weibeler, Sua Yoo, and of course to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, special guests and attendees thanks for being a part of CAKE!
We hope to see all of you at the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!
xoxo
Ben, Grace, Jeff, Marnie, Max, and Neil
P.S. Extra Special Thanks to Vanessa & Candace & Edie!

cakechicago:

THANK YOU!!!!!

The 2014 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo has closed, and we want to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend!

Please take a moment to fill out our attendee survey.

The organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their assistance in making CAKE 2014 a successful event:

David Alvarado, Jake Austen, Gregory Baldino, Nate Beaty, Sarah Becan , Monte Beauchamp, Matt Brady, Tony Breed, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Ryan Burns, Jessica Campbell, Tyrell Cannon, Jenna Caravello, Lilli Carré, RJ Casey, Danielle Chennette, Chicago Zine Fest, Caleb Condit, Sarah Marie Coogan, CoProsperity Sphere, Zain Curtis, MK Czerwiec, Alex Dahm, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Anya Davidson, Matt Davis, Jo Dery, Krystal DiFronzo, Sara Drake, Jon Drawdoer, Nick Drnaso, El Is A Sound Of Joy, Edie Fake, Rachel Foss, Glitter Gutz, Terry Grant, Beth Hetland, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Paul Hornschemeier, Hungry Brain, Hunter Husar, Robin Hustle, Joey Jacks, Josh Johannpeter, Mason Johnson, Joanne Kim, Eric Kirsammer, Lucy Knisley, Bret Koontz, Chad Kouri, Steve Krakow, Angee Lennard, Carter Lodwick, Loyola Business Law Clinic, Brett Manning, Edmar, Ben Marcus, Liz Mason, Marieke McClendon, Nancy McClelland, Ian McDuffie, Bernie McGovern, Caitlin McGurk, Ben McLeod, Duncan McKenzie, Meeting Tomorrow, Lane Milburn, Jaclyn Miller, Rebecca Mir, Johnny Misfit, Annie Mok, Corinne Mucha, Rachel Niffenegger-Tinder, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Peanut Gallery, Leslie Perrine, Caroline Picard, JP Pollard, John Porcellino, George Porteus, Propeller Fund, Pup House, Aaron Renier, Grant Reynolds, Jen Rickert, Eric Rivera, Brad Rohloff, Keiler Roberts, Scott Roberts, Joshua Roma, Isabella Rotman, Marian Runk, Chad Sell, Sam Sharpe, Situations, Harrison Smith-Mooney, Scott Speh, Otto Splotch, Spudnik Press Co-Op, Matt Streets, Jill Summers, Laura Szumowski, Joe Tallarico, Jeremy Tinder, Trubble Club, Jim Trainor, Spike Trotman, Michael Vega, Chris Ware, Sarah Wawrzaszek, Lillie West, Leslie Weibeler, Sua Yoo, and of course to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, special guests and attendees thanks for being a part of CAKE!

We hope to see all of you at the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

xoxo

Ben, Grace, Jeff, Marnie, Max, and Neil

P.S. Extra Special Thanks to Vanessa & Candace & Edie!

alexdumb:

I’m so excited for cakechicago this weekend! Stop by table 14 to trade some zines with me and the mega talented juliavondebur! I have THREE new comics one of which also has a MATCHING OFFSET POSTER.  Yes! Check it out!

What Alex said! Come say hi to both of us this Saturday or Sunday! Alex makes beautiful zines and I am so so so excited to see what they have for CAKE. :)

alexdumb:

I’m so excited for cakechicago this weekend! Stop by table 14 to trade some zines with me and the mega talented juliavondebur!

I have THREE new comics one of which also has a MATCHING OFFSET POSTER.  Yes! Check it out!

What Alex said! Come say hi to both of us this Saturday or Sunday! Alex makes beautiful zines and I am so so so excited to see what they have for CAKE. :)

These stickers - featuring superhero poets! - will also be available at CAKE. Get some inspiration from your favorite literary badasses!

These stickers - featuring superhero poets! - will also be available at CAKE. Get some inspiration from your favorite literary badasses!

Here’s a preview of the risograph print I’ll be selling at CAKE this weekend! It’s going to be two layers, red and black, on off-white 8.5x11” cardstock. The printed version will look a little different than the above image, but I wanted to share the mockup with you all in advance. If you’re in the Chicago area, drop by the convention this Saturday or Sunday (it’s free and it will be awesome) to pick one up! I will also be selling any extras online afterwards.

Here’s a preview of the risograph print I’ll be selling at CAKE this weekend! It’s going to be two layers, red and black, on off-white 8.5x11” cardstock. The printed version will look a little different than the above image, but I wanted to share the mockup with you all in advance. If you’re in the Chicago area, drop by the convention this Saturday or Sunday (it’s free and it will be awesome) to pick one up! I will also be selling any extras online afterwards.

Cloud Queen, gouache on paper.

Cloud Queen, gouache on paper.

Chicago Zine Fest

image*official CZF poster illustration by Marnie Galloway

Hello friends! Today is the start of Chicago Zine Fest, which features some great events for self-publishers and zine lovers. Tomorrow is the exhibition day of the event, where you’ll be able to find me at Table 29 on the first floor of the venue. I’ll be tabling with my good friend Jamie Davida Lee, who has some great comics available, including the adorably bittersweet “Vanishing Act”.image

We will also be selling comics and postcards by the talented Surabhi Kanga, whose beautiful comic “Human 2.0” will make you rethink the meaning of your existence. It’s the real deal, guys.

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I’m so happy to be a part of this event and to table alongside such lovely people. Although I’m still working on getting everything printed, assembled, and ready to go for Saturday, I can’t wait! It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet people and I hope if any of you are able to come, that you will. (And that you’ll stop by my table to say hi!) There is always so much creativity on display at this event and it’s just a really good time.

I look forward to sharing more updates with you all! Until next time!

Drawing of my sister - ink and colored pencil.
(She really dresses like this.)

Drawing of my sister - ink and colored pencil.

(She really dresses like this.)

Finished this new, more detailed cover design for my comic Life in Bodies of Water. It’s a wrap-around design, so it will actually be folded in half so that this is the front and this is the back.
I’m re-printing copies of this comic in color, which will be available for sale very soon. And speaking of which, some exciting news! I will be tabling at both Chicago Zine Fest (March 14-15) and CAKE (May 31-June 1) this year! Both events look like they’re going to be amazing, with a lot of great artists that I’m either really lucky to know or dying to meet. If you attend either event, stop by my table and say hi! I’m planning to have at least one free minicomic available for guests to take.

Finished this new, more detailed cover design for my comic Life in Bodies of Water. It’s a wrap-around design, so it will actually be folded in half so that this is the front and this is the back.

I’m re-printing copies of this comic in color, which will be available for sale very soon. And speaking of which, some exciting news! I will be tabling at both Chicago Zine Fest (March 14-15) and CAKE (May 31-June 1) this year! Both events look like they’re going to be amazing, with a lot of great artists that I’m either really lucky to know or dying to meet. If you attend either event, stop by my table and say hi! I’m planning to have at least one free minicomic available for guests to take.

Chicago residents - if you love comics, come to this amazing show organized by my friend Michelle! You can check out my three most recent zines there, amongst a great selection of work by some very talented Chicago artists! Seriously, what are you waiting for? ;)

Chicago residents - if you love comics, come to this amazing show organized by my friend Michelle! You can check out my three most recent zines there, amongst a great selection of work by some very talented Chicago artists! Seriously, what are you waiting for? ;)

(Source: liveinzineshow)