So, the beautiful city of Chicago recently held its first alternative comics festival in a long time, CAKE. I had high hopes for CAKE and it didn't disappoint.
For some reason Chicago has never had a sustainable alt-comics fest. I think, and hope, that has changed now. The CAKE organizers really worked hard at making this a great show. They took their time and did things right, and it showed. For a first year show, CAKE was a great success.
I was proud not only to have a show like this in my hometown, but I was amazed at the number of brilliant cartoonists and publishers who made the trek from all over the country, and from Canada, to attend. CAKE was a winner, and no doubt will only improve as it moves forward. If you didn't make it out this time... next year?
The Spit and a Half table.
Leslie and Zak.
St. Louis dis.
Whoa! I was super excited to see old friend Carrie McNinch for the first time in like 12 years. Check out Carrie's full-length, full-color comic in the new Three #3, edited by cartoonist and publisher extraordinaire Robert Kirby (to her right)!
Anders' micro-edition accordion book.
Saturday evening there was a gallery opening down the street featuring loads of great comic art. You can't tell from this picture, but it was 1000° in there.
Photo by Jessica Campbell.
And look, my BFF Patrick Porter showed up on an Amtrak layover.
Crowd out in front of gallery/sauna.
Ol' Grandpa John enjoys a gourmet beverage and a nice rocking chair.
Photo by Julia Wertz.
That night we played Spin the Walter at Laura Park's house.
(L-R: Domitille Collardey, Julia Wertz, Tom Kaczynski, Zak Sally, Walter Wallet, Lisa Hanawalt, Laura Park.)
Don't give me that look.
These psychos from Minneapolis insisted on doing push-ups all the time. We were all very, very impressed.
Next morning a delightful breakfast with Zak, Tom K., and CAKE organizer Grace Tran.
View from behind the Secret Acres table. Like I said, the most beautiful city in the world.