While there have been occasional attempts at establishing a Chicago alt.comix show to equal those in Toronto, New York, Portland and so on, none of them have really gained significant purchase — despite Chicago being one of the original stops** on the Spirits of Independence tour that launched the entire indie comics show experience. The Printers Row Lit Fair has served as a high-end event to spotlight some great cartoonists; and the recent Windy City Con was another attempt from a slightly more middle ground. Chicago has a great legacy of underground/alt/indie cartoonists, so it’s a fertile territory to till.
And now there’s CAKE — the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, to be held next June 16-17 at Columbia College’s Ludington Building. The festival plans to feature over 100 exhibitors along with a two-day program of signings, panels, workshops and lectures.
More info at their website but there’s already Facebook, Twitter, and a nice looking logo with images by local daughter Laura Park. Show guidelines will be going out around Halloween, and news of guests and events will be unfolding in the months to come.
CAKE: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Saturday June 16th and Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Columbia College’s Ludington Building
1104 S Wabash, 1st and 8th floors
Chicago, IL 60605
** We seem to recall this as being I.C.E. — the Independent Comix Expo, but can find no internet records of it, so clearly we need a concise History of Indie Comics in Chicago stat.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.