CAKE Report: Indie comics go to Chicago

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by Benjamin Rogers — Once again the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo was a huge success. CAKE 2014 featured over 120 exhibitors and drew 2,200 attendees over the course of the weekend, a ten percent increase from last year’s show. Conference organizer Neil Brideau said that CAKE was excited to continue increasing its scope, noting that “this was the first year we’ve had a large international presence.” He highlighted some artists who travelled a long way to attend the show such as Inés Estrada of Mexico, and Philippa Rice and Luke Pearson of the UK.

Webcomic alert: HOLLOW part I by Sam Alden


Sam Alden has just posted the first part of a longer story called HOLLOW part I—it’s a digital version of a comic he had print copies of for sale at TCAF. It’s interesting to see him developing an almost animated style for this—like reading storyboards as comics. I shuddered when I read that panel. Speaking […]

Frontier Magazine announces new issues devoted to Ping Zhu and Sam Alden


Youth In Decline’s Frontier Magazine has become an impressive little art magazine showcasing various comics notables. The first two issues spotlighted Uno Morales and Hellen Jo. Sascha Hommer was announced for issue ##, but now the lineup for #4 and 5 has been announced: Brooklyn-based Ping Zhu and fast-rising Sam Alden. Info: Frontier #3: Sascha […]

One More: Sam Alden’s cover for It Never Happened Again


As we mentioned earlier in the week, Uncivilized Books won the Sam Alden Derby and will be putting out the first collection of the up-and-coming cartooner’s work. And now he’s tweeted the title and the cover: Here's the cover for "It Never Happened Again", my first collection from with Uncivilized Books! eeee — Sam […]

Uncivilized Books to publish Sam Alden’s “Hawaii 1997”


One of the “It” cartoonists at this year’s SPX was definitely Sam Alden, who took home the Most Promising New Talent Ignatz, and was generally mentioned by many people as a cartoonist to watch. While he’s yet to team-up with a “home” publisher, Uncivilized Books will be the first to put out an Alden collection. […]

Two for Tuesday: Mare Odomo’s Internet, Sam Alden’s Backyard


I like pre-ordering comics- not for any particularly altruistic reasons, but if I know I’m going to end up buying a certain comic anyway (due to the artists or writer involved) pre-ordering simply helps everyone involved. I then, of course, promptly forget about it until a mystery package turns up on my doormat weeks later, […]