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The East Coast has MoCCA and SPX, the West Coast has Stumptown and APE, and now there’s a show for the middle of the country as well: The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or C.A.K.E.:
Taking place June 16th and 17th at Columbia College’s Ludington Building, CAKE is focused on celebrating independent and alternative comics of all stripes.
The festival plans to feature over 100 exhibitors along with a two-day program of signings, panels, workshops and lectures. With Chicago’s long legacy as a stronghold for underground and alternative comics, the Windy City is an ideal locale to showcase some of the most wild, weird and wonderful contemporary comics talent.
Yes to all this! There’s a lot of comics talent in the Midwest, and while I selfishly want them to keep coming to MoCCA, it’s great that there’s a show that will be closer to home for many creators and will bring in a whole new audience. I was impressed with the number of local creators at C2E2, and this show (which will be curated) will be an opportunity to see even more (not to mention an excuse to visit one of my favorite cities). No guests have been announced yet, but it’s early days, so stay tuned.