Neil Brideau, Minicomics!!

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

I am one of the organizers for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! CAKE is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

CAKE is 100% free! I hope you can join us.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Saturday and Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2013
11 am – 6pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
FREE and open to the public!
http://cakechicago.com

About Neil

At night Neil draws kid-friendly comics & organizes the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo... During the day he works at Quimby's Bookstore.

Chicago, IL

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chicago zine fest

The Chicago Zine Fest is taking place, March 8 and 9 this year! I'm pleased as punch to be participating in the fest as an invited guest! I'm going to be hosting Zine Lose or Draw, a fun drawing competition on Friday night 10pm (WAY past MY bed time), at Quimby's Bookstore (like I'm not stuck there often enough)!  There'll be prizes and gifts to be given, hopefully some sort of refreshment will be handed out (no poison allowed).I'll also be tabling at the Zine Fest, on Saturday, up on the 8th floor of 1104 S Wabash at table 79 (the year I ...

Yock Yok!

So Fereshteh Toosi and I have been dating for almost two years, she's an amazing person and artist who often seems to have limitless energy, and is never satisfied with the work she's putting out.  Above is a picture of her from a performance she created for Defibrillator about a year ago. She's currently working on a years-long project, Garlic and Greens, which is a multifaceted mixed-media art piece that grew out of her tenure at ArcheWorks.  Garlic and Greens investigates food traditions, specifically focusing on African American s...

gimme some cake! a play in one act.

MARK:Hey Neil, what have you been up to?NEIL:Oh, Y'know, like this and that.MARK: Oh yeah?  Like what?NEIL:I don't know, bustin' heads, feedin' pigeons.  That sorta thing.MARK: Cool.  Cool.NEIL:Oh, I'm also organizing CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo.  It's taking place June 16th & 17th at 1104 South Wabash (8th floor, jerks!), from 11am and 6pm.KNIGHT #2:A comics show?!  Ah man, those things cost so much money!  And I don't have any! [turns, kicks the dirt]NEIL:Not CAKE.ORKA:Whaaa-????NEIL:Yeah, you d...

free comic book day is tomorrow!

Free Comic Book Day is a really exciting holiday for me (mainly because of the "free" and the "comic book" components of the equation).  Often times it's official, sanctioned free comics that are handed out from larger publishers, but each year it seems more and more smaller publishers are taking it upon themselves to publish free comics.  This year, Tugboat Press has Runner Runner & Sparkplug Comicbooks, Teenage Dinosaur, Revival House & Floating World Comics released Bad Trip.  Last year, Sam Sharpe, Erik Schneider and ...

mocca occa occa occa

Do you love alternative comics?Do you live in New York City?Do you have the weekend free?(alternately, do you remember me from college and want to tell me off to my face?)I'll be at the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art Fest this weekend!I'll be tabling with SAM SHARPE & LIZ PRINCE, and tabling next to KENAN RUBENSTEIN & JOSH SHALEK!The website has a full exhibitor list, along with the table assignments (I'm at table i-7), hours and show costs.Come by, say hi.  I happily accept vegan baked goods for exchange for just about anything....

cakechicago: Come on out! We already have donations for the...

cakechicago: Come on out! We already have donations for the auction from Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and Otto Splotch, with more more more to come! brainframe: ANNOUNCING CAKE FRAME 2 :: A BENEFIT FOR THE CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXPO BRAIN FRAME, the performative comix reading series, is teaming up with CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, to bring you the second annual CAKE Frame fun-draiser! Bid on original art works from talented Chicagoans (including Chris Ware!) and enjoy a wide variety of comics performances,...

Look at what I got in the mail today! Maple Key Comics vol 1!...

Look at what I got in the mail today! Maple Key Comics vol 1!  It includes the first chapter of a new comic by me, A Dragon At The Gatehouse.  Each chapter is 12 pages, and guarantees to be full of jokes, action and drama.  I’m excited to be a part of this anthology.  Flipping through the book just now, the comics look awesome, and I can’t wait to dig my eyes into it....

counterintuitivecomics: It’s here, it’s, here, Maple Key Comics...

counterintuitivecomics: It’s here, it’s, here, Maple Key Comics #1 has arrived!  I couldn’t be happier with my stack of contributor copies, and have been poring over the stories all week. It feels so good to hold it in my hands!  Everybody really pushed themselves and I feel like I can hear their stats leveling up (ding! kbling! ding!) as I read. Here are a few of my favorite pages so far (including some of MIIIIINE) - I could barely narrow it down to fit Tumblr, haha.  There’s so much more to read so why doncha join in? M...

Announcing the First Wave of Special Guests!

cathyboy: ripexpo: RIPExpo is excited to welcome Lale Westvind, Leah Wishnia, Sophie Yanow and Mickey Zacchilli as our Special Guests in 2014! Learn more on our Special Guest page Other confirmed Special Guests are Mothers News and Suzy X, with more info coming soon! — 3 DAY COUNTDOWN This is the last weekend to get your applications in! Exhibitor Applications are due Monday, March 31st RIPExpooooo announcements, August 2 + 3 in Providence! Come come come This is a really amazing list of special guests!...

If you’re going to be at the Chicago Zine Fest this...

If you’re going to be at the Chicago Zine Fest this weekend, check out the RISK show at the glass curtain gallery (1st floor of 1104 S Wabash), which features an awesome piece by Fereshteh Toosi....

Trubble Club Draws Your True Inner Self for Free Comic Book Day 5/3

Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club! This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as they collaboratively reveal your inner self by interpreting psychic signals from their magical photobooth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by CAKE, and free comic books will be available for pic...

Reader’s Comics Issue

Check out the Reader’s Comics Issue! It features a bunch of folks who’ll be exhibiting at CAKE. Out in print today!! ...

CAKE Application Deadline Extended Through Dec 20!

Oh my goodness gracious me! It’s December 16th, and you missed the deadline to apply for CAKE 2014?! Have no fear! We are extending the deadline through Friday, December 20th. At 11:59pm CST on December 20th, we are shutting down access to the application, and will not accept any requests for an extension. So if you missed the December 15th deadline, get cracking on getting your application in. The 20th will be here before you know it! Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter when your application comes in, it’ll get a fair shake...

A Guide to Our 2014 Exhibitor Application

Please review this guide for the CAKE 2014 application. A lot of this information is on the application, but we’re OK with repeating ourselves, if it means you’re better informed. CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 EXHIBITOR APPLICATION If you have any questions, feel free to contact exhibitors@cakechicago.com. PLEASE NOTE: This application is open until December 15th! CAKE is a curated show, not first-come, first-served. There is no benefit to applying early. All applications received between October 15 & December 15 will be treated the ...

CAKE 2014 Exhibitor Application to Open Oct. 15

The 2014 exhibitor application will open Tuesday, October 15 and close on December 15, 2013. Potential exhibitors need not rush to submit applications, as CAKE is a curated show. The application period lasts 8 weeks and we encourage you to take your time to put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to exhibitors@cakechicago.com. We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible. CAKE takes place May 31 and June 1, 2014 at the Center on Halsted. Follow CAKE on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for updates!...

New Stuff This Week • 1 comments

The Pitchfork Review #2 Apr 14 $19.96 – Unprintable Since 1996. Zines & Zine-Related Books Dig Deep #6 by Heather $1.00 It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology vol 1 by LB Briggs (Mend My Dress Press) $19.00 It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology vol 2 by LB Briggs (Mend My Dress Press) $23.00 Eat My Shorts by Emily Schulert $5.00 Straight Talk by [...]...

Trubble Club Draws Your True Inner Self for Free Comic Book Day 5/3

[ May 3, 2014; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Join the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] at Quimby’s Bookstore [1854 W North Ave] on Saturday May 3rd 7pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Chicago’s Trubble Club! This year, the Trubble Club has modified the Quimby’s photo booth to capture your true essence. Come hang out with some of Chicago’s best comics artists as [...]...

Yuriy Tarnawsky Reads from The Placebo Effect Trilogy with Eckhard Gerdes 5/16

[ May 16, 2014; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, are picked up in the third book, View of Delft, [...]...

Off-Site: Prom 9 From Outer Space: an intergalactic fundraiser to benefit 826CHI

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Prom 9 From Outer Space: an intergalactic fundraiser to benefit 826CHI What: Open bar, DJ, silent auction, raffle, DANCING When: Saturday, April 26, 8pm-midnight Where: St. Vincent de Paul Center at 2145 N Halsted St (NOT at Quimby’s) Tickets: www.826chi.org/prom9 Attendees will forgo ill-fitting rental tuxes and bustling taffeta for all manner of tin-foiled, corsetted, [...]...

New Stuff This Week • 1 comments

  New York Postcards Box Set by Adrian Tomine (D+Q) $14.95 – 30 illustrations from the pages of the New Yorker and beyond. Zines & Zine-Related So As Not to Suicide – A Survival Manual $2.00 – Suffer from anxiety? This might help you. Bookstores and Baseball 6th Inning $6.00 I’m Really Really Scared – On Social Anxiety by Sylvia [...]...

Mash Tun #4!

Mash Tun #4!...

Detail of our new window by Timothy Breen!

Detail of our new window by Timothy Breen!...

Cover design zeitgeist.

Cover design zeitgeist....

We’re open noon to 5pm today!

We’re open noon to 5pm today!...

Lucky Peach no. 9 is here!

Lucky Peach no. 9 is here!...