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CAKE – Exhibitor’s Deadline 11/30


Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) 2016 will take place June 11 & 12 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. CAKE’s standard table space is a half-table (3′ x 2.5′). A registration fee of $65 is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee.

is a curated show, and the organizers aim to highlight the best artists working in independent and alternative comics, established and emerging, with an equal care for small press publishers and self-publishing artists.

CAKE strives to be a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community.


SATURDAY: FREE Comic Book Day @ Quimby’s

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That’s right. This Saturday is that special day of the year where comic book purveyors the city over offer their wares A GRATIS. Surely, there is much booty to plunder throughout Chicago but we’re particularly excited about what’s going on over at Quimby’s

CAKE hosts a comic reading series there at 7 p.m. and will hawk its brand new mini to all yall teeming comic masses. Readers include: Jo Dery, Corinne Mucha and Carter Lodwick. 

Comics, Kiddie TV & Spaghetti: Awesome Weekend Times in Chicago

Hey yall. Lots is going on this weekend, and I mean lottttts. Try to pack an energy bar or some kind of trucker enhancement beverage if you venture out.

TONIGHT Friday, April 12:

tumblr_mkj6tdrFWS1r25ktbo1_1280CAKE FRAME, 7 p.m. @ Peanut Gallery (1000 N. California), $5 Donation to Benefit Brain Frame / Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Performances and art exhibition to bolster two of Chicago’s most productive comics incubators.

Performers include: Andy Burkholder,
Alyssa Herlocher, Paul Nudd and
Jeremy Pettis.

TOMORROW Saturday, April 13:


Mid-West Zine Fest11 a.m – 5 p.m., Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, FREE

A host of tablers converge to sell zines and publications in down-state Illinois. Yes, there’s more Illinois than Chicago, apparently guys. This is our first time taking the SPOC show on the road so come on down if you have the desire for a weekend roadtrip.



Spaghetti Social to Benefit Landline w/ Words & Sound, 7 p.m. @ Roxenboxen, $7 a plate

Readers and sound artists/musicians combine to present their work together. Buy a pasta dinner to benefit the release of Landline’s fourth  issue Among the readers is SPOCster Nicki Yowell reading some kind of amazing, weird thing.

Sunday, April 14:

popupbookfair_aprPop-Up Book Fair, 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. @ Empty Bottle, FREE with RSVP $5 at Door

Curbside Splendor and Writer’s House host a Sunday afternoon congregation of 40 of Chicago’s independent and small press publishers. Live music by Mr. Mayor & the Highballers, Warm Bones and If Trees Could Write. 21 and over only.



CHICAGO CHILDREN’S TV SHOW!!! 3 & 5 p.m. @ Gallery Cabaret, FREE

 Pocket Guide to Hell’s newest production in a line of amazing Chicago-centric projects. Relive the glory days of the golden years of Chicago’s children’s television. Music, acrobatics, cartoons and much more! 3 p.m. show for kids and 5 pm. show for adults.

TGISPOC: Weekend Events & More


It’s finally March and it’s finally the weekend. Here’s what SPOCsters will be up to:


Ninety-Seven to Three Release Party @ Uncharted Books, 7 p.m. Back to Print is, well back to print again. The book-loving group is back with another release party featuring readers and music by Tyler Bagwell and others.


CAKE LGBTQ Showcase @ Red Line Tap, 9:30 p.m. Chicago’s own alternative comics expo brings a host of performances and artwork.

Keep your calendar free for CHICAGO ZINE FEST on Saturday, March 9 from 11-6p.m at the Conaway Center at Columbia College. SPOC will be slinging its wares and participating in the Zine Scene workshop. Did you miss out on getting a table this year? No sweat. We’re happily hawking SPOCster’s zines at our table. Keep in mind when pricing that SPOC gets 25% of the cover price of all zines sold at our table to further our mission of zineitude. Contact selfpublishersofchicago@gmail for info or to volunteer for a tabling slot.