CAKE 2013 Post-Carnage Report

WHOA!  What a whirlwind of a couple weeks!  So many awesome things to cover, so here we go:

CAKE 2013

CAKE was… awesome.  I had a fantastic time talking to everyone who stopped by the table and meeting the other amazing artists that were tabling.  Here’s what it looked like:

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before set up.
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My table, in all its glory.

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Table buddies! (with Beth Hetland).

It was great to finally get Victus out into people’s hands.  If you picked up a copy, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!  There were some new and old faces, and everyone was showcasing some great comics.  There are so many and I’m sure I’ll forget some, so please forgive me.  I’ll start with a snapshot of the books I picked up:

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Here’s what’s up there:

Upgrade Soul: Ezra Clayton Daniels (check out the paper version of this digital comic. The story is phenomenal sci-fi)

Last Mountain: Dakota MacFadzean (table pal! gorgeous inks!)

Titus and the Cyber Sun: Lale Westvind (will melt your mind)

The Reverie #2: Malachi Ward (Malachi pretty much rocks it again)

Dear Dear & Sorry Sheets: Eroyn Franklin (‘slow core’ comics with no equal)

Tiger Beat Exclusive: Gina Wynbrandt (mega funny follow up to her first love affair with Justin Beiber)

King Crow Comics (and others): Scott Kroll (new to the scene, but super funny books)

Next World Over & Equilibristics: Ian McDuffie (these book are bonkers.  I love it)

Roots: Mita Mahato (beautifully hand0crafted book)

Glamera & Werewolf anthology: Penina Gal & Betsy Swardlick (table pals!)

Dumb #1: Georgia Webber (amazing book about losing her voice)

Copulate & The Excorcist: Lyra Hill (of brain frame fame!)

Library: Marnie Galloway (Marnie told me this was a true story)

Depictions #2: R. Hendricks (of Stranger to Stranger!)

Dig: Isabella Rotman (I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: keep an eye on this creator!)

Hasty Pastry: Ali Cantarella (adventures in customer service)

1-800-Kravlox: Isabel Reidy (oh my oh my.  silliness abound! 🙂

Fire Messenger: Penina Gal (the other side of having super powers)

Drag Bandits: Betsy Swardlick & Colleen Frakes

Whew… Lots of great stuff, as you can see!  I also was able to see some other old pals: Sean Dove, Beth Hetland (table-mate!), Kyle O’Connell, Kenan Rubenstein, Emi Gennis, and many more!  What cool comics did you get at the show?

MODERN STORYTELLERS

The show was a success!  The gallery was filled with some amazing artists and appreciators of art!  Here’s a couple snap shots:

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I pretend to know what I’m talking about as Marnie Galloway’s beautiful work can be seen adjacent to mine.

If you haven’t checked out the show yet, you still have some time.  Head on over to Ugly Step Sister Gallery: http://www.uglystepsisterartgallery.com/

GARY: BOOK ONE on COMIXOLOGY!

Some folks have been asking, and it finally happened: Gary is available for digital download via the Comixology app! Click the link to download:

Gary: Book One

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For now, only Book One is available.  But Books Two and Three should be coming in the next few months.  If you go download it, please take an extra moment to give it a rating, as that helps the book’s visibility on the site.  And actually it’s worth mentioning, this is currently the only place you can get Gary: Book One, as I have sold out of the paper copies.  The fine folks over and IGN gave the book a “B”, which ain’t bad either: IGN Comixology Reviews

So head over and check it out!

BACK ISSUES

Justin and I did another episode of the Back Issues Podcast.  We discuss the incredible All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely.  Just in time for the new Superman Movie, Man of Steel!  Listen to us ramble & then subscribe:

In This Issue: Back Issues

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VICTUS update

I assure you, I’m plugging away on Victus #2.  But don’t hold your breath.  I’ll have some process pics soonish.  In the meantime, Victus #1 is available at these fine retailers:

Graham Cracker Comics, Chicago (downtown)

Quimby’s, Chicago

Challengers Comics & Conversation, Chicago

Star Clipper, St. Louis

Thanks for reading all!  And now your moment of Zen…

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Have your CAKE and eat it too!

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

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CAKE!

Saturday & Sunday

June 15th – 16th

11am – 6pm

Center on Halsted

3656 N Halsted

It’s here!  This weekend!  Seriously folks, this is going to be an incredible show. I’ll be right here:

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I’ll be sharing a table with the always spectacular Beth Hetland.  Keep your eyes peeled for other amazing artists exhibiting at CAKE: Kenan RubensteinMK Czerwiec, Ezra Clayton Daniels, Sean Dove, Emi Gennis, Lyra HillMarnie Galloway, and tons more!!!

If you miss this show, you’re pretty much a loser.

If you come by, mention that you follow the blog and I’ll give you some goodies.

Modern Storytellers

Friday, June 14th (the night before CAKE!) is the opening for Modern Storytellers at Ugly Step Sister Gallery.  I’ll be there and hope you can make it too.  The show is filled with some amazing artists!

750 S. Union St.

Chicago, IL

Opening: Friday, June 14th, 6pm – 11pm

VICTUS #1

Ok friends, You’re almost out of time to reap the benefits of pre-ordering Victus #1.  If I get your order before Sunday, June 16th, you can still get a free print of Celeste:

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After that, I’ll still take your money, but won’t be throwing in the free poster.  If that’s not cool enough, each book will be embossed with my monogram and hand numbered:emboss

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER NOW!

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered!  I’m humbled by your support.  It went miles to helping me get the book finished and pay for the printing.  The first round of orders have been shipping out this week, and I’m hoping most of you get them by Monday, June 17th at the latest.

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If you’re a local Chicago person, or flying in for the show, CAKE will be the first chance for anyone anywhere to get their hands on the books.  I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I’ll leave you with these gems:

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Jack Kirby.  Showing his power in the earthly realm yet again.

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Darrow and Moebius lighting it up with City on Fire.

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I am completely in love with this Barry Windsor-Smith cover for X-men #186

Until next time, keep your ducks in a row.  Well… geese.

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