Thinking back on this first year of CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo), I remember a recurring feeling that being in comics requires a certain mindset, one that would probably qualify a lot of us to be painted on one of my uncle's boards. Apparently I wasn't alone in my possibly cynical sentiments that weekend, but ultimately I came away from the show feeling like this is what I should be doing. Just being around that many people who are willing to devote so much of their time and energy to a practice that, relatively speaking, so few give a shit about, is really encouraging to me. Ok, enough of my earnest rumination, here's comes the upbeat recap, sprinkled with snark!
|Our journey begins on the old, semi-reliable Megabus. Meghan is conserving her energy for the impending sweaty trek through downtown Chicag, where she will drop Startled Maggie no. 1 on a semi-suspecting public. At this point we are short one member. Mr. Schuster watched 'in horror' as the bus pulled away without him! Don't worry, he caught up with us (proof later).|
|Your humble narrator, taking a break from my comics binging to stare at another surface, important work I'm sure.|
|Nic decided to take the trip down with us. Here you see him sharing in some screen reading with me. This was the first show I've done with Nic outside the borders of MN, he was a welcome addition to the 2dc entourage.|
|Ever the multi-tasker, Meghan prepares to take another bite...the second she drops that straw...|
|It looks like I already 'dug in', so not sure what this gesture is all about. Must be making plans...|
|The rest of the first night lacked passion, so we're going to move forward in time to CAKE: Day One. This show saw the debut of our amazing new banner by...|
|...this guy. Takes a lot of energy running a media empire and making comics that only true aesthetes understand.|
|Apparently this is what Raighne and I lose when we don't let Vincent run our table like he did at Stumptown. As you can see, 2dc can't lay sole claim to Vincent's new output. We now live in a world where we have to contend with Tom K.'s Uncivilized Books, as CAKE saw the debut of Vincent's contrib to the Structures series. Tom makes some of the slickest mini's (and now big grownup books) in our neck of the woods, or probably your neck for that matter, so he's welcome company.|
|But oh man, look how big this photo is, we must be really important! In neon scrib for extra emphasis are blurry shots of 2dc's debut comics at CAKE. On the left is Meghan's great penciled tale of babes in autobio, Startled Maggie 1. I don't know anyone doing quite what she is right now, you really ought to take a look. A mini Raighne edited to support a new edition of a video game history book, High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games also reared its head. This lil' feller did quite well for us at the show, probably something to do with the fact that video games are one of if not the most financially dominant mediums in pop cult at this point in history. Funny to see one medium that can barely keep it's head above water $$$ially pay homage to one whose success dwarfs it many times over. Whoops, ranting again.|
|I'm going to rip off Meghan's CAKE report and note the dogg that guarded CAKE.|
|(In case you can't tell, I'm picking up steam here). Full disclose caption comics: I stole this from their blog. The proper gentle men you see in the bottom-right hand side of this photograph are none other than the same ones responsible for the debauch of the night prior. They also make some of my favorite comics. Mr. Front and Center, a C. Stechschulte, is responsible for a great antho, Sock, now in its second volume. He also helps our new 2dc artist who's slowly advancing on the horizon, Chris Adams, make things happen from time to time. I was also pleased to get the chance to harass the other longhair on one knee: Noel Freibert. He needs no more ego stroking, so you won't see any here. He did take me, an assemblage of have-pretty-much-arriveds, and a devoted audience on an arduous journey called The Violent Line on day one of show. One of the best intro/outros I've seen for a panel.|
|Aaaannnddd now back to us. Here you see Vincent and I on day two, avoiding contact with all the potential buyers/new friends/cartoonists who pretend not to see us/general passersby. This is why we're in the big leagues.|
|I guess Jesus came back on the Second day. He didn't pick up any 2dc books though, so fuck him!|
|This is when we knew, it was time to go. But now what? E. Fake graciously invited us to rub elbs with some others at his place, but given that we were in Chicago, we just had to take up our friends Neil and Fereshteh on their offer of dinner and mini-comics gorging. A fitting end to a great first show. As others have expressed better than I (looking at Secret Acres now), looks like we have a show to look forward to in middle america next year, and not a moment too soon, as MIX is, for all intents and purposes, done.|
Ok, that's it. Seriously, thanks Neil, E. Fake, and the rest of the CAKE organizers. It was a weekend to remember. I know we look forward to doing it again.
Quick summary of what's to come:
Little Hearts on their way out the door and into your homes, backers!
I'm actually making a mini! 3 different covers, but you can only buy one!
Nic B./Noah V.S. split getting closer!
Holy shit, Will D. has a new comic coming out at SPX, and we're publishing it!
Chris Adams has gotten his period, you can start getting yours soon.
What else am I forgetting, not sure, ask Raighne!