CAKE 2019 will take place June 1 & 2 at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Avenue. CAKE's standard table space is a half-table (3’ x 2.5’). A registration fee for a half-table is $75 which is due upon acceptance into CAKE. There is no application fee.
CAKE 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. We recognize personal aesthetic preference informs selections but should not drive jurors’ decisions. We hold ourselves to a broader standard than personal aesthetics in order to create the diverse and representative festival for which CAKE has become known. CAKE also prioritizes being a demographically inclusive show that reflects, encourages and advances the full diversity of artists working in our community, including women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.
For the first round of jurying, we reach out to a broad selection of people in and adjacent to the Chicago comics scene, so that our show best reflects the interests and aesthetic of the wider community. For the second round of jurying, the CAKE organizers make final nudging assessments to lobby for artists who did not make the cut, and to assure that the final exhibitor list reflects the rich variety of creators in alternative comics.
The application period is open for three weeks, we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application. Please direct any questions you may have to email@example.com. The application period will run until DEC 9, so we encourage you to take your time and put together a strong application.
We will reply to all questions as quickly as possible.
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETE APPLICATION: DEC 9, 2018APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
Unless you are applying as a small press publisher, a distro, or an organized collective, you must apply for an “artist” half table space.
If you are a small press publisher, distro or collective you may apply for up to two full tables. Space is limited, and we want to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible. CAKE reserves the right to offer less table space than requested by small press publishers, distros or collectives.
If you are a group of friends who always table together, you should each apply as separate “artist,” and request to be placed next to each other. We do our best to accommodate seating requests.
Should your table space be listed in our family-friendly comics guide?CAKE will produce a guide for families to direct them to tables with work intended for kids. If your work is appropriate for children, please mark yes. If you are not sure, please mark no. Your answer will not be visible to jurors, and is solely used for the family-friendly guide.
Please provide us with up to five links to comics you make. Alternately, providing a single page with up to 5 links to your work is also acceptable. Please refer to http://www.cakechicago.com/work-samples-example/ as an example.
Your links should direct jurors to specific examples of your work, making it as easy as possible for our jurors to view your comics.
DO NOT provide us with five cover images, or with illustration work. We want our jurors to see comics pages.
DO NOT provide us with links to the front page of your website or just your tumblr URL.
DO NOT link to Gumroad or any other website that will require jurors to download content. All links should direct jurors to comics visible online.
If you are unable to provide us with links, and need to submit your work samples by a different method, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon reviewing your application, Exhibitor Services staff may contact you and ask for different samples. We do this when we believe your samples do not give our jurors a clear enough impression of the comics you produce. We do this to help you have the strongest application possible. Providing different samples is optional.