Thanks from Team Cupcake!

Holy cow, gang: we received 125 gorgeous applications for the Cupcake Award, including international applicants from across Canada and two from France! The CAKE organizers are equal parts humbled, excited and overwhelmed with reading materials. Thank you to all the applicants for the hard work you put in to your submissions. We will announce the winner and two honorable mentions in mid-October when the application goes live for CAKE 2015!

The deadline for the Cupcake Award is TONIGHT at midnight! 

The Cupcake Deadline is SO SOON! $250 for you to publish a minicomic, a free table at CAKE, and you get to discuss your work with Annie Koyama! Head here for all the info to apply!

The Cupcake Deadline is SO SOON! $250 for you to publish a minicomic, a free table at CAKE, and you get to discuss your work with Annie Koyama! Head here for all the info to apply!

NEW ORGANIZER APPLICATIONS CLOSE TOMORROW!!
cakechicago:

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Seeking New Organizers
Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 22, 2014
We’ve already started talking about the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. With the departure of two of our original organizers this past year, we are looking for a few new organizers to join our ranks. If you are interested, please read the following post in its entirety.
Job Description:
CAKE organizers have a hand in creating every aspect of the show: who we invite as special guests, where we hold the show, jurying the final exhibitor list, jurying the Cupcake award, helping promote and raise money for the festival, and all manner of brainstorming more and better ways to serve the community. This is a particularly interesting time to be a part of the group, since we’re focusing as much on planning next year’s show as institutionalizing the organization itself. We are wrapping up paperwork to become a nonprofit organization, so new organizers would become members of our board and would help us formalize and shape our mission and organizational structure so that CAKE will live on in a manner we can all be proud of, beyond our individual terms as organizers. 
Organizing for CAKE is a rewarding job. Coordinating a festival that serves both the Chicago alternative comics community and the larger, national community means that you will shape and develop conversations happening in the comics art world, and create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share work and ideas. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when the weekend finally arrives: it is overwhelming. In addition to the sense of creating something larger than yourself, the camaraderie and friendship built between the organizers while planning is invaluable; there are a lot of tense conversations during meetings but there are also a lot of laughs. 
In an organizer, we look for someone with a strong work ethic, solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and a sense of connection to a larger community.  New organizers tend to take on support roles in committees as they’re learning how the expo runs, but within discussions, we need people who will voice their opinions, think about issues from different angles, and bring in different perspectives.
Organizer Duties:
We meet (roughly) every other week throughout the year, sometimes more or less as needed, but once it gets to about 3 months out from the weekend of CAKE the organizers meet weekly. There are also 3 or 4 epic meetings in addition to the weekly meetings that happen throughout the year to address specific time-consuming tasks (final jurying, table layout, etc). There is work that can’t be done in meetings (email coordination, writing projects, various administrative duties) and the work of staffing and coordinating fundraising events through the year. 
This is a year-round, unpaid part-time job. We are all flexible with one another and understand that everyone can’t make it to every meeting, but the commitment is there. Also, because the weekend of CAKE is an all-hands-on-deck work period (and because table spaces are always fewer than applicants), core organizers often don’t table at the event.
There is also an unspoken assumption that this is a more-than-one-year engagement. There isn’t a mandatory term expectation per se, but there are a lot of moving parts, so learning happens on the job—it’s easier to contribute after seeing the whole process through once. 
How To Apply:
Send us an email explaining why you think you’d be a great organizer!  Email cakexpo [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “New Organizer” with a paragraph or two telling us why you want to join the core organizing team, and what you think you would bring to CAKE. Not all applicants will be invited as organizers; we only plan to expand our organizing group by one or two members for 2015, but we welcome and appreciate other levels of involvement in the planning and execution of CAKE.

NEW ORGANIZER APPLICATIONS CLOSE TOMORROW!!

cakechicago:

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Seeking New Organizers

Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 22, 2014

We’ve already started talking about the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. With the departure of two of our original organizers this past year, we are looking for a few new organizers to join our ranks. If you are interested, please read the following post in its entirety.

Job Description:

CAKE organizers have a hand in creating every aspect of the show: who we invite as special guests, where we hold the show, jurying the final exhibitor list, jurying the Cupcake award, helping promote and raise money for the festival, and all manner of brainstorming more and better ways to serve the community. This is a particularly interesting time to be a part of the group, since we’re focusing as much on planning next year’s show as institutionalizing the organization itself. We are wrapping up paperwork to become a nonprofit organization, so new organizers would become members of our board and would help us formalize and shape our mission and organizational structure so that CAKE will live on in a manner we can all be proud of, beyond our individual terms as organizers.

Organizing for CAKE is a rewarding job. Coordinating a festival that serves both the Chicago alternative comics community and the larger, national community means that you will shape and develop conversations happening in the comics art world, and create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share work and ideas. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when the weekend finally arrives: it is overwhelming. In addition to the sense of creating something larger than yourself, the camaraderie and friendship built between the organizers while planning is invaluable; there are a lot of tense conversations during meetings but there are also a lot of laughs.

In an organizer, we look for someone with a strong work ethic, solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and a sense of connection to a larger community.  New organizers tend to take on support roles in committees as they’re learning how the expo runs, but within discussions, we need people who will voice their opinions, think about issues from different angles, and bring in different perspectives.

Organizer Duties:

We meet (roughly) every other week throughout the year, sometimes more or less as needed, but once it gets to about 3 months out from the weekend of CAKE the organizers meet weekly. There are also 3 or 4 epic meetings in addition to the weekly meetings that happen throughout the year to address specific time-consuming tasks (final jurying, table layout, etc). There is work that can’t be done in meetings (email coordination, writing projects, various administrative duties) and the work of staffing and coordinating fundraising events through the year.

This is a year-round, unpaid part-time job. We are all flexible with one another and understand that everyone can’t make it to every meeting, but the commitment is there. Also, because the weekend of CAKE is an all-hands-on-deck work period (and because table spaces are always fewer than applicants), core organizers often don’t table at the event.

There is also an unspoken assumption that this is a more-than-one-year engagement. There isn’t a mandatory term expectation per se, but there are a lot of moving parts, so learning happens on the job—it’s easier to contribute after seeing the whole process through once.

How To Apply:

Send us an email explaining why you think you’d be a great organizer!  Email cakexpo [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “New Organizer” with a paragraph or two telling us why you want to join the core organizing team, and what you think you would bring to CAKE. Not all applicants will be invited as organizers; we only plan to expand our organizing group by one or two members for 2015, but we welcome and appreciate other levels of involvement in the planning and execution of CAKE.

That deadline is COMING UP!

cakechicago:

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Proud to Announce the First Annual Cupcake Award!

Self-publishing is at the heart of our event and community, and supporting emerging artists and helping them grow is central to our mission. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the self-publishing of a new minicomic by any artist who has not yet had a solo work printed by a publisher. The winner of the award will receive $250 to print a new minicomic, a free half table at next year’s CAKE (where their minicomic will debut), and the mentor support of our special guest judge Annie Koyama. In addition, CAKE will promote the winning artist and their minicomic leading up to next year’s show.

Applications will open after CAKE 2014 concludes on June 1st and will close on August 31st. The CAKE organizers will narrow the application pool to the top 20, and our special guest judge will select the winner. The recipient of the Cupcake Award will be announced when CAKE 2015 applications open in mid-October.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

✴ Be at least 18 years of age at the time you apply
✴ Be available to attend CAKE 2015 to promote the minicomic supported by the Cupcake Award
✴ Be an artist who has not had a solo work published by a publisher.

Our intention is to support early career comic artists. This is an honor-code application: we will not hunt through your CV to try to disprove your eligibility, so please use your best discretion. If you have work in comics anthologies, have had small freelance comics published in larger publications/platforms or if you have had success with a widely distributed self-published comic, you are eligible; if you have had a book published as a single author by a publisher but you still regularly publish mini-comics, you are not eligible.

While applicants may re-apply every year, they are only eligible to receive the award once.
If you have questions about meeting eligibility, please email us at cupcake [at] cakechicago.com.

Please send the following to cupcake [at] cakechicago.com by August 31:

One-page artist statement and work plan: Please narrate the content and direction of the comics work you have made to date, and describe in detail the minicomic you plan to make with the support of the Cupcake Award.

One-page artist CV: Please include your most recent creative work and accomplishments to date. Be sure to include your name, address, preferred contact information (email, phone, twitter, etc), and website. (Don’t worry if your artist CV is light–this award is meant for emerging artists!)

Work samples: Please submit up to 8 examples of your art representing work done within the last 2-3 years. Be sure to highlight your sequential art, as this is an award specifically for comics. Send us clickable URLs. If you are unable to send us URLs, please get in touch with us.

[Click here for a PDF of our promotional flyer 
& tell all your eligible comics-making friends to apply!]

Cupcake deadline is coming up! Apply at http://ift.tt/1nb02RX ! via Facebook http://ift.tt/1pIaW2G

Cupcake deadline is coming up! Apply at http://ift.tt/1nb02RX ! via Facebook http://ift.tt/1pIaW2G

What the?!?! The Cupcake Application closes soon? You had better apply ASAP then! Click here for all the info!
Cupcake art by Jeff Zwirek

What the?!?! The Cupcake Application closes soon? You had better apply ASAP then! Click here for all the info!

Cupcake art by Jeff Zwirek

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Seeking New Organizers
Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 22, 2014
We’ve already started talking about the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. With the departure of two of our original organizers this past year, we are looking for a few new organizers to join our ranks. If you are interested, please read the following post in its entirety.

Job Description:

CAKE organizers have a hand in creating every aspect of the show: who we invite as special guests, where we hold the show, jurying the final exhibitor list, jurying the Cupcake award, helping promote and raise money for the festival, and all manner of brainstorming more and better ways to serve the community. This is a particularly interesting time to be a part of the group, since we’re focusing as much on planning next year’s show as institutionalizing the organization itself. We are wrapping up paperwork to become a nonprofit organization, so new organizers would become members of our board and would help us formalize and shape our mission and organizational structure so that CAKE will live on in a manner we can all be proud of, beyond our individual terms as organizers. 

Organizing for CAKE is a rewarding job. Coordinating a festival that serves both the Chicago alternative comics community and the larger, national community means that you will shape and develop conversations happening in the comics art world, and create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share work and ideas. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when the weekend finally arrives: it is overwhelming. In addition to the sense of creating something larger than yourself, the camaraderie and friendship built between the organizers while planning is invaluable; there are a lot of tense conversations during meetings but there are also a lot of laughs. 

In an organizer, we look for someone with a strong work ethic, solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and a sense of connection to a larger community.  New organizers tend to take on support roles in committees as they’re learning how the expo runs, but within discussions, we need people who will voice their opinions, think about issues from different angles, and bring in different perspectives.

Organizer Duties:

We meet (roughly) every other week throughout the year, sometimes more or less as needed, but once it gets to about 3 months out from the weekend of CAKE the organizers meet weekly. There are also 3 or 4 epic meetings in addition to the weekly meetings that happen throughout the year to address specific time-consuming tasks (final jurying, table layout, etc). There is work that can’t be done in meetings (email coordination, writing projects, various administrative duties) and the work of staffing and coordinating fundraising events through the year. 

This is a year-round, unpaid part-time job. We are all flexible with one another and understand that everyone can’t make it to every meeting, but the commitment is there. Also, because the weekend of CAKE is an all-hands-on-deck work period (and because table spaces are always fewer than applicants), core organizers often don’t table at the event.

There is also an unspoken assumption that this is a more-than-one-year engagement. There isn’t a mandatory term expectation per se, but there are a lot of moving parts, so learning happens on the job—it’s easier to contribute after seeing the whole process through once. 

How To Apply:

Send us an email explaining why you think you’d be a great organizer!  Email cakexpo [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “New Organizer” with a paragraph or two telling us why you want to join the core organizing team, and what you think you would bring to CAKE. Not all applicants will be invited as organizers; we only plan to expand our organizing group by one or two members for 2015, but we welcome and appreciate other levels of involvement in the planning and execution of CAKE.

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is Seeking New Organizers

Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 22, 2014

We’ve already started talking about the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. With the departure of two of our original organizers this past year, we are looking for a few new organizers to join our ranks. If you are interested, please read the following post in its entirety.

Job Description:

CAKE organizers have a hand in creating every aspect of the show: who we invite as special guests, where we hold the show, jurying the final exhibitor list, jurying the Cupcake award, helping promote and raise money for the festival, and all manner of brainstorming more and better ways to serve the community. This is a particularly interesting time to be a part of the group, since we’re focusing as much on planning next year’s show as institutionalizing the organization itself. We are wrapping up paperwork to become a nonprofit organization, so new organizers would become members of our board and would help us formalize and shape our mission and organizational structure so that CAKE will live on in a manner we can all be proud of, beyond our individual terms as organizers.

Organizing for CAKE is a rewarding job. Coordinating a festival that serves both the Chicago alternative comics community and the larger, national community means that you will shape and develop conversations happening in the comics art world, and create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share work and ideas. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment when the weekend finally arrives: it is overwhelming. In addition to the sense of creating something larger than yourself, the camaraderie and friendship built between the organizers while planning is invaluable; there are a lot of tense conversations during meetings but there are also a lot of laughs.

In an organizer, we look for someone with a strong work ethic, solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and a sense of connection to a larger community.  New organizers tend to take on support roles in committees as they’re learning how the expo runs, but within discussions, we need people who will voice their opinions, think about issues from different angles, and bring in different perspectives.

Organizer Duties:

We meet (roughly) every other week throughout the year, sometimes more or less as needed, but once it gets to about 3 months out from the weekend of CAKE the organizers meet weekly. There are also 3 or 4 epic meetings in addition to the weekly meetings that happen throughout the year to address specific time-consuming tasks (final jurying, table layout, etc). There is work that can’t be done in meetings (email coordination, writing projects, various administrative duties) and the work of staffing and coordinating fundraising events through the year.

This is a year-round, unpaid part-time job. We are all flexible with one another and understand that everyone can’t make it to every meeting, but the commitment is there. Also, because the weekend of CAKE is an all-hands-on-deck work period (and because table spaces are always fewer than applicants), core organizers often don’t table at the event.

There is also an unspoken assumption that this is a more-than-one-year engagement. There isn’t a mandatory term expectation per se, but there are a lot of moving parts, so learning happens on the job—it’s easier to contribute after seeing the whole process through once.

How To Apply:

Send us an email explaining why you think you’d be a great organizer!  Email cakexpo [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line “New Organizer” with a paragraph or two telling us why you want to join the core organizing team, and what you think you would bring to CAKE. Not all applicants will be invited as organizers; we only plan to expand our organizing group by one or two members for 2015, but we welcome and appreciate other levels of involvement in the planning and execution of CAKE.

grantreynolds:

A page I drew in my sketchbook the other day.

grantreynolds:

A page I drew in my sketchbook the other day.

Three weeks left to put together your application for the Cupcake Award! Applications close August 31, time to crank up that hustle!

Three weeks left to put together your application for the Cupcake Award! Applications close August 31, time to crank up that hustle!