Fantagraphics goes to CAKE 2019!

Look out Chicago, we’re headed your way! This year’s Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is June 1st & 2nd 11-6pm at the Center on Halsted. We’ll be at Table #317, come and get a slice!

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted Ave Chicago, IL

Excited to be debuting Kramers Ergot 10 at this year’s show. This latest preeminent art comics anthology includes work from R. Crumb, Dash Shaw, C.F., Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Ron Regé Jr., Simon Hanselmann, Anna Haifisch, Ivan Brunetti, Steve Weissman, Aisha Franz, , Kim Deitch, and many others including series editor Sammy Harkham, all packaged under stunning cover art by Lale Westvind. We’ll have a limited number of extra-special advance copies available at the show, so get their early and get them signed!

2019 Special Guests:

Ezra Claytan Daniels is the author of the Eisner Award-nominated Upgrade Soul and the winner of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. His newest book is BTTM FDRS, with Ben Passmore.

Ben Passmore is the author of the ongoing comic book series Daygloayhole, as well as the Eisner Award-nominated and Ignatz Award-winning comic collection Your Black Friend. He lives in Philadelphia. His newest book is BTTM FDRS, with Ezra Claytan Daniels.

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of nine books including Big Questions, The End, and Poetry is Useless as well as the coloring book A Walk in Eden. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Kramer’s Ergot, Pitchfork, Medium and elsewhere.

Other Attending Fanta Artists:

Sammy Harkham is an American cartoonist and editor from Los Angeles. In high school, he created the zine Kramers Ergot, which has become one of the most influential comics anthologies published today. Harkham lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Anya Davidson is a wild animal. She draws comics in the attic of a derelict building full of raccoons on Chicago’s South Side. Her graphic novels include School Spirits (2013), Band for Life (2016) and her work has also been included in the Kramers Ergot anthology.

Christopher Forgues, (also known professionally as C.F. and Kites), is considered one of the most influential cartoonists of the last 10 years. An artist and musician, he best known for his graphic novel series, Powr Mastrs. His most recent book, Pierrot Alterations, was released by Anthology. His work was also featured in the latest volume of Kramers Ergot.

Ivan Brunetti lives and works in Chicago as a teacher, editor, illustrator, and cartoonist, usually in that order. He won an Ignatz Award for his series Schizo and his work is frequently displayed on the cover of The New Yorker. He currently is a professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Signing Schedule:

Saturday, June 1st:

2pm-3pm: Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore

3pm-4pm: Ivan Brunetti

4pm-5pm: Sammy Harkham & CF

Sunday, June 2nd:

1pm-2pm: Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore

4pm-5pm: Sammy Harkham, Anya Davidson, Ivan Brunetti, & CF


Ezra Claytan Daniels’ acclaimed Upgrade Soul has revitalized the science fiction genre by mixing high concept ideas with a touching story about the human experience. Ben Passmore’s Your Black Friend is a humorous yet poignant ‘letter’ that furthers the discussion of race, racism and friendship in America. Ezra and Ben’s latest collaborative project, BTTM FDRS is an urban renewal horror story, blending the strengths and experiences of both creators into a haunting and thought provoking opus. Join in as this amazing creative team discusses post-apocalyptic America, the reemergence of Afro sci-fi, science fiction as social commentary, collaboration, and a preview of BTTM FDRS! Moderated by Kevin Czap

Saturday, June 1st, 3:00-4:00 KRAMERS ERGOT: Then and Now
The preeminent art comics anthology hits double digits and returns with the first new volume since 2016! Encompassing a vast variety of styles, genres, formats, and geographical origins, Kramers continues to present a roster of talented creators who push the boundaries of the comics form. This panel traces the history of the series up through its most recent iteration with series editor Sammy Harkham and contributors including Anders Nilsen, Anya Davidson, Ivan Brunetti and CF! Moderated by Rian Murphy of Drag City Records!

Hope to see all your beautiful shining faces there this weekend!