CAKE and BRAIN FRAME are joining forces to raise money! We need your help, your cash, your raw muscle to grease the wheels of independent commerce, alternative comics, and graphic passion. Join us in an explosive combination of comix reading, live drawing, experimental jazz, and the auction of priceless works of art for competitive prices.

With performances by:
Andy Burkholder
Alyssa Herlocher
Paul Nudd
Jeremy Pettis

And musical accompaniment from:
Alex Inglizian and Stephen Ptácek

Hosted by:
Lyra Hill

And artwork for auction donated by:
David Alvarado
Ben Bertin
Kevin Budnick
Andy Burkholder
Jessica Campbell
Lilli Carré
Anya Davidson
Sara Drake
Nick Drnaso
Edie Fake
Sanya Glisic
Alyssa Herlocher
Lyra Hill
Robin Hustle
Gregory Jacobsen
Ben Marcus
Bernie McGovern
Paul Nudd
Jeremy Onsmith
Jeremy Pettis
Aaron Renier
Grant Reynolds
Eric Rivera
Sam Sharpe
Otto Splotch
Joe Tallarico
Ruby Thorkelson
Carl Zeller

At Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California, doors at 7:00, show at 7:30, $5 donation.

All funds raised will benefit the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), helping pay for venue and table rentals, special guest honorariums, posters, programs, and other printed matter. CAKE is completely volunteer run and organized.

CAKE is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers. CAKE 2013 will take place on June 15th & 16th, at the Center on Halsted.

BRAIN FRAME is a performative comix reading series founded and organized by Lyra Hill. BRAIN FRAME gives comics and zine artists an opportunity to interpret their work in front of an open minded audience. Readings often include costumes, props, music, sound, performance, puppetry, poetry, and more.

Poster by Paul Nudd.


At CAKE FRAME, a benefit for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo hosted by BRAIN FRAME, the performative comix reading series, Andy Burkholder read an occasionally wry, occasionally abstract, and always aesthetically precise series of vignettes in the lives of people named Chris, aptly entitled: Chris, on April 12th, 2013.

Video thanks to Burton Bilharz.

Lily (Penny Dreadful related)

A lot of people jumped to the conclusion that Lily’s name in Penny Dreadful is from Lily Munster of the show The Munsters. Though a vampire Lily is married to Herman, a Frankenstein style monster.  However John Logan said that this is not what he had in mind.

Now a Frankenstein story where the Lily reference to The Munsters likely was deliberate is in the 2010 novel Frankenstein’s Monster: A novel.  It’s a pretty terrible book.

And then it occurred to me.  Lily in that book was a freakin’ psychopath.  She was the daughter / niece (incest) of Captain Walton and his sister.  She was homicidal and pregnant and for most of the book trying to abort her own baby and managed to find time to demand cake and frame the not-as-sympathetic-as-he-should-have-been Frankenstein monster for murder so he would take her on the run with him.

I know some people were thinking Lily could be a nod to Billie Piper having been Rose on Doctor Who (another flower name) or Lilith the Demon.  But I just remembered how awful the 2010 “Sequel’ to Frankenstein novel had been (a much better sequel is the graphic novel Frankenstein Alive Alive).  And that version of Lily was pretty nasty.

This could have been a nod to a nod.


CAKE FRAME, the Brain Frame/CAKE benefit show, was an enormous success. We raised over $2,500 towards chairs, tables, honorariums, and printed matter for the 2013 Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!

In between comix performances from Andy Burkholder, Alyssa Herlocher, Jeremy Pettis and Paul Nudd, our host Lyra Hill auctioned off dozens of original artworks by Chicago cartoonists. Emma Rand, Brain Frame’s astronomically talented intern, played Vanna White while musicians Stephen Ptácek and Alex Inglizian improvised accompaniment.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.


A couple weeks ago, Cake Frame- a collaborative comix reading between the masterminds of Brain Frame and CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo), auction, and fundraiser for CAKE took place at the Peanut Gallery.

I made a jam comic with some of the artists there.

I also got some portraits of the contributors and other artists in between readings. Included here are Joe Tallarico, Andy Burkholder, Alyssa Herlocher, Neil Brideau, Ben Bertin, Jeremy Pettis, a portrait of me by J. Tallarico, and Lyra Hill. 


145/365 May 25
- happy birthday to my best friend Stephanie!
- EARS wanted to surprise her.
- Edana - Mango cake, 4x6 frame
- Aira - balloon and pictures
- Roshielle - flowers
- cotillion practice
- Matt is so cute dropping me off sweet tea lol
- we were having so much fun at the park hahhahaahha
- random movie date with Matt. Haha.
- PP2.
- went to eat at rubio’s first
- Kanye and Frank ocean for the rides to and back
- daisy is soooo sweet! Lol wish I had gotten closer to her.
- held hands the whole time and I put my head on his shoulder. Ugh so cute.
- I wanna dance, I wanna dance, I wanna dance with youuuuu!
- hw
- I’m so damn tired holy shit.


At CAKE FRAME, a benefit for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo hosted by BRAIN FRAME, the performative comix reading series, Paul Nudd enlisted his brother Ed Nudd to design the soundtrack for his installation and performance, consisting of a slideshow of fly drawings, two monitors looping putrid videos, and Paul’s other ‘brother,’ Barry Nudd, an American-flag draped dummy smoking from the eyes and mouth, on April 12th, 2013.

Video thanks to Burton Bilharz.