Comics That Kiss Better

Drinks, Drawings, and Bande Dessinée

On Thursday, June 22nd from 7pm – 9pm CAKE and the French Comics Association host a FREE Cross-Cultural Celebration with Drinks, Drawings, and Bande Dessinée

Welcome European Cartoonists to the Windy City: Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer, David Etien, Teresa Radice, and Stefano Turconi

With Chicago-land favorites Ivan Brunetti and Keiler Roberts

Live readings of projected comics, emcee’d by Aaron Renier, plus book-signings, (cash) bar, and the chance to chat with incredible international artists. Bring your sketchbook. Mingle with French and European publishing professionals and the CAKE community.

The French Comics Association brings together many of the major publishers of French comics, including Dargaud, Casterman, Delcourt, Dupuis, Futuropolis, Gallimard BD, Glénat, Le Lombard,Rue de Sèvres, and Soleil. As part of its mission to promote Franco-Belgian comics in the United States and worldwide, the association aims to promote comics translated into English, to support the U.S. publishing industry, and to stimulate cultural exchanges on the basis of literature and visual narratives. Learn more at or follow FCA @FrenchComics (twitter) / @ComicsFramed (IG) and on Facebook.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. 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.

in the mesh

On Saturday May 27th at 2pm, Lindsey Dorr-Niro and Marty McConnell will give a performance in response to Dorr-Niro’s installation in Sector 2337’s main gallery. This event is free.

We were wrong about evolution.

Everything happens in at least two directions.

     — Marty McConnell, watershed

 Personhood then is also in the mesh — it may look solid from a distance, but as we approach it we discover that it is full of holes.

    — Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World

 Through video projection and the performance of poems exploring an un/dis-located, peri-apocalyptic landscape, visual artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro and poet Marty McConnell will invite the audience to navigate a physical and intellectual world of both familiar and unfamiliar disruption. Framing and interspersed within the performance will be mini-lectures by Dorr-Niro relating components of the current exhibit to both the concepts of Timothy Morton’s hyperobjects and the role of music and art in resistance movements, including Woody Guthrie’s seminal alternative national anthem, “This Land is Your Land.”

Throughout her work, transdisciplinary visual artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro aims to make art a practice of critical consciousness, calling viewers deeper into themselves and relation with the world. Her installations disrupt and reorganize our vision and being in a way that enable us to see, imagine, and be differently — facilitating an embodied, contemplative, and ecstatic alternative to the amnesiac conditions of late capitalism. Lindsey holds her MFA from Yale University (2008) and currently works as both an artist and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Recent exhibitions include A Primacy of Perception at Indiana University’s Fuller Projects Gallery (Bloomington, IN 2016) and An Anthem for the Sun as part of Roman Susan’s No Diving! Series (Chicago, IL, 2016)

Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Gettysburg Review, and is forthcoming in Massachusetts Review and Calyx. Her first full-length collection, wine for a shotgun, published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. her first non-fiction book, Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop, is forthcoming in 2018 on YesYes Books. More information is available at