CAKE Frame 2, a hybrid fundraiser event for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) organized by the performative comix reading series BRAIN FRAME, was a lot of fun and a great success. In between comix performances from Rachel NiffeneggerKevin BudnikJenna CaravelloJen Rickert, and Pup House, our host Lyra Hill auctioned off dozens of original artworks by Chicago cartoonists. Lillie West, Brain Frame’s astronomically talented intern, played Vanna White while musicians El Is A Sound of Joy improvised accompaniment, on April 20th, 2014.

Rachel Niffenegger lay in a pastel hammock in front of an enormous projection of a haunting animation that zoomed languorously in and out of decayed, sculptural body parts, revealing diverse, abstract emotional landscapes set to a soundtrack by Jeremy Tinder at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.
Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Rachel Niffenegger lay in a pastel hammock in front of an enormous projection of a haunting animation that zoomed languorously in and out of decayed, sculptural body parts, revealing diverse, abstract emotional landscapes set to a soundtrack by Jeremy Tinder at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Pup House, comprised on this night by puppeteers Simon Allen, Ben Bertin, Jenna Carvello, Danielle Chenette, Krystal DiFronzo, Sara Drake, and Deirdre Mahon performed their intestinal shadow puppetry play Glut, directed by member Emme Williams, within the confines of a huge articulated paper-mache body to a live soundtrack by Quicksails at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Kevin Budnik read part two of his simple, moving series Dust Motes, the happier half of a story about recovering from anorexia at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Jenna Caravello sat in front of an overhead projector while her partner in crime Silas Reeves trawled through the audience looking for three potential interviewees; their answers to a set of random questions inspired Jenna’s live illustrative portraiture of their spiritual essences at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Jen Rickert, with preparative aide from Lyra Hill, dissected Miley Cyrus’ recent artistic transformations, pulling quotes from famous philosophers to illuminate her sparse illustrations, projected from transparencies with assistance from Ann Gibaldi Campbell and accompanied by a soundtrack of pop music and guttural chanting compiled by Lillie West at Cake Frame 2 on April 20th.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

ANNOUNCING (the poster for) BRAIN FRAME 19 :: 3rd Anniversary and Grand Finale! This 5-color screen print will be on sale for just $15 at the show. Designed by Lyra Hill and Lillie West.Saturday, August 9th, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St. Ages 17 and over. TICKETS :: $12 advance // $15 at doorArrive early to soak up live experimental ambient music, sign Yearbooks, worship at the Death Altar, and commune with the Brain Oracle. Stay late to dance into the bright future, full of unseen wonders. Brain Frame forever.6PM - 8PM :: Pick up your Yearbook and collect autographs! Buy Brain Frame posters and comics! Explore interactive art installations in opera boxes. Contribute to a “reality TV show.” Featuring performances and installations by:Efrén Adkins and Colleen AllenWill Bishop and Grace NeedlmanFlux Bikes (Rob Frye)Emma Rand, Brad Rohloff and Lillie West8PM - 10:30PM :: Watch the most incredible, ambitious Brain Frame ever. Featuring performances by: Jessica Campbell and Aaron Renier Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky Lyra Hill Emily Hutchings and Ian McDuffie Nick Jackson Rough House Gina Wynbrandt and live accompaniment from Tyson Torstensen 10:30PM - 1AM :: Hang out, dance, party! Featuring sets from:DJ Pluto (Ben Marcus)DJ Bobby Teenager (Tyson Torstensen)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! LAST CHANCE EVER!

ANNOUNCING (the poster for) BRAIN FRAME 19 :: 3rd Anniversary and Grand Finale! This 5-color screen print will be on sale for just $15 at the show. Designed by Lyra Hill and Lillie West.

Saturday, August 9th, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St. Ages 17 and over. 
TICKETS :: $12 advance // $15 at door

Arrive early to soak up live experimental ambient music, sign Yearbooks, worship at the Death Altar, and commune with the Brain Oracle. Stay late to dance into the bright future, full of unseen wonders. Brain Frame forever.

6PM - 8PM :: Pick up your Yearbook and collect autographs! Buy Brain Frame posters and comics! Explore interactive art installations in opera boxes. Contribute to a “reality TV show.” Featuring performances and installations by:
Efrén Adkins and Colleen Allen
Will Bishop and Grace Needlman
Flux Bikes (Rob Frye)
Emma Rand, Brad Rohloff and Lillie West

8PM - 10:30PM :: Watch the most incredible, ambitious Brain Frame ever. Featuring performances by: 
Jessica Campbell and Aaron Renier 
Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky 
Lyra Hill 
Emily Hutchings and Ian McDuffie 
Nick Jackson 
Rough House 
Gina Wynbrandt 
and live accompaniment from Tyson Torstensen 

10:30PM - 1AM :: Hang out, dance, party! Featuring sets from:
DJ Pluto (Ben Marcus)
DJ Bobby Teenager (Tyson Torstensen)

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! TELL YOUR FRIENDS! LAST CHANCE EVER!

Emma Rand, accompanied by Tyson Torstensen on the Hammond organ and vocal performances by Carter Lodwick, Isabella Rotman, Clare Smyth, Paul Walker, and Brad Rohloff in a muscle suit, secretly enlisted a dozen audience volunteers to run to center stage, smash sacks of fake blood on their bodies, die dramatically and fall into a writhing mass of limbs at random points in the performance of Emma’s science fiction romance comic, Swept Into Love at Brain Frame 18 on May 24th, 2014.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Owen Ashworth debuted a clever, rudimentary animation to accompany his bittersweet ballad of feline escapism Our Cat at Brain Frame 18 on May 24th, 2014.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.

Edie Fake, his pet chihuahua Pee Wee strapped firmly to his chest, regaled his audience with the cautionary tale of a trip to the mystical flea market and the discovery of a sickly-sweet world-takeover plot by the extraterrestrial Sugarians at Brain Frame 18 on May 24th, 2014.

Photos thanks to Gillian Fry.