All The Wonders Podcast Interviews CCS Faculty Jon Chad

The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty Jon Chad talks with All The Wonders about his latest book, Volcanoes: Fire and Life, the newest in First Second’s Science Comics series. Jon talks about his underlying love of science, looking for narrative beats, and creating stories that encourage reader inquiry. Listen to this episode, and learn the truth about Volcanoes!

Fantagraphics to Publish Mountebank by D. W. ’12 This Summer

D.W. (’12) is releasing his newest comic, Mountebank, with Fantagraphics this summer. A mountebank is a someone who deceives others, especially to trick them out of their money. Doubt you will feel tricked out of your money getting this book, the illustration style does trick your mind. It’s a psychedelic doodle book stretching the boundaries of what is a comic.


This is D.W.’s first comic with Fantagraphics. It was also featured as a notable comic in the 2016 Best American Comics. You can already see his psychedelic work in volumes 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Irene, a comic anthology run by Andy Warner and Dakota McFadzean.

Preorder for Mountebank is available now! It ships on July 31, 12017.



Spotlight Summer Workshop: YA Graphic Novel

Every summer, The Center for Cartoon Studies holds a series of week-long workshops. This summer, they have added some new workshops, including the Young Adult Graphic Novel with Jo Knowles and alumn Tillie Walden. The week will focus on the specific idiosyncrasies inherent in young adult fiction through lectures and exercises. You will have access to not only the knowledge of these two quality creators but also the printing lab and the Schulz Library.

Jo Knowles as visiting artist


Cartoonist Seeking Stories

Join us for two get togethers between cartoonists and women who serve and have served in the military in order to talk and sketch. These are the first few steps towards a new comics anthology.

March 21 at 6 p.m. at the VA Medical Center, Building 44, room 103, and on April 3 at 6 p.m. at The Center for Cartoon Studies, at the 46 S. Main Street building. The gatherings will allow for the veterans and cartoonists to meet one another, make connections, and start sharing their stories and drawing.

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One-Week Cartooning Workout

This short bootcamp that you can do from your home will help you practice and grow regardless of the type of comics you are into: short or long, fiction or non-fiction, and everything in between.

You can start it any time you want. And if you want to see what other people are doing for this routine breaker, look for the hashtag #CCS1WeekWorkout on your favorite social media.

Take the free email course, sign up for the One-Week Cartooning Workout!

Spotlight: Robyn Chapman

Robyn Chapman on books

Robyn Chapman has a long history with CCS, from our founding days! She is currently an editor at First Second, but she also makes her own mini comics when she has time and runs The Tiny Report, a chronicle of the comics micro-press movement to help bring awareness to the books this movement gets published. (more…)

Visiting Artist: Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel is a humble cartoonist. He says he got opportunities before he was ready, so he simply did the best he could. (more…)

Alum Spotlight: Dakota McFadzean

Dakota McFadzean in a snowy winter

Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012. He went on to win a Doug Wright award in 2015 for for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything, a collection of his daily comics. Now he works for DreamWorks on Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. He gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview. (more…)

Tillie Walden’s ’16 SPINNING Named 2017 BookExpo Finalist!

Spinning is anticipated to be a bestseller in 2017!

BookExpo named its finalists for its Editors’ Buzz program, which highlights titles in three categories expected to resonate with readers in 2017. In the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo. 

The program has, in the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo.

Spinning by, The Center for Cartoon Studies recent graduate Tillie Walden, will release this fall with First Second Books.

Read all about it on PW!