Spike Trotman was born on November 18, 1978, which is, as she has pointed out before, the very same day cult leader Jim Jones poisoned 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana. She has been boldly challenging conventions since then and has gone from being a feisty Maryland Calvin and Hobbes enthusiast to one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary comics. She was an integral part of the very beginning of the webcomics movement, creating titles such as Sparkneedle for Girlamatic and Templar, Arizona, which ran regularly from 2005-2014. In 2007, before Kickstarter, she successfully crowdfunded Templar, AZ’s publication in book form. This led to Trotman founding the acclaimed Iron Circus Comics imprint in 2005, which has launched legendary anthologies such as The Sleep of Reason and Smut Peddler. Trotman has won two Web Cartoonist’s Choice awards in 2006 and one Glyph Comics award in 2007 for Templar, AZ. She is currently working on a graphic biography of Josephine Baker.
The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty Stephen R. Bissette left his mark oncomics, drawing swamp things, dinosaurs, and other terrifying creatures. Mentors and Monsters: Selections from the Stephen R. Bissette Collection, an exhibition at The Center for Cartoon Studies, features the comics that left their mark on Bissette.
The Center for Cartoon Studies
The Colodny Building – CCS Gallery
94 South Main Street, in the village of White River Junction
October 15-November 15
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival runs from 14th – 16th October 2016. Taking over the town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, the Festival features international comic artists and creators, as well as live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, and independent publishers.
Master of Fine Arts, One- and Two-Year Certificates, Applied Cartooning track option. Click here for more information and to apply online!
K.L. Ricks is an artist born and raised in Massachusetts, whose jarring juxtapositions of natural and industrial landscapes inspired her future work. She has worked as an editorial illustrator for The New York Times, designed a variant cover for the Adventure Time comic book and contributed to the Ham4pamphlet project, a comics interpretation of the world famous Hamilton musical inspired and encouraged by its original cast. Her ongoing horror story Country Darkness, which appears regularly on Hazlitt, has accrued a great deal of success and popularity online. She has recently been featured on such high profile websites as The A.V. Club and The Comics Journal. Click here to see more work by K.L. Ricks!
Awarded to one fall 2017 female identified applicant! Scholarship will be selected in May 2017. Eligible for Master of Fine Arts, and Two-Year Certificate program! Click here to learn more about our MFA and Certificate program! Apply online!
Recent alum, Tillie Walden ’16, won two Ignatz Awards! Winning in both categories she was nominated for: Outstanding Artist & Promising New Talent! The Outstanding Artist category reflects, in the Jurors’ opinion, the best execution of graphic skill by an individual within the comic medium. The award ceremony is held annually at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda MD.
Congratulations to Tillie and all of the amazing nominees and award winners. Nominees included recent alums Melanie Gillman for Outstanding Comic (As The Crow Flies) and Luke Healy for Outstanding Minicomic (The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest).
Open House and Portfolio Day at CCS!
Saturday, November 12
1pm – 4pm
Bring your portfolio or sketchbook for an admissions review. Learn more about the program and courses offered at CCS while touring the campus and meeting with faculty and students! This event is ideal for prospective students!
Learn about CCS programs:
MFA and CERTIFICATES
& LOW RESIDENCY 2nd Year Option
Browse THE SCHULZ LIBRARY! See current student projects, recent alumni publications, and faculty work.
R.S.V.P. SPACE IS LIMITED!
Who Should Attend? Prospective students, applicants, college students, high school seniors and graduates, family and friends welcome!
Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies-Post Office building, 46 South Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont .
The Cornish CCS Residency is a month-long residency designed to create a focused and inspiring environment for a cartoonist in order to create exceptional work. Cornish (NH) is located 16 miles from The Center for Cartoon Studies (VT) in rural New Hampshire. Dates, deadlines, and application information can be found here.
Read all about it here: