Alum Spotlight: Sarah “Chu” Wilson

Chu self-portrait

Sarah “Chu” Wilson (’15) is a web comic maniac. She has two series going, Slightly Damned and The Junk Hyenas Diner, and continues to make various minicomics.

First page of Slightly Damned

Slightly Damned started in 2004 and continued through her time at The Center to Cartoon Studies to now. Chu posts one color page per week. The fantasy story follows Rhea through Hell after she was murdered in an action-adventure romantic comedy.


“Beer Is for Everyone!” by Em Sauter

Beer is for Everyone! by Em Sauter

Em Sauter (’11) is a cartoonist who works at a brewery as communications manager. So not too surprisingly, her new book is titled Beer Is for Everyone! (of Drinking Age). It will release this October 2017 with One Peace Books!

Em Sauter

What is the premise of this book?

It’s based on my beer reviews (Pints and Panels webcomic) but it’s all new material plus a discussion of educational elements of beer (malt, hops). My reviews are usually one page (more…)

Apply Now for The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA Program this Fall

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Students travel from across the U.S. and around the world
to study comics at CCS in a diverse and vibrant community in Vermont.

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree
    w/low Residency Option
  • Two-Year and One-Year
    Certificate Program
  • Summer Workshops

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The Center for Cartoon Studies announces the second year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency



White River Junction, Vermont – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) announces the second year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency. This year, the month-long residency will be held during the stunning fall season and will include a $3000 stipend. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

Located in Cornish, NH, The Cornish CCS Residency is designed to create a focused and inspiring environment for cartoonists to create exceptional work. Cornish is located 16 miles from The Center for Cartoon Studies (VT), in beautiful rural New Hampshire.

This residency is made possible by former CCS board member, cartoonist Harry Bliss, whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker. “I want to attract the best cartoonists working today and create a residency that is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for storytellers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium,” Bliss said.

“What Is a Glacier?” by Instructor Sophie Yanow

What Is a Glacier cover by Sophie Yanow

Sophie Yanow recently started teaching here at The Center for Cartoon Studies, but that hasn’t stopped her from coming out with comics. What is a Glacier? was recently released through Retrofit Comics and came in the first 2017 subscription package.

Sample page from What is a Glacier by Sophie Yanow

This beautiful book is a meditation on time. An autobiographical comic on her trip to Iceland, she reflects on her relationship that had ended in the previous year. Just before the release of the book, Sophie was interviewed by R. J. Casey on The Comics Journal.

Sample page from What is a Glacier by Sophie Yanow

Graphic Medicine 2018

2017 Summer Workshop Line Up!



with Beth Hetland and Luke Howard

July 24-28 

with Paul Karasik

July 31-August 4
or August 7-11

Optional Online Extension 

with Jo Knowles
and Tillie Walden

The Young Adult Genre
July 31-August 4 

with Melanie Gillman

August 7-11

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Create Comics Workshop at CCS

Create Comics Workshop next session: July 24-28!

Create Comics Summer Workshop is a ‘boot camp’ for cartoonists. The 5-day workshop packs in the essentials for producing your own comics. For ages 16+

In Create Comics Workshop you will learn about story structure, page composition, pacing, materials and techniques, character design, environmental drawing, and comic production! Collaborate on a comic anthology that you will self-publish during the workshop. Create Comics summer workshop is for both beginner and advanced students age 16 and over! Come learn about comics!

Instructors: Beth Hetland and Luke Howard!

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This workshop didn’t just teach me how to create comics or how to cartoon, it got me inspired!! I learned tons of valuable information that makes my comics desirable and interesting. AND I made great friends with the students and teachers. Not only is this program stuffed with crucial skills and the key to getting your own cartoons exactly how you want them, its completely fun and never a dull moment!
– Rose, Montclair, NJ

Best crash course in comics making – bar none!
-Philip, Montpelier, Vermont

Congratulations to RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Alum Sasha Velour!

The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Sasha Velour ’13 is America’s Next Drag Superstar! Velour designs her own merchandise and products and is the creative force behind Velour: The Drag Magazine. Her illustration and comics have been published in QU33R, Posture, Cicada, InkBRICK, Suspect Device, and Comics Workbook Magazine. 

NPR’s Danny Nett talks with Sasha about drag history and advancing an art form. Click here to read: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric