The Center for Cartoon Studies in the Eisners, 2017!

On a Sunbeam, Exists, Blammo 9, and Ape and Armadillo covers

The 2017 Eisner nominees have been announced, and we have some excellent folks from The Center for Cartoon Studies in there.

On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (’16) is up for Best Digital Comic.

Exits, by Daryl Seitchik (’18) through Koyama, is up for Best Graphic Album, New.

Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm (CCS cofounder) through Toon Books, is up for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8).

Blammo #9, by Noah Van Sciver (’15-’16 fellow) through Kilgore Books, is up for Best Single Issue / One Shot.


As the Crow Flies on Kickstarter

As the Crow Flies on Kickstarter

As the Crow Flies, a webcomic by Melanie Gillman, is finally making it to print through Iron Circus with a Kickstarter. The comic is about a queer, black teen girl at an all-white Christian summer camp, Charlie struggles to reconcile the piousness of the camp with the disregard it has for outsiders like herself and her fellow camper Sydney. (more…)


A Workshop for Educators

June 30-July 1

Join cartoonists and educators from The Center for Cartoon Studies and Toon Books for an in-depth look at how comics are shaping literacy and visual literacy in the classroom and beyond.

Calling all educators! Join world renowned cartoonists and educators Harry Bliss, Liniers, Françoise Mouly, and James Sturm on a two-day educator’s workshop. We will explore  the ABCs of visual literacy and how comics-powered lesson plans can better engage students at all levels of learning, whatever the subject matter.

This session will be led by CCS director James Sturm whose books for children include The Adventures in Cartooning series and the Toon Books Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World and Birdsong. In addition, James was the series editor of a line of graphic novels about notable Americans including Helen Keller, Thoreau, and Satchel Paige.

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Summer Workshops


Graphic Medicine Conference 2017

Coming up in June, Graphic Medicine is hosting the 2017 Comics and Medicine Conference: Access Points. From June 15-17, cartoonists will be swarming the Seattle Public Library Central Branch.

This years theme, Access Points, focuses on the importance of accessibility  in linking comics and health. Comics, because they include both image and text in possibly vast quantities, can reach more diverse audiences.

In addition to a number of The Center for Cartoon Studies alum including J.D. Lunt , and c0-founder James Sturm, attendees will get to hear three keynote speakers: Rupert Kinnard , who created the first LGBTQ African American comic strip characters in Cathartic Comics; Georgia Webber, creator of Dumb about her sever vocal injury and ongoing recovery; and Hillary Chute, author of Graphic Women. (more…)

Visiting Artist: Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw with his book in the Schulz Library

Dash Shaw is the creator of Bottomless Belly Button, which is being made into an animated movie. He treated the students to the silent trailer. He says, “Story dictates how it needs to be drawn.” (more…)

Congratulations The Center for Cartoon Studies Eisner Nominees!

Congratulations to all the Eisner Award Nominees, including The Center for Cartoon Studies Daryl Seitchik ’18, Tillie Walden ’16, and co-founder James Sturm:

Best Graphic Album—New
by Daryl Seitchik ’18 (Koyama Press)

Best Digital Comic
On a Sunbeam
by Tillie Walden ’16

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8), Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World
by James Sturm (Toon Books)

For the complete list of nominees, visit:

Visiting Artist: Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez, of Love and Rockets fame, spoke at The Center for Cartoon Studies about comics. How he got into them. How he started making them. What he does now. That is a lot to cover because he has been working on Love and Rockets for 35 years. (more…)

Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference in White River Junction

The State of Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development presents the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. The conference will highlight White River Junction’s revitalization. The conference will include panels on zoning, new construction, housing, arts and culture, and preservation. For more information and to register, visit:

Poster illustration by Dan Nott ’18.

NEWS! Kevin Czap is The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017-18 Fellow

Kevin Czap (pronounced “chap”) lives and works in Providence, RI. They run the micro-press Czap Books, publishing comics celebrating the poetic, personal, and weird. Endearingly referred to as “Comics Mom,” Czap received the CXC Emerging Talent Award in 2016 for their work and involvement in the comics community. Recent comics include Fütchi Perf and “The Letting Go” for the Ley Lines series.

Here’s a recent interview with Kevin on The BEAT:
“Emerging Talent and Publisher Kevin Czap on the Comics to Watch in 2017”