Next Up Visiting Artist: Brendan Burford


Brendan Burford is the editor of King Features Syndicate, home to Popeye and Flash Gordon and Hagar the Horrible and Mutts, and many other wonderful comic strips. Brendan has had his own comics published in various magazines and anthologies, and he has independently published the work of many other cartoonists in his non-fiction comics anthology, Syncopated. After successfully self-publishing three volumes of Syncopated, a fourth was published by Random House, and was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Visiting Artist: Peter Kuper


Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month. He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia. Other works include Stripped – An Unauthorized Autobiography, Mind’s Eye, The System, a wordless graphic novel and adaptations of numerous short stories of Franz Kafka collected in Give It Up!. In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated and remains on its editorial board to this day. Since 1986 he has taught courses in comics and illustration at the School of Visual Arts and currently at Parsons in New York City and is also an art director of INX, a political illustration group syndicated through the web at

Visiting Artist: Harry Bliss


Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine and others. His first book  A Fine, Fine School by award winning author Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller. He went on to illustrate many other books, including, Which Would You Rather Be by William Steig; Countdown To Kindergarden by Alison McGhee; the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin; and Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DeCamillo. Harry Bliss lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

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Faculty Stephen Bissette Comic Featured In World War I Tribute Anthology

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Above the Dreamless Dead, edited by Chris Duffy, features a stunning  double-page ‘adaptation’ of a Rudyard Kipling poem by CCS faculty Steve Bissette. Above the Dreamless Dead is a moving and illuminating tribute to those who fought and died in World War I. Twenty poems are interpreted in comics form by twenty of today’s leading cartoonists, including Stephen Bissette, Eddie Campbell, Kevin Huizenga, George Pratt, and many others. Order a copy today!


The Next Installment of The Expeditioners Series Releases!


Pick up a copy of CCS faculty S. S. Taylor (Illustrated by alum Katherine Roy!) The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair — the thrilling sequel to The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon and the next installment in The Expeditioners series! Upcoming events:

For an up to date list of where S. S. Taylor and Katherine Roy will be appearing and signing, visit:

Visiting Artist: Ilan Manouach


Ilan Manouach is a visual artist, a musician and a publisher. In 1998 he moved to Belgium to study visual arts and comics. Since then he has published many books, mostly in French.  As Ink Press publisher, he works in Athens and publishes translations of alternative comics by Chester Brown, Daniel Clowes and Ivan Brunetti.

Visiting Artist: Tara McGowan


Tara McGowan has been fascinated by all forms of picture-storytelling, East and West, since childhood. As a visual artist, who has lived and studied in Japan for many years, she brings to her performances and residencies an intimate knowledge of the language and culture. Her programs bring Japan to life through story, song, and image, and the artwork and artifacts she creates help students visualize the objects and landscape of everyday life. Tara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Language and Literacy in Education division of the Graduate School of Education in 2012. She is revising her dissertation into a book that examines student performances of original kamishibai stories. Her earlier book on teaching kamishibai  storytelling in the classroom, published by Teacher Ideas Press, an imprint of Libraries Unlimited, released in 2010.

Alum Sophie Goldstein Wins Outstanding Mini-Comic Ignatz Award!


Congratulations! Outstanding Mini-Comic: House of Women, by CCS alum Sophie Goldstein.


Outstanding Anthology or Collection: QU33R, edited by Robert Kirby also features several CCS folks!

Click here to see a complete list of 2014 Ignatz nominees and award winners.