Many CCS alumni are published by large and small comics publishers such as Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, First Second, AdHouse Books, Conundrum, Koyama Press, Secret Acres, as well as mainstream publishers like Hyperion, McSweeneys, Roaring Brook/Macmillan, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster.
Several have appeared in Best American Comics, as well as other anthologies and collections, and have won prestigious grants, fellowships and awards, including Ignatz and Eisner awards.
Others work in comics and non-comics publishing in design, production, editorial, distribution and marketing, at companies such as Barefoot Books, BOOM!, DC, Fantagraphics, Hachette, Kensington, Macmillan, and Penguin.
Our alumni are trained in graphic design and publishing industry standards, and many have pursued graphic design and production work, including at Charles M Schulz Creative Associates and Comixology. They are doing design and illustration for companies as varied as Target, Fantasy Flight Games, and b2 Interactive, and many have established successful freelance careers for prestigious publications, companies and organizations.
Alumni have pursued teaching, offering classes and workshops for K-12, and several teaching at the college level at schools like School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Art Institute of Boston (AIB at Lesley College), Stanford and more.
CCS alumni work at libraries and bookstores. They work day jobs. They self publish and attend conventions or sell work online or through mini comics distributors. They start their own small presses, printing companies, publications and anthologies.
Overall a very high percentage of alumni remain in comics in one way or another, and the quality of CCS artists is recognized by industry leaders, the comics press and reviewers, and their fellow comics creators.