Visiting Artist Fall 2011

Hilary B. Price grew up in Weston, MA, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Stanford University, and began drawing “Rhymes With Orange” for King Features Syndicate in 1995 at the age of twenty-five—which made her the youngest female cartoonist ever syndicated. Sixteen years later, “Rhymes With Orange” now runs in 150 newspapers nationwide and has had cameos in People magazine, Forbes, Glamour, and the Funny Times. When not working on her award-winning strip, Price does freelance illustration, speaks about cartooning, makes greeting cards, and serves on the National Cartoonists Society’s Board of Directors. Price currently lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her pets and works in a building that was once a toothbrush factory. She enjoys reading newspapers, listening to NPR, skiing, and playing hockey.

Craig Thompson was born in Michigan and grew up in a rural area of central Wisconsin. After two years of college he left the Midwest at the age of twenty-two to settle in Portland, Oregon. There he briefly worked in Dark Horse Comics’s design department, and in 1999 debuted with Good-bye, Chunky Rice from Top Shelf, which won a Harvey Award and was nominated for an Ignatz. Aside from two mini-comics, Thompson’s next work was nearly five times the length of the first: the massive Blankets, published in 2003, which earned him multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards, and broad critical praise ranging from TIME magazine to Art Spiegelman. His avidly awaited follow-up, Habibi, weighs in at 672 pages and is due out in September from Pantheon. While Thompson has been working on the book since 2004, his occasional side projects have included designing Grammy-nominated artwork for the band Menomena (2007).

Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and grew up splitting his time between there and Minnesota. He graduated from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) with a BFA in 1996, specializing in painting and installations. After a year of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he quit in order to create comics full time and cofounded a cartooning collective, The Holy Consumption, with Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornshemeier, and John Hankiewicz. In 1999 he began self-publishing his ongoing series Big Questions, which—after twelve years, fifteen issues, and multiple Ignatz nominations—was just released as a 658-page collection from Drawn and Quarterly. During that span of time Nilsen was awarded grants from the Xeric Foundation and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, won Ignatz Awards for his graphic novel Dogs and Water (D&Q, 2004) and the elegiac Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow (D&Q, 2006), and has been featured in gallery shows and such publications as Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, the Best American Comics series, The Believer, and the Chicago Reader. He currently lives in Chicago with his cat.

CCS is pleased to host The International Comic Arts Forum for the first time for its 15th annual academic conference. Comics enthusiasts, scholars, and professionals from around the world have been welcomed to our school, and attendance is expected to surpass all prior years’ records. This year’s programming features many CCS faculty, staff, and friends; a roundtable discussion on the teaching and study of comics; and the American Bande Dessinée Society (ABDS), which is dedicated to the study of French-language comics. This annual symposium, begun in 1995 at Georgetown University, has gained a reputation as one of the premier conferences in the emerging field of comics studies. The forum emphasizes academic rigor, though it is open to all levels and disciplines; its aim is to foster a congenial environment in which to showcase quality and innovative new works, help discussion and collaboration flourish, inspire further appreciation of and inquiries into the medium, and promote the art form as an international phenomenon. In the process, ICAF has introduced previously unseen comics art and scholarship to North American audiences. Previous hosts were the Small Press Expo, the Library of Congress, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nate Powell was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, began self-publishing in 1992 at the age of 14, and has never stopped. After a brief stint at George Washington University, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000 and started publishing the series Walkie Talkie. Over the next few years he contributed to the acclaimed anthologies Papercutter, Meathaus, and Syncopated, and Soft Skull Press published his books Tiny Giants and It Disappears. In 2006 he released the 336-page collection Sounds of Your Name through Microcosm, and two years later Top Shelf published Powell’s breakthrough graphic novel, Swallow Me Whole, which won Eisner and Ignatz Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In addition to comics, Powell has played in a variety of punk bands, founded and runs the independent music label Harlan Records, has done sketch comedy, and has worked in support of developmentally disabled adults. He is currently drawing books for Top Shelf, First Second, and Roaring Brook Press, and lives in Indiana with his partner, Rachel Bormann, and their pets.

Multiple Harvey and Eisner Award – winning storyteller Mark Schultz is best known for writing and illustrating his creator-owned adventure series Xenozoic Tales, first published through Kitchen Sink in 1986 and later adapted into the cartoon Cadillacs and Dinosaurs in 1993 and 1994. Since that initial foray into storytelling, he was lured away from his post- Kutztown State gig of commercial illustration for good. Schultz has gone on to co-create SubHuman for Dark Horse and work in various capacities on many icons of fiction, among them Superman, Tarzan, Star Wars, Conan, Flash Gordon, Aliens, the Spirit, and Predator. Recent projects include illustrating the autobiography of legendary dinosaur artist Charles R. Knight for G.T. Labs and writing The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA for Hill and Wang. In addition to his regular freelance work, Schultz has written the weekly Prince Valiant newspaper strip since 2004 and is currently working on Storms at Sea, an illustrated novella, for Flesk Publications. Schultz enjoys hiking, traveling, classic movies, and keeping up on the latest developments in natural science. He lives with his wife Denise and two cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, across the state from his childhood home of Pittsburgh.

SCAD alum Ross Campbell’s first published work was for White Wolf’s Exalted series, and he made his comics debut in 2003 with Too Much Hopeless Savages from Oni Press. Since then he has created, written, and illustrated the graphic novels Water Baby for Minx, The Abandoned for Tokyopop, Shadoweyes and Shadoweyes in Love for Slave Labor, and five volumes (soon to be six!) of Wet Moon for Oni. In addition, Campbell has illustrated Spooked for Oni, Hack/Slash #23 for Devil’s Due, contributed to the anthology Meathaus S.O.S., and had a recent near-miss with his one true love, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also continues to work with White Wolf and self-publishes his series Mountain Girl when he finds the time. A fan of horror, Campbell will occasionally squeeze in a movie when not drawing away in his Rochester, New York – based fortress of solitude. Do not offer him ketchup, but please feel free to ask about Tifa Lockhart.

CCS Fellow Julie Delporte is a Francophone cartoonist and bookseller from Montreal, Canada with a Masters degree on the intersection of blogging and autobiography. She co-organizes Montreal’s annual “48 Heures” comics festival and newsprint anthology, runs and co-hosts the comics-centric radio show “Dans ta Bulle” (“In Your Bubble”) on CHOQ.FM, and has been published by L’employé du Moi and Colossus. She is perhaps best known for Le Rêve de la Catastrophe (“The Dream of the Disaster,” 2009) with Vincent Giard and the zine Le Dernier Kilometer (“The Last Mile,” 2011). Her most recent work from Colossus is this year’s 140-page La Bédé-Réalité (“Reality Comics”); other works include Encore Ça (“Still That/Still Here,” 2008) and the anthologies Lecture à Vue (“Sight Reading,” 2010) and Bagarre (“Brawl,” 2009). Delporte has also worked as a journalist, studied film, and illustrated textbooks.

CCS Fellow Blaise Larmee was born in New York, raised in Chicago, and was first published in the Colorado Springs Independent in 2006 while he was attending Colorado College. Larmee won a Xeric grant in 2009 for his debut album, Young Lions, and was subsequently nominated for a “Promising New Talent” Ignatz Award. He has since founded a publishing company, the Chicago-based Gaze Books, which released its first title last October. Larmee’s most recent work is the critically acclaimed experimental webcomic 2001. Other works include Comics Youth #1 (2009), an untitled 16-page painted comic (2008), and pieces in the Eisner Award – nominated Abstract Comics anthology from Fantagraphics (2009) and the Studygroup12 #4 anthology (2010). Larmee often traffics in meta theory and new media, exploring ideas about commerce, creation, and identity. He lives in Portland, Oregon, has written criticism for the Comics Journal and the now defunct Comets Comets blog, and enjoys messing with people on the Internet.