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. Blaire has written criticism for the Comics Journal and the now defunct Comets Comets blog, and enjoys messing with people on the Internet.