Visiting Faculty Spring 2010

The following is a partial list of CCS’s Visiting Faculty. These cartoonists and comic industry professionals come to White River Junction for lectures, workshops, and seminars.

Liz Baillie is the author of the mini-comic series My Brain Hurts (most often described as a “gayer, punker version of the Canadian teen drama TV series Degrassi,”) now available in two volumes from Microcosm Publishing. Her webcomic Freewheel follows a young girl named Jamie on an epic fantasy hobo adventure. Liz was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Nate Beaty is one of many cartoonists living in Chicago, determined the subarctic temperatures will inspire continuous drawing to generate heat. The first 8 years of his self-published comics were recently collected in BFF: Brainfag Forever! Nate designed and co-edited the Zinester’s Guide to Portland, and his work has appeared in McSweeney’s, the SPX Anthology, the Portland Mercury, and Northline.  His architectural illustrations were featured in Willy Vlautin’s novel The Motel Life, and have appeared in every issue of the award-winning comics anthology Papercutter. Every Sunday he meets in secret with the nefarious Chicago drawing gang, Trubble Club.

Charles Burns is the award-winning creator of the 400-page graphic novel opus Black Hole, currently in production as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher.  He was an early contributor to RAW and has since published numerous books, including Hard-Boiled Defective Stories, Skin Deep: Tales of Doomed Romance, Big Baby, and Close Your Eyes. Burns has created covers for the New Yorker, Time Magazine, Esquire, and he has been the official cover artist for The Believer magazine since 2003.

Max De Radigues is an author and publisher at l’employé du Moi (the employe of Me) in Belgium. He is currently in White River Junction, Vermont, as the 2009-10 Fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

The son of UPA and Terrytoons animator Gene Deitch, Kim Deitch was born in 1944 and grew up around the animation business. He began doing comic strips for the East Village Other in 1967, introducing two of his more famous characters, Waldo the Cat and Uncle Ed, the India Rubber Man. In 1969 he succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the Other’s underground comics tabloid. The Mishkin Saga was named one of the Top 30 best English-language comics of the 20th Century by The Comics Journal, and the first issue of The Stuff of Dreams received the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue in 2003.

Paul Karasik was the associate editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s avant-garde international comics and graphics review, RAW. His graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, done in collaboration with artist David Mazzucchelli, has been published in six languages and was named one of the best 100 comics of the century by The Comics Journal. Karasik edited the Fletcher Hanks collections I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!

Back in 1989, Chris Oliveros humbly went in search of artists to contribute to his yet-to-be-published magazine anthology named Drawn & Quarterly. Armed with a honed aesthetic, he advertised in different venues and approached promising artists. As a result, Oliveros assembled the most esteemed and distinct coterie of cartoonists since the days of Art Spiegelman’s RAW.  Oliveros’s visual acumen and astute production values coupled with the complete editorial and creative freedom offered to the cartoonists enabled D+Q to make an immediate mark in the world of comics. After several anthologies, comic book series and graphic novels, D+Q has established an elite and varied roster of cartoonists that includes Adrian Tomine, Seth, Chester Brown, Joe Matt, Jason Lutes, Julie Doucet, and James Sturm, who are considered to be some of the medium’s best and are synonymous with Drawn & Quarterly.

Joe Quinones is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a B.F.A. in illustration in 2003. There he studied many facets of illustration, but fell in love with drawing comics under the tutelage of Batman: Year One artist, David Mazzucchelli. He now works as a freelance comics artist, having broken into mainstream comics with some cover work for DC’s Teen Titans Go! and Devil’s Due Publishing’s Hack/Slash series. More recently Quinones collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek on a Green Lantern serial for Mark Chiarello’s critically acclaimed Wednesday Comics series. Having recently concluded his work on the book, Joe has moved on to his next crop of projects, including a run of covers and a short sequential story for Spider-man and a soon to be announced graphic novel for DC Comics.

MK Reed, author of Cross Country, Catfight, and Pale Fire; writer of Americus (illustrated by Jonathan Hill) to be published by First Second Books in 2011. She was a co-editor on the Friends of Lulu anthology, Girls’ Guide to Guys Stuff, for which she received the Friends of Lulu Volunteer of the Year award (alongside co-editor Robin Enrico). Americus first appeared as a short story in Papercutter #7, which won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection in 2008.

Eric Reynolds began working for Fantagraphics in 1993 as the news editor of The Comics Journal. In 1996, he took over the company’s publicity and marketing. Now the Associate Publisher, he has edited books by Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Gene Deitch, Esther Pearl Watson, Johnny Ryan, Robert Pollard, Michael Kupperman and Al Columbia, as well as the quarterly anthology MOME. He has taught cartooning to Seattle-area students via the city’s Coyote Junior High School and 826 Seattle. As a cartoonist / illustrator, he has contributed to The New York Times, Mojo, The Stranger, The Ganzfeld, and Yeti, among others. As a cartoon character, he has cameoed everywhere from The Simpsons to Hate to  Eightball and Aliens. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

David Saylor joined Scholastic in 1996 and has since guided the art direction and design of all trade book publishing, including art directing all American editions of the bestselling Harry Potter series. In 2005, he became the founding editorial director of Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint Graphix, which launched with color editions of the hugely popular Bone series by Jeff Smith. Many of the books Saylor has designed and art directed have won awards and honors from The Society of Illustrators, The New York Times Book Review (Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards), the Bookbinder’s Guild of New York, the American Library Association, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Saylor received the 1999 LMP Award honoring excellence in graphic design for his work in children’s books. He worked at Random House in adult books before starting his career in children’s books at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. David has also been an art director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ticknor and Fields Books for Young Readers, and Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books.

Gabby Schulz (aka Ken Dahl) was born and raised in Hawaii. In 2006 he was the Fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies. That same year, the first chapter of Monsters was given an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Minicomic. Monsters was published as a graphic novel in September 2009 by Secret Acres. Schulz’s other book, Welcome to the Dahl House, was put out in 2008 by Microcosm Publishing.

Mark Siegel is is the editorial director of First Second. A former designer at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, he is also the illustrator of several picture books graphic novels, including Seadogs by Lisa Wheeler and Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant, To Dance, A Ballerina’s Story, also for Simon & Schuster, one of few graphic novels aimed at girls and young women. The script is a memoir by his wife Siena. First Second is another of Mark’s art projects, in that it brings together authors and artists from across the US, Europe and Asia and aims to open up new avenues in a different way, and make a home for the best in graphic novels.

R. Sikoryak is best known for his collection Masterpiece Comics.  He was formerly an associate editor and contributor to RAW, the groundbreaking 1980s comic anthology. He’s drawn for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Onion, Nickelodeon, The New Yorker, and other media titans.

Maris Wicks splits her time between drawing comics and educating the general public about marine invertebrates. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, and has dabbled in such professions as “Orchard Tour Guide,” “Pie Maker,” “Americorps Volunteer,” “Museum Educator,” “Tractor Driver,” and “Sea Creature Wrangler.” Maris has been self-publishing minicomics since 2003, as well as doing work for Adhouse Books (Project:Romantic, Superior Showcase #2) and a number of comics anthologies (SPX 2005 Anthology, Ghost Comics).  She is currently at work on a graphic novel for First Second, written by Jim Ottaviani, and a children’s book for Tugboat Press. When she’s not working on comics/with oceanic critters, she can be found baking, cooking, swimming and sleeping (though not always in that particular order).

Author/illustrator Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for television, where he garnered six Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, created Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City and head-wrote Codename: Kids Next Door.  Willems turned his attention to picture books in 2003 with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, and became a New York Times Bestseller. The book has been translated into a myriad of languages, been turned into a musical theater production, and hatched a series of Pigeon books including The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Since then, Mo has won two more Caldecott Honors for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Snuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. He was also awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal for There Is a Bird on Your Head!, part of his Elephant and Piggie early reader series.

Douglas Wolk is a freelance journalist and critic. He writes about comics and music for publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, Salon, The Nation, and The Believer.  Wolk is the author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, which won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book and the 2008 Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.  He is also the author of Live at the Apollo, a short book about a performance by James Brown in Harlem during the Cuban missile crisis.