Stories tagged cartoonist

Next Up Visiting Artist: Spike Trotman


Spike Trotman was born on November 18, 1978, which is, as she has pointed out before, the very same day cult leader Jim Jones poisoned 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana. She has been boldly challenging conventions since then and has gone from being a feisty Maryland Calvin and Hobbes enthusiast to one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary comics. She was an integral part of the very beginning of the webcomics movement, creating titles such as Sparkneedle for Girlamatic and Templar, Arizona, which ran regularly from 2005-2014. In 2007, before Kickstarter, she successfully crowdfunded Templar, AZ’s publication in book form. This led to Trotman founding the acclaimed Iron Circus Comics imprint in 2005, which has launched legendary anthologies such as The Sleep of Reason and Smut Peddler. Trotman has won two Web Cartoonist’s Choice awards in 2006 and one Glyph Comics award in 2007 for Templar, AZ. She is currently working on a graphic biography of Josephine Baker.

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Visiting Artist: K. L. Ricks

klricksK.L. Ricks is an artist born and raised in Massachusetts, whose jarring juxtapositions of natural and industrial landscapes inspired her future work. She has worked as an editorial illustrator for The New York Times, designed a variant cover for the Adventure Time comic book and contributed to the Ham4pamphlet project, a comics interpretation of the world famous Hamilton musical inspired and encouraged by its original cast. Her ongoing horror story Country Darkness, which appears regularly on Hazlitt, has accrued a great deal of success and popularity online. She has recently been featured on such high profile websites as The A.V. Club and The Comics Journal. Click here to see more work by K.L. Ricks!

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Awarded to one fall 2017 female identified applicant! Scholarship will be selected in May 2017. Eligible for Master of Fine Arts, and Two-Year Certificate program! Click here to learn more about our MFA and Certificate program! Apply online!


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Open House and Portfolio Day at CCS!

November 12, 2016
1:00 pmto3:00 pm


Open House and Portfolio Day at CCS!

Saturday, November 12

1pm – 4pm

Bring your portfolio or sketchbook for an admissions review.  
Learn more about the program and courses offered at CCS while touring the campus and meeting with faculty and students! 
This event is ideal for prospective students!

Learn about CCS programs:

& LOW RESIDENCY 2nd Year Option

 See current student projects, 
recent alumni publications, and faculty work.


Who Should Attend?
 Prospective students, applicants, college students,
high school seniors and graduates, family and friends welcome!

Location: The Center for Cartoon Studies-Post Office building, 46 South Main Street, 
White River Junction, Vermont


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The Center for Cartoon Studies To Offer Workshop at Vermont Animation Festival

October 15, 2016


The Vermont Animation Festival is set to take place October 13-15 in Caledonia County. Presented by Lyndon State College, Catamount Arts and The Center for Cartoon Studies, the event (formerly NEK Animation Festival) will feature works by New England filmmakers and Vermont students.

Saturday, October 15
The Center for Cartoon Studies Comic Workshop with alum Kane Lynch

10 am-1 pm
Catamount Arts Annex

For details and schedule, visit:




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The Boston Globe Story on CCS Cartoonist Veteran Project

Click here to read the Globe story:
“Comic book artists draw on veterans’ experiences in a new anthology”
-James Sullivan, The Boston Globe


When I Returned is a Cartoonist and Veteran Project made in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies and The VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont.


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The Center for Cartoon Studies Begins Its Second Decade with a Splash!!


The 2016-2017 CCS Fellow is Argentine cartoonist Liniers.

Ricardo Liniers Siri is best known as the creator of the popular Latin American comic strip Macanudo. American audiences have been introduced to Liniers through his New Yorker covers and children’s books that include The Big Wet Balloon and Written and Drawn by Henrietta. Liniers remarks, “It´s an amazing adventure to get to go to Vermont, meet all kinds of cartoonists and draw till I drop. Well…my kind of adventure!”


Sophie Yanow joins CCS’s faculty. 

Sophie Yanow was the 2014-15 CCS Fellow. “I’m happy to continue to be a part of the CCS community, and excited to be given a role where I will do my best to encourage and facilitate knowledge sharing and artistic growth among the ever amazing CCS students,” says Yanow.

CCS’s first Applied Cartooning Fellow is Reverend Kurt Shaffert. 

Rev. Shaffert has served as a chaplain with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System since 2008 and as a lecturer in pastoral care at the Yale Divinity School since 2007.  He presented at the recent Graphic Medicine Conference on Process Cartooning (Graphic Narrative Medicine) as a Clinical Intervention.

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The Center for Cartoon Studies presents LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION by Alec Longstreth

The Center for Cartoon Studies presents Location, Location, Location

Here’s a new comic about the journey of moving to Vermont to make and teach comics, by The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty and 2008-09 fellow Alec Longstreth. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION debuted at The Society of Illustrators Ten Years of Fellowship at The Center for Cartoon Studies exhibit opening and was a feature comic at MoCCA Fest 2016. Read The Center for Cartoon Studies presents LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION comic online, here!

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Apply Now for The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA Program this Fall

The Center for Cartoon Studies, MFA, Certificates, Studio

The Center for
Cartoon Studies (CCS)

Students travel from across the U.S. and around the world
to study comics at CCS in a diverse and vibrant community in Vermont.

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree
    w/low Residency Option
  • Two-Year and One-Year
    Certificate Program
  • Summer Workshops

Click here learn more about our programs.

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