Stories tagged Graphic Novel

Announcing the Winners of the Fifth Cartoonist Studio Prize

Slate Book Review and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) are proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize!

The winner for Best Print Comic is Eleanor Davis for Libby’s Dad (Retrofit and Big Planet Comics)

The winner for Best Web Comic is Christina Tran for “On Beauty,” a story about medical tourism in South Korea.

The winners were selected by Slate’s Jacob Brogan; the faculty and students at The Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by Jarad Greene; and this year’s guest judge, Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

See the incredible short list of comics on!

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Spotlight Summer Workshop: YA Graphic Novel

Every summer, The Center for Cartoon Studies holds a series of week-long workshops. This summer, they have added some new workshops, including the Young Adult Graphic Novel with Jo Knowles and alumn Tillie Walden. The week will focus on the specific idiosyncrasies inherent in young adult fiction through lectures and exercises. You will have access to not only the knowledge of these two quality creators but also the printing lab and the Schulz Library.

Jo Knowles as visiting artist

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All The Wonders Podcast Interviews CCS Faculty Jon Chad

The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty Jon Chad talks with All The Wonders about his latest book, Volcanoes: Fire and Life, the newest in First Second’s Science Comics series. Jon talks about his underlying love of science, looking for narrative beats, and creating stories that encourage reader inquiry. Listen to this episode, and learn the truth about Volcanoes!

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Tillie Walden’s ’16 SPINNING Named 2017 BookExpo Finalist!

Spinning is anticipated to be a bestseller in 2017!

BookExpo named its finalists for its Editors’ Buzz program, which highlights titles in three categories expected to resonate with readers in 2017. In the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo. 

The program has, in the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo.

Spinning by, The Center for Cartoon Studies recent graduate Tillie Walden, will release this fall with First Second Books.

Read all about it on PW!

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Alum Spotlight: Lucy Knisley


Lucy Knisley graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2009. Since then she has created multiple graphic novels, with more already on the way. She gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview.

Who was your advisor and why did you choose them?

Lynda Barry! I love her. I chose her for a number of reasons: First of all, she is amazing. I was pretty burnt out after two years of art high school, four years of art college, and a year of CCS, and I needed a lot of freedom and space to do my thesis, and she offered that. She was such a breath of fresh air—mental health and freedom over productivity and monetary value in work. Exactly what the doctor ordered.


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2017 is The Will Eisner Centennial Year!

March 1, 2017toMarch 7, 2017

Help us celebrate Will Eisner Week, March 1-7! Read a comic or graphic novel! Pick one up your local library, bookstore, comic shop! To learn about Will Eisner, a champion o the graphic novel, visit:


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Next Up Visiting Artist: Rebecca Mock

Rebecca Mock is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist and animator. Her past clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, BBC Radio, Nautilus, Medium, Reader’s Digest, Fullbright, HBO, and Jet Blue. Mock illustrated her first graphic novel, Compass South, written by Hope Larson, was published through FSG in 2016. Mock specializes in atmospheric, cinematic .gif illustration, as well as environmental concept art, background painting, and classic painterly illustration. In her downtime she enjoys being a huge comics, scifi, and anime nerd, as well as an art history know-it-all.

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Three The Center for Cartoon Studies alumni and past fellow have made the Best American Comics of 2016: Notable Comics list!


Best American Comics 2016 CCS Notables

TILLIE WALDEN ’16The End of Summer 

MELISSA MENDES ’10The Weight #1-3 

 DW ’12, Mountebank, Pages 1-26Irene 5 

 BLAISE LARMEE, (CCS Fellow ’11-’12) 3 Books

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Visiting Artist: Kerascoët


Kerascoët is the shared nom-de-plume of illustrators, comics and animation artists Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset (Named after a village in Brittany,France). The pair met while attending the Olivier de Serres art school in Paris. In the early 2000s, their interest in the bande dessinée would bring them close to the likes of Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim, with whom they collaborated on the world-famous dungeon crawl epic, Dungeon. They have also worked on the T.V. adaptation of Sfar’s Petit Vampire. Their best known works consist of Miss Don’t Touch Me (published from 2006 to 2009), Beautiful Darkness (2009), and Beauty (2015). These poignant and carefully crafted graphic novels deal with complex issues such as womanhood, femininity and cultural history in the stylized and dreamlike environments of the world of fables and fairy tales. Upon publication in the U.S., Beautiful Darkness was nominated for an Eisner award in 2014 and in 2015, Beauty was nominated for an Ignatz award.

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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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