Stories tagged Graphic Novel

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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Luke Healy ’14 Thesis Project Published with NOBROW!


“…an extremely accomplished debut graphic novel.” -QUIETUS

Here is a link to a great review by QUIETUS for How To Survive In The North!

Recent graduate Luke Healy’s ’14 How To Survive In The North started as a thesis project while he was attending The Center for Cartoon Studies. Based on two related Artic expeditions, both of which were well documented at the time, it adds a contemporary fictional third strand. The expeditions by Vilhjalmur Stefansson were an attempt to prove his theory of ‘the friendly Arctic’, his notion that as long as you knew how to get food and fuel from under the ice, it would be unproblematic to explore the area.

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New! Talk Dirty To Me by Luke Howard ’13 With AdHouse Books


“Talk Dirty to Me is a story that even with the minimal colors and surreal art feels painfully real.” –Graphic Policy

“…funny sensitive insightful tale of woman’s struggles with sexuality & self-acceptance.” -Rob Kirby

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Summer 2016! Graphic Novel Workshop With Paul Karasik

August 1, 2016toAugust 5, 2016
August 8, 2016toAugust 12, 2016


“Paul Karasik has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.”
– Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”

Graphic Novel Workshop:

Session I: August 1-5
Session II: August 8-12

Optional online extension available!

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2016 Summer Workshops

Do you have the beginnings of a graphic novel but need some help getting it off the ground? Is your cartooning stuck in a rut, ready to move up to another level?

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New YorkerCity of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized PlanetsHow To Read Nancy), and a renowned teacher who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better.

“If you ever had any interest in taking a comics class, I recommend THIS ONE. Paul is probably one of the most insightful and all around influential and amazing teachers I’ve ever had…I give this class ten thumbs up, if I only had thumbs for each finger.” – Heather Benjamin, Cartoonist

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How To Survive in the North Thesis Project by Luke Healy to release in May with Nobrow!


Congratulations to recent The Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Luke Healy for How to Survive in the North, his thesis project while attending CCS, will be published with Nobrow! His graphic novel weaves together the true life historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett with a contemporary fictional story in a unique and visual narrative journey that shows the strength it takes to survive in even the harshest conditions – whether that be struggling for survival in the Arctic in the 1900s or surviving a mid-life crisis in the present day. Pre-order your copy today:

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This Year’s Commencement Speaker: Nate Powell


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT: On Friday, May 6, The Center for Cartoon Studies will hold its 10th commencement ceremony. This year’s speaker is New York Times best-selling cartoonist Nate Powell, whose work includes March, a graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; a graphic adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novel The Lost Hero; and graphic novels You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts.

Powell’s work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, a Best American Comics selection, and has been nominated for a total of eight Eisner Awards and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize




Congratulations to our two winners, who each receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory, and join our previous winners: Richard McGuire and Winston Rowntree; Taiyo Matsumoto and Emily Carroll; and Noelle Stevenson and Chris Ware.

The winner of the Best Print Comic prize is Carol Tyler for her momentous Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father (Fantagraphics), a collection of Tyler’s three mournful, angry, beautiful memoirs about her dad, Chuck Tyler, his experiences on the European front in World War 2, and the PTSD—or “soldier’s heart”—that affected not just the rest of his life but his daughter Carol’s as well.
SLATE_BOOKS_webcomicThe winner of the Best Web Comic prize is Boulet for his characteristically witty and madcap comic, “I Want to Believe.” The French cartoonist is a three-time nominee in this category and this year came away with the prize.

Read the complete story on and to see the rest of the excellent shortlist!


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Visiting Artist: Leslie Stein


Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE.

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Visiting Artist: John Martz

The Center for Cartoon Studies

John Martz is an Ignatz winning illustrator, cartoonist, and designer living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2014), Destination X (Nobrow, 2013), and the online comic strip Machine Gum. Martz also illustrated Dear Flyary by Dianne Young (Kids Can Press, 2011), Who’s on First? by Abbott & Costello (Quirk Books, 2013), and Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder (Kids Can Press, 2013).

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Will Eisner Week: March 1-7, 2016

March 2, 2016
7:00 pmto8:00 pm


The Modern Real and Surreal: Writers and Artists on Our Age
Wednesday, March 2, 7pm

Comics and Graphic Novel reading and talk by James Sturm, cartoonist and co-founder, The Center for Cartoon Studies, student Tillie Walden (I Love This Part), and James Lawson (Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous).

Location: Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton MA

Free and open to the public.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was America’s most influential comic artist, an artist who changed comic books, created comic strips, and is recognized at the “Father of the Graphic Novel.”

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