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Alum Tillie Walden ’16 Sweeps The Ignatz Awards!!


Recent alum, Tillie Walden ’16, won two Ignatz Awards! Winning in both categories she was nominated for: Outstanding Artist & Promising New Talent! The Outstanding Artist category reflects, in the Jurors’ opinion, the best execution of graphic skill by an individual within the comic medium. The award ceremony is held annually at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda MD.

Congratulations to Tillie and all of the amazing nominees and award winners. Nominees included recent alums Melanie Gillman for Outstanding Comic (As The Crow Flies) and Luke Healy for Outstanding Minicomic (The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest).

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CCS at Small Press Expo!

September 17, 2016toSeptember 18, 2016



September 17 & 18
Bethesda, Maryland

Special Guest:

Table: H2B

September 18,
Comics Carousel
4 – 5pm

Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She won two Ignatz Awards for her graphic novel, The Oven, in 2015 and one for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I, in 2014.

Her first book Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Her second book, The Oven, was released by AdHouse Books in April, 2015. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3.

Come visit The Center for Cartoon Studies at Table A9!  Meet student Jarad Greene, over 17 alum exhibiting at SPX, and learn about CCS MFA and Certificate Program.

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CCS Alum Wins Two Ignatz Awards!

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Congratulations to The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Sophie Goldstein ’13 for winning two Ignatz Awards for The Oven, “Outstanding Graphic Novel” and “Outstanding Comic!” Sophie also received an Ignatz in 2014 for House of Women, Part I.

See the complete list of winners on The Beat.

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Congratulations to CCS 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees!

September 19, 2015


The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2015 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:30 P.M. For more information on SPX:

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Saint Cole
by CCS Fellow Noah Van Sciver

Promising New Talent
CCS alum Dakota McFadzean (’12) – Don’t Get Eaten by Anything

Outstanding Comic
The Oven
by CCS alum Sophie Goldstein (’13)

Outstanding Minicomic
Whalen: A Reckoning by CCS alum Audry (’15)

Outstanding Online Comic
Mom Body by CCS alum Rebecca Roher (’15)

Click here for a complete list of Ignatz nominees!



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Visiting Artist: Executive Director of Small Press Expo Warren Bernard


Warren Bernard is Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX) independent sequential art festival, and is a comics-focused writer and historian. He co-authored the Eisner Award-nominated book Drawing Power, and has extensively researched and written about the 1950s Juvenile Delinquency / Senate Comic Book Hearings. A contributor to more than a dozen books, he often provides rare materials from his own extensive collection. Both the Library of Congress and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) have hosted his lectures. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Alum Sophie Goldstein Wins Outstanding Mini-Comic Ignatz Award!


Congratulations! Outstanding Mini-Comic: House of Women, by CCS alum Sophie Goldstein.


Outstanding Anthology or Collection: QU33R, edited by Robert Kirby also features several CCS folks!

Click here to see a complete list of 2014 Ignatz nominees and award winners.

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CCS Alum and Fellows Nominated for SPX Ignatz Awards


The Center for Cartoon Studies Alum (Sophie Goldstein, Luke Howard, Dane Martin) and incoming Fellow Sophie Yanow are nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards!  Alums Annie Murphy, Jose-Luis Olivares, Sasha Steinberg & recent Fellow Nicole Georges contributed to the nominated QU33R anthology!

Click here to see the complete list of 2014 Small Press Expo Ignatz Nominees.

Small Press Expo will take place September 13-14, 2014, at the North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Washington. Attendees vote for the award during the convention on September 13; the Ignatz ceremony, which is open to the public, is held that evening. For more information about SPX, visit:

Image above is from Outstanding Artist Ignatz Nominee Sophie Goldstein’s House of Women.

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SPX 2014 Special Alt-Weekly Comic Guests: Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, and James Sturm

September 13, 2014toSeptember 14, 2014


SPX  will salute pioneers and early popularizers of the alt-weekly comic by bringing in such major guests as “alt-comics godfather” Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer-winning Village Voice legend and author/screenwriter/playwright; Lynda Barry, the great “Ernie Pook’s Comeek”/Chicago Reader cartoonist turned inspiring college educator; and The Center for Cartoon Studies co-founder James Sturm (“Market Day,” RAW), who co-founded Seattle’s The Stranger.

Read all about the Special Alt-Weekly programming from Michael Cavna of The Washington Post!

The SPX festival is held in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 13 & 14. For more information, visit:

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Little Tommy Lost: Cole Closser


The first official collection of Cole Closser’s Little Tommy Lost will be published this fall by Koyama Press! Ladies an’ gen’l’men, boys an’ gurls, you don’t want to miss this. The book, which collects 72 self-contained daily-newspaper-style strips and 12 full color Sundays, will make its debut at SPX in September. Pre-orders are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Keep it comin’, Cole!

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CCS Alum Featured Artist at Vancouver Comicon Comix & Stories

August 26, 2012

The Vancouver Comicon COMIX and STORIES Featured Artist: The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Jen Vaughn. The convention takes place at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Sunday, August 26th

For more information:

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