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
K.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!
Next Up: R. Sikoryak and Kriota Willberg
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. Sikoryak is also known for his “Carousel” series of multimedia comics slideshows, featuring cartoonists like Lauren Weinstein, Michael Kupperman, Jason Little, and himself, which have been presented in various venues in the United States and Canada.
Kriota Willberg writes, draws, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. She teaches anatomy, pathology, drawing, and massage in a variety of colleges and studios around the country. Her blog, The Cinematologist examines medical themes through the lens of Hollywood films. Willberg/Dura Mater dance and film projects include the feature film, The Bentfootes and the short Sunscreen Serenade. Kriota has studied stage combat and worked as a researcher for a Hollywood screenwriter.
Visiting Artist: Danielle Corsetto
Danielle Corsetto is the artist and creator of Girls With Slingshots. She created her first comic strip when she was 8, starting with a blatant rip-off of Garfield called Fat Cat. She started writing Hazelnutsin high school, and ran a semi-autobio comic about super-senior college kids called Ramblers in the student paper at Shepherd College (as well as Pop Image and World Famous Comics). She also briefly ran a comic called Larry and Caroline in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.
CCS Industry Day
Industry Day gives both the students a chance to have their portfolios looked at by the best in the business (maybe arrange an internship) while the publishers get a chance to see the future of the comics industry and know what talent to look out for. This year guests include CCS alum Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics, ComicsCurator), Allison Baker (Monkey Brain Comics), Tom Kaczynksi (Uncivilized books), Chris Pitzer (AdHouse), Bill Kartalopoulos (Best American Comics).
Visiting Artist: Jess Ruffilson
Visiting Artist: Jo Dery
Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with visual storytelling. She makes short films, little books, prints, and installation Her short comic “Metal Travels” is a notable comic in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2014.
Visiting Artist: Karl Stevens
Karl Stevens is a graphic novelist and painter. His first book, Guilty, was published in 2004 with a grant from the Xeric Foundation. He is also the author of Whatever (2008) and The Lodger (2010). His comic strips have appeared since 2005 in the alternative newsweekly the Boston Phoenix. Click here to read The Comics Reporter recent interview with Karl Stevens.
Visiting Artist: Dana Walrath
After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, Dana Walrath spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Science of Armenia. She is currently working on a graphic memoir that combines her observations on the experience of aging in this ancient culture with her award winning graphic memoir series, Aliceheimer’s. She is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology, and she has shown her art work in a variety of venues throughout North America and Europe. Her verse novel, Like Water on Stone, set during the Armenian genocide is forthcoming from Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) in fall 2014.
Visiting Artist: Tara McGowan
Tara McGowan has been fascinated by all forms of picture-storytelling, East and West, since childhood. As a visual artist, who has lived and studied in Japan for many years, she brings to her performances and residencies an intimate knowledge of the language and culture. Her programs bring Japan to life through story, song, and image, and the artwork and artifacts she creates help students visualize the objects and landscape of everyday life. Tara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Language and Literacy in Education division of the Graduate School of Education in 2012. She is revising her dissertation into a book that examines student performances of original kamishibai stories. Her earlier book on teaching kamishibai storytelling in the classroom, published by Teacher Ideas Press, an imprint of Libraries Unlimited, released in 2010.