Comics history book by Sam Carbaugh ’09

Comics_Cover_Comics- Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning

Sam Carbaugh (’09) published Comics: Investigating the History and Technology of American Cartooning Yourself in 2014 through Nomad Press. Geared towards kids, this book gets the reader working with comics to understand how comics got to where they are in America and how the reader can get their own hand into comics.

Comics page by Sam Carbaugh

This is a great book to share with people of any age who just don’t understand comics, but would like to get in there and try. Read this backstage pass to American comics history. A copy is available for checkout at the Schulz Library!

Comics page by Sam Carbaugh

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

Cover of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew is already well known for his comics, such as Malinky Robot, a Xeric award winner. But this Malaysian-born cartoonist has knocked it out of the park with his newest graphic novel, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon). In addition to being on the short list for the Slate prize earlier this year, it is sweeping the 2017 Eisner nominations.

  • Best Graphic Album–New
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia
  • Best Writer/Artist
  • Best Coloring
  • Best Lettering
  • Best Publication Design

Sample page from The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

This graphic novel is a biography of a fictitious Malayan cartoonist, Charlie, and showcases the massive cartooning chops on Liew. It takes you through the history of Malaysia, seamlessly blending fiction and fact while utilizing the diverse powers of comics story telling.

  • Michael Cavna, The Washington Post, “Eisners: Sonny Liew’s ‘Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ leads nominations for ‘the Oscars of comics'”: “its true art, on so many levels, emanates from how author Sonny Liew paints windows into Singapore’s culture and history.”
  • Shea Hennum et al., A. V. Club, “Sonny Liew Matures to Master Status with The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”: “But effectively emulating Jack Kirby and Osamu Tezuka, Liew also demonstrates a natural facility with a number of storytelling idioms and a chameleonic ability to move from one to the other.”

Sample page from The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

  • Etelka Lehoczky, NPR, “‘Charlie Chan:’ An Imaginary Cartoonist Draws a Very Real Homeland”: “Also enjoyable is his ability to acerbically polemicize Singaporean history stretching back to World War II.”
  • Douglas Wolk, The New York Times, “Comics: ‘The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,’ and More”: “a hugely ambitious, stylistically acrobatic work by the Singapore-based cartoonist Sonny Liew.”

Sample page from The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

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Fantagraphics to publish Mountebank by D. W. ’12

D.W. (’12) is releasing his newest comic, Mountebank, with Fantagraphics this summer. A mountebank is someone who deceives others, especially to trick them out of their money. While I doubt you will feel tricked out of your money getting this book, the illustration style does trick your mind. It’s a psychedelic doodle book stretching the boundaries of what is a comic. Fantagraphics describes as described as “psychedoolic.”  Mountebank is meditative and hypnotic.



This is D.W.’s first comic with Fantagraphics. It was also featured as a notable comic in the 2016 Best American Comics. You can already see his psychedelic work in volumes 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Irene, a comic anthology he founded with classmates Andy Warner and Dakota McFadzean.

Preorder for Mountebank is available now! It ships on July 31, 12017.

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Librarian Spotlight: Jarad Greene

Jarad Greene at his senior presentation. Photo courtesy Abe Olson.

Jarad Greene at his senior presentation. Photo courtesy Abe Olson.

Jarad Greene is currently a librarian at the Schulz Library. He is graduating from The Center for Cartoon Studies very soon in the class of 2017. He recently represented the school in judging the Slate Prize as the rep for the school.

Sample page of Jarad's comic Scullion.

Sample page of Jarad’s comic Scullion.

When did you work at the library?

I started working at the Schulz Library right after Thanksgiving of 2015. I found a yellow t-shirt with Charlie Brown’s face on it at a black Friday sale and thought, “Hey, that’s the perfect work shirt.” I’m still at the Schulz, so drop by and say hello!

Youth In Decline comics

Youth In Decline comics

Did you start an interesting project at the library?

I acquired some amazing small press comics, such as the entire line of Frontier from Youth in Decline, which has a single artist tell a short story for each issue, and a number of books from Peow Studios, a Swedish publisher of beautifully packaged, unusual stories.
Since I started acquiring books, I’ve tried to fill out sections, such as our new collection of books related to graphic facilitation and recording, as well as completing books series, especially manga, where we have the beginning volumes but not the entire run.

Wrecked Hearts, published by Peow Studio

Wrecked Hearts by Valentine Seiche, published by Peow Studios

What 3 books would you like to add to the library?

We have a few, but I’d love to bring more Moebius book into the collection. Someone has promised to donate their complete collection of his work, and I am very excited about that! I’d also love to add My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris and the second volumes of Geis by Alexis Deacon and The Nameless City, Volume 2: The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks.

The Nameless City, Volume 2: The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City, Volume 2: The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

What comic did you read most recently?

I’m in the middle of reading the trade collection of Headlopper by Andrew Maclean, which is really fun so far, and beautifully colored by Mike Spicer. I represented CCS for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize and all of the books on the shortlist blew me away.

Head Lopper by Andrew MacClean

Head Lopper by Andrew Maclean

What prose book did you read most recently?

My good friend Ashley Poston just published a book, Geekarella, which is delightful so far! I’ve also been slowly making my way through Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, an English cartoonist and writer who I don’t think is very well known in the USA.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Are you working on a cool project right now?

My senior thesis graphic novel, Scullion! It’s an all-ages, action-adventure, comedy of errors about a dishwasher who gets mistaken for a great warrior by two trolls. I just had a few copies of it printed for my review, but I plan to keep working on it after school wraps up.

Jarad's thesis project, Scullion, in process

Jarad’s thesis project, Scullion, in process

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2017 Classic Comics Project

Collection of 2017 Classic Comics

The students in their first year at The Center for Cartoon Studies always come up with some impressive work. Two of the larger project are separated by a mere month off for winter break. Before true winter starts, they are tasked with creating anthologies. They are assigned groups and then must decide on a theme. Over only three or so weeks, they must write and draw their comics, then the group must print and bind copies for everyone in their class, the teachers, and the library. This year, there were three groups.


The Adventure Gang, No. 69, was created by Whiteley Foster, Andi, Santagata, Mary Shyne, and Erich Wunderlich, and Sophie Yanow was the fearsome leader.

Whiteley's Butter Soap ad

Whiteley’s Butter Soap ad was a shining star and could have been ripped straight from the pages of the old comics.


Dunk Whitman’s Maxwell Mouse, No. 104, was created by Rachel Ford, Alex Foller, Jess Jonhnson, and Trevor Richardson. Stephen R. Bissette was their guiding force.


The Dopplegang, No. 32, was created by Dan Nott, Erienne McCray, Daryl Seitchik, and Rainer Kannenstine. Luke Howard was their herding duck.






Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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2016 Anthology Project

Cover of the Lighter anthology from the 2018 class project

When the students in their first year at The Center for Cartoon Studies got back from a (hopefully) nice little vacation, they were assigned one of the most difficult assignments in the whole program, the classic comic. Each year, the students are assigned a new theme, and this year they got Golden Age animal funnies. In two weeks, they must use the old-school workflow where everyone works together to make a single cohesive comic book to create their own 28-page floppy.


Lighter anthology cover

Lighter was created by Mary Shyne, Whiteley Foster, Sophie Hughes, and Daryl Seitchik.






On Edge

On Edge anthology cover

On Edge was created by Rachel Ford, Dan Nott, Trevor Richardson, and Erich Wunderlich.





As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below anthology cover

As Above, So Below was created by Andi Santagata, Rainer Kannenstine, Erienne McCray, Alex Foller, and Jess Johnson.





Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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Awesome ‘Possum

Close-up of the cover of Awesome 'Possum 3

Awesome ‘Possum is a series of natural science comic anthology run by Angela Boyle (that’s me, FYI). In January, the third volume, bigger and better than ever, went up for sale. It clocks in with a whopping 45 creators and 398 pages, including an index and bibliographies.

Close-up of the cover of Awesome 'Possum 3 saying "Edited by Angela Boyle."

Angela has run the anthology since 2014 after graduating from a natural science illustration certificate program at the University of Washington. She currently works as a production assistant at Chelsea Green Publishing, just down the street from the main CCS buildings.

Three volumes of Awesome 'Possum

Three volumes of Awesome ‘Possum

All volumes of Awesome ‘Possum are available for sale on Angela’s store and through Ingram if you would like to ask a larger book store to carry them. Volumes 1 and 2 are available through Comixology; volume 3 should be available soon.

Library reading time

Library reading time

The anthology includes bunches of talented people, including many CCS alums.

  • William Scavone is the life drawing teacher at CCS. His first comic ever, “Apis meliffera and Varroa destructor,” is in volume 3 and it is down-right fantastic.

William Scavone comic in Awesome 'Possum 3

  • Moss Bastille, graduating this spring, reviewed this history of ergot in “Holy Fire.” His beautiful and stylish art style takes the reader through the story of how ergot has worked itself into human history.
  • Hedj, also graduating this spring, wrote two comics! In “Don’t Call It a Comeback,” they introduced us to the coelacanth—an amazing evolutionary throwback that was presumed extinct—and the intelligent and hardworking woman who made the discovery. Hedj also shows us in “Living Large” that the largest being on Earth is right under our feet.
  • Ross Wood Studlar, who illustrated the king fisher comic written by Stephen R. Bissette in the previous volume, introduced us to his toad and showed us the resurrection powers of various plants and animals.
  • Catherine Garbarino, another student graduating this spring, awed us with the hunting prowess of the great white sharks in “Apex.”
  • In “Terrors of the Deap Sea,” Shashwat Mishra scared us with the most interesting creatures found in the depths of the ocean.

Angler fish from Shashwat Mishra's comic

  • Tom O’Brien explored the unique powers of flight in bats, showcasing their evolutionary adaptations and explaining why the crazy things hang upside down. And can remain there even after they are dead.
  • Kelly Swann, one of the driving forces behind the vet project, held our hands through the relationships and childhood of seahorses in “Underwater Tails.”
  • Salakjit introduced us to an elephant matriach who took us on a tour of her family, showing us how they communicate and how much they love each other.
  • Allison Bannister looked back through time in “Xiphactinus” to show us the Fish-in-a-Fish fossil from her hometown. We get to see how the fossil was created eons ago, then more recently discovered and transported.
  • Bridget Comeau, gnomes extraordinare, brings it to the real world with a discussion of degus, a newly popular pet rodent.

Title page of Bridget Comeau's comic

  • Angela Boyle breaks the myths of the idiotic dodo bird in “Extinction Superstar” and shows how evolution lead to a docile, happy island bird. With CCS lab manager Abe Olson, also her partner, they discussed monotremes, an old order of animals with only five species: four echidnas and the platypus.

Close-up of Angela Boyle's comic

  • In “Moose Mortality,” Stephanie Zuppo, CCS’s resident moose expert, explained the problems that the moose population is facing in New England.
  • Iris Yan looks into the strange (to humans) mating behaviors of spiders, including the giving of gifts, in “How I Met Your Father.”

Close-up of Awesome 'Possum 3 cover

Cover inks were done by Stephen R. Bissette, and Angela colored it and laid out the design.

Awesome 'Possum 3 cover

Photos courtesy Abe Olson.


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Geis by Alexis Deacon


Geis is the first in a thrilling trilogy by Alexis Deacon. Geis, pronounced “gesh,” is a Gaelic word for an idiosyncratic taboo, either an obligation or a prohibition, similar to being under a vow or spell. And in some cases, whether or not you have a choice.


A matriarch is dying. A group of fifty unfortunates, those with power and leadership and strength, have been chosen to potentially succeed their dying ruler. But they don’t know they are unfortunate. Yet. And one young, unassuming woman stands out.


Published by NoBrow, even the physical book is gorgeous. Classic, three-piece case binding harkens to the historic setting. Alexis’s art is soft—watercolor and pencil—evoking the beautiful fantasy themes. I am sure any one who reads the first will instantly be eagerly awaiting the next volume .


Available in the library now!


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“What is Obscenity?”


A recent addition to the Schulz library, in the deluge of Slate Prize books, is What Is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good-For-Nothing Artist and Her Pussy by Rokudenashiko. This is a ridiculously timely comic by a Japanese artist who was arrested and prosecuted for art made from molds of her vulva, her manko art. She was (and is) using her cute artistic take to address a serious issue—it boils down to sexism. Even though the events take place in Japan, we can all see the same issues all over the world.


The story is told in first person using classic manga-style story telling, reminding me on occasion of the more emotional moments in Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.  But Rokudenashiko also includes, between chapters, essays and photos explaining some of the more nuanced details of the story that a standard American audience might not know. Like what is Mammy?


Rokudenashiko uses the same method to fight for what she believes is good and right in her comics as she does with her manko art. The story is sweet and enraging and sad. The art is adorable. The story is clear. Rokudenashiko is fighting the best way a cartoonist knows how, through comics.

Librarian Jarad Greene taking a quick peruse

Librarian Jarad Greene (’17) taking a quick peruse

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Senior Presentations: Class of 2017


Each year, the senior class gives presentations on their thesis projects at the end of the first semester. The class of 2016 presented theirs in December.


Hedj is creating a comic about a Sullivan, a young frog whose magical powers go unrecognized by society, called All Frogs Are Witches. Hedj is also working on autobio journal comics and is being advised by Melanie Gillman, creator of As the Crow Flies.


Catherine Garbarino is working on the story of a female wrestler, Eva, in By Any Means. This is the start of a much larger work. Her thesis adviser, very appropriately, is Box Brown, creator of the graphic novel biography Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and found of Retrofit Comics.


Steve Thueson is creating a punk, vegan, quest-based world that is full of high-jinks and action, Quest Mania. His thesis adviser is time-management extraordinaire Alec Longstreth, creator of Phase 7 and Basewood.


Sandra Bartholomew is documenting her final year at CCS in autobio comics as well as other projects. Her thesis adviser is also Alec Longstreth.


Robyn Smith is working on some auto-bio comics in The Things I’ve Lost. She is being advised by K. L. Ricks.


Moss Bastille is working on a fictional mystic travelogue, The Obscure Road, and a monthly zine, Glass Eye. His adviser is Max de Radigues, creator of Moose.


Laura Martin is working on a fantasy graphic novel about family, The Scarlet Thread, and is being advised by Jake Wyatt, creator of the web comic Necropolis.


Jarad Greene‘s comic, Scullion, is an action-adventure comedy of errors. As a young adult book, his adviser is appropriately Dave Roman.


Jacob Bussiere is working on two projects. Bubblegum is “a series of different comics but by one person.” Nimrod is a horror story about campers. His adviser is Josh Simmons, creator of Black River.

Photos courtesy of Abe Olson.

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