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Alum Tillie Walden’s SPINNING tools and techniques

Self portrait by Tillie Walden with her pen

 

Tillie Walden’s (’16) latest graphic novel, Spinning, recently came out from First Second. In some of her other comics, she included a list of the tools she drew the comic with in the back. But she said it didn’t feel right for Spinning. So I asked her what she used.

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Visiting Artist:
An Nguyen

An Nguyen is a Canadian cartoonist living in Ontario. Her most recent work is So Pretty / Very Rotten written with Jane Mai and published by Koyama Press. An also draws comics under the name Saicoink and is known for her comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. Nguyen has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.

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Spinning by alum Tillie Walden releases September 12

September 12, 2017

Tillie Walden and her newest book, Spinning

Spinning by Tillie Walden (’16) is coming out in just about a week on September 12, 2017. Her fourth graphic novel, this is her first with First Second. She has also published I Love This Part, A City Inside, and The End of Summer with Avery Hill Publishing, released through Retrofit Comics in the United States. It will be coming out to marvelous reviews.

Page from Spinning by Tillie Walden

  • Booklist Online: “She uses negative space to great effect, elegantly depicting her loneliness and isolation while simultaneously emphasizing how deeply she feels unable to speak up for herself.”
  • Cathy Camper, Lambda Literary: ” At school, another student, Grace, bullies her, so skating becomes a kind of after-school refuge. Not a refuge from everything, however: Tillie develops a secret crush on another girl. . . .”

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The Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship AWARDED TO ALI FITZGERALD

In 2015, Ali began a series of  comic workshops with refugees which were then supported by Comic Invasion and Amnesty InternationalHer first graphic novel, based on these workshops as well as Berlin’s historical//contemporary relationship to immigration and bohemia, will be published by Fantagraphics in the Spring of 2018. At The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency, she’ll work on a series of comics investigating the aesthetics of nationalism and propaganda.  

Ali lives in Berlin and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine’s The Cut  and The New Yorker. She has also contributed art-world comics to Art Magazin and Modern Painters and created the popular comic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s, which ran from 2013 to 2016.

She has been a regular arts writer for Art21 since 2010 and founded the column Queer Berlin in 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe as well as featured or mentioned  in the New York TimesArtlies!, Afar, The Berlin Quarterly, The Guardian, The Economist, Taggespeigel, Tip Magazin, Varoom Magazine and Art in America.  For more information on Ali Fitzgerald visit: alifitzgerald.net

 

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Visiting Artist: Sophia Foster-Dimino

Sophia Foster-Dimino is an Ignatz-winning cartoonist and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Foster-Dimino has produced illustrations for a variety of outlets and worked as a Google Doodler. She has self-published a number of zines and contributed to several anthologies. Her ongoing series, Sex Fantasy, has received critical acclaim, earning her Ignatz Awards for both Outstanding Series and Outstanding mini-comic, as well as a third for Promising New Talent. Koyama Press released a compilation of Sex Fantasy at the Small Press Expo 2017.

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Alum Spotlight: Luke Healy

Spread from "How to Survive in the North" by Luke Healy

Luke Healy‘s (’14) debut comic How to Survive in the North started as his thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies and was later picked up for publication by Nobrow Press. This comic is based on the true story of Ada Blackjack, an Inuit woman who survived a disaster of an expedition in the Arctic, and weaves in a fictional story to better explore the events. How to Survive in the North is a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016.

  • Alex Dueben, “Interview: Luke Healy on Arctic Expeditions and How to Survive in the North”
  • Comic Bastards: “You could read a lot of this story as a warning to people to recognize when a situation is dangerous.”
  • Deborah Stevenson, Muse: “The two Arctic tales . . . are truly haunting. . . .”

Page from "How to Survive in the North" by Luke Healy

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CCS Fellow Liniers book launch and signing for Good Night, Planet – to take place at Norwich Bookstore

September 9, 2017
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Saturday, September 9
10am to 12pm
at Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, Vermont

Norwich Bookstore will be celebrating the launch of Liniers new book for young readers, Good Night, Planet. When you go off to sleep, your toys go out to play. After a long day of jumping in leaves and reading her favorite books, the little girl is worn out, but her favorite stuffed animal, Planet, is just getting started!

Ricardo Siri, better known by his middle name, Liniers, is a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Good Night, Planet is his third book for children, following Written and Drawn by Henrietta and The Big Wet Balloon. He has also published three volumes of the collected Macanudo series of political cartoons, drawn numerous New Yorker covers, and contributed to other journals.

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Tillie Walden ’16 is a Special Guest at Small Press Expo 2017

September 16, 2017toSeptember 17, 2017

An incredible line up of SPX special guests is slated for 2017!  Including recent The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) recent graduate Tillie Walden ’16.  SPX takes place September 16 & 17, in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit: smallpressexpo.com

Tillie Walden won two Ignatz Awards at SPX in 2016, a few months after graduating from CCS.

Winning in both categories Tillie 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. Click here to read all about it.

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 will release this September with First Second Books. Preorder a copy.

 

Spinning by Tillie Walden

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CCS Diplomas across the Years

Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies gets a different artist to draw the certificate for their graduates. The artist is kept a secret until the actual graduation ceremony when it is unveiled with the honorary degree is given to that year’s graduation speaker. Diploma drawing above by Eleanor Davis.

Chu holding diploma by Jason.

And you can see them all on CCS’s Flickr!

2016 diploma by Liniers

Post by Angela Boyle.

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“Slasher” by alum Charles Forsman

Slashed #1 cover by Charles Forsman

If you are in need of more comics by Charles Forsman (’08), the man who brought us The End of the Fucking World (Fantagraphics), then you are in luck. He is currently releasing Slasher (Floating World Comics), a psychosexual thriller, as a five-issue miniseries, with a few issues out already.

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