Stories tagged Self-published

Visiting Artist: Evan Dahm

Comic work by Evan Dahm

Evan Dahm lives in Brooklyn and has been creating and self-publishing fantasy graphic novels since 2006, including Rice Boy and Vattu. He’s also illustrated and published editions of The Wizard of Oz and Moby-Dick, and he’s currently working on a book for First Second Books, called Island Book. On his Patreon, you can follow along as he continues working on projects.

Comic work by Evan Dahm

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Visiting Artist: Alum Sophie Goldstein

Sophie Goldstein (’13) is cartoonist, illustrator, and comics instructor based in the great city of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. Her book The Oven, published by AdHouse Books, won two Ignatz awards and was nominated for the Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her latest book, House of Womena collection of the Ignatz award-winning, self-published mini comic series—will be coming out from Fantagraphics this fall. Sophie’s first comics endeavor was Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, a web comic co-written with Jenn Jordan. It was self-published with funding from Kickstarter in 2013. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws (Overdue Media, 2012), written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Best American Comics 2013 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), Fable Comics (First Second, 2015), The Pitchfork Review, Cricket Magazine, Sleep of Reason (Iron Circus, 2013), and Symbolia Magazine, among others.

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Alum Melissa Mendes’s new issue of The Weight

Cover of The Weight, Number 6, by Melissa Mendes

A new issue of The Weight, No. 6, by Melissa Mendes (’10) is out through Radiator Comics. The comics is inspired by a short autobiography that her grandfather John Albert Ridgeway wrote at the end of his life, chronicling a long life of hard work. The comic focuses on Edie, a young girl born during depression-era, rural New York State.

Melissa publishes the comic online, two pages, a week. But she also publishes it in print, which you can subscribe to on her Patreon. Each black-and-white issue is between 15 and 40 pages long, with this latest issue at 24 pages.

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“The End of the ***ing World” heading to Netflix!

Image from TEOTFW TV series

In 2013, Charles Forsman (’08) completed The End of the ***ing World, a look into the bleak lives of teenagers James and Alyssa. In 2013, then–film student Jonathan Entwistle create a short film of the comic. In 2014, he directed a pilot episode for a TV show. And now the show is coming to Netflix! Channel 4 launched the series in the UK on October 24.

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Luke Howard’s
“Big Mystery Case”

The Big Mystery Case, by Luke Howard

The latest comic from Luke Howard (’13) was The Big Mystery Case, released at CAKE 2017. In addition to co-teaching the production class at CCS with Jon Chad and all the other stuff he does for CCS, Luke is the creator of Our Mother (Retrofit, 2016) and Talk Dirty to Me (AdHouse Books, 2016).

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Alum Kickstarter:
The Letters of the Devil

Letters of the Devil cover by Ben Wright-Heuman

As part of his thesis, Ben Wright-Heuman (’16) started his graphic novel The Letters of the Devil. He has since completed the project as a web comic and is now funding the print version through Kickstarter until October 28, 2017. The comic is black and white and red. Though the comic itself is about 140 pages, the book will also include a “making of” section.

The Letters of the Devil is a mystery comic about a cop investigating anonymous letters delivered to various people in the city, accusing people of dark crimes. Detective Cedric Dustin hunts down the sender of the letters, finding a larger mystery than he expected.

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Alum Kickstarter: Laurel Holden’s Spiderella

Spiderella books

As part of their theses, Laurel Holden (’13) and Romey Petite (’13) started their work on Spiderella. Written by Romey and illustrated by Laurel, Spiderella is an illustrated middle-grade novel for kids 7–10. The story celebrates girls’ independence, ingenuity, and intelligence. 6 years in the making and clocking in at over 200 pages, Book One, Spiderella: The Girl Who Spoke with Spiders, is now being funded on Kickstarter until October 31, 2017.

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Patreon Spotlight: John Carvajal

Driving comic by John Carvajal

John Carvajal (’15) is a “cartoonist and full-time cook for [his] girlfriend.” To support this wild lifestyle, he is running a Patreon where patrons can follow his daily (as in, yes, every day) journal comics along with other finished pages of comics.

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Next Up Visiting Artist: Raina Telgemeier

Babysitter’s Club cartoonist Raina Telgemeier visits CCS this month!

One of the many wonders of The Center for Cartoon Studies Schulz Library is having several of Raina’s self-published mini-comics in the zine collection. Raina’s most recent book, Smile, is about her battle within her own mouth.

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