Visiting Artist Jamboree!

This Spring semester at The Center for Cartoon Studies is chock full of amazing cartoonists, spellbinding story-tellers and groundbreaking designers. In a town where you know everyone on the street, it is quite a blast to turn around one afternoon and see Jules Feiffer or Carol Tyler buying a coffee.

January starts off with a BANG as Paul Pope and Sam Hiti head up north. Pope’s comic,Battling Boy, is to be serialized by First Second. Hiti’s works are numerous like the beautiful Death-Day and many educational ancient civilization history books by Lerner.

In almost a complete 180 degrees, the next week will feature children’s book authors and illustrators, DB Johnson and John Stadler. Now that The Cats of Mrs. Calamari is out, we are definitely wondering what Stadler is up to meow.

The emperor of Wimpy Kids everywhere, Jeff Kinney, will show up and wow the students with his expertise on series as well as writing his most recent edition: Cabin Fever. If there is anyone who could possibly understand this mindset, it is the hard-working CCS students drawing with their five hours of winter sunlight. The illustrious Albert Ohams, editor of the comics section of the Nigerian newspaper The Sun, is also due to visit.

Local CCS alum and constant creator, Joe Lambert, will bring down the house just in time for Peter Burr, cartoonist and performance artist of Hooliganship, to whip the town back into shape. Burr visited the school back in 2008 with his Cartun Exprez tour featuring interactive animation and manic musicianship.

Later in the semester is the battle of the creative couples. Marc Bell and Amy Lockhartboast a variety of skills and fantastic stories. Lockhart is currently working on a new animated film called “Dizzler in: Maskheraid.”

Babysitter’s Club cartoonist Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will discuss everything from comics creation to teaching comics. One of the many wonders of the Schulz Library is having several of their self-published mini-comics in our zine collection before publishers picked them up. Raina’s most recent book, Smile, is about her battle within her own mouth while Dave’s Astronaut Academy is a series of short stories about school in space build upon each other; and it tastes a bit like Sideway Stories from Wayside School but with a panda!

Cartoonist and journalist Josh Neufeld will touch on his many works: New Orleans, A.D.; The Influencing Machine and A Few Perfect Hours (a Xeric winner!).

Lewis Hyde’s name might not be as well known as these other to the students but his works on creativity and vision are famous: The Gift and Common As Air. As a cultural critic and essayist, Hyde’s lecture will be a bit different but just as anticipated.

The Visiting Artist lineup is fantastic and one of the best ever! Don’t recognize one? Well, the time has come to visit your local bookstore, comic book shop or library!

-Jen Vaughn, CCS Librarian


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Visiting Artist: Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell’s first published work was for White Wolf’s Exalted series, and he made his comics debut in 2003 with Too Much Hopeless Savages from Oni Press. Since then he has created, written, and illustrated the graphic novels Water Baby for Minx, The Abandoned for Tokyopop, Shadoweyes and Shadoweyes in Love for Slave Labor, and five volumes (soon to be six!) of Wet Moon for Oni. In addition, Campbell has illustrated Spooked for Oni, Hack/Slash #23 for Devil’s Due, contributed to the anthology Meathaus S.O.S., and had a recent near-miss with his one true love, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also continues to work with White Wolf and self-publishes his series Mountain Girl when he finds the time.

A fan of horror, Campbell will occasionally squeeze in a movie when not drawing away in his Rochester, New York – based fortress of solitude. Do not offer him ketchup, but please feel free to ask about Tifa Lockhart.


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Read Katie Moody’s Schulz Blog Post: Mark Schultz in the Schulz

Schultz was a gracious guest and generous with his time and expertise, giving an inking demo earlier in the day and hauling along a smorgasbord of original art and publications from over the years to show us. (He also introduced us to the existence of Wolff carbon pencils, which he’s been using to illustrate his upcoming novella, Storms at Sea. They allow deeper blacks and less shine than straight graphite, but are not as messy as charcoal.) His most recent works– including sketchbooks– have been released by Flesk Publications, and their production values are excellent. The 352-page Xenozoic collection in particular is a beaut, and features new scans of the original art.

Read the entire store on the Schulz Blog.


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Lisa Hanawalt

Illustrator and award-winning cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and graduated from UCLA with an art degree in 2006. Though originally headed into the fine art world, the comics-form collaboration Tip Me Over, Pour Me Out led to Hanawalt self-publishing the minicomics It’s Sexy When People Know Your Name and the 2009 Ignatz Award – winning Stay Away from Other People.  Now a member of the Pizza Island cartoonists’ collective in New York, she has won Ignatz and Stumptown awards for her series I Want You (published by both Buenaventura and Pigeon Press) and has illustrated for the New York Times, Chronicle Books, Glamour, Vice magazine, the Portland Mercury, and The Believer, among others. Her most recent work is an upcoming children’s book for McSweeney’s.


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Visiting Artist: R. Sikoryak

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 since 1997. Sikoryak is also teaching at The Center for Cartoon Studies the 2011-12 academic year.


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CCS Visiting Artist: Mark Schultz

Multiple Harvey and Eisner Award – winning storyteller Mark Schultz is best known for writing and illustrating his creator-owned adventure series Xenozoic Tales, first published through Kitchen Sink in 1986 and later adapted into the cartoon Cadillacs and Dinosaurs in 1993 and 1994. Since that initial foray into storytelling, he was lured away from his post- Kutztown State gig of commercial illustration for good. Schultz has gone on to co-create SubHuman for Dark Horse and work in various capacities on many icons of fiction, among them Superman, Tarzan, Star Wars, Conan, Flash Gordon, Aliens, the Spirit, and Predator. Recent projects include illustrating the autobiography of legendary dinosaur artist Charles R. Knight for G.T. Labs and writing The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA for Hill and Wang. In addition to his regular freelance work, Schultz has written the weekly Prince Valiant newspaper strip since 2004 and is currently working on Storms at Sea, an illustrated novella, for Flesk Publications.

Schultz enjoys hiking, traveling, classic movies, and keeping up on the latest developments in natural science. He lives with his wife Denise and two cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, across the state from his childhood home of Pittsburgh.


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Visiting Artist: Nate Powell

Nate Powell was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, began self-publishing in 1992 at the age of 14, and has never stopped. After a brief stint at George Washington University, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000 and started publishing the series Walkie Talkie. Over the next few years he contributed to the acclaimed anthologies Papercutter, Meathaus, and Syncopated, and Soft Skull Press published his books Tiny Giants and It Disappears. In 2006 he released the 336-page collection Sounds of Your Name through Microcosm, and two years later Top Shelf published Powell’s breakthrough graphic novel, Swallow Me Whole, which won Eisner and Ignatz Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

In addition to comics, Powell has played in a variety of punk bands, founded and runs the independent music label Harlan Records, has done sketch comedy, and has worked in support of developmentally disabled adults. He is currently drawing books for Top Shelf, First Second, and Roaring Brook Press, and lives in Indiana with his partner, Rachel Bormann, and their pets.


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CCS Fellow: Blaise Larmee

The Center for Cartoon Studies Fellow Blaise Larmee was born in New York, raised in Chicago, and was first published in the Colorado Springs Independent in 2006 while he was attending Colorado College. Larmee won a Xeric grant in 2009 for his debut album, Young Lions, and was subsequently nominated for a “Promising New Talent” Ignatz Award. He has since founded a publishing company, the Chicago-based Gaze Books, which released its first title last October. Larmee’s most recent work is the critically acclaimed experimental webcomic 2001. Other works include Comics Youth #1 (2009), an untitled 16-page painted comic (2008), and pieces in the Eisner Award – nominated Abstract Comics anthology from Fantagraphics (2009) and the Studygroup12 #4 anthology (2010).

Larmee often traffics in meta theory and new media, exploring ideas about commerce, creation, and identity. He lives in Portland, Oregon, has written criticism for the Comics Journal and the now defunct Comets Comets blog, and enjoys messing with people on the Internet.


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CCS Fellow: Julie Delporte

The Center for Cartoon Studies Fellow Julie Delporte is a Francophone cartoonist and bookseller from Montreal, Canada with a Masters degree on the intersection of blogging and autobiography. She co-organizes Montreal’s annual “48 Heures” comics festival and newsprint anthology, runs and co-hosts the comics-centric radio show “Dans ta Bulle” (“In Your Bubble”) on CHOQ.FM, and has been published by L’employé du Moi and Colossus. She is perhaps best known for Le Rêve de la Catastrophe (“The Dream of the Disaster,” 2009) with Vincent Giard and the zine Le Dernier Kilometer (“The Last Mile,” 2011). Her most recent work from Colossus is this year’s 140-page La Bédé-Réalité (“Reality Comics”); other works include Encore Ça (“Still That/Still Here,” 2008) and the anthologies Lecture à Vue (“Sight Reading,” 2010) and Bagarre (“Brawl,” 2009). Delporte has also worked as a journalist, studied film, and illustrated textbooks.


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Anders Nilsen Big Questions

Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and grew up splitting his time between there and Minnesota. He graduated from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) with a BFA in 1996, specializing in painting and installations. After a year of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he quit in order to create comics full time and cofounded a cartooning collective, The Holy Consumption, with Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornshemeier, and John Hankiewicz. In 1999 he began self-publishing his ongoing series Big Questions, which—after twelve years, fifteen issues, and multiple Ignatz nominations—was just released as a 658-page collection from Drawn and Quarterly. During that span of time Nilsen was awarded grants from the Xeric Foundation and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, won Ignatz Awards for his graphic novel Dogs and Water (D&Q, 2004) and the elegiac Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow (D&Q, 2006), and has been featured in gallery shows and such publications as Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, the Best American Comics series, The Believer, and the Chicago Reader. He currently lives in Chicago with his cat.


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