Next Up Visiting Artist: Melanie Gillman ’12

Melanie Gillman ’12 is an instructor and graphic novelist who specializes in LGBTQ books for kids and teens. They’re the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, which has won multiple awards, including being named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. They have also worked on several licensed kids comics titles in the past, including Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Care Bears. Melanie is a member of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Melanie’s newest graphic novel, a lesbian western romance titled Stage Dreams, will be published by Lerner/Graphic Universe in Fall 2019.


Lucy Knisley ’09 — Keeping Score

Lucy Knisley ’09 has been a prolific cartoonist. Graduating from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2009, she has published eight books in the last 10 years, most of them in the last 5:

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Jen Vaughn’s ’10 Dungeons and Dragons Adventure

Cover of The Experiments of Dr. Skulldial by Jen Vaughn

Cover of The Experiments of Dr. Skulldial

Jen Vaughn ’10 has a podcast where she and four friends play Dungeons and Dragons together: d20 Dames. (D20 is a reference to the 20-sided die used in the game, for those not in the know). Not only is she playing DnD, but she has released an adventure that you can play: The Experiments of Dr. Skulldial. The game is only 3–4 hours, so you can have a wonderful evening with your friends, following the footsteps of the d20 Dames. (more…)


The Cartoonist Studio Prize: The Shortlists

The seventh annual award for best print and web comic of the year, from Slate and The Center for Cartoon Studies. Read the full story on Slate.com!

Best Print Comic of the Year: 2018 Shortlist

Chlorine Gardens by Keiler Roberts. Koyama Press.
Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak. Top Shelf.
Passing for Human by Liana Finck. Random House.
Poochytown by Jim Woodring. Fantagraphics.
Space Academy 123 by Mickey Zacchilli. Koyama Press.
Tongues No. 2 by Anders Nilsen. No Miracles.
Why Art? by Eleanor Davis. Fantagraphics.
Windowpane by Joe Kessler. Breakdown.
Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures by Yvan Alagbé. New York Review Comics.
Young Frances by Hartley Lin. AdHouse.

Best Web Comic of the Year: 2018 Shortlist

“As Before, So Behind” by Ted Closson.
“Being an Artist and a Mother” by Lauren Weinstein.
Comics by Tara Booth.
The Girl Who Flew Away by M. Dean.
“Having a Role in Life” by Elísabet Rún, translated by Unnur Bjarnadóttir.
Nancy by Olivia Jaimes.
“Sylvia Plath’s Last Plan” by Summer Pierre.
This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow.
Three Comics by E.A. Bethea.
“A Trip to the Museum With Cartoonist John Porcellino” by Gabrielle Bell.

Congratulations to all!





Summer Workshop: Cartooning Studio

Work on your comics at the Cartooning Studio! This summer, from June 17–21, you can hone your comic skills with Jon Chad (Leo Geo, Science Comics: Volcanoes) and Beth Hetlandm ’11 (Half Asleep).

For 5 days, you will learn through lectures and drawing exercises to develop your characters and environments, strengthen your writing, and practice a variety of inking techniques. And by the end, you and your classmates will get to share your brand-new mini comics with each other.  “You will learn the things you didn’t know you didn’t know!” says previous workshop participant Carolyn from Ann Arbor, MI.

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops


Visiting Artist Talk: Cara Bean

Self-portrait by Cara Bean

A Will Eisner Week lecture

Thursday March 7, 3pm
CCS Post Office building, 46 South Main Street

This lecture is open to the public.

Cara Bean is the author of Draw 500 Funny Faces and Features and has been teaching art in the United States for thirteen years. Her work has been featured in Pen America Illustrated, The Women’s Review of Books, and Teaching Arts Magazine. She provides public drawing and creativity workshops that explore how the beginning of complex ideas emerge from the simple act of doodling on paper. Cara has taken a leave from her teaching position to focus on creating comics that speak directly to kids about mental health. She is The Center for Cartoon Studies Cornish Residency Fellow.


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