Jason Lutes at ALA’s Presidential Roundtable

Jason Lutes (The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty)

Jason Lutes (Berlin) will be at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., talking about the state of comics. He is joining a panel with Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), moderated by Amie Wright from the New York Public Library, as part of the newly established Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable in their first President’s program. The three long-working cartoonists will discuss how they have seen comics change in the last twenty years.

The ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition is from June 20 to 25 and includes a wide variety of programming, including discussion panels, awards, and author events. Jason’s event is Sunday, June 23, from 1pm–2:30pm.

Rust Belt by Sean Knickerbocker ’12

Cover of Rust Belt by Sean Knickerbocker

Sean Knickerbocker ’12 is releasing a new comic through Secret Acres: Rust Belt. Set in post-industrial America, the story follows the underemployed, the working poor, and the transients of America’s decaying, industrial cities. The book is 9×8 inches, two-color, and 112 pages long. You can preorder your copy now; it comes out on June 3.

John Seven on Indie View: “It’s obvious Knickerbocker knows his subject matter well, and he’s skillful in the way he captures not only the experience of his central characters but the way they affect people around them.”

Cam Gordon on Broken Pencil about issue #3: “Everything about this comic is fairly ordinary and in this sense, it’s the ideal presentation of an entirely unglamorous affliction [alcoholism].”

Draw a Comic! by JP Coovert ’08

Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! cover by JP Coovert

J. P. Coovert ’08 has a new comic coming in October 2019 from First Second: Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! As part of the new Maker Comics series from First Second, this graphic novel includes seven comic projects. To keep the stakes high, the graphic novel is centered on Maggie, who needs to come up with $500,000 in a week to save the International Comics Library from being bulldozed by Dr. Carl. As her new assistant, you’ll help Maggie as she uses all her comic drawing skills. You’ll learn to create and print your own comics books, following simple steps to sketch out your story ideas, ink a comic page, and publish a finished minicomic. (more…)

Announcing the fourth year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency


White River Junction, Vermont – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) announces the fourth year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency. The month-long residency is held during the height of New England’s fall foliage season and will include a $3000 stipend. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2019.

Located in Cornish, NH, The Cornish CCS Residency is designed to create a focused and inspiring environment for cartoonists to create exceptional work. Cornish is located 16 miles from The Center for Cartoon Studies (VT), in beautiful rural New Hampshire.

This residency is made possible by former CCS board member, cartoonist Harry Bliss, whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker. “I want to attract the best cartoonists working today and create a residency that is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for storytellers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium,” Bliss said.

CCS in the Eisners

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The short lists for the Eisners are here! And CCS is well represented. From humor to reality, adult to children, we’ve got it covered. The Eisners are comic industry awards presented at San Diego Comi-Con International every year. You can view the complete list of nominees and all comic professionals, including students, can vote.


Sketched Out, with Hannah Kaplan ’15

Sketched Out

On May 19, Sunday, Hannah Kaplan ’15 is hosting cartoonists reading their comics and in general being funny at Good Good Comedy in Philadelphia, PA. Hannah, creator of A Quick and Easy Guide to Finding a Husband, is hosting

Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 9:30 PM. So grab a ticket now and get ready to take Monday the 20th off so you can recuperate from having your sides split with laughter.