Glynnis Fawkes joins CCS faculty this fall

Glynnis Fawkes has a BA from University of Oregon, BFA from Pacific NW College of Art, and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University.  On a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus she published two books, one of paintings and another of cartoons. Her comics have been nominated for an Ignatz award, the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize, and won the Society of Illustrators MoCCA Award for Excellence in 2016 and 2017, and have appeared in Daily Shouts on The New   She’s held two residencies at La Maison des Auteurs in Angouleme, France.  Her books include The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre (Disney-Hyperion), Persephone’s Garden (Secret Acres), Reign of Crumbs (Kilgore) and Greek Diary.  She is a recipient of a 2019-20 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant to complete her next book, a middle grade adventure set in Late Bronze Age Greece.

Lucy Knisley ’09 Special Guest at Small Press Expo 2019

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley ’09 is going to be a special guest at this year’s Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 14 and 15. Earlier this year, she released Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos (First Second), an exploration of her struggles and triumphs with pregnancy.

SPX is one of the largest celebrations of independent comics. Every year, they also host the Ignatz Awards, the festival prize, for graphic novels and minicomics.

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns Docuseries


Sasha Velour ’13 has performed Nightgowns around the world. Starting as a monthly show in Brooklyn, graduating to international fame, now Nightgowns is heading to TV. The series will be part performance, part documentary. Nightgowns includes multiple artists, so each episode will focus on one performer, revealing their process and backstory.


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.

Lucy Knisley ’09 and Melanie Gillman ’12 at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Book Festival Logo

Lucy Knisley ’09 (Kid Gloves, First Second, 2019) and Melanie Gillman ’12 (As the Crow Flies, Iron Circus, 2017) are authors at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, September 16-23.

The Brooklyn Book Festival features free and low-cost programs celebrating reading, authors, discussion, and published literature. As New York City’s largest free literary festival, the show presents programs that are hip, smart, diverse, and inclusive. The festival presents challenging, engaging, and thoughtful programming in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, youth, and children literature. Other cartoonists you can find at this year’s show include Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), MariNaomi (Gravity’s Pull, Graphic Universe, 2019), Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea, Candlewick, 2019), and Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Silver Sproket, 2016).


Dan Nott ’18 on Drawing Democracy

Dan Nott ‘18 is the lead cartoonist on This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a graphic guide to governance. Now on Kickstarter, The Center for Cartoon Studies is working with The Mikva Challenge, a non-partisan non-profit organization working toward a stronger, inclusive democracy, to connect to classrooms. CCS instructors will visit schools to give away comics and work with teachers to help students gain a deeper understanding of their government.


Andrew Arnold ’07 Heading Harper Alley

Andrew Arnold ’07, editorial director of HarperAlley.

Andrew Arnold ’07 is the editorial director for a new line of graphic novels under HarperCollins for Harper Alley. They are a “collaborative, creator-focused publisher” specializing in graphic novels for “readers of all ages.” They plan to release about ten books per year, with their first graphic novel is coming out in 2020. Previously, Andrew was the art director and acquiring editor at First Second.

Congratulations Andrew! We look forward to seeing your guidance bring forth many graphic novels to come.