Sasha Velour ’13 Smoke and Mirrors Sold Out Show

Smoke and Mirrors by Sasha Velour

Sasha Velour ’13 is doing a one-woman show, Smoke and Mirrors. The show toured Australia and New Zealand in January 2019 to rave reviews. Winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9, Sasha used her comic training from The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) to aid in the design of her costumes for this show, saying “to draw a good character you to draw it really tiny, and make sure that the person is recognizable.”

Read “Sasha Velour’s New Show Unpacks The ‘Magic Act’ of Drag” The ‘Drag Race’ winner uses her background in comics to devise her signature look by Jaya Saxena.


Curriculum Spotlight: Industry Day

Our favorite time of year is coming upon us again: Industry Day at CCS. Each year, a group of comic industry professionals gathers on a panel to discuss the ins and outs of working in the field. The group includes a wide variety of skills and experiences. Students gets a one-on-one consultation with these founts of knowledge, an invaluable experience. Industry Day is in addition to our weekly Visiting Artist Seminar and the Professional Practices course.

Industry Day 2019, includes:


New Book Releases from CCS Alum

In the next year or so, a strong group of CCS alums are releasing books into the wild. Congratulations to Lucy Knisley ’09 (Kid Gloves, First Second, 2019) , Laura Terry ’10 (Graveyard Shakes, Graphix, 2017), JP Coovert ’08 (illustrator for Charlie Joe Jackson series), Tillie Walden ’16 (Spinning, First Second, 2017), and Jarad Greene ’17!

You Are New cover

Lucy Knisley ’09—You Are New (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having—and being!—a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.

Anna Strong cover

Laura Terry ’10—Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring (Workman Publishing, April 2019)
In a story of suspense and intrigue, Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring explores a little-known chapter of American history—and offers readers a mystery of their own to solve! (more…)

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:


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!

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!

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