Visiting Artist Fall 2017
An Nguyen is a Canadian cartoonist living in Ontario. Her most recent work is So Pretty / Very Rotten written with Jane Mai and published by Koyama Press. An also draws comics under the name Saicoink and is known for her comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. Nguyen has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.
Howard Cruse’s comic strips and humorous illustrations have appeared in American Bystander, Playboy, The Village Voice, Artforum International, Heavy Metal, The Advocate, and numerous other mainstream American magazines, as well as in underground comic books. Aside from cartooning, Cruse’s creative ventures have included art director positions in both Birmingham and New York City. Cruse’s comic strip Wendel was regularly featured in The Advocate between 1983-89 and he is best known for the award winning graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby published in 1995, which has won both Eisner and Harvey Awards in the U.S. in 1996 and, in translation, a Luchs Award in Germany, a Prix de la critique at the International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France in 2002, and a Comics Critics Award in Spain. Cruse was the founding editor in 1980 of Gay Comix and has held cartooning instruction positions at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires.
Sophia Foster-Dimino is an Ignatz-winning cartoonist and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Foster-Dimino graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and has since produced illustrations for a variety of outlets and worked as a Google Doodler. She has self-published a number of zines and contributed to several anthologies. Her ongoing series, Sex Fantasy, has received critical acclaim, earning her Ignatz Awards for both Outstanding Series and Outstanding mini-comic, as well as a third for Promising New Talent. Koyama Press will be releasing a compilation of Sex Fantasy at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda Maryland this year.
Gabby Schulz / Ken Dahl was born and raised in Hawai’i. He has authored five graphic novels and a long trail of minicomics, editorial comics and webcomics over the years; some have earned him two Ignatz Awards, an Eisner nomination, and an Expozine Grand Prix. Schulz is the author of Welcome to the Dahl House (Microcosm, 2007), Monsters (Secret Acres, 2009), Weather (Secret Acres, 2012), and Sick (Secret Acres, 2016). His most recent book, A Process of Drastically Reducing One’s Expectations is out now from Phase Seven Comics. Schulz presently lives in a greenhouse in the bogs of downeast Maine.
D.W. was born and grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Philadelphia, Vermont, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle. He earned his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012 and, alongside his CCS ‘12 classmates Andy Warner and Dakota McFadzean, is a founder and editor of the comics and art anthology Irene. He is the co-creator of self-published jam zines with Kevin Uehlein and Mark Connery and has contributed to publications in North America, Australia and Lebanon. His first book Mountebank was published by Fantagraphics in 2017. He spends his free time memorizing poetry and oratory, learning about the Civil War, and volunteering as an adult literacy tutor.
Mo Willems’ work in children’s books, TV, animation, theater, and bubble gum card painting have garnered 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Geisel Medals, 5 Geisel Honors, 3 Carnegie Medals, 6 Emmys, and multiple bubble gum cards. He is best known for his Elephant & Piggie books and worst known for his Cartoon Network TV series, Sheep in the Big City.
Ricardo Liniers Siri (Buenos Aires 1973), better known by the name Liniers, is an Argentine cartoonist. He studied advertising but ultimately decided to pursue a career in comics. He started working in fanzines, then moved on to magazines and newspapers where he’s been publishing his Daily Strip “Macanudo” since 2002 . Liniers has also done numerous covers for The New Yorker and published in Mad Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review and The New York Times amongst others. The Big Wet Balloon, Written and Drawn by Henrietta, and Good Night, Planet have been published by TOON Books in the United States. Enchanted Lion has published Macanudo 1, 2 and 3 in English as well. Frequently performs live through Latin America with musician Kevin Johansen, and does stand up with fellow Chilean cartoonist Alberto Montt. Liniers was the 2016-2017 fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies 2016/2017. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Norwich, Vermont.
Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus—which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. Having rejected his father’s aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 15. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 2007 he was a Heyman Fellow of the Humanities at Columbia University where he taught a Masters of the Comics seminar. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly. Maus was originally serialized in the pages of RAW, before being published by Pantheon, who have published many of his subsequent works including an illustrated version of the 1928 lost classic, The Wild Party, by Joseph Moncure March.
In 2015, Ali Fitzgerald began a series of comic workshops with refugees which were then supported by Comic Invasion and Amnesty International. Her first graphic novel, based on these workshops as well as Berlin’s historical/contemporary relationship to immigration and bohemia, will be published by Fantagraphics in the Spring of 2018. At the Cornish Residency, she’ll work on a series of comics investigating the aesthetics of nationalism and propaganda. Ali lives in Berlin, Germany and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine’s The Cut and The New Yorker. She has also contributed art-world comics to Art Magazin and Modern Painters and created the popular comic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s, which ran from 2013 to 2016. She has been a regular arts writer for Art21 since 2010 and founded the column Queer Berlin in 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe as well as featured or mentioned in The New York Times, Artlies!, Afar, The Berlin Quarterly, The Guardian, the Economist, Taggespeigel, Tip Magazin, Varoom Magazine and Art in America.
Hillary Chute’s book Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere will be out from HarperCollins in December 2017. She has taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard University and is Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University. She is also the author of Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard UP), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (U of Chicago P), and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia UP), as well as Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon). She has collaborated with cartoonists such as Spiegelman and Alison Bechdel, and has written for publications including Artforum, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry.
Juliacks is the writer and creator of Architecture of an Atom, the graphic novel from 2d Cloud. Developed and completed at the residencies, Martha Street Studios (Winnipeg,) Entreprise Culturelle (Paris,) BHQFU (NYC,) De Ateliers (Amsterdam) and in New Jersey. From 2010-2016, Juliacks co-created a non-linear transmedia narrative, Architecture of an Atom. Working with artistic communities and groups of Lyon, Stockholm, Gotland, Helsinki, Rome, Winnipeg, New York, Copenhagen and Malmö, she devised a searching, functional, method based system to create a series of abstract fictional and site-specific films. These works have exhibited, screened and performed at museums (MoMA PS1, Moderna, MAC-Lyon, Centre- Geneva, Kiasma), galleries (Silberkuppe, Essex Flowers, Salon de Montrouge), film and comics festivals (Cineglobe, Zinebi, Crack, Antimatter, Cine-Rebis), and alternative art spaces (Néon, Atomic Centre, GrrrndZero) in North America and Europe. Fiction, and its layered construction, is the basis of Juliacks’s work, which takes the form of books, films, theater, performance, installations, paintings, tapestries and comics. Her current project, Transversal Scepters | The Antecedents, crosses time by using criminal archives and technologies from the 17th and 21st century in the Netherlands and North America as touchstones to hallucinate alternative futures. This project has been awarded with a research development grant from The Mondriaan Fonds. Juliacks is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, and the ENSBA-Lyon, Néon, LA BOX, De Ateliers residencies and grants.
Sophie Goldstein is cartoonist, illustrator and comics instructor based in the great city of Pittsburgh, PA. Her book The Oven, published by AdHouse Books, won two Ignatz awards and was nominated for the Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her latest book, House of Women, a collection of the Ignatz award-winning self-published mini comic series, will be coming out from Fantagraphics this fall. Sophie’s first comics endeavor was Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, a webcomic co-written with Jenn Jordan, which was self-published with funding from Kickstarter in 2013. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. In 2013 she graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has been living la vida loca ever since. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Cricket Magazine, Sleep of Reason and Symbolia Magazine, among others.
Evan Dahm lives in Brooklyn and has been creating and self-publishing fantasy graphic novels since 2006, including Rice Boy and Vattu. He’s also illustrated and published editions of The Wizard of Oz and Moby-Dick and he’s currently working on a book for First Second Books called Island Book.
Richie Pope is an illustrator and cartoonist currently living in Dallas, TX. Pope has worked with publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Google, Scientific American, TIME, Nautlius, Tor Books/Tor.com and The Washington Post among others. Pope has been recognized by both the Society of Illustrators and Spectrum. His most recent book is Frontier #13: Fatherson, through Youth in Decline.