Visiting Artist Spring 2014

The Center for Cartoon Studies 2010-2011 fellow, David Libens is a Belgian cartoonist living in White River Junction. Back in Belgium, he co-founded the publishing house L’employe du Moi in 2000. He writes and draws mostly about himself, both in French and English. His newest book Thomas et la Cimetiere des Animaux is coming out later this year.

Daniel Bandit (also known as Ghostshrimp) is known for his background work on Adventure Time and his writing and background work on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.  Daniel has also done a gamut of illustration work for clients including Found Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The New Yorker, and many more.  Daniel is the also the head honcho of the 25-acre Ghostshrimp National Forest, the home of the Secret Society of Ghostscouts in upstate Vermont.

Jim Rugg grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in a small town, south of Pittsburgh. He earned a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-creator of Street Angel, The PLAIN Janes, and the Afrodisiac. His comics have appeared in New York Magazine, LA Weekly, Vh1, Meathaus, Pornhounds, True Porn, Project: Superior, Project: Romantic, Popgun, and the Society of Illustrators Annuals.

Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in Thickness, Arthur Magazine, Study Group Magazine, Black Eye, and Best American Comics, and her graphic novel, Black is the Color, is now available from Fantagraphics books.

Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist who works primarily in the field of nonfiction comics, specifically as a comics journalist. Josh is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe). He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media. A longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, and Josh’s art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe.

Ed Koren has published over 1,000 cartoons and 29 covers in The New Yorker. His work, which has appeared in dozens of other publications, is included in the collections of the Fogg Museum and is regularly displayed in art exhibitions around the world. Koren has illustrated many children’s books and also has written and illustrated some of his own, including Very Hairy Harry and Behind the Wheel. He has taught at Brown University, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.  

Frank Santoro is well known for his visionary colors and evocative sense of place. In the early 1990’s, he dropped out of art school to pursue comic book making, and first became known in 1995 for Storeyville, which was re-released in 2007 by Picturebox. He has also collaborated with Ben Jones on the comic series Cold Heat and released his solo project Pompei with Picturebox.  He is also known for is ongoing comics correspondence course.

Jimmy Gownley began writing and drawing comics at the age of fifteen. He is an advocate for kids’ comics, having co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy and education.  He is known for his Amelia Rules book series, and his newest book The Dumbest Idea Ever!, was released this February by Scholastic.

Industry Day: Andrew Arnold is a book designer for the children’s book company Roaring Brook Press. Holly Bemiss is an agent at the Susan Rabiner Literary Agency. Peggy Burns is the Associate Publisher of the world renowned, Montreal-based graphic novel and comics arts company Drawn & Quarterly. Dan Kois is the senior editor at the Slate Book Review. Tucker Stone is a comic critic and blogger, most notably for The Comics Journal and the US Sales and Marketing Director for Nobrow.

Graduating from the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts, Marion Fayolle co-founded the narrative image magazine Nyctalope. She is the author of the books Man Pieces, published by Michel Lagarde, Table published in June 2012 by Julien Magnani, Tablecloth as Snow, a primer published by Notari, and In Pieces, published in September by Nobrow.  She has also done work for XXI, the New York Times, Paris Mômes, and Psychologies Magazine.

Alison Bechdel draws long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.  She came to critical success in with her graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother. Bechdel edited Best American Comics 2011, and has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta.  She is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Jeff Danzinger an independent political cartoonist whose work appears in hundreds of newspapers around the world via The New York Times Syndicate. Danziger started his career in 1975 at Vermont’s Rutland Herald and still contributes a weekly serial titled The Teeds: Tales of Agriculture for the Young and Old.  His books include Wreckage Begins with “W”, Blood, Debt & Fears and Used Cartoons. He was awarded the 2006 Herblock Prize, the 2008 Thomas Nast Prize, and is a decorated Vietnam veteran.

Tom Tomorrow is the artist behind the weekly comic strip This Modern World, which comments on current events, appearing regularly in over 90 newspapers. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin, Mother Jones, Esquire, The Economist and The American Prospect. He was awarded the first place Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartooning in 1998 and again in 2003.

George O’Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. His debut graphic novel, Journey into Mohawk Country, was published by First Second, as was Adam Rapp’s Ball Peen Hammer, which O’Connor illustrated. Aphrodite is his most recent installment in his New York Times Best-Selling series, The Olympians.  

Sam Alden was born in 1988 in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 he was nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and won for Promising New Talent; his work has since been selected twice for The Best American Comics series. His first collection, It Never Happened Again, is debuting from Uncivilized Books in Spring 2013. Sam lives in Montreal.

Sophie Yanow was born north of San Francisco in 1987. In 2011 she moved to Montreal, and with the Colosse collective published In Situ, her acclaimed autobiographical comics series. She was an invited artist-researcher for the Canadian Center for Architecture’s “C for Condo” workshop, and her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Montreal.