Visiting Artist Spring 2017

Jeremy Sorese is a cartoonist currently based out of Brooklyn, NYC. After graduating with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Jeremy was accepted to the La Maison des Auteurs, a comics specific residency program in Angoulême, France, where he lived and worked from 2012- 2013. His first book, Curveball, published with Nobrow, came out in 2015 and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Maryland College of Art.

Summer Pierre is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and teacher living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life. Her writing and art have appeared in Pen America, The Rumpus, Hobart, and The Nashville Review among other places.

A writer, artist and anthropologist, Dana Walrath, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories to teach medical students at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she turned to writing her own. Her award winning verse novel, Like Water on Stone, was completed during the year she spent as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia. Her graphic memoir series, Aliceheimer’s has brought her throughout North America and Eurasia to speak about the role of comics in healing including talks at TEDx Battenkill and TEDx Yerevan. Her recent essays have appeared in Slate and Foreign Policy.

Nick Drnaso has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and coedited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology. His debut graphic novel, Beverly is a darkly funny portrait of suburban middle America centering on a group of gossipy teens. Previously, The Grassy Knoll, one of the chapters of Beverly, received two Ignatz Award nominations in 2014 and was mentioned as a “notable comic” in the Best American Comics 2014. Nick Drnaso is also the winner of the Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship for 2017.

Rebecca Mock is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist and animator. Her past clients include The New Yorker, the NY Times, Time, BBC Radio, Nautilus,, Reader’s Digest, Fullbright, HBO, and Jet Blue. Mock illustrated her first graphic novel, Compass South, written by Hope Larson, was published through FSG in 2016. Mock specializes in atmospheric, cinematic .gif illustration, as well as environmental concept art, background painting, and classic painterly illustration. In her downtime she enjoys being a huge comics, sci fi, and anime nerd, as well as an art history know-it-all.

Ruben Bolling is a pseudonym for Ken Fisher, the author of Tom the Dancing Bug. His pieces demonstrate concern about the power of large corporations and satires about the way government has been corrupted by money, and, particularly since 9/11, Bolling’s concerns of war.

Emmy award winner and Eisner, Harvey & Ignatz Award nominee Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, helped pioneer personal webcomics with the invention of and, and is the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions in Brooklyn, NY. Dean has written and drawn many comic books, including The Fox, Spider-Man, Batman, X-men, The Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Garbage Pail Kids, Creepy, and has collaborated with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, Mark Waid, and Stan Lee.

Ann Carolyn Telnaes is an editorial cartoonist and former animator. In 2001, she became the second female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. She is syndicated with Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate/New York Times Syndicate, with her work appearing across the United States in such publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Austin American-Statesman; and internationally in Le Monde and Courrier International. Telnaes also contributes an exclusive weekly cartoon to the nonprofit online news service Women’s eNews and her animated editorial cartoons are featured on The Washington Post’s website.

Alec Longstreth has been self-publishing his minicomic Phase 7 since 2002. In 2005, it won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Minicomic. Alec also won the Ignatz Award for Outsanding Debut in 2007, the same year that he graduated from Pratt Institute’s illustration program with highest honors. Alec’s gag cartoons have been featured in Nickelodeon Magazine and National Geographic Kids, and he has illustrated promotional items for Weezer and Harry and the Potters. Alec also colored Aaron Renier’s graphic novel The Unsinkable Walker Bean for First Second Books. In 2008, Alec moved to Vermont for a fellowship at The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he has been with the school ever since. Alec finished his graphic novel Basewood in 2014 and is working on his webcomic Isle of Elis.

Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. She came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was subsequently adapted as a musical which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. She has also 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 a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

Paige Braddock’s long-running comic strip, Jane’s World, was the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate in the U.S. Braddock is also the creative director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. She has illustrated several Peanuts children’s books and the Snoopy U.S. postage stamp, issued in April 2001, was designed by Braddock. In 2008, Braddock co-created a line of science-fiction graphic novels with writer Jason McNamara titled, The Martian Confederacy and in 2015, she began publishing her own line of graphic novels for children with Andrews McMeel titled Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue and Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror. She has also written a series of lesbian romance novels with this publisher under the pen name, Missouri Vaun.

Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of the alternative comic book Love and Rockets with his brothers Gilbert and Mario. Jaime’s main contribution to Love and Rockets is the ongoing serial narrative Locas which follows the tangled lives of a group of primarily Latina characters, from their teenage years in the early days of the California punk scene to the present day. In addition to his Locas stories, Hernandez has also done occasional work for DC Comics and The New Yorker, and he has done many album covers for such artists as Michelle Shocked.

Dash Shaw is a U.S. comic book writer/artist and animator. He is the author of the graphic novels Cosplayers, Doctors, New School, and Bottomless Belly Button, published by Fantagraphics. Additionally, Shaw has written Love Eats Brains published by Odd God Press, GardenHead published by Meathaus, The Mother’s Mouth published by Alternative Comics, and BodyWorld published by Pantheon Books. Shaw’s comic short stories have appeared in many different anthologies, newspapers and magazines. His square-sized short stories were collected in the 2005 book GoddessHead published by Hidden Agenda Press. His comics are known for their emphasis on emotional, lyrical logic and innovative design. He was named one of the top ten artists to check out at the 2002 “Small Press Expo” when he was 19 years old. He also writes lyrics and plays with James Blanca in the weirdo pop band Love Eats Brains! and has co-written and acted in various short film projects.