Visiting Artist Fall 2013

Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese‘s critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of our times.  His most recent book is the graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.

Chris Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. He moved to San Antonio Texas at 16 and went to the University of Texas in Austin. There he began publishing a weekly strip in the local paper. Art Spiegelman saw his strip and called the sophomore and gave the unknown cartoonist 4 pages in RAW. He moved to Chicago in the early 90s and began publishing in the pages of The Chicago alt weekly New City the strip known as The Acme Novelty Library. This critically acclaimed strip, which won several comics awards during the 1990s, is where Chris honed his distinctive style. From this strip emerged the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth, which received the Guardian First Book Award in 2001 and the American Book Award in 2000 and the prestigious French comics award “L’Alph Art” award in 2003.  This year, his newest book, Building Stories, won four Eisner Awards.

Saiya Miller graduated from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. She has worked as an educator and activist, teaching art and music, as well as using comics and zines in workshops for teenagers. Miller is also the co-editor of Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book. The book brings together a selection of comics by various artists addressing sex and sexuality as well as introductory writing and drawings by the editors. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and Vermont.

Ananth Panagariya, is a writer and designer. He has produced work for Oni Press, First Second and Dark Horse Inc., including comics, t-shirt & ad design and production work. He writes constantly, and is usually putting pencil to paper, analog or otherwise.  Yuko Ota is a cartoonist and illustrator in Brooklyn, NY.  She has worked with publishers like Oni Press, Dark Horse Inc., Lerner Publishing and Red5.

Together Panagariya and Ota work on their whimsical slice-of-life comic, Johnny Wander which appears biweekly at Johnny Wander Vol. 1: Don’t Burn the House Down came out in September 2010, followed up by Johnny Wander Vol. 2: Escape to New York in December 2011.

Leif Goldberg lives and works in Vermont with his family. He is an accomplished printmaker and has also animated several shorts.  Leif has produced brilliant silkscreen calendars annually for the publisher PictureBox. Leif was a member of Forcefield and a resident of Fort Thunder. He is also the proprietor of zine series National Waste.

Rick Veitch studied cartooning at The Kubert School, and was in the first class to graduate from the school in 1978, along with his future long-time collaborators Steve Bissette and John Totleben.  During the 1980s, Veitch became known as a distinctive fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic Comics line, for which he created three graphic novels, Abraxas and the Earthman, Heartburst, and The One.  Veitch worked on DC’s Swamp Thing with his friends Totleben and Bissette.  He also created the graphic novels Bratpack and The Maximortal, and created his own publishing imprint, King Hell Press. In 2011, Veitch wrote and penciled the book The Big Lie.

The paintings and drawings of Marshall Arisman have been widely exhibited, both internationally and nationally. His work may be seen in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, at the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in many private and corporate collections.  Arisman’s original graphic essay, “Heaven Departed,” in which paintings and drawings describe the emotional and spiritual impact of nuclear war on society, was published in book form by Vision Publishers (Tokyo, 1988).  Chairman of the M.F.A. degree program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he was the first American invited to exhibit his artwork in mainland China. His series, “Sacred Monkeys,” appeared at the Guang Dong Museum of Art in April 1999.  Arisman is also the subject of a full-length documentary film directed by Tony Silver titled “Facing the Audience: The Arts of Marshall Arisman.”

Ariel Bordeaux is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies class of 2012.  She is the author of No Love Lost, a graphic novella published by Drawn & Quarterly, and Raisin Pie, co-authored with her husband, Rick Altergott, published by Fantagraphics.  All five issues of her self-published mini comic series, Deep Girl, has been republished by PaperRocket mini-comics.

Joe Quinones is the artist behind Paul Dini’s upcoming Black Canary & Zatanna graphic novel, Bloodspell. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Eisner award-winning, Wednesday Comics, in which he contributed a Green Lantern tale along with writer Kurt Busiek. Joe is also known for his work on Spider-man, Star Wars, and Harley Quinn.

T. Edward Bak was born in Denver, Colorado in 1970.  He wrote and drew the comic strip Service Industry for three years in the Athens newspaper Flagpole. Bak’s comics have been published by Bodega Distribution and Sparkplug Comic Books, and he has contributed to anthologies such as Project: Romantic (AdHouse Books), Studygroup 12, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase and Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2008.  His newest book, Island of Memory, was released by Floating World Comics.  Bak was the fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008-09.

Suzy Becker is an author, artist, educator, and entrepreneur who began her career as an award-winning advertising copywriter, and then founded the Widget Factory, a greeting card company. She entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, now in the Double-Platinum Collector’s Edition All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat (And Then Some). Suzy has since written and illustrated My Dog’s the World’s Best Dog, I Had Brain Surgery What’s your Excuse?, Manny’s Cows, Books Are for Reading and Kids Make It Better: A Write-in, Draw-in Journal. Her books, greeting cards and work in print and TV advertising have earned her numerous design and writing awards.