Visiting Aritst Spring 2013

David Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. After graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on the European Honors Program, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and vowed never to practice. After working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with creating books. He published his first book, Cathedral, in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulay created other books—including City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, and Mosque—that have provided the explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. Macaulay is perhaps best known for the award-winning international bestseller The Way Things Work, which was expanded and updated in 1998 and renamed The New Way Things Work. This brilliant and highly accessible guide to the workings of machines was dubbed “a superb achievement” by the New York Times and became a New York Times bestseller.

Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist-writer and the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which appears in 200 U.S. newspapers. He studied art at Colby College in Maine, where he began cartooning. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Peirce’s comic strip, Big Nate, is featured as an island on the famous children’s website, Poptropica.  Two months after Big Nate made its Poptropica debut, Peirce landed a 16-book deal with HarperCollins.

Anna Dewdney is the author of Llama Llama Red Pajama and Grumpy Gloria.  Previous to her children’s book career, she has held jobs as a waitress, furniture salesperson, daycare provider, teacher, school bus driver and mail carrier.

Tracy Campbell Pearson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. While attending Parsons School of Design, she studied with Maurice Sendak and discovered her love for creating children’s books. After her graduation from Parsons in 1978, she began her career as a staff artist at American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio. She returned to New York City in 1980, where she began a full-time career as a freelance illustrator.  Since 1980, Tracey Campbell Pearson has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children.

Eileen Christelow is an award-winning author/illustrator who produces humorous, bright, and energetic picture books. Whether she is illustrating her own stories or those of other authors, her animal characters from cats and dogs to alligators and penguins are charming and expressive.

John Stadler is a children’s book illustrator with over 20 titles under his belt.  His book The Cats of Mrs. Calamari was nominated for a Gordia Book Award.

Chuck Forsman is a 2008 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. His self-published comic, Snake Oil won two Ignatz Awards in 2008. He is the publisher behind Oily Comics, a special subscription service for the series of minis that he is publishing by himself and other folks.  Fantagraphics released his graphic novels The End of the Fucking World and Celebrated Summer in 2013.

Melissa Mendes is a 2010 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  She is the author of Freddy Stories, a Xeric-Award winning all-ages graphic novel, and is currently publishing her ongoing series, Lou with Oily Comics. She does comic-making workshops for kids, has been an art teacher, and once worked at a convenience store.

Dan Nadel is the owner of PictureBox, Inc., a New York-based packaging and publishing company. With over 50 titles in print, Dan and PictureBox have guided books to print by artists as diverse as Wilco, Paper Rad, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Michel Gondry, and Brian Chippendale, and created catalogs for exhibitions including “Prospect.1: New Orleans.” Dan and PictureBox have received awards ranging from a Grammy Award for best album cover design to best publication design from the AIGA to a Rolling Stone magazine Top Five Book of the year. Dan has published essays and criticism in publications including The Washington Post, Frieze, The New York Times, and The Economist, and authored two award-winning books: Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries 1900–1969 and Gary Panter. As a curator, he has mounted exhibitions for AMP Gallery and the Athens 2007 Biennale in Greece, the Watarium Museum in Tokyo, and numerous other venues in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.

Nicole Georges is a zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist from Portland, Oregon. Nicole has been publishing her own zines and autobiographical comics for over fourteen years, the most recent of which Invincible Summer, has been collected into an anthology and released as two volumes (from Tugboat Press and Microcosm Publishing). Ms. Georges has toured the country with Sister Spit, The Next Generation, and was voted “Miss Specs Appeal 2006” by the zine Hey Four Eyes! In her spare time, Nicole teaches Self Publishing and Autobiographical Comic workshops to children and seniors independently and through Young Audiences. Nicole latest graphic novel, The Doctor Laura Show, was released January 2013 by Mariner Books.  Currently she is living and working in White River Junction, VT as the 2013-2014 CCS Fellow.

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 Outstanding Debut in 2007, the same year that he graduated from Pratt Institute’s AOS 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, and continued on as a faculty member until 2012.  Alec recently completed his first graphic novel, Basewood and is now residing in Oakland, California.

Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, comic artist and author. Occasionally she is a puppeteer, ukulele player and food/travel writer.  Her first published book, French Milk, is a drawn journal about living (and eating) in Paris with her mother. (Touchstone Publishing, Simon and Schuster, 2008). Her second book, Relish, from First Second Books, is about growing up in the food industry. (First Second Books, April 2013.) She also has a number of self-published works, and has contributed to a wide variety of comic anthologies.

Carol Burrell is a cartoonist and senior editor at Abrams ComicArts and Amulet.  In 2005, Burrell launched her webcomic SPQR Blues (as Klio), a historical drama that takes place in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

Robyn Chapman is the proprietor of Paper Rocket Minicomics as well as a cartoonist and comics educator. Her cartooning workshops have brought her to classrooms at the School of Visual Arts, the New School, Wellesley College, and the University of Iowa.

Heidi McDonald is the editor-in-chief of the comics culture blog The Beat.

Adam Rau is an Associate Editor at Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix.

Scott McCloud is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium. He is most notable for his non-fiction books about comics, Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics, for which he has been called the “Marshall McLuhan of comics”. McCloud created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984, in part as a reaction to the increasingly grim direction that superhero comics were taking in the 1980s.  His other print comics include Destroy!!, the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, 12 issues writing DC Comics’ Superman Adventures, and the three-issue limited series Superman: Strength.

Boulet the pen name for Gilles Roussel, a French comic book creator and cartoonist born February 1, 1975 in Meaux, France. He was among the first French cartoonists to become famous by publishing a comic strip weblog. Roussel studied art at the Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. In 2001, he published his first comic strip, Raghnarok. He then started a cartoon blog in July 2004, which made him well known in France. Since then, he has worked for French comics strip magazine Tchô ! and Psikopat, and many others as an author or cartoonist. He replaced Lewis Trondheim as cartoonist of the comic strip Donjon Zénith.

Lilli Carré, born 1983, is a film-maker and cartoonist from Los Angeles. Her books of comics include Nine Ways to Disappear, The Lagoon, and Tales of Woodsman Pete. An excerpt from The Lagoon was chosen to be included in The Best American Comics 2010 and “The Carnival” was nominated for Outstanding Story at the 2009 Ignatz Awards. Carré’s film How She Slept at Night screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.