Visiting Artist Spring 2015

Sarah Stewart Taylor is the author of the Sweeney St. George Mysteries, including O’Artful Death, her first novel, which was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her series of young adult novels, The Expeditioners continued this fall with the publication of The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair with illustrations by CCS Alum, Katherine Roy. She has taught writing at Lebanon College, Granite State College and the Bread Loaf Young Writers Conference, as well as The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Jo Knowles is the author of several books for children and young adults. She has a master’s degree in children’s literature and has taught writing for children in the MFA programs at Simmons College and Southern New Hampshire University. Some of her awards include a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, An American Library Association Notable Book of 2012, Amazon’s Best Middle Grade Book of 2012, An International Reading Association Favorite 2012 Book, two SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards, the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her books have also appeared on numerous state award lists. Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son.

Jo Dery makes short films, drawings, prints, and little books. She is based in Brattleboro, VT, and is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Keene State College in NH.

Maurice Vellekoop is a Canadian artist and illustrator. His work has appeared in publications such as Drawn and Quarterly, Time, GQ, Vogue,Cosmopolitan and Wallpaper, as well as in the books ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer, Sex Tips from a Dominatrix, Mensroom Reader and Vellevision. Vellekoop attended the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1982 to 1986.

Ben Matchstick is a cardboard artist, performer, director, puppeteer, father, and geek, and the founder of the Cardboard Teck Instantute. He resides in Vermont.

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist. She’s currently making a comic book based on interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Hailing from the deep south, she has a love for banjo picking and front porches. She lives and works in Brooklyn, where she draws interesting things under the close supervision of her cat, Pascal.

Sophie Yanow recently established roots in Vermont, as she has been chosen as the 2014-15 Fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Yanow has emerged in recent years as a sharp, talented comics autobiographer, whose work looks beyond individual experience to political and social concerns. Her new graphic novel from Uncivilized Books, War of Streets and Houses, was nominated for the 2014 Ignatz award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.

Dan Archer creates non-fictional, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on US foreign and domestic policy and give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard. His journalistic pieces have been published by the Huffington Post, Alternet, The Guardian UK, Presente, Operamundi (Brazil), Expressbuzz (India) and Independent World Report. He was recently awarded the John S. Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University and received his MFA in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and co-teaches the Stanford Graphic Novel Project through the Creative Writing Program.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. She was the recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

George Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer, photographer. His work is in numerous private collections world wide. He is a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film See You In Hell, Blind Boy. More recently, his work has appeared in Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream from Locust Moon Press, and Above the Dreamless Dead from First Second books. He teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Mo.

Ellen Forney is a cartoonist and teacher based in Seattle, Washington, whose work has been published by Fantagraphics Books and The Stranger, among other publications. Forney’s book Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir was published by Penguin Books in November 2012. Fantagraphics distributed her previous autobiography, I Was Seven in ’75, in 2001. Amongst other work in Forney’s career, her collection called Lust was published in 2008.

Allison Baker is Co-publisher of Monkeybrain Comics & Director of Operations at IDW Publishing.

Tom Kaczynski is an Eisner and Ignatz nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher and publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, MOME, Punk Planet, The Drama, and many other publications. He’s currently teaching comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and occasionally contributes to the Rain Taxi Review of Books. Since 2006 he’s been the publisher of Uncivilized Books.

Bill Kartalopoulos is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator and editor. He is the Series Editor for the Best American Comics series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He currently teaches Comics History in the MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA and has developed and taught courses on the graphic novel, comics history, and the history of Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design.  A frequent public speaker and event organizer, Kartalopoulos is widely recognizing for raising the level of discourse at public events dedicated to comics. He is the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo, the programming director for the MoCCA Arts Festival, and co-founded the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, which ran for four years before concluding in 2012.

Chris Pitzer is the founder of Adhouse Books, the boutique publishing juggernaut, since the year of 2002. Over the years, they have won and been nominated for awards within the comic profession (Ignatz, Harvey, Eisner) and the design world (AIGA, Communication Arts, Domtar Paper). Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.

Jen Vaughn is the Marketing Manager at Fantagraphics Books and cartonist working on comics for Adventure Time, The Regular Show, Cartozia Tales and her own Avery Fatbottom!  Jen is a 2010 graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Danielle Corsetto is the artist and creator of Girls With Slingshots. She created her first comic strip when she was 8, starting with a blatant rip-off of Garfield called Fat Cat. She started writing Hazelnutsin high school, and ran a semi-autobio comic about super-senior college kids called Ramblers in the student paper at Shepherd College (as well as Pop Image and World Famous Comics). She also briefly ran a comic called Larry and Caroline in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.