Stories tagged Best American Comics

Visiting Artist: Alum Sophie Goldstein

Sophie Goldstein (’13) is cartoonist, illustrator, and comics instructor based in the great city of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. Her book The Oven, published by AdHouse Books, won two Ignatz awards and was nominated for the Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her latest book, House of Womena collection of the Ignatz award-winning, self-published mini comic series—will be coming out from Fantagraphics this fall. Sophie’s first comics endeavor was Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, a web comic co-written with Jenn Jordan. It was self-published with funding from Kickstarter in 2013. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws (Overdue Media, 2012), written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Best American Comics 2013 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), Fable Comics (First Second, 2015), The Pitchfork Review, Cricket Magazine, Sleep of Reason (Iron Circus, 2013), and Symbolia Magazine, among others.

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Visiting Aritst: Alison Bechdel

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.

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Next Up Visiting Artist: Nick Drnaso

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.

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Three The Center for Cartoon Studies alumni and past fellow have made the Best American Comics of 2016: Notable Comics list!


Best American Comics 2016 CCS Notables

TILLIE WALDEN ’16The End of Summer 

MELISSA MENDES ’10The Weight #1-3 

 DW ’12, Mountebank, Pages 1-26Irene 5 

 BLAISE LARMEE, (CCS Fellow ’11-’12) 3 Books

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This Year’s Commencement Speaker: Nate Powell


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT: On Friday, May 6, The Center for Cartoon Studies will hold its 10th commencement ceremony. This year’s speaker is New York Times best-selling cartoonist Nate Powell, whose work includes March, a graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; a graphic adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novel The Lost Hero; and graphic novels You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts.

Powell’s work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, a Best American Comics selection, and has been nominated for a total of eight Eisner Awards and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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CCS Industry Day

AD.THEOVEN.CVR.72The Oven by CCS alum Sophie Goldstein published by AdHouse Books.

Industry Day gives both the students a chance to have their portfolios looked at by the best in the business (maybe arrange an internship) while the publishers get a chance to see the future of the comics industry and know what talent to look out for. This year guests include CCS alum Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics, ComicsCurator), Allison Baker (Monkey Brain Comics), Tom Kaczynksi (Uncivilized books), Chris Pitzer (AdHouse), Bill Kartalopoulos (Best American Comics).

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Visiting Artist: Jo Dery


Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with visual storytelling. She makes short films, little books, prints, and installation Her short comic “Metal Travels” is a notable comic in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2014.

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Visiting Artist: Sam Alden and Sophie Yanow


Sophie Yanow is The Center for Cartoon Studies 2014-15 Fellow. She was born north of San Francisco. In 2011 she moved to Montreal, and with 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 participated in projects such as the the 48 Heures de la Bande Dessinée, the strike related online Manif de Bonhommes, and La Hausse en Question strike zine. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada.

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Visiting Artist: T. Edward Bak


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 a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2008-09.

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CCS Alum Featured In The Best American Comics


Alum Joe Lambert and Sophie Goldstein make the Best American Comics 2013 book!

The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming cartoonists. The 2013 Editor is Jeff Smith—CCS commencement speaker, creator of the comic Bone. Cover drawing by Kate Beaton.

Notable Comics from CCS also listed in the book:
Jon Chad, Bikeman
Charles Forsman, TEOTFW, Parts 1-7
Luke Howard, All Coons Look Alike to Me: The Life of Ernest Hogan, Father of Ragtime
Jason Lutes, Berlin No. 18
Dakota McFadzean, Unkindness
Gabby Schulz, Sick, Gabby’s Playhouse
Laura Terry, Overboard
Andy Warner, The Man Who Build Beirut
The Cartoon Crier, a collaborative project between The Center for Cartoon Studies and National Cartoonist Society

The Best American Comics 2013 releases October 8th.

Click here to pre-order a copy!


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