Stories tagged CCS Alum

Alum Spotlight: Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold, Associate Art Director at First Second

Andrew Arnold (’07) is currently an associate art director at First Second.

You’ve been Associate Art Director at First Second for a year now. What has been your favorite book to work on so far?

The Prince and the Dressmaker! Jen Wang’s artwork is beautiful and the story is so tender. It’s an instant classic!

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

What has been your favorite moment at First Second?

Attending San Diego Comic Con for the first time! It was all I hoped it would be . . . and more!

What project are you looking forward to most at the moment?

Acquiring my first graphic novel by cartoonist Tim Probert. The project is a middle-grade fantasy adventure that follows the story of two friends trying to save the world. Tim’s artwork is expressive and rich; it’s going to be something special.

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Luke Howard’s
“Big Mystery Case”

The Big Mystery Case, by Luke Howard

The latest comic from Luke Howard (’13) was The Big Mystery Case, released at CAKE 2017. In addition to co-teaching the production class at CCS with Jon Chad and all the other stuff he does for CCS, Luke is the creator of Our Mother (Retrofit, 2016) and Talk Dirty to Me (AdHouse Books, 2016).

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Another great review for The Center for Cartoon Studies Alum Laura Terry’s Graveyard Shakes

“Terry never loses sight of the idea that even misfits can find community by being themselves…”
-Publisher’s Weekly

Laura Terry’s (’10) soon to release graphic novel, Graveyard Shakes (Scholastic), receives another great review! Here’s a link to Publisher’s Weekly review.

Order a copy of Graveyard Shakes.


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Patreon Spotlight:
Sophie Goldstein

Sophie Goldstein (’13) is the creator of The Oven (AdHouse Books) and House of Women, which will be coming out later this year through Fantagraphics. She has a Patreon going to fund her continued work on comics.

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Congratulations to RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Alum Sasha Velour!

The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Sasha Velour ’13 is America’s Next Drag Superstar! Velour designs her own merchandise and products and is the creative force behind Velour: The Drag Magazine. Her illustration and comics have been published in QU33R, Posture, Cicada, InkBRICK, Suspect Device, and Comics Workbook Magazine. 

NPR’s Danny Nett talks with Sasha about drag history and advancing an art form. Click here to read: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric

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Alum Luke Healy’s How to Survive in the North Makes Publishers Weekly 5 Best Graphic Novels of 2016 List!


The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Luke Healy ‘s 14 HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH makes Publishers Weekly  Best Graphic Novels 2016  top 5 list!  PW’s list includes CCS recent commencement speaker Nate Powell’s, March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate. Also on the list is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Sonny Liew), The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel  (Isabel Greenberg), and Rosalie Lightning (Tom Hart). 


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Alum Tillie Walden ’16 Sweeps The Ignatz Awards!!


Recent alum, Tillie Walden ’16, won two Ignatz Awards! Winning in both categories she was nominated for: Outstanding Artist & Promising New Talent! The Outstanding Artist category reflects, in the Jurors’ opinion, the best execution of graphic skill by an individual within the comic medium. The award ceremony is held annually at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda MD.

Congratulations to Tillie and all of the amazing nominees and award winners. Nominees included recent alums Melanie Gillman for Outstanding Comic (As The Crow Flies) and Luke Healy for Outstanding Minicomic (The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest).

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CCS at Small Press Expo!

September 17, 2016toSeptember 18, 2016



September 17 & 18
Bethesda, Maryland

Special Guest:

Table: H2B

September 18,
Comics Carousel
4 – 5pm

Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She won two Ignatz Awards for her graphic novel, The Oven, in 2015 and one for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I, in 2014.

Her first book Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Her second book, The Oven, was released by AdHouse Books in April, 2015. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3.

Come visit The Center for Cartoon Studies at Table A9!  Meet student Jarad Greene, over 17 alum exhibiting at SPX, and learn about CCS MFA and Certificate Program.

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New! Talk Dirty To Me by Luke Howard ’13 With AdHouse Books


“Talk Dirty to Me is a story that even with the minimal colors and surreal art feels painfully real.” –Graphic Policy

“…funny sensitive insightful tale of woman’s struggles with sexuality & self-acceptance.” -Rob Kirby

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Dakota McFadzean ’12 wins Doug Wright Award!



The best in Canadian comics and graphic novels were recognized May 14 at the 2016 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning in Toronto, including The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything, Patrick Kyle, and Michael Deforge.

Congratulations also to alum Rebecca Roher ’15 who was nominated for Mom Body!

The Doug Wright Awards is a feature event of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), the 12th annual Wright Awards were held in downtown Toronto. The evening featured special appearances by R. Sikoryak (Raw, Masterpiece Comics), special guest presenters Seth, Chester Brown, Jeet Heer, Heidi McDonald, Chris Kuzma, Maurice Vellekoop, Nathalie Atkinson, and Betty Liang.

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