Stories tagged CCS Alumni

NEW! House of Women by Sophie Goldstein ‘13

NEW RELEASE!  House of Women by Sophie Goldstein ‘13! Another Fantagraphics debut, Sophie’s second graphic novel was one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017. Order a copy from Fantagraphics!

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Cooper Whittlesey’s “Omens of Normal Living”

Omens of Normal Living by Cooper Whittlesey

Cooper Whittlesey (’16) is a multi-talented creator. In addition to creating comics, he is also a singer in a band and an actor. His most debut comic from Uncivilized Books is out now, Omens of Normal Living.

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Alum Kickstarter:
The Letters of the Devil

Letters of the Devil cover by Ben Wright-Heuman

As part of his thesis, Ben Wright-Heuman (’16) started his graphic novel The Letters of the Devil. He has since completed the project as a web comic and is now funding the print version through Kickstarter until October 28, 2017. The comic is black and white and red. Though the comic itself is about 140 pages, the book will also include a “making of” section.

The Letters of the Devil is a mystery comic about a cop investigating anonymous letters delivered to various people in the city, accusing people of dark crimes. Detective Cedric Dustin hunts down the sender of the letters, finding a larger mystery than he expected.

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Alum Spotlight: Lucy Knisley


Lucy Knisley graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2009. Since then she has created multiple graphic novels, with more already on the way. She gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview.

Who was your advisor and why did you choose them?

Lynda Barry! I love her. I chose her for a number of reasons: First of all, she is amazing. I was pretty burnt out after two years of art high school, four years of art college, and a year of CCS, and I needed a lot of freedom and space to do my thesis, and she offered that. She was such a breath of fresh air—mental health and freedom over productivity and monetary value in work. Exactly what the doctor ordered.


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Luke Healy ’14 Thesis Project Published with NOBROW!


“…an extremely accomplished debut graphic novel.” -QUIETUS

Here is a link to a great review by QUIETUS for How To Survive In The North!

Recent graduate Luke Healy’s ’14 How To Survive In The North started as a thesis project while he was attending The Center for Cartoon Studies. Based on two related Artic expeditions, both of which were well documented at the time, it adds a contemporary fictional third strand. The expeditions by Vilhjalmur Stefansson were an attempt to prove his theory of ‘the friendly Arctic’, his notion that as long as you knew how to get food and fuel from under the ice, it would be unproblematic to explore the area.

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How To Survive in the North Thesis Project by Luke Healy to release in May with Nobrow!


Congratulations to recent The Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Luke Healy for How to Survive in the North, his thesis project while attending CCS, will be published with Nobrow! His graphic novel weaves together the true life historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett with a contemporary fictional story in a unique and visual narrative journey that shows the strength it takes to survive in even the harshest conditions – whether that be struggling for survival in the Arctic in the 1900s or surviving a mid-life crisis in the present day. Pre-order your copy today:

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Short Run Special Guests: Charles Forsman ’08 and Melissa Mendes ’10

October 31, 2015



Charles Forsman ’08 and Melissa Mendes ’10, will be making their first-ever Seattle Short Run appearance. Meet these breakthrough young artists, and founder of micro-publisher Oily Comics, on Saturday, October 31st, held in Seattle Center.

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The Center for Cartoon Studies Alumna Sophie Goldstein ’13 Takes Readers To Technology and Government-free Lives


Recently released The Oven by alumna Sophie Goldstein ’13 is about a young couple who travel out of their protected, domed city to “The Oven,” a natural commune where people live technology and state/government-free lives, grow their own food, sew their own clothes, live off the land.


Here is a link to the A.V. CLUB review by Zainab Akhtar. Check your local bookstore or order a copy or The Oven online!

Sophie is a winner of a 2014 Ignatz award for her minicomic House of Women, pt 1. Her work appeared in various publications, including Best American Comics 2013, Symbolia, Irene 3, and The Pitchfork Review. See more of Sophie’s work online:

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Alumni Alert: Laura Terry


Let’s add another item to the list of Upper Valley Must-Sees: the work of Laura Terry (CCS ’10). In addition to local highlights like Dartmouth College campus murals, cartoons for King Arthur Flour’s magazine The Baking Sheet, and illustrations for Lou’s Restaurant in Hanover, Terry’s lush and expressive style has been featured on websites like A recipient of one of the last-awarded Xeric grants for her 2012 comic Overboard, Terry keeps her online portfolio updated at


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CCS at CAKE 2013


The second annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) will take place this weekend, June 15th and 16th. Folks in the area, stop by and see CCS alums Beth Hetland, Josh Kramer, Luke Howard, Laurel Lynn Leake, April Malig, Sasha Steinberg, Melanie Gillman, Dakota McFadzean, Penina Gal, Betsey Swardlick and more!

For a look at some alumni work debuting at CAKE, click “more.”

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