Alum Lucy Knisley Keynote Speaker at MSU Comic Forum Conference
Lucy Knisley (’09) is the Creator Keynote Speaker for the Michigan State University Comics Forum 2018. Last year, our very own James Sturm (Market Place) was the Creator Keynote Speaker. The Forum is a multi-day event every year for scholars, creators, and fans of comics. As the creator keynote, Lucy got to draw the poster for the event.
Lucy brings a lot of experiences to talk about. Since 2008, she has published five graphic novels: French Milk, Relish, An Age of License, Displacement, and Something New. All are autobiographical. She has also drawn the children’s book Margaret and the Moon, written by Dean Robbins, about how Margaret Hamilton calculate the first moon landing. And still to come are New Kid about Lucy’s high-school years, Kid Gloves about becoming a parent, and You Are New, a children’s book about what babies can and cannot do.
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Tags: Cartoon Studies, CCS Alum, Comic Art, Comics, James Sturm, keynote speaker, Lucy Knisley, Michigan State University Comics Forum, MSU
Alum Tillie Walden’s SPINNING tools and techniques
Tillie Walden’s (’16) latest graphic novel, Spinning, recently came out from First Second. In some of her other comics, she included a list of the tools she drew the comic with in the back. But she said it didn’t feel right for Spinning. So I asked her what she used.
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Tags: Cartoon Studies, Comics, First Second, Graphic Novel, Inking, Spinning, Strathmore, Tillie Walden, tools, Uni
An Nguyen is a Canadian cartoonist living in Ontario. Her most recent work is So Pretty / Very Rotten written with Jane Mai and published by Koyama Press. An also draws comics under the name Saicoink and is known for her comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. Nguyen has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.
Tags: An Nguyen, Annie Koyama, Comics, Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire, Jane Mai, Love Love Hill, So Pretty / Very Rotten, Visiting Artist
Spinning by alum Tillie Walden releases September 12
Spinning by Tillie Walden (’16) is coming out in just about a week on September 12, 2017. Her fourth graphic novel, this is her first with First Second. She has also published I Love This Part, A City Inside, and The End of Summer with Avery Hill Publishing, released through Retrofit Comics in the United States. It will be coming out to marvelous reviews.
- Booklist Online: “She uses negative space to great effect, elegantly depicting her loneliness and isolation while simultaneously emphasizing how deeply she feels unable to speak up for herself.”
- Cathy Camper, Lambda Literary: ” At school, another student, Grace, bullies her, so skating becomes a kind of after-school refuge. Not a refuge from everything, however: Tillie develops a secret crush on another girl. . . .”
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Tags: A City Inside, Avery Hill Publishing, Cartoon Studies, Comics, First Second, Graphic Novel, I love this part, new release, Retrofit Comics, Spinning, The End of Summer, Tillie Walden
The Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship AWARDED TO ALI FITZGERALD
In 2015, Ali began a series of comic workshops with refugees which were then supported by Comic Invasion and Amnesty International. Her first graphic novel, based on these workshops as well as Berlin’s historical//contemporary relationship to immigration and bohemia, will be published by Fantagraphics in the Spring of 2018. At The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency, she’ll work on a series of comics investigating the aesthetics of nationalism and propaganda.
Ali lives in Berlin and mostly works in the milieu of socially-critical visual narratives. She currently contributes comics and visual essays to New York Magazine’s The Cut and The New Yorker. She has also contributed art-world comics to Art Magazin and Modern Painters and created the popular comic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s, which ran from 2013 to 2016.
She has been a regular arts writer for Art21 since 2010 and founded the column Queer Berlin in 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe as well as featured or mentioned in the New York Times, Artlies!, Afar, The Berlin Quarterly, The Guardian, The Economist, Taggespeigel, Tip Magazin, Varoom Magazine and Art in America. For more information on Ali Fitzgerald visit: alifitzgerald.net
Tags: Cartoon Studies, cartoonist, CCS, Comics, Cornish, Cornish CCS Residency, Cornish Fellow, Fellowship, Graphic Novel, Harry Bliss, New Hampshire, Residency, Vermont
Visiting Artist: Sophia Foster-Dimino
Sophia Foster-Dimino is an Ignatz-winning cartoonist and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Foster-Dimino has produced illustrations for a variety of outlets and worked as a Google Doodler. She has self-published a number of zines and contributed to several anthologies. Her ongoing series, Sex Fantasy, has received critical acclaim, earning her Ignatz Awards for both Outstanding Series and Outstanding mini-comic, as well as a third for Promising New Talent. Koyama Press released a compilation of Sex Fantasy at the Small Press Expo 2017.
Tags: Comics, Google Doodler, Ignatz, Koyama, Koyama Press, Sex Fantasy, Sophia Foster-Dimino, SPX
Alum Spotlight: Luke Healy
Luke Healy‘s (’14) debut comic How to Survive in the North started as his thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies and was later picked up for publication by Nobrow Press. This comic is based on the true story of Ada Blackjack, an Inuit woman who survived a disaster of an expedition in the Arctic, and weaves in a fictional story to better explore the events. How to Survive in the North is a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016.
- Alex Dueben, “Interview: Luke Healy on Arctic Expeditions and How to Survive in the North”
- Comic Bastards: “You could read a lot of this story as a warning to people to recognize when a situation is dangerous.”
- Deborah Stevenson, Muse: “The two Arctic tales . . . are truly haunting. . . .”
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Tags: Avery Hill Publishing, Cartoon Studies, Comics, Graphic Novel, How To Survive In The North, Luke Healy, Nobrow Press, reviews, Thesis Project
CCS Fellow Liniers book launch and signing for Good Night, Planet – to take place at Norwich Bookstore
|September 9, 2017|
|10:00 am||to||12:00 pm|
Saturday, September 9
10am to 12pm
at Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, Vermont
Norwich Bookstore will be celebrating the launch of Liniers new book for young readers, Good Night, Planet. When you go off to sleep, your toys go out to play. After a long day of jumping in leaves and reading her favorite books, the little girl is worn out, but her favorite stuffed animal, Planet, is just getting started!
Ricardo Siri, better known by his middle name, Liniers, is a fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. Good Night, Planet is his third book for children, following Written and Drawn by Henrietta and The Big Wet Balloon. He has also published three volumes of the collected Macanudo series of political cartoons, drawn numerous New Yorker covers, and contributed to other journals.
Tags: Cartoon Studies, CCS, CCS Fellow, Comics, Good Night, Graphic Novel, Liniers, Planet, TOON Books, Vermont
Tillie Walden ’16 is a Special Guest at Small Press Expo 2017
|September 16, 2017||to||September 17, 2017|
An incredible line up of SPX special guests is slated for 2017! Including recent The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) recent graduate Tillie Walden ’16. SPX takes place September 16 & 17, in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit: smallpressexpo.com
Tillie Walden won two Ignatz Awards at SPX in 2016, a few months after graduating from CCS.
Winning in both categories Tillie 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. Click here to read all about it.
Spinning is anticipated to be a bestseller in 2017! BookExpo named its finalists for its Editors’ Buzz program, which highlights titles in three categories expected to resonate with readers in 2017. In the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo. The program has, in the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo.
Spinning will release this September with First Second Books. Preorder a copy.
Tags: Ann Telnaes, Comics, Eleanor Davis, Emil Ferris, First Second, Gene Yang, Gilbert Hernandez, Graphic Novel, Jillian Tamaki, Michael DeForge, Nate Powell, Small Press Expo, SPX, Tillie Walden
CCS Diplomas across the Years
Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies gets a different artist to draw the certificate for their graduates. The artist is kept a secret until the actual graduation ceremony when it is unveiled with the honorary degree is given to that year’s graduation speaker. Diploma drawing above by Eleanor Davis.
Chu holding diploma by Jason.
And you can see them all on CCS’s Flickr!
2016 diploma by Liniers
Post by Angela Boyle.
Tags: Cartoon Studies, Cartooning Program, Certificate in Cartooning, Comics, diplomas, Eleanor Davis, Jason, Liniers, MFA, MFA Degree, Sequential Art