Stories tagged Graphic Memoir


Melanie Gillman ’12 at Small Press Expo 2014 with Luke Howard ’13

Graphic Memoir Workshop
June 25-29

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops

Memoir is a popular subject in comics and Melanie Gillman ’12 is here to help you work on your own graphic memoir. The Graphic Memoir Workshop takes 5 days to walk you through the basics. Melanie will take you through the entire process: brainstorming, scripting, drawing, and publishing. They will cover narrative building, developing your personal voice and artistic style, and effectively pitching and publishing your graphic memoir.

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2017 Summer Workshop Line Up!

July 31, 2017toAugust 12, 2017



with Paul Karasik

July 31-August 4
or August 7-11

Optional Online Extension 

with Jo Knowles
and Tillie Walden

The Young Adult Genre
July 31-August 4 

with Melanie Gillman

August 7-11

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Workshops

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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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Take The Center for Cartoon Studies ONE-WEEK CARTOONING WORKOUT


Need a refresher regimen to get you back into a creative groove?  Whether you are interested in graphic memoir, comics journalism, or fantasy genres, this seven-day email course is designed to help build your cartooning muscles. Click here to sign up!

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Rebecca Roher ’16 Nominated for Doug Wright Award!

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Alum Rebecca Roher was nominated for the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) for Mom Body (The Nib). She debuted her first graphic novel Bird in a Cage with Conundrum Press, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year! You can check out more of Rebecca’s work at


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Alum Releases Graphic Memoir About Growing Up On A Prison Island


The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Colleen Frakes ’07 Prison Island released September 1. Frakes graphic memoir Prison Island, tells her story of growing up on the McNeil Island, living in a company town near the prison, and the remote island life challenges to Colleen and her sister.

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Visiting Artist: Dana Walrath


After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, Dana Walrath spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Science of Armenia. She is currently working on a graphic memoir that combines her observations on the experience of aging in this ancient culture with her award winning graphic memoir series, Aliceheimer’s. She is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology, and she has shown her art work in a variety of venues throughout North America and Europe. Her verse novel, Like Water on Stone, set during the Armenian genocide is forthcoming from Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) in fall 2014.

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