Stories tagged Graphic Novel

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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“The Land of Many Monsters” by Alum Denis St. John

Cover of The Land of Many Monsters by Denis St. John

Fresh from Denis St. John (’08), The Land of Many Monsters: And Many More Monster Tails is now available from WK Books. This 112-page collection is filled with his short horror comics from the last few years. Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing, penciller) wrote a lengthy and funny foreword.

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Alum Melissa Mendes’s new issue of The Weight

Cover of The Weight, Number 6, by Melissa Mendes

A new issue of The Weight, No. 6, by Melissa Mendes (’10) is out through Radiator Comics. The comics is inspired by a short autobiography that her grandfather John Albert Ridgeway wrote at the end of his life, chronicling a long life of hard work. The comic focuses on Edie, a young girl born during depression-era, rural New York State.

Melissa publishes the comic online, two pages, a week. But she also publishes it in print, which you can subscribe to on her Patreon. Each black-and-white issue is between 15 and 40 pages long, with this latest issue at 24 pages.

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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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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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Alum Tillie Walden’s SPINNING tools and techniques

Self portrait by Tillie Walden with her pen


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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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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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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An Evening With Juliacks

November 3, 2017
6:30 pmto7:45 pm

Cover of Architecture of an Atom by Juliacks

A CCS First Friday event!

Friday, November 3, 6:3o pm

at The Center for Cartoon Studies
Old Post Office campus building, 46 South Main Street

Open to the public. Doors open at 6:3o pm. Talk begins at 6:45pm.

Juliacks is the writer and creator of Architecture of an Atom (2d Cloud, 2017). This graphic novel was developed and completed at the residencies Martha Street Studios (Winnipeg,) Entreprise Culturelle (Paris,) BHQFU (New York City), and De Ateliers (Amsterdam) and in New Jersey. From 2010–2016, Juliacks co-created this nonlinear, transmedia narrative. Working with artistic communities and groups of Lyon, Stockholm, Gotland, Helsinki, Rome, Winnipeg, New York, Copenhagen, and Malmö, she devised a searching, functional, method-based system to create a series of abstract fictional and site-specific films. These works have exhibited, screened, and performed at museums (MoMA PS1, Moderna, MAC-Lyon, Centre-Geneva, Kiasma), galleries (Silberkuppe, Essex Flowers, Salon de Montrouge), film and comics festivals (Cineglobe, Zinebi, Crack, Antimatter, Cine-Rebis), and alternative art spaces (Néon, Atomic Centre, GrrrndZero) in North America and Europe. Fiction, and its layered construction, is the basis of Juliacks’s work, which takes the form of books, films, theater, performance, installations, paintings, tapestries, and comics. Her current project, Transversal Scepters | The Antecedents, crosses time by using criminal archives and technologies from the 17th and 21st century in the Netherlands and North America as touchstones to hallucinate alternative futures. This project has been awarded with a research development grant from the Mondriaan Fonds. Juliacks is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, and the ENSBA-Lyon, Néon, LA BOX, De Ateliers residencies and grants.

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Alum Debut: Killbuck by Sean Knickerbocker

Sean Knickerbocker’s (’12) debut graphic novel, Killbuck, is now out through One Percent Press, which is run by JP Coovert. This coming-of-age story is set in impoverished rural America. It is 96 black-and-white pages at 8.5×5.5 inches.

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