Stories tagged Xeric

Visiting Artist: Herblock Prize Winner Jen Sorensen


Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. In 2000 she won a Xeric grant to publish her first collection of strips. She was the recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Jen was once clue “12 down” in the Time Out New York crossword puzzle and her work made cameos on the “Queer as Folk” television series. Sorensen is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and National Cartoonists Society. For more information and links to Jen Sorensen’s work, visit:

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CCS’10 alum wins Xeric Grant!

Congratulations to The Center for Cartoon Studies Alum Laura Terry for winning the Xeric self-publishing grant award for Overboard!

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Freddy Stories Number One On New York Magazine’s Great New Comics List

CCS alum Melissa Mendes won a Xeric in fall 2010, and her book Freddy Stories is now available for sale on her website!  Freddy Stories is an all ages graphic novel about a kid named Freddy and her adventures with her friends and family, including a big hairy dog named Frank and great uncle Sully.  Freddy Stories was recently listed as number one in New York Magazine’s Great New Comics About Being a Kid, in Order of Sweetness.

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Peter Laird Announces the Xeric Award Will No Longer Be Giving Out Grants to Cartoonists

The Xeric award has left a lasting legacy on comics and helped a lot of cartoonists launch their careers. It’s impact on CCS is obvious as many award winners are members of the CCS community including instructors (Jason Lutes and James Sturm), Fellows (Robyn Chapman, Blaise Larmee), and alumni (Colleen Frakes, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Melissa Mendes, Annie Murphy, Alex Kim, Sam Gaskin).

One more grant cycle left so if you ever thought of applying now’s the time. For more info go here.


Melissa Mendes (CCS ’10) wins a Xeric

Congratulations to CCS Alum Melissa Mendes for winning the Xeric self-publishing grant award for her stories about Freddy.

See more of Melissa’s work…

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