CCS Faculty

Stephen R. Bissette

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. She is a graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS, she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. Her graphic novels with First Second include her autobiographical work Spinning, sci-fi epic On a Sunbeam, and Are You Listening?, a magical realism road trip story. She is a two-time Eisner winner and Ignatz Award winner who now lives in Vermont. Her first picture book My Parents Won’t Stop Talking comes out in February 2022. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat.

YA Graphic Novel: The Center for Cartoon Studies presents Charlotte Bronte before Jane Eyre

Glynnis Fawkes

Glynnis Fawkes‘s comics have been nominated for an Ignatz Award, The Cartoonist Studio Prize, and won the Society of Illustrators MoCCA Award for Excellence in 2016 and 2017 (Greek Diary), and she has received grants from the Vermont Arts council, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and an SMFA alumni travel fellowship. Her work has appeared many times in the Daily Shouts on The NewYorker.com., Muthamagazine.com, Popula.com, and SevenDays VT. In 2019 she published Persephone’s Garden (Secret Acres) and Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre (Little, Brown). On a Fulbright Fellowship to Cyprus (1999-2001) she published Archaeology Lives in Cyprus and Cartoons of Cyprus. She is currently working on a graphic version of Eric Cline’s 1177 BC The Year Civilization Collapsed for Princeton University Press (2023), and a middle grade adventure set in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean for Holiday House.

Cover of Our Mother by Luke Howard

Dan Nott

Dan Nott is a cartoonist, illustrator, and editor living in Vermont.

Dan’s comics and illustrations have appeared in a range of publications including NJ Advance Media, PA Spotlight, The Nib, WBUR, Resist!, Fusion’s Graphic Culture, Medium’s Editor’s Picks, Seven Days, among others. He’s currently writing and drawing a book about infrastructure called Hidden Systems for Random House Graphic, represented by Farley Chase at Chase Literary Agency. Dan graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies with an MFA in 2018.

Robyn Smith Wash Day Diaries cover

Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town, illustrating DC Comics’ Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and Black Josei Press’ Wash Day (written by Jamila Rowser). She has an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies and has also worked on comics for College Humor, Nike, and The Nib. She loves cake and her cat, Benson, and holds onto dreams of returning home to the ocean.

Cover of Berlin by Jason Lutes

Jason Lutes

Jason Lutes was assistant art director at Fantagraphics Books until 1993. During this time, he created the critically acclaimed Jar of Fools (Drawn and Quarterly), which was serialized in the weekly paper The Stranger. Upon collecting this comic, he began his recently released, 20-year-in-the-making, ambitious historical graphic novel Berlin (Drawn and Quarterly). His other works include The Fall (Draw and Quarterly), written by Ed Brubaker, and Houdini: The Handcuff King (Disney) with Nick Bertozzi. Jason has been nominated for—and won—many Ignatz and Eisner Awards. Most recently Berlin was nominated for a Ringo, Harvey, and Eisner, and won the 2019 Book of the Year and Best Educational Comics from the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards. He also recently won the prestigious Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award.

Emma Hunsinger

Emma Hunsinger started her career making New Yorker gags before getting her MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her short comic How to Draw a Horse appeared in The New Yorker and was nominated for an Eisner Award and National Cartoonist Society Division Award. Her comic She Would Feel The Same was one of the AV Club’s “Best Comics of 2020”. Her picture book with fellow faculty member Tillie Walden, My Parents Won’t Stop Talking, released in February 2022. She’s currently working on her debut graphic novel, How It All Ends, which will be out in Summer 2023 with Greenwillow Books.

Cover of Off Season by James Sturm

James Sturm

James Sturm is the co-founder of The Center for Cartoon and his graphic novels include Off Season, Market Day, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing (Drawn and Quarterly). Working with Andrew Arnold ′07 and Alexis Frederick-Frost ’07, he has co-authored eight books in the Adventures in Cartooning series (First Second Books). James is the recipient of two Eisner Awards including one for his Fantastic Four series, Unstable Molecules (Marvel) and another for Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow (Hyperion/Disney).

Kori Michele Handwerker

Kori Michele Handwerker is an avid zinester who loves making small, intimate, weird books about romance, identity, and LGBTQ experiences. Publishing comics since 2011, their work has been included in a dozen comic anthologies, including Beyond, 1001 Knights, and their own co-edited anthology, The Other Side. Kori has an MFA in Cartooning from CCS, a BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art, and experience in many corners of the comic industry. They’re currently self-publishing journal comics, screen-printed zines, and erotic adult comics as well as organizing collaborative fanzines and doing freelance comics work that includes authenticity reading and color flatting.

CCS Staff

Michelle Ollie

President & Co-Founder

Michelle Ollie is co-founder and president of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). She teaches design and was previously a director and faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and faculty for New York Institute of Technology’s online graduate business program. Michelle has also worked as a development manager in the printing industry and she received her MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Vermont Higher Education Council.

James Sturm

Director & Co-Founder

James Sturm is the co-founder of The Center for Cartoon and his graphic novels include Off Season, Market Day, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing (Drawn and Quarterly). Working with Andrew Arnold ′07 and Alexis Frederick-Frost ’07, he has co-authored eight books in the Adventures in Cartooning series (First Second Books). James is the recipient of two Eisner Awards including one for his Fantastic Four series, Unstable Molecules (Marvel) and another for Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow (Hyperion/Disney).

Dave Lloyd

Operations Manager

Dave Lloyd has over 15 years professional experience in operations management with arts organizations, including Director of Orchestral Operations for The Richmond Symphony, and prior to CCS was the Production Department Business Coordinator for the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College. Dave’s undergraduate degree is in Classical Guitar and Arts Administration from James Madison University. He does not like clowns or garden gnomes.

Jarad Greene

Administrative & Development Coordinator

Jarad Greene is a cartoonist whose work focuses on fantasy, adventure, and memoir comics for kids and young adults. He received his MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies where he currently works as their Administrative and Development Coordinator. In 2017, his mini-comic Memories of a Former Porcelain Doll was one of six original works awarded a mini-grant by the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. In addition to his own comics, Jarad has helped color many graphic novels for younger readers. He is the author of the graphic novels, SCULLION: A Dishwasher’s Guide to Mistaken Identity, and A-Okay.

Cuyler Hedlund

Program Coordinator

Cuyler Keating Hedlund is a cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker. In 2017, she graduated from Bates College in Lewiston Maine with a BA in English and in Studio Art. She received her MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2019, and now works as the school’s Program Coordinator and as a co-host of the school’s Visiting Artist class. Her work is often inspired by Classical, Medieval, and Gothic themes (but with the frequent addition of frogs in funny clothing).

Alec Longstreth

Director of Academic Outreach

Alec Longstreth has been self-publishing his minicomic Phase 7 since 2002. In 2007, Phase 7 won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Minicomic and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut. Alec self-published the collection of his Basewood comic, a 5-year project. Alec’s gag cartoons have been featured in Nickelodeon Magazine and National Geographic Kids, and he has illustrated promotional items for Weezer and for Harry and the Potters. He is currently working on a kid’s web and print comic, Isle of Elsi. He most recently crowd funded the printed hardback Isle of Elsi, volume 1.