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“Best of the New: Idea” — The Boston Globe

CCS Graphic Novel Series make Booklist Top 10!

“Creative Economy exemplified” – The Rutland Herald

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The much-awaited graphic biography of world-renowned artist Ruth Asawa by Sam Nakahira ‘21 who was bestowed the privilege of documenting and sharing the life of such an amazing human being. RUTH ASAWA: AN ARTIST TAKES SHAPE releases on March 20 by Getty Publications and ABRAMS Kids!

“This graphic biography by Sam Nakahira, developed in consultation with Asawa’s younger daughter, Addie Lanier, chronicles the genesis of Asawa as an artist—from the horror of Pearl Harbor to her transformative education at Black Mountain College to building her life in San Francisco, where she would further develop and refine her groundbreaking sculpture.” —Getty Publications

“Nakahira chronicles the young adult years of acclaimed Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) in this illuminating graphic novel debut.” —Publishers Weekly

Ruth Asawa led a remarkable life as an artist, activist, and teacher. While incarcerated as a child with her family and thousands of other Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Asawa drew for hours and was inspired to become a teacher after she attended informal classes led by Disney animators who were incarcerated with her at the Santa Anita Racetrack. Despite the racist policies at the time, Asawa would later pursue the arts, and develop wire sculptures acclaimed the world over.


Critically New Book: Acclaimed Horror Graphic Novel TENDER by Beth Hetland ‘11

“An incredibly paced horror story that’s equal parts sardonic, gruesome, and tender. A Jeanne Dielman for the Instagram generation.” —Katie Skelly

“Chicago cartoonist and educator Beth Hetland’s graphic novel debut is a brilliant psychological thriller that tears down the wall of a genre — body horror — so often identified with male creators. Heady and visceral, Tender uses horrific tropes to confront women’s societal expectations of self-sacrifice despite those traditional roles often coming at the expense of female sexuality and empowerment.” —Fantagraphics

Congratulations to Beth Hetland ‘11 on the release of her graphic psychological thriller debut, TENDER, by Fantagraphics!


NEW BOOK: A FOR EFFORT by Jarad Greene ‘17

A FOR EFFORT, the second semi-autobiographical graphic novel by Jarad Greene ‘17.

“A for Effort’s refreshingly witty and honest story is a heartfelt exploration of how it’s not always the outcome but the journey itself that truly matters.” -HarperCollins


BIPOC Summer 2024 Workshop Scholarships

These merit-based scholarships are to support the professional development for BIPOC* cartoonists. CCS is offering 1 full scholarship for each of its summer cartooning workshops! A $300 stipend is also included (for in-person workshops only), to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

Deadline to apply is March 21, 2024.

Our workshops are for both beginners and advanced artists and cover topics from tools and techniques to writing and drawing for both comics and graphic novels!

To see the complete list of summer workshops and for scholarship information, visit

2024 Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship Announced

Applications are now open for the 2024 Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship, which will take place October 22- November 22, 2024. The Deadline to apply is April 1, 2024. This month-long residency provides housing, a studio space, access to all CCS facilities, and a living stipend.

The Cornish CCS Residency is designed to create a focused and inspiring environment for cartoonists in order to create exceptional work. Cornish is located 16 miles from The Center for Cartoon Studies (VT) in rural New Hampshire. For a complete description of the fellowship, application requirements, and eligibility, visit:

Non-Fiction Comics Festival

November 18, 11am – 6pm
Fletcher Free Library Burlington, Vermont

The second annual Non-Fiction Comics Festival (NFCF) features panel discussions, workshops, and exhibiting cartoonists creating non-fiction and autobiographical work. From science to politics, history to health care, cartooning has exploded as a legitimate medium for exploring non-fiction topics and the textures of lived experience.

Special Guests include Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Tillie Walden ’16, Keith Knight of the K Chronicles, Janet Biehl, CCS faculty and alum Stephen R. Bissette, James Sturm, Jarad Greene ’17, Jason Lutes, Natalie Norris ’20, Dan Nott ’18, and Robyn Smith ’17, as well as Matt Bors, Rachel Lindsay, and Bill Tulp. Plus a keynote Presentation Hey Kids, Vermonters in the Comics! A Conversation with Stephen R. Bissette and Rick Veitch!


Tillie Walden ’16 is on the Forbes 30 Under 30

Tillie Walden ’16, graduate and faculty at The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2024 list. “…Vermont appointed Tillie Walden the cartoon laureate, and at 26, she’s the youngest artist to receive the honor. Walden, who has published more than 10 books, often centering queer narratives, is also one of the youngest recipients of an Eisner Award, often referred to as the Oscars of the comics industry.” –Forbes. Click here to read more and see the complete list of young artists and designers reimagining how we see the world.

The Center for Cartoon Studies Has Big Showing in LA Times Book Prize Finalists

Three Cartoon Studies fellows have been nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel/Comic of the year! They include:

Robyn Smith ’17 for WASH DAY DIARIES (Robyn Smith/Jamila Rowser). Robyn got her MFA at CCS, was a fellow from 2021-22, and is a member of our faculty.

Tommi Parrish for MEN I TRUST. Tommi was a CCS fellow from 2020-21.

Noah Van Sciver for JOSEPH SMITH AND THE MORMONS. Noah was a CCS fellow from 2015-16.

Shoutout to Jamila Rowser, who wrote WASH DAY DIARIES, she was recently a CCS visiting artist.


Announcing the winners of the 2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Award

The Beat and The Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to reveal the winners of the tenth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize Award in both the Print Comics and Webcomics categories:


Comic Books Lead To Literacy

How We Read cover


White River Junction, Vermont, December 8, 2021 – For many, learning to read can be a struggle. What are the five keys to learning? How does the brain learn to sound out written words? Why was writing even invented? What are the benefits of reading? How do comics support literacy? The Center for Cartoon Studies’ most recent applied cartooning comic book, How We Read: A Graphic Guide to Literacy is a charming, playful, and fascinating 32-page comic that answers these questions and more.

How We Read: A Graphic Guide to Literacy was written and drawn by The Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Daryl Seitchik, a cartoonist and teacher currently living in Vermont. She has taught comics workshops for children, teens, and adults throughout New England and has enjoyed expanding her reach through virtual classes on Zoom.


CCS founding board member Ana Merino releases ILLUSTRATING SPAIN IN THE U.S., a collection of comics and scholarly essays

New books alert! The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) founding board member Ana Merino published a collection of comics and scholarly essays with Fantagraphics Books in January. ILLUSTRATING SPAIN IN THE U.S. discusses the often overlooked contributions made by Spanish immigrants throughout U.S. history. An accompanying comics exhibit curated by Merino is on display until 3/6 in Washington, D.C. at the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain.


Spring Eisner Lecture: Roxane Gay in Conversation with Whit Taylor

CCS NEWS ALERT! Award-winning and renowned writer and creator, Roxane Gay is our featured speaker for the annual Spring Eisner Lecture! And award-winning comics creator and faculty member, Whit Taylor will be moderating! We are beyond thrilled, and we hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 31, at 3 PM EST for the free live stream viewing.

Roxane Gay is a preeminent and prolific writer, editor, publisher, professor, and social commentator. For our comics fans, she wrote the six-part series, WORLD OF WAKANDA by Marvel. A few of her many critically acclaimed books include, BAD FEMINIST, DIFFICULT WOMEN, and HUNGER. Roxane Gay also writes regular opinion pieces for the The New York Times, produces THE AUDACITY newsletter, and is currently working on several television and film projects, with more books forthcoming.


Announcing the 10th Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is thrilled to announce that the Cartoonist Studio Prize is back for its 10th year running! This year we are teaming up again with The Beat to recognize the year’s most exceptional graphic novels and webcomics. The winning creators in both categories- print and webcomics – will each receive $1000 and a Wacom One Creative Pen Display. Details can be found here:

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has named Beatrix Urkowitz and Agnes Lee as the fifth annual Cornish CCS Residency Fellows

White River Junction, Vermont –The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has named Beatrix Urkowitz and Agnes Lee for its fifth annual Cornish-CCS Residency Fellowship for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Due to the pandemic, CCS was unable to welcome a Cornish-CCS Fellow during Fall 2020 so have offered two fellowships this academic year. These month-long fellowships provide a $3000 stipend and housing and studio space on 12 secluded acres in Cornish, NH as well as full access to all The Center for Cartoon Studies resources including The Schulz Library, production lab, and a downtown White River Junction studio space. The fellows were selected from a pool of sixty applicants.


JAG Productions is back at The Center for Cartoon Studies rehearsing for Theatre On The Hill

This summer, live theatre is back, it’s Black, and it’s going to blow your mind! Hosted on the gorgeously picturesque lawn at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, Vermont – JAG Productions will be performing 5 weekends of theatre, from August 13 to September 12.

JAG Productions is one of the nation’s leading incubators of new works by Black playwrights and in its inaugural year won the New England Theatre Conference’s (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre. In 2017, the company launched JAGfest, an annual festival of new works celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights, which has already launched an Off-Broadway production.