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If you are looking for a cartoonist or illustrator, contact CCS! We pass along your job description to our alums and get it in front of many creative eyes. Previous jobs have included illustrations for puzzle books, illustrating children’s books, editing comics, and designing logos. Click here to submit project or position!

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New Book Alert! On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden ′16

On A Sunbeam (First Second) by Tillie Walden ′16

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Alum Spotlight: Ross Wood Studlar

Ross Wood Studlar self portrait with komodo dragons

Ross Wood Studlar ’07 became a fan of both Spider-Man and Ranger Rick when he was four. Today he still draws comics and is a park ranger at national parks. He did the following interview with Angela Boyle ’16.

Who was your thesis advisor and why did you choose them?

Stephen R. Bissette because his comics work, like mine, primarily features wild animals and monsters.

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Alum Spotlight: teaching in higher education

Because The Center for Cartoon Studies offers an MFA to those students who already have a bachelor’s degree (you might be surprised how many of those are Bachelor’s of Science), graduates pursue higher education including teaching at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and the Animation Workshop,

Stephanie Zuppo ’15 (Belchville) is teaching at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. In the Division of Communication and Creative Media, their classes have included digital painting. They originally got their BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design. They also teach a wide variety of workshops at Generator Makerspace in Burlington, including bookbinding and teen cartooning. Stephanie’s main comics project right now is running Ladybroad Ledger, which just started a Patreon for subscriptions out of state. Stephanie also is the founder of Conosaurus.

Champlain College faculty/staff interior headshots/portraits, August 17th, 2017

Cole Closser ′13 (Black Rat) is teaching at Missouri State University in the Art and Design Department, where he also received his BFA. His classes include Graphic Narrative, Introduction to Computer Graphic Design, and Illustration.

Cole Closser, teaching portrait at Missouri State University

Beth Hetland ’11 (Half Asleep) teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her classes range across departments, in the Writing Program,

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Paste “Best 25 Comic Books of 2017” Features Two CCS Alum

PASTE just announced The 25 Best Comic Books of 2017, featuring Superhero Social Commentary to Deeply Personal Memoirs. The list includes The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Sophie Goldstein’s House of Women and Tillie Walden’s Spinning! Congratulations!

House of Women

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Alum Spotlight:
Sarah “Chu” Wilson

Chu self-portrait

Sarah “Chu” Wilson (′15) is a web comic maniac. She has two series going, Slightly Damned and The Junk Hyenas Diner, and continues to make various minicomics.

First page of Slightly Damned

Slightly Damned started in 2004 and continued through her time at The Center to Cartoon Studies to now. Chu posts one color page per week. The fantasy story follows Rhea through Hell after she was murdered in an action-adventure romantic comedy.

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Spotlight Summer Workshop: YA Graphic Novel

Every summer, The Center for Cartoon Studies holds a series of week-long workshops. This summer, they have added some new workshops, including the Young Adult Graphic Novel with Jo Knowles and alumn Tillie Walden, July 31-August 4. The week will focus on the specific idiosyncrasies inherent in young adult fiction through lectures and exercises. You will have access to not only the knowledge of these two quality creators but also the printing lab and the Schulz Library.

Jo Knowles as visiting artist

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Tags: Alum, Avery Hill Press, Cartoon Studies, education, Eisner Award, First Second, Graphic Novel, Ignatz, Jo Knowles, Summer Workshop, Tillie Walden, Web Comic, week-long, workshop, Young Adult

Alum Spotlight: Stephanie Zuppo

Stephanie Zuppo (′15) is a hardworking cartoonist who has wholeheartedly accepted her role as a Vermont cartoonist. She has an obvious passion for comics that you can see in all of her various and sundry projects.

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Ladybroad Ledger, Release Issue #2

The Ladybroad Ledger, Issue #1

This week was the launch of the GoFundMe to print Issue #2 of The Ladybroad Ledger—an anthology newspaper of femme alt cartoonists from Vermont run by Stephanie Zuppo (′15). Issue #1 was released earlier this year and issue #2 is coming out this summer. It is a twice-yearly publication that we all hope to look forward to for a long time.

Join us for a comic reading event at The Center for Cartoon Studies to celebrate the release of The Ladybroad Ledger Issue #2! This event will be taking place on July 29th from 5 – 8pm in CCS’ Post Office building. Follow us on Facebook for more updates on this event and to RSVP.

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Spotlight: Robyn Chapman

Robyn Chapman on books

Robyn Chapman has a long history with CCS, from our founding days! She is currently an editor at First Second, but she also makes her own mini comics when she has time and runs The Tiny Report, a chronicle of the comics micro-press movement to help bring awareness to the books this movement gets published.

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Tags: Alum, Cartoon Studies, Center for Cartoon Studies, First Second, Industry Day, Mini-comics, Robyn Chapman, The Tiny Report