Nominees for the 2019 Harvey Awards have been announced and there are a lot of great books from CCS grads on the list. Anyone working in the comics industry can vote until September 10 (though you must apply first). The winners will be announced at New York Comic-Con on October 4.
Luke Healy ’15 (Permanent Press, How to Survive in the North) is posting a new web comic on Twitter: The Peeping Tom. It is updating once a twice a week. It is a slow-burn comic about Luke’s experience as a privileged participant in the gentrification of East London, exploring topics of classism and racism. He started posting on April 8 and is already through page 4.
Spinning by alum Tillie Walden releases September 12
Spinning by Tillie Walden (′16) is coming out in just about a week on September 12, 2017. Her fourth graphic novel, this is her first with First Second. She has also published I Love This Part, A City Inside, and The End of Summer with Avery Hill Publishing, released through Retrofit Comics in the United States. It will be coming out to marvelous reviews.
Booklist Online: “She uses negative space to great effect, elegantly depicting her loneliness and isolation while simultaneously emphasizing how deeply she feels unable to speak up for herself.”
Cathy Camper, Lambda Literary: ” At school, another student, Grace, bullies her, so skating becomes a kind of after-school refuge. Not a refuge from everything, however: Tillie develops a secret crush on another girl. . . .”
Luke Healy‘s (′14) debut comic How to Survive in the North started as his thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies and was later picked up for publication by Nobrow Press. This comic is based on the true story of Ada Blackjack, an Inuit woman who survived a disaster of an expedition in the Arctic, and weaves in a fictional story to better explore the events. How to Survive in the North is a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016.
Alex Dueben, “Interview: Luke Healy on Arctic Expeditions and How to Survive in the North”
Comic Bastards: “You could read a lot of this story as a warning to people to recognize when a situation is dangerous.”