This past Thursday afternoon CCS had to evacuate The Colodny Building due to water damage caused by the sprinkler system. CCS’s production lab got hit especially hard and the damage is significant: furniture, computer equipment, publications, and more. We will know more about the extent of the damage in the coming weeks as well as when the building will again be operational.
The good news? The CCS community is amazing. Students, alumni, and staff, and neighbors were on the scene immediately. They saved what could be saved, hauled away what couldn’t, and helped reconfigure our other spaces so we won’t miss a beat when classes start on January 13. We will have a production lab somewhere. Comics will keep getting made.
Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern and offers of assistance. The best way to support the school at this time is to give to CCS’s annual campaign; this will give us the most flexibility as we recover. We’re going to be okay and appreciate your thoughts and support to ease the strain during the tough weeks ahead.
Draw a Comic! by JP Coovert ′08 Releasing this fall
J. P. Coovert ′08 has a new comic coming in October 2019 from First Second: Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! As part of the new Maker Comics series from First Second, this graphic novel includes seven comic projects. To keep the stakes high, the graphic novel is centered on Maggie, who needs to come up with $500,000 in a week to save the International Comics Library from being bulldozed by Dr. Carl. As her new assistant, you’ll help Maggie as she uses all her comic drawing skills. You’ll learn to create and print your own comics books, following simple steps to sketch out your story ideas, ink a comic page, and publish a finished minicomic.
Every year, SPX commissions a top cartoonist to draw their poster. And this year Tillie Walden ′16 has provided her usual luscious work. Tillie is best known for her Eisner-award winning memoir Spinning, about coming of age in an all-girl high school while on the figure skating team. Her most recent book, On a Sun Beam, originally published as a webcomic, was released through First Second. Her next comic, Are You Listening, is coming this fall, also from First Second.
Reilly Hadden ′15 created Astral Birth Canal for around 5 years. Though the canal has been closed and Reilly is now working on a new Astral Forest, an ongoing fantasy comic about nature, survival, true love, and pacifism.
Katherine Roy ′10 is exploring space with her newest children’s book
Katherine Roy ′10 has dived the depths with Neighborhood Sharks and explored the savannah with How to Be an Elephant. Now she is exploring space with her newest children’s book, Red Rover. Written by Richard Ho, the new book is coming from Roaring Brook Press in October 2019. Katherine uses her skills in watercolor to bring life to the red planet, exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover.
Adam is co-creator and executive producer of Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery and The Curie Society. Lethal Lit is a scripted podcast series about Tig Torres, a teen detective investigating the infamous “Lit Killer” murders in her hometown, Hollow Falls. The Curie Society is an original graphic novel about a team of young, female scientists who join a secret organization originally founded by Marie Curie.
Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts.
Mark Alan Stamaty is the author-illustrator of ten books. His children’s books include Who Needs Donuts? (1973, 2003), Alia’s Mission (2005), Too Many Time Machines (1999), Small in the Saddle (1975), Minnie Maloney & Macaroni (1976), and Where’s My Hippopotamus? (1977). He is also the creator of several comic strips including MacDoodle St. for The Village Voice, Washingtoon for The Washington Post, and Boox for the New York Times Book Review. Mark has worked for countless publications throughout his career, including The New Yorker, the New Republic, the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Slate Magazine, Esquire, New York Magazine, Harper’s, Newsweek, Playboy, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2007, Mark received the Augustus Saint Gaudens Award for Career Achievement in Art from Cooper Union. .