A recent It’s LITPBS episode discussed how graphic novels are in fact . . . novels. In the myriad examples of the fantastic literature available in graphic form, the video features grad and faculty Tillie Walden ’16 and Vermont Cartoonist Laureate with Spinning and advisor Alison Bechdel with Fun Home. It’s LIT is a video essay series hosted by Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes where they explore figures, genres, and books that shaped the literary world.
Slate and The Center for Cartoon Studies will once again name the best print and webcomic of the year
Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1000 each. Winners will be selected by Slate’s Dan Kois, the faculty and students of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), and this year’s guest judge, Candida Rifkind President of the Comics Studies Society and co-editor of the new Wilfrid Laurier UP book series Crossing Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies. The deadline to enter is January 31.
Short Run is coming on November 9 in Seattle, WA, and despite being on the opposite coast from The Center for Cartoon Studies, you can find some CCS grads with their comics. With a focus on comics, Short Run includes all sorts of self-publishers and small press. Free to the public!
Kids + Comics = YOWZA! Cartooning Club: Summer Edition! All the fun of our Saturday Cartoon Club, plus summer, multiplied by five! If you’re at least 9 years old and want to spend a week or two drawing comics, register now for our Summer Cartoon Club.
In the last 12 months, two books are sitting at the top of the heap at the Schulz Library as the most checked out: Kevin Czap’s Futchi Perf (Czap Books, 2017) and Sophia Foster-Dimino’sSex Fantasy (Koyama Press, 2017). To help push them into first place, Czap is the current fellow at CCS (2017–2018).
Futchi Perf is about optimism and community. Perf’s (the title character) idealized future is full of tight and romantic friends, music, and a little bit of urban magic. The book collections a series of short comics set in the same background into a larger, deeper story.
Gabby Schulz, aka Ken Dahl, was born and raised in Hawaii. He has authored five graphic novels and a long trail of minicomics, editorial comics, and web comics over the years, earning him two Ignatz Awards, an Eisner nomination, and an Expozine Grand Prix.