The Brooklyn Book Festival features free and low-cost programs celebrating reading, authors, discussion, and published literature. As New York City’s largest free literary festival, the show presents programs that are hip, smart, diverse, and inclusive. The festival presents challenging, engaging, and thoughtful programming in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, youth, and children literature. Other cartoonists you can find at this year’s show include Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), MariNaomi (Gravity’s Pull, Graphic Universe, 2019), Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea, Candlewick, 2019), and Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Silver Sproket, 2016).
Melanie Gillman ′12 is an instructor and graphic novelist who specializes in LGBTQ books for kids and teens. They’re the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, which has won multiple awards, including being named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. They have also worked on several licensed kids comics titles in the past, including Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Care Bears. Melanie is a member of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Melanie’s newest graphic novel, a lesbian western romance titled Stage Dreams, will be published by Lerner/Graphic Universe in Fall 2019.
As The Crow Flies is on ALA-curated list of recommended feminist lit for young readers
Congratulations to Melanie Gillman ′13 yet again! The first volume of As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus, 2017) appears on the 2019 Amelia Bloomer list for Young Adult Fiction. The Amelia Bloomer list is an ALA-curated list of recommended feminist lit for young readers.
Alum Spotlight: Melanie Gillman’s ALA Stonewall Award
Melanie Gillman with their Stonewall Book Award
The first volume of Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus) recently won the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The comic, originally published online where it is still updating, is about Charlie Lamonte, a thirtee-year-old, queer, black girl spending a week of summer vacation at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp where they learn to question the rhetoric. Melanie ′12 gave a speech at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition upon receiving the award in New Orleans. You can view their heartfelt speech on Twitter. They discuss how important comics in particular are in sharing experiences:
Drawings are still, even in our advanced stage of technology, the most direct way that we have as human beings to be able to see visually through another human being’s eyes.
ALUM MELANIE GILLMAN’S “AS THE CROW FLIES” RECEIVES ALA STONEWALL HONOR
Starred reviews, awards, and accolades for As the Crow Flies
The first print volume of As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman ’12, was released by Iron Circus Comics in November 2017. Since it’s release, it has received three starred reviews and numerous awards and reviews! The comic, originally published online where it is still updating, is about Charlie Lamonte, a thirtee-year-old, queer, black girl spending a week of summer vacation at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp where she learns to question the rhetoric. This volume is 250 pages and $30. They started posting the web comic in January, 2012.
Stonewall Honor named “As the Crow Flies,” written and illustrated by The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Melanie Gillman ′12 and published by Iron Circus Comics. Congratulations to Melanie and Iron Circus!
Melanie Gillman ′14 is sweeping the awards this year. With more awards to come, they have already won four awards. As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics) was recently collected into volume 1 from the web comic and is rocking it through the awards already:
Melanie won a DINK Award, Best Minicomic, for Pockets, which is a short set in the As the Crow Flies universe
Congratulations, Melanie! We’ll look for more awards to come before the end of the year!
As the Crow Flies, a webcomic by Melanie Gillman, is finally making it to print through Iron Circus with a Kickstarter. The comic is about a queer, black teen girl at an all-white Christian summer camp, Charlie struggles to reconcile the piousness of the camp with the disregard it has for outsiders like herself and her fellow camper Sydney.
Spike Trotman was born on November 18, 1978, which is, as she has pointed out before, the very same day cult leader Jim Jones poisoned 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana. She has been boldly challenging conventions since then and has gone from being a feisty Maryland Calvin and Hobbes enthusiast to one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary comics. She was an integral part of the very beginning of the webcomics movement, creating titles such as Sparkneedle for Girlamatic and Templar, Arizona, which ran regularly from 2005-2014. In 2007, before Kickstarter, she successfully crowdfunded Templar, AZ’s publication in book form. This led to Trotman founding the acclaimed Iron Circus Comics imprint in 2005, which has launched legendary anthologies such as The Sleep of Reason and Smut Peddler. Trotman has won two Web Cartoonist’s Choice awards in 2006 and one Glyph Comics award in 2007 for Templar, AZ. She is currently working on a graphic biography of Josephine Baker.