Two Center for Cartoon Studies Graduates Nominated for Eisner Awards
We are honored and excited to announce that two of our The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) grads and current faculty, Robyn Smith ’17 and Tillie Walden ’16, have been nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award! Both are in the running for “The Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17).”
Robyn Smith ’17 for WASH DAY DIARIES (Chronicle Books) with writer Jamila Rowser. Robyn is a 2017 graduate of CCS, was a fellow from 2021-22, and is a member of our faculty.
Appointment of Vermont Cartoonist Laureate Rick Veitch
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On Thursday, April 2, 2020, West Townshend, Vermont resident Rick Veitch will be appointed Vermont’s fourth cartoonist laureate during a live stream event. Veitch was to be recognized on the Vermont Statehouse floor and meet with Vermont Governor Phil Scott on April 2, but that will be rescheduled due to the pandemic. Vermont is the only state that regularly appoints a cartoonist laureate.
“Congratulations, Rick. Your honor is well deserved.” —Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Will Eisner Week (March 1-7, 2020) is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Will Eisner, champion of the graphic novel. This international event is dedicated to promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech, and the sequential arts.
We have close to 20,000 books and zines that include graphic novels and gags, anthologies and mini comics, classic comics, daily/weekly comic collections, student work, manga, reference and more. Thanks for generous donations from publishers, artists, and collectors the world over, our collection is abundant and unique. From our selection of contemporary graphic novels, zines, student and faculty work, to our out-of-print and rare collections of gag cartoons and classic newspaper strips, The Schulz Library is a dream come true for the cartoonist bibliophile.
Two Eisner Wins for CCS: Alumni Tillie Walden ′16 and Fellow Liniers!
The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) alumni Tillie Walden ′16 and 2016-17 Fellow Liniers win the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award!!
Best Reality-Based Work Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)
Comic-Con International is the home of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the comic book world’s version of the Oscars. Congratulations to all the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners. For a complete list of winners, visit: comic-con.org
Melanie Gillman ′13 already won the Stonewall Award from ALA for As the Crow Flies Vol. 1 (Iron Circus Comics), so it comes as no surprise that this comic is also in the top ten YA graphic novels. From the ALA post:
Lush, warm colored-pencil artwork relates the story of 13-year-old Charlie, a queer black girl who struggles with her faith—as well as outdated concepts and whitewashed history—on an all-girls hiking trip.
CCS International ComiCon Special Guests: Recent fellow Liniers and alum Tillie Walden
Both Liniers, CCS fellow 2016–17, and Tillie Walden ’16 are going to be special guests at the 2018 International ComiCon in San Diego. With one and two Eisner nominations this year, respectively, they are bound to have a wonderful time.
Eisner nominations are out and we must send out congratulations our CCS alums!
Liniers, CCS fellow 2016–17, is nominated for Good Night, Planet with Toon Books for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8). For ages 4 and up, the story explores what your toys do when you’re sleeping.
Tillie Walden ’16 for Spinning, which is nominated for Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17) and for Best Reality-Based Work. Spinning is about Tillie’s time as a figure skater, all through high school, where she comes of age, comes out, and comes into her own.
Let’s also give a shout out for Charles M. Schulz whose Celebrating Snoopy (Andrews McMeel) is up for Best Archival Collection / Project—Strips. The Schulz family provided the funds for CCS to start the excellent Schulz Library.
Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies gets a different artist to draw the dipoloma for their graduates. The artist is kept a secret until the actual graduation ceremony when it is unveiled with the honorary degree is given to that year’s graduation speaker. Diploma drawing above by Eleanor Davis.