Lucy Knisley ′09, a champion of the autobio genre, has been branching out in the last year releases like her children’s picture book, You Are New (Chronicle Books). And with Stepping Stones, from Random House Graphic, she is fully stepping into the fictional realm. As Lucy puts it in an interview with Shelf Awareness, ” The fact that the main character is a ginger girl who reads comics and doesn’t like snakes and is bad at math is all coincidental!” The story is inspired from her own childhood in an amazing journey of unlikely friends, sisters, and home. This is the first in a trilogy, Peapod Farm.
Lucy Knisley ’09 has created a collection of cats to help fight against racism. She has a variety of items for sale, with proceeds going to different organizations. She sold the line art and watercolor art on Ebay, with sales going to The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Congratulations to all Eisner Award nominees! Good luck to Emma Hunsinger ’20, Lucy Knisley ’09, and Tillie Walden ’16 who have all been nominated for Eisner Awards. Despite the cancellation of comic conventions this year, the Eisner Award nominees were recently announced, so all you comic professionals need to get in there and vote for your favorites at www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote by June 18, and results will be announced in July.
Students From Small Cartooning School Find Outsized Success
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – Far from the large cities and cultural centers, a school with less than 40 students in rural Vermont is leaving its mark in a big way. Established in 2005, The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) can point to both current students and graduates experiencing the type of success that creators dream about.
Most recently Emma Hunsinger ’20 had a ten-page comic in The New Yorker (12/30/19 issue). Originally appearing online, “How to Draw a Horse” began as a non-fiction class assignment. Lucy Knisley’s ’09 most recent children’s book You Are New (Chronicle Books) was named a Top 25 Children’s Books of 2019 by The New York Times. Widely considered one of the most outstanding cartoonists of her generation, Tillie Walden ’16 most recently published Are You Listening (First Second), her third major graphic novel since graduating from CCS. Her first graphic novel, the Eisner award-winning memoir Spinning, began as her CCS thesis project.
Noisemakers Anthology with Lucy Knisley ′09 and Sophie Goldstein ′13
Kazoo has released Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, an anthology of women throughout history, including stories by Lucy Knisley ′09 and Sophie Goldstein ′13. From the creators of the award-winning Kazoo magazine—the quarterly, indie print magazine for girls, ages 5 to 12—comes a look at the lives of 25 extraordinary women through the eyes of 25 extraordinary comic artists. In 25 distinct styles from some of the most exciting comic artists, Noisemakers is for everyone who is not afraid to use their voice and for those who could use a little boost.
The Goodreads Choice Awards have selected a shortlist and the first round of voting has completed. It is time to jump on the second round. This award is the only major book awards chosen 100 percent by readers. The semi-final round runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 17, then a third and final round of voting featuring the top 10 books from each category runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2. Winners will be announced Dec. 10.
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley ’09 (First Second) has made it through to the second round in the Graphic Novel section. Her latest is already a New York Times bestseller. Lucy is the creator of many memoir graphic novels, covering her history with food, her wedding, and most recently, her pregnancy and giving birth. Her food memoir, Relish, was also a New York Times bestseller! Good luck, Lucy!
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.
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).