Tillie Walden To Be Appointed Vermont’s Fifth Cartoonist Laureate
MONTPELIER, VT—Norwich resident Tillie Walden will be appointed Vermont’s fifth Cartoonist Laureate on Thursday, April 13, 2023, when she will be recognized on the Vermont Statehouse floor.
Walden is one of the most celebrated and accomplished cartoonists working today. She won the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work for her graphic novel memoir “Spinning,” making her at 22 one of the youngest Eisner Award winners ever.
Beautifully crafted and charged with emotion, Walden’s work is celebrated for its intimate and authentic portrayal of adolescence that often explores queer themes. Entertainment Weekly named her as one of “the most essential graphic novelists of her generation.”
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Knisley ′09—You Are New (Chronicle Books, March 2019)
A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book perfect for baby showers. From napping to crying, cuddling to playing, this book introduces the world with humor, honesty, and unmitigated sweetness. Award-winning author and artist Lucy Knisley celebrates the joys of having—and being!—a baby in this timeless celebration of new beginnings and the transformative power of love.
Summer Workshop Spotlight: Young Adult Comics with Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden
Crafting authentic, relatable teen characters and narratives
Winter time often brings people to reflect back on their youth, such as the books they used to read. If these musing have inspired you to create stories for the next generation of young adults, it is a good time to sign up for Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market. For five days from August 5–9, you can learn from with Jo Knowles (Still a Work In Progress, Read Between the Lines) and Tillie Walden ′16 (Spinning, On a Sunbeam) about crafting authentic, relatable teen characters and narratives. Through lectures and exercises, you will examine the idiosyncrasies of the young adult genre.
The Boston Book Festival is a free festival promoting the culture of reading. They also hold year-round events, but the festival is the annual culmination of their work. Tillie Walden ’16 will also be here with her award-winning memoir Spinning (First Second, 2017) and her newest book, On a Sunbeam.
With the release of the Berlin: City of Light (Drawn and Quarterly), Jason Lutes is out and about this fall. On October 13, Jason will be at the Boston Book Festival. Then he scoots north to appear at the Vermont Book Shop on October 17. Jason’s trilogy Berlin, now compiled in a single volume, is a historical fiction graphic novel about the decline of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism in Germany.
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.