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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.”

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Tags: Are You Listening?, cartoonist, Cartoonist Laureate, CCS Alum, On A Sunbeam, Spinning, Tillie Walden, Vermont

It’s LIT PBS talks Graphic Novels

A recent It’s LIT PBS 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.

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Tags: Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, Graphic Novels, It's LIT, Princess Weekes, Spinning, Tillie Walden

Celebrate Will Eisner Week

2020 Will Eisner Week poster

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.

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Tags: A Contract with God, Comics and Sequential Art, Eisner Week, First Second, Good Night Planet, James Kolchalka, Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, Liniers, Sophie Yanow, Spinning, The Contradictions, Tillie Walden, TOON Books, Top Shelf Comix, Will Eisner

SPX Poster by Tillie Walden ′16

SPOX 2019 poster by graduate Tillie Walden

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.

Tags: Are You Listening, cartoonstudies, First Second, On a Sun Beam, Spinning, SPX, Tillie Walden

New Book Releases from CCS Grads

In the next year or so, a strong group of CCS alums are releasing books into the wild. Congratulations to Lucy Knisley ′09 (Kid Gloves, First Second, 2019) , Laura Terry ′10 (Graveyard Shakes, Graphix, 2017), JP Coovert ′08 (illustrator for Charlie Joe Jackson series), Tillie Walden ′16 (Spinning, First Second, 2017), and Jarad Greene ′17!

You Are New cover

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.

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Tags: Anna Strong, Are You Listening, cartoonstudies, CCS Alum, Charlie Joe Jackson, children's books, Chronicle Books, Draw a Comic, First Second, Graphic Novel, Graphix, Graveyard Shakes, Jarad Greene, JP Coovert, Kid Gloves, Laura Terry, Lion Forge, Lucy Knisley, Maker Comics, Scullion, Spinning, Tillie Walden, Workman, You Are New

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.

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops

Tags: cartoonstudies, Jo Knowles, On A Sunbeam, Spinning, Still a Work in Progress, Summer Workshop, Tillie Walden, Young Adult

Young Adult comics at The Schulz Library

Young Adult is a booming genre. To keep things simple, in The Schulz Library we group YA and Middle Grade books. Either way, it is a popular section!

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Tags: Aaron Renier, Amulet, Andy Runton, Angela Boyle, Aqua, Bone, Boxers and Saints, Bridget Comeau, Cartoon Books, Cartoon Studies, Dan Nott, Faith Erin Hicks, First Second, Friends with Boys, Gene Yang, Graphix, I Kill Giants, Image Comics, J. M. Ken Niimura, Jarad Greene, Jeff Smith, Jess Johnson, Jillian Tamaki, Joe Kelly, Joey Weiser, Kazu Kibuishi, Koyama Press, Kozue Amano, Mariko Tamaki, Mermin, middle grade, Nem Sears, Night Air, Oni Press, Owly, Raina Telgemeier, Schulz Library, Smile, Spinning, Square Fish, The Unsinkable Walker Bean, This One Summer, Tillie Walden, Tokyopop, Young Adult

CCS at the Boston Book Festival

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.

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Tags: Berlin, Boston Book Festival, Drawn and Quarterly, First Second, Graphic Novel, Jason Lutes, On A Sunbeam, Phoenix Books, Spinning, Tillie Walden, Vermont Book Shop

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:

Tags: Cartoon Studies, Comic-Con, First Second, Holy Shit, Liniers, San Diego Comic-Con, Spinning, Tillie Walden, TOON Books

3 CCS Top ALA YA Graphic Novel List!

The American Association of Librarians has posted a list of the 2018 top ten graphic novels for youth in Booklist Online. Three from The Center for Cartoon Studies made the list!

As The Crow Flies

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.

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Tags: ALA, As the Crow Flies, Booklist, Cartoon Studies, First Second, Good Night Planet, Iron Circus Comics, Liniers, Melanie Gillman, Spinning, Tillie, TOON Books