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Announcing the winners of the 2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Award

The Beat and The Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to reveal the winners of the tenth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize Award in both the Print Comics and Webcomics categories:

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Comic Books Lead To Literacy

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White River Junction, Vermont, December 8, 2021 – For many, learning to read can be a struggle. What are the five keys to learning? How does the brain learn to sound out written words? Why was writing even invented? What are the benefits of reading? How do comics support literacy? The Center for Cartoon Studies’ most recent applied cartooning comic book, How We Read: A Graphic Guide to Literacy is a charming, playful, and fascinating 32-page comic that answers these questions and more.

How We Read: A Graphic Guide to Literacy was written and drawn by The Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Daryl Seitchik, a cartoonist and teacher currently living in Vermont. She has taught comics workshops for children, teens, and adults throughout New England and has enjoyed expanding her reach through virtual classes on Zoom. 

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CCS founding board member Ana Merino releases ILLUSTRATING SPAIN IN THE U.S., a collection of comics and scholarly essays

New books alert! The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) founding board member Ana Merino published a collection of comics and scholarly essays with Fantagraphics Books in January. ILLUSTRATING SPAIN IN THE U.S. discusses the often overlooked contributions made by Spanish immigrants throughout U.S. history. An accompanying comics exhibit curated by Merino is on display until 3/6 in Washington, D.C. at the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain.

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Spring Eisner Lecture:  Roxane Gay in Conversation with Whit Taylor

CCS NEWS ALERT! Award-winning and renowned writer and creator, Roxane Gay is our featured speaker for the annual Spring Eisner Lecture! And award-winning comics creator and faculty member, Whit Taylor will be moderating! We are beyond thrilled, and we hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 31, at 3 PM EST for the free live stream viewing.

Roxane Gay is a preeminent and prolific writer, editor, publisher, professor, and social commentator. For our comics fans, she wrote the six-part series, WORLD OF WAKANDA by Marvel. A few of her many critically acclaimed books include, BAD FEMINIST, DIFFICULT WOMEN, and HUNGER. Roxane Gay also writes regular opinion pieces for the The New York Times, produces THE AUDACITY newsletter, and is currently working on several television and film projects, with more books forthcoming.

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Announcing the 10th Cartoonist Studio Prize

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is thrilled to announce that the Cartoonist Studio Prize is back for its 10th year running! This year we are teaming up again with The Beat to recognize the year’s most exceptional graphic novels and webcomics. The winning creators in both categories- print and webcomics – will each receive $1000 and a Wacom One Creative Pen Display. Details can be found here: cartoonstudies.org/studioprize


The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has named Beatrix Urkowitz and Agnes Lee as the fifth annual Cornish CCS Residency Fellows

White River Junction, Vermont –The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has named Beatrix Urkowitz and Agnes Lee for its fifth annual Cornish-CCS Residency Fellowship for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Due to the pandemic, CCS was unable to welcome a Cornish-CCS Fellow during Fall 2020 so have offered two fellowships this academic year. These month-long fellowships provide a $3000 stipend and housing and studio space on 12 secluded acres in Cornish, NH as well as full access to all The Center for Cartoon Studies resources including The Schulz Library, production lab, and a downtown White River Junction studio space. The fellows were selected from a pool of sixty applicants.

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JAG Productions is back at The Center for Cartoon Studies rehearsing for Theatre On The Hill

This summer, live theatre is back, it’s Black, and it’s going to blow your mind!  Hosted on the gorgeously picturesque lawn at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, Vermont – JAG Productions will be performing 5 weekends of theatre, from August 13 to September 12.   

JAG Productions is one of the nation’s leading incubators of new works by Black playwrights and in its inaugural year won the New England Theatre Conference’s (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre. In 2017, the company launched JAGfest, an annual festival of new works celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights, which has already launched an Off-Broadway production. 

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Harvard Students and Cartoonists Team Up For Public Healthcare Education Comic and Campaign

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White River Junction, Vermont, May 3, 2021 – Ask most people how the US healthcare system works and the answer you’re most likely to receive is “not well.” Despite having the highest overall healthcare costs in the developed world, the US ranks last in many measurements of healthcare access and quality. Too many people can’t get the care they need.

In response to this healthcare crisis, 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellow James Sturm assembled a team of Harvard students, cartoonists, healthcare professionals and scholars to create Health and Wealth:  A Graphic Guide to the US Healthcare System. 

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Nubia: Real One artist Robyn Smith ’17

An essential superhero story for this moment.” –Kirkus Starred Review

Robyn Smith ’17 is the artist for a new DC project Nubia: Real One. Nubia is as strong and fast as her twin sister Wonder Woman. Though Nubia first appeared in 1973, she has appeared in only a handful of issues. This new story, written by young adult (YA) author L. L. McKinney, is set while Nubia is in high school. Though she has powers similar to her famous sister, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. But when Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all––her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class––to become the hero society tells her she isn’t.

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Whit Taylor Joins CCS Faculty this Spring

Whit Taylor (Ghost Stories) is joining the faculty at The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) this spring as the facilitator of Visiting Artist Seminar. The course features weekly guests including the most celebrated cartoonists, children’s books authors, designers, writers, and designers. Guests share their creative process and professional pathways. In addition to lecturing at CCS as a previous visiting artist, Whit was also the keynote speaker at the International Comics and Medicine Conference in 2019 (see photo above). A big thanks to R. Sikoryak who facilitated the most recent fall term of Visiting Artist Seminar. His Constitution Illustrated was a top ten The New York Times Best Graphic Novels of 2020.

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The Curie Society by Adam Staffaroni ’07 to release in April

The Curie Society by Adam Staffaroni ′07 and Heather Einhorn is releasing with MIT Press in April 2021.  In this 200-page color comic, a covert team of young women—members of the Curie Society, an elite organization dedicated to women in STEM—undertakes high-stakes missions to save the world. And the comic is only the beginning of the adventure.

The Curie Society introduces an entertaining, empowering media universe for fans hungry to read about brilliant, analytical young women as scientific heroes. Stay tuned for more Curie Society missions featuring our heroes saving the world through their STEM skills and teamwork.

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New: What’s the Matter Marlo? by Andrew Arnold ’07

What’s the Matter Marlo? by The Center for Cartoon Studies grad Andrew Arnold just released with Roaring Brook Press! The picture book about best friends highlights empathy, as well as anger and sadness, and reminds us these aren’t feelings to run away from, but instead to help each other through. Order a copy of What’s the Matter Marlo? today!

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Online Winter Workshops

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) offers workshops for both beginners to cartooning and advanced, with topics from tools and techniques to writing and drawing for both comics and graphic novels. Our winter 2021 session workshops include Digital Coloring with Ngozi Ukazu, Graphic Memoir with Melanie Gillman, and Introduction to Hand-Drawn Animation with Alec Longstreth. Workshops will run January 11-15, 2021. Click here for more information and to register.

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CCS Workshop Scholarships for BIPOC Cartoonists

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is pleased to announce a merit-based scholarship to support professional development for BIPOC cartoonists. CCS offers annual cartooning workshops for both beginners to cartooning and advanced, with topics from tools and techniques to writing and drawing for both comics and graphic novels. Our winter 2021 session workshops include Digital Coloring with Ngozi Ukazu, Graphic Memoir with Melanie Gillman, and Introduction to Hand-Drawn Animation with Alec Longstreth. Click here for more information and to apply.

The BIPOC scholarship for our winter programs covers the cost of tuition and registration fees. Students are responsible for providing the required supplies and materials for each workshop as well as the technology to connect to the workshops.


Be Gay, Do Comics Wins Ignatz Award

The Ignatz Awards, traditionally a big part of the Small Press Expo (SPX), were held online this year, including the award ceremonies. Congratulations to everyone in Be Gay, Do Comics, an anthology from The Nib, for winning Outstanding Anthology. Congratulations also to Melissa Mendes ’10, Emil Wilson ’21, and fellows (Noah Van Sciver (2015-16 Fellow), and Karen Katz (2018-20 Fellow) for their nominations.

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