Today, The Beat is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize is an annual award from Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies. Over the years, The Beat has been honored to announce the nominees and winners, and this year, we’re especially proud to be the media partner for the award.

There are two categories for the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize: print and digital. Winners in each category will be awarded a $1,000 prize and a Wacom One Creative Pen Display. The winners for each category will be announced on April 15th, 2021.

The 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize is sponsored by The Denis Kitchen Art Agency, Felix Comic Art, and Wacom. Take a look at the shortlists for the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize for print and webcomics, and you can let us know which one of the nominees you’re most hopeful will take the top prize in the comment section! 


Print Shortlist

Dancing After Ten by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber

Desperate Pleasures by M.S. Harkness 

Fights by Joel Christian Gill

Kent State by Derf Backderf 

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen 

A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong

Moms by Yeong-Shin Ma

Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

Vision by Julia Gfrörer 

Year of the Rabbit by Tian Veasna 


Webcomics Shortlist 

Badhandscomics by Ness Ilene Garza

Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann

Dog Biscuits by Alex Graham

En-Chan’s House by Ayumu Arisaka 

MAYDAY76 by Breena Bard 

Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins 

Various Instagram Comics by Bjenny Montero

Various Instagram Comics by Kaitlin Chan

The Vine and the Fish by Leise Hook 

TRUMPTRUMP by Warren Craghead


 Have you read all of the comics on the print and webcomic shortlists for the 2021 CCS Cartoonist Studio Prize? Which ones are your favorite entries? The winners will be announced on April 15th, 2021.

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