Today is a day to send shout-outs to the Center for Cartoon Studies, located in White River Junction, VT and recognize it’s many good deeds. While my shout out should be a loving essay on how teaching comics has had a strong effect on storytelling and how the bucolic yet isolated campus in rural Vermont allows students to focus in on making comics, or the print room or the other great things about the faculty which includes James Sturm and Steve Bissette, I don’t have time for that.

Instead I will just direct you to Rob Clough’s series looking at the WORK of CCS grads (which he didn’t tag with CCS, shame shame shame), and spotlight a few of them:


Chuck Forsman, now putting out an exciting new action focused comics series, THE REVENGER:


• Melissa Mendes, who is serializing a great comic called The Weight.

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Colleen Frakes, creator of Island Brat and much more, including StevenUniverse fan art.


Melanie Gillman creator of the Eisner nominated webcomic As The Crow Flies


Sean Ford creator of Only Skin and Shadow Hills.


Eleri Mai Harris whose non fiction comics grace The Nib on numerous occasions.


Alexis Frederick-Frost artist on the Adventures in Cartooning series.


Sophie Goldstein, whose The Oven is coming out later this month and is amazing.



……and dozens more. I have to leave the office now or I would spend hours more looking at the great great grads from this school. Someone smarter than me needs to look at how the precepts taught at CCS have changed cartooning, and how Sturm’s ideas about applied cartooning are changing the business. But for today…just a shout out.