The Center for Cartoon Studies


The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is America’s premier cartooning school and studio located in the historic village of White River Junction, Vermont.


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Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees

The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.

The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.  Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.

The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.

The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises. 

Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.


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Author of the Paleo cookbooks Well Fed & Well Fed 2 post on moving to Vermont! Read about the connection between comics and cooking.



I’ve never been! It’s going to be a busy week, but I hope I get to eat all the food and meet lots of friendly people. A nice (if hectic!) change of pace from wedding planning and teaching and working! Please come say hello and speak to me in a soothing voice— I’m working on four books in various stages of completion, I teach a comics camp for 8-10 year olds, and my wedding is in less than two months. *sweatdrop*


Pascal Girard’s Petty Theft and Julie Delporte’s Everywhere Antennas are now in stores! Don’t they make a lovely pair?


Some of the illustrators around the Target apparel office decided to make some posters with positive sayings on them (think “hang in there” cat) and hang them up all over the place. I chose this one because, you know, I like high fives. And drawing squirrels is fun too. 


Though we definitely don’t recommend trying this out with your own drone, Jos Stiglingh captured some incredible footage by flying his DJI Phantom 2 through a July 4th fireworks show.

Flying a Drone Through a July 4th Fireworks Show

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Hi guys. So last week, I was tagged in a writing process blog tour by the super-talented Laura Terry. Laura is a great cartoonist and Illustrator, who makes beautiful, compelling work. I’m really flattered that she chose to pass the tour in my direction!

Also up this week are Jon Chad and

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