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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This past weekend brought MoCCA Fest to New York City, and the Roar editorial team was in full effect at the show. There were a million things to see, between all the amazing art and indie comics and mini-comics on display. But beyond that, we got to catch up with our Mer artist, Abby…

Alison Bechdel is the creator of the long-running self-syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.  She came to critical success with her graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. Bechdel edited Best American Comics 2011, and has drawn comics for SlateMcSweeney’sEntertainment WeeklyThe New York Times Book Review, and Granta. She is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Thursday, April 10, 4:30pm

Dartmouth College
The Life Sciences Building
Room 100

Presented by The Center for Cartoon Studies, The Leslie Center for Humanities at Dartmouth College, and Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth. Sponsored by the Will and Ann Eisner Foundation.


Coming in September!

The Second Expeditioners Adventure … 

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.



Saying Hi to Kickstarter Creators at MoCCA Arts Fest

Beneath the watchful eye of a giant floating Charlie Brown, we visited the MoCCA Arts Festival this past weekend and caught up with some fantastic project creators. There were great Kickstarter-funded comics to be found all over the festival — above are just a handful of the creators we saw (and managed to take photos of). Pictured:

Great seeing everyone — now go back some projects and read some comics!

Kickstarter did this lovely post about projects found at MoCCA, and we are in it! The people at Kickstarter are really sweet.


How are you supposed to get the girl when you’re an SS officer and she’s a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz? YOU SAVE HER ONLY REMAINING FAMILY FROM THE GAS CHAMBERS, THAT’S HOW.

History Time! Back in 1944, a teenaged Slovakian girl named Helena Citronova and majority of her immediate family were loaded onto the train to Auschwitz; within hours of arrival she was the only one still alive (children, their mothers, the elderly, and the infirm were sent directly to the gas chamber after getting off the train). Helena, being young and pretty, was assigned to work detail in “Canada,” sorting through the baggage left behind by executed prisoners before sending the loot back to Berlin (called “Canada” because the inmates thought of Canada as being a land of freedom and riches, it was the best work detail in Auschwitz with slightly better clothing, food, barracks, and the perk of girls being allowed to grow their hair out).

Franz Wunsch was the SS officer assigned to Helena’s work detail, and one day slipped her a note saying he’d fallen in love with her…which she promptly DESTROYED, probably saying “NOPENOPENOPE” under her breath the entire time. Some time later, however, Helena found out that her elder sister Rozinka (her only remaining family) was on an inbound train to the concentration camp. She approached Franz, since Rozinka would have been travelling with her two infant children and therefore slated for immediate death. Franz told her that there was nothing he could do for the children, but falsified documents to assign Rozinka to his work detail and literally RAN across Auschwitz, screaming lies the entire time, and was able to pull her out of the gas chambers just before the doors shut behind her, and the sisters were reunited.

Eventually Auschwitz was liberated, and a bunch of other terrible things happened to the freed prisoners (especially the ladies), but the point is Helena, Rozinka, and Franz all survived the war; and while Helena and Franz didn’t stay together, the sisters did speak on his behalf during the Nuremberg Trials, saving his life in return.

Helena: Helena Citronova


Happy to announce that I’ll be the 2014-2015 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Yeehaw!

If you’re still in New York post-MoCCA (or if you happen to live here!) please come out tonight to Bluestockings for a reading and book launch party for War of Streets…


The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, featuring highlights from the personal archives of legendary comics herstorian Trina Robbins. This retrospective will be on display at the museum from April 26 through August 24, 2014.

Pretty In Ink, published by Fantagraphics Books, is a revised, updated and rewritten history of North-American women cartoonists, building upon previous award-winning histories written by Robbins. The Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective of the same name has been assembled from Robbins’s own archives, and features many of the top women cartoonists from the early 20th century, including Ethel Hays, Edwina Dumm, Nell Brinkley, Ramona Fradon, and Lily Renée.  Original artwork, rare photographs, and other memorabilia will be included in this historic retrospective.  

Details regarding the opening reception and booksigning will be announced soon.

About Pretty In Ink:
With the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine, American women entered the field of comics, and they never left it.  But, you might not know that reading most of the comics histories out there. Trina Robbins has spent the last thirty years recording the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists, and Pretty In Ink is her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries (such as a Native American woman cartoonist from the 1940s who was also a Corporal in the women’s army, and the revelation that a cartoonist included in all of Robbins’s previous histories was a man!). In the pages of Pretty in Ink you’ll find new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, and the true story of Golden Age comic book star Lily Renee, as intriguing as the comics she drew.  Although the comics profession was dominated by men, there were far more women working in the profession throughout the 20th century than other histories indicate, and they have flourished in the 21st. Robbins not only documents the increasing relevance of women throughout the 20th century, with mainstream creators such as Ramona Fradon and Dale Messick and alternative cartoonists such as Lynda Barry, Carol Tyler, and Phoebe Gloeckner, but the latest generation of women cartoonists — Megan Kelso, Cathy Malkasian, Linda Medley, and Lilli Carré, among many others. Robbins is the preeminent historian of women comic artists; forget her previous histories: Pretty in Ink is her most comprehensive volume to date.


Some quick, dark phone photos of the new, gray second edition of Too Dark to See.

(via moccafestnyc)

Limp Wrist


Thanks for all the interest and for waiting patiently after I posted the preview of this a little while back. Here’s the whole thing.

This comic contains bullying and transmisogyny and is not a romp in the park. But I hope you like it.

((Written by Scout Wolfcave, adapted and drawn by Penina))














Thanks for reading this. You can get a print copy of the black and white version online or at SPACE, CAKE, or SPX


Two more Emerald City Comic Con commissions!

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