NO DOGS ALLOWED, coming from First Second 2017!
Concept art by Cathy G. Johnson, digital colors by Kevin Czapiewski
Very proud to finally be able to announce my upcoming middle-grade graphic novel, NO DOGS ALLOWED, which will be published by First Second in 2017!
NO DOGS ALLOWED is the story of a remedial girls soccer team that brings misfit kids together to form an unlikely bond. The story centers on the way friendships grow and change when kids grow and change. Soccer isnít about the game, itís about the team. This graphic novel for middle-grade readers is a sports comic as well as a positive exploration of the trials and joys of female friendship and family.
Iím really excited about this book, can you tell me about what inspired it?
The inspiration to create NO DOGS ALLOWED came from my students. I had recently moved to Rhode Island and had a job as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader at a variety of schools and community centers around the state. I got to know over 100 girls at that job, and I became overwhelmed with the need to create something for them. Girls are so amazing and passionate! I got to learn their loves, their concerns, their fears, important aspects of their livesÖ and I wanted to create a book that reflected that. I wanted to make a book for them.
Read the announcement and my complete interview on Autostraddle here!
Lovers Only #1
Lovers Only #1 cover by Sophia Foster-Dimino
I've contributed a 9-page comic to this wonderful book from Youth In Decline, in collaboration with Mickey Z and Sophia Foster-Dimino. You can order it here!
Ley Lines, May 2015
I'm excited to be part of Czap Books and Grindstone's joint publication series, Ley Lines
. My book, Thank God, I Am In Love
, is about my relationship to Vincent van Gogh's work. It'll be released in May 2015 at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. I'll be seated at the Czap Books table. You can order my book here,
or you can order a full 2015 subscription here.
Inaction Comics, April 2015
I created the cover and chapter illustrations for the new comics anthology Inaction Comics
, edited by Kimball Anderson. You can buy it from Czap Books here
My name is Cathy G. Johnson
. I'm an artist in Providence, Rhode Island. I make comics, drawings, prints and books about confrontation and sincerity. I draw inspiration from my life and my community, as well as philosophy and critical theory. I was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. My first graphic novel, Jeremiah
, debuted in 2013. It can be found here.
My work can be found at my online store
, One Percent Press
, Czap Books
, Ley Lines
, Youth in Decline
, and Silver Sprocket
In addition to my artwork, I am also a teacher at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island. I am also a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo
. RIPExpo was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015.
Click here for my complete CV.
Make It Then Tell Everybody
on Comics Bulletin
on Comics & Cola
on Sequential State
on Panel Patter
Other Recent Press
Dan Koisí Favorite Books of 2014, Jeremiah
on Slate Book Review
Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2014, Dear Amanda
on Baltimore City Paper
Comics That Challenged Me in 2014, Dear Amanda
on Sequential State
Weird Sisters, A Happy Death
on The Comics Journal
Ignatz Award Winner for Promising New Talent on Comic Book Resources
, Comics Beat
Brainstorm, a presentation at Oberlin College
I am available for illustration, comic and commission jobs. Please email me--
Or email my agent, email@example.com
© Cathy G. Johnson 2002 - 2015