Photo by O Horvath

Photo by O Horvath

  Photos from the Manager MPLS, where I was artist-in-residence June 2016.

Photos from the Manager MPLS, where I was artist-in-residence June 2016.

Cathy G. Johnson

My name is Cathy G. Johnson. I'm an artist in Providence, Rhode Island, where I make comics, drawings, prints and books about confrontation and sincerity. I draw inspiration from my life and my community.

My first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013, and was published by One Percent Press in 2015. My second book Gorgeous was published by Koyama Press in 2016. My upcoming book No Dogs Allowed is coming from First Second 2019.

In addition to my artwork, I am also an educator and organizer. I teach various art classes and workshops throughout New England and North America. On June 3, 2017 I earned my masters degree in Teaching & Learning in Art & Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. I am a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, which was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015. 

"There’s a truly conversational tone to Cathy G. Johnson’s dialogue, which, when combined with her raw and expressionistic art, creates an immersive sense of being “there” with her characters. Johnson’s loyalty to activist punk scenes clearly informs her subjects, which are so often pitch-perfect representations of young people making sense of living in a system that doesn’t value them. Her stories wrap around central ambiguities, the elusiveness and power of human connection, and the sometimes frightening lengths we’re willing to go to find them. Bold and messy pencils and paint fill her compositions with an infectious energy that drives further reflection on the questions her stories raise long after you’ve put the book down." - Kimball Anderson and Laurel Lynn Leake, Inaction Comics

2014 Ignatz Award Winner for Promising New Talent.

The wonderful folks over at We Should Be Friends recorded a fantastic podcast reviewing my comics and books, give it a listen!

I am available for artist and educator visits:
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Represented by Linnan Literary Management LLC:


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