Cathy G. Johnson

Cartoonist, Printmaker, Illustrator + Educator

Providence, Rhode Island




Education Work:

Twitter: @cathygjohn

Instagram: @cathygjohn


Represented by Linnan Literary Management LLC,


2017 MA, Art + Design Education, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2017 Brown University, Providence, RI (Education and Child Development courses)

2011 BFA magna cum laude, Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Book Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2010 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, England (semester study abroad)

2010 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (Philosophy courses)

2007 Perpich Center for Arts Education, with Honors, Golden Valley, MN

PreK-12 Teaching  Experience

2012 - Current Teaching Artist + Faculty at many schools + community groups throughout New England.

Email me for full Teaching Resume.

Visit for more education work!

Higher Ed Teaching  Experience

2017 - 2019 Thesis Advisor, Center for Cartooning Studies (CCS), White River Junction, VT

2019 Guest Lecturer, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2018 Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

  • In collaboration with e remus jackson

2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

2014 Guest Lecturer, Oberlin College, Brainstorm, Oberlin OH

  • In collaboration with MJ Robinson.

Solo Publications

2019 The Breakaways, First Second and Macmillan Publishing, New York, NY

  • Middle-grade graphic novel, 224 pages.

  • Colorist Kevin Czap, represented by Jen Linnan.

2018 Summer Travel Zine 2018: From Home to Home and Back and Pure Paragon, self-publications

2016 Gorgeous, Koyama Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Graphic novel, 60 pages

2015 Jeremiah, One Percent Press, Buffalo, NY

  • Graphic novel, 160 pages

2015 Thank God, I Am In Love, Czap Books and Grindstone Publications, Providence, RI and New York, NY

  • Comic, 24 pages

  • Book Number 3 in the Ley Lines art publication series

2014 Dear Amanda, Snakes, BUTNOT and I never know what anyone’s thinking, self-publications

2013 Jeremiah, Until It Runs Clear, Boy Genius and Summer 2013 Travel Journals, self-publications

2012 Her Name Was Prudence, self-publication

2012 Self-Portraits: Folio One and Castles, self-publications

2011 Going Back and Relation, self-publications

Collaborative Projects + Publications

2017 - Current Drawing a Dialoguepodcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts

  • Collaboration with e jackson

2016 I think it is time for all of America to go on vacation, collaboration with Ross Hernandez, self-publication

2015 Lovers Only, Youth In Decline, San Francisco, CA

  • Comic, 32 pages

  • Collaboration with Mickey Z and Sophia Foster-Dimino

2015 Bad Boyfriends, edited by Laura Lannes, comic anthology, contributor

2015 Inaction Comics, cover and chapter illustrations, edited by Kimball Anderson, comics anthology

2014 Happiness #4, Rabbit, edited by Leah Wishnia, comic anthology, contributor

2014 As You Were #3, A Happy Death, edited by Mitch Clem, comic anthology, contributor

2014 Dinner Time comic and spot illustrationsCicada Magazine

2013 Therefore, I Believe That I Want You Immensely, collaboration with Cory Aaland and Ross Hernandez, self-publication

2013 He fought like a little tiger in a trap, collaboration with Kevin Czapiewski, self-publication

2013 Lady Knights Women Warriors, edited by Abby Boeh, Julia Scott and Roxie Vizcarra, illustration anthology, contributor

2013 Providence Comics Consortium, contributor to multiple collections

2012 Puppyteeth #3, edited by Kevin Czapiewski, cover artist

2012 Mr. Gormanizer and Mr. Osterizer…, collaboration with Ross Hernandez, self-publication

2012 Quickie #4, edited by Rebecca Mock, drawing, collaborative publication

2012 Reverie, contribution to online magazine ­Two Serious Ladies

2009 Side B Anthology: The Music Lover’s Comic Anthology, Poseur Ink, short comic, national distribution

2009 It was their first spring, self-publication and collaboration with Tessa Chavis

2009 Out of Orbit, Illustration and Sequential Arts Club publication, short comic, MICA

2008 In Orbit, Illustration and Sequential Arts Club publication, short comic, MICA

2008 Washington State Magazine, Years in Provence, incidental illustrations, national distribution

Articles as Author

2016 A Study in Pink: Cartooning Sherlock Queerly (At Last), Women Write About Comics. Link.

  • Critical essay.

  • Theme of queer representation and comic adaptations of television.

2015 Publishing U: Getting a Graphic Novel Published, The Booklist Reader. Link 1. Link 2.

2014 Comics Shelfie: Cathy G. Johnson, Comics & Cola. Link.

2014 The Trick of ‘Overcompensating,’ The Hooded Utilitarian.

Speaking Engagements

2019 Lecture + Workshop, Comic Art Ed!: Comics in the Art Classroom, New York Public Library Main Branch, New York City, NY

2019 Reading, Bluestockings Fall Queer Comics Showcase, Bluestockings, New York City, NY

2019 Panelist, LGBTQ+ Comics and Graphic Novels, New York Comic Con (NYCC), New York City, NY

  • with Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Ngozi Ukazu + Colleen AF Venable

2019 Panelist, Friendships, Relationships, and Chosen Families In YA Comics, Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD

2019 Panelist, Queer YA Comics from First Second + Queer & Trans Comics for Kids!, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, ON

2019 Lecture + Workshop, Comic Art Ed!: Comics in the Classroom, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Panelist, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson AZ

2016 Panelist, Small Press Expo, You Can’t Not Make Comics, Bethesda, MD - Video

  • Panel moderated by Ron Wimberly.

2016 Panelist, Diversity, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, ON

  • Panel moderated by David Brothers.

  • Discussion with Karla Pacheco, Anne Ishii, Ant Sang, Gene Luen Yang, and Bill Campbell

2016 Panelist, Stories Matter Part II, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

  • Panel moderated by Richie Pope.

2016 Panel Moderator, Personal Comics in the Broader Culture, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, Chicago, IL

  • Organizer and interviewer for hour-long discussion.

  • With Miranda Harmon, Ben Passmore, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.

2015 Panelist, Comics for Children, Comic Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • Panel moderated by Hope Larson.

2015 Panelist, Creator Talks, Boston Comics Roundtable, Somerville, MA

2015 Reading of Jeremiah and Lovers Only #1, with Sam Alden and Kevin Czap, WORD Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Spring Thing reading of Lovers Only #1 and Queer Mixer interview, public appearances at TCAF 2015, Toronto, ON, Canada



The Comics Journal - Jeremiah review

“How Comics and Graphic Novels Are Changing the Way We See LGBTQ+ Characters in YA Fiction,” Floor 8 - Link

“NYCC ’19: LGBTQ+ creators on queerness in comics,” The Beat- Link

Enemies of the State - podcast interview

Graphic Novel TK - podcast interview

Comic News Insider - podcast interview

LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels for Young Readers | Stellar Panels,” School Library Journal - Link

“Interview: Cathy G. Johnson on ‘The Breakaways’,” School Library Journal - Link

Books4YourKids - The Breakaways review

School Library Journal - The Breakaways review

Kirkus Review - The Breakaways review

Publishers Weekly - The Breakaways review

Booklist - The Breakaways review

The Beat - The Breakaways review

Page 45 - The Breakaways review

Smash Pages - interview

2018 "Exclusive Look At Cathy G. Johnson’s Upcoming Graphic Novel THE BREAKAWAYS," The Mary Sue, by Princess Weekes. Link.

2018 "Get a first look at First Second's upcoming graphic novels for Winter 2019," Entertainment Weekly, by Christian Holub. Link.

2016 “Cathy G. Johnson,” We Should Be Friends, podcast discussion by Carta Monir, Alice Stoehr, Carolyn Nowak, and Ashley Avard. Link.

2016 “Our 10 Favorite Comics of 2016,” The Slate Book Review, reviewed by Jacob Brogan and Dan Kois. Link.

2016 “Review: The darker beauty of Cathy G. Johnson’s ‘Gorgeous’,” Comics Beat, reviewed by John Seven. Link.

2016 “Gorgeous,” The Comics Journal, reviewed by Katie Skelly. Link.

2016 "Fresh Comics #11: Gorgeous,” The Rumpus, reviewed by Monica Johnson. Link.


Black Girl Nerds, Interview

Paste Magazine, Thank God

Sequential State, Thank God

The Comics Journal, Lovers Only

Try Harder, Thank God

The A.V. Club, Lovers Only

Sequential State, Lovers Only

Autostraddle, No Dogs Allowed

Comics Bulletin, Jeremiah

Comics & Cola, Dear Amanda

The Comics Journal, Dear Amanda


Slate Book Review, Jeremiah

Baltimore City Paper, Dear Amanda

Sequential State, Dear Amanda

Left Me Wanting More, A Happy Death

The Comics Journal, A Happy Death

Sequential State, Dear Amanda

Ignatz Award Winner for Promising New Talent, select media round-up: Comic Book Resources, Comics Beat, High-Low

Make It Then Tell Everybody, Interview

Panel Patter, Jeremiah

Silver Sprocket, Interview

Cicada Magazine, Interview

2013, Comics & Cola, Comics Alliance, Interview

2012, Lutefisk Sushi Podcast, Interview, Graphic Eye

2011 & 2012, Comix Cube, various reviews, written by K Czap. Link 1. Link 2.

Awards + Scholarships

2015 + 2016 Notable Mention, The Best American Comics (twice recipient)

  • Edited by Bill Kartalopoulos.

  • For titles Dear Amanda and Rabbit.

2015 Project Grant, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA), Providence, RI

  • Project grant awarded for the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo

  • Founder and organizer of collaborative yearly exhibiton with over 100 national and international guest artists.

2015 Shortlist for The Cartoonist Studio Prize, Slate Book Review and Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT

2015 Nomination in the Annual Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards for Best Graphic Novel / Book, Dear Amanda

2015 Shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize, Slate Book Review and Center for Cartoon Studies, Jeremiah

2014 Winner of the Ignatz Award in Promising New Talent, Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD

  • Awarded for published comic books Jeremiah, Boy Genius and Until It Runs Clear.

2012 Shortlisted for the SAW Micro-Grant, Her Name Was Prudence

2009 - 2010 Achievement Award from Maryland Institute College of Art (twice recipient)

2007 Merit and Academic Excellence Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art

2007 Visual Senior Grant recipient from Perpich Center for Arts Education


2019 RISD Craft Fair, Providence, RI

2012 - 2019 Exhibitor + Panelist, Small Press Expo, Bethesda, MD

2019 Exhibitor, Bluestockings Queer + Trans Comic Festival, New York, NY

2012 - 2019 Special Guest + Exhibitor, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, Chicago, IL

2019 Exhibitor + Workshop Educator, Kids Con New England, Nashua NH

2013 - 2019 Exhibitor + Panelist, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada

2019 Exhibitor, Boston Kids Comic Fest, Boston MA

2019 Visiting Author, MoCCA Arts Festival, New York NY

2019 Visiting Author, Workshop Educator + Panelist, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson AZ

2015 - 2018 Exhibitor and Panelist, Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA), Los Angeles, CA

2014 - 2018 Exhibitor + Workshop Educator, Massachusetts Indie Comics Expo, Cambridge, MA

2018 Exhibitor, Boston Hassle Craft Fair, Cambridge, MA

2017 Exhibitor, Flame Con, Brooklyn, NY

2013 - 2017 Exhibitor, Comic Arts Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

2014 + 2016 Exhibitor, Providence Anarchist Bookfair, Providence, RI

2014 - 2015 Founder and Organizer, Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, Providence Public Library, Providence RI

2015 Exhibitor, Paper Jam Small Press Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - 2015 Exhibitor, Queer Between the Covers, Montreal Queer Bookfair, Quebec, Canada

2013 - 2015 Exhibitor, Autoptic, Minneapolis, MN

2014 Exhibitor, Locust Moon Comic Fest, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Exhibitor, Maine Comic Arts Festival, Portland, ME

2012 Exhibitor, Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest, Exhibitor, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Exhibitor, Book Arts Festival, Exhibitor, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions

2012 Deviant Art: Dispelling Myths, A Rotta Love Plus, Northrup King Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012 Longing For Home: Reader’s Art 12, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012 Bookstore, Drift Station Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2011 Minneapolis Indie Expo, Exhibitor, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

2011 Commencement Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Station Building and Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2010 Multigrain, Maryland Institute College of Art, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2008 Evocative Nuggets and Psychic Triggers, PS338, Baltimore, MD

2008 Blanket Statements, Load of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Professional Experience

2010 - 2012 Screenprinter and Studio Assistant, Landland, Graphic Design & Illustration Studio, Minneapolis, MN

2009 - 2011 Performance Space Technician Assistant, MICA’s BBOX and Falvey Hall, MICA

2008 Technical Production Internship, Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD

2007 Internship, In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Technical Abilities

Comic books, drawing and writing, short and long narrative.


Drawing with graphite, charcoal and ink.

Painting with arcylics and watercolors.

Sculptural skills with carptentry and mixed media.

Technical theatrical skills with lights, sound, and set design.

Teaching, education and curriculum design.

Expert with Adobe Photoshop, working knowledge of Adobe InDesign.

Working knowledge of Scrivener and Microsoft Office.