Maria Carluccio ’16 Opens New Shop

unnamedCheck out Maria Carluccio’s always beautiful work- now available as prints, journals and other lovely beauties…
Maria is graduating this coming May. And she is ready.
Maria announces the launch of
little acorn studio ~her online shop where you can buy prints, stationary and books.


Feel free to take advantage of shipping promotions:
* 2 or more prints: 5$ flat rate.
* 2 journals or 2 books also 5$ flat rate.
See the little acorn studio site for more info:

We are BUSY! News from Students, Alums and Faculty

Our fall semester is in full swing. And we are all BUSY! Here is the start of a few posts highlighting students, faculty and alums…


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“I wanted to share with you this official play poster that I created for Houseworld,a work of immersive theater now in its second season. I had the great chance to attend it several months ago and thought it was amazing; I was very honored that I was asked to do this.”

And there is more from Margo, who epitomizes “life after thesis.” Margo’s presence on panels and at conferences, speaking on her thesis topic, “Arab Women in Comics”  and related areas is a stellar example of how the written research of the MFA in Illustration student complements the art and illustration that he/she produces.

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“I also have a new(ish) comic on the blog for the Institute of Palestine Studies, Palestine Square. The comic deals with American perceptions of being an Arab. I was also interviewed by IPS, and they asked some good questions. You can check that out over here.


Hello from South Carolina! : Guest Post by Faculty Aya Kakeda

Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from  at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
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Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here.

As promised…

What a day we had this past Saturday! Our newly conferred MFA in Illustration students, grads now, delivered a workshop to junior year students from the High School of Art and Design in New York City, in partnership with the Society of Illustrators in NY. Professor Anelle Miller, who is also the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators and Chair Melanie Reim, worked with the FIT students to develop the workshop.



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Our FIT grads were fantastic teachers, ushering over twenty students though an afternoon of visual storytelling and explorations of media that included clay to make 3D characters, printmaking, color paintings, experiments with black ink and collage. The high school students blew us away. They are super talented, imaginative, smart and were all a pleasure to work with. They created amazing stories and characters. We all had such a fun day!

This program is a complement to the Visual Thesis Exhibition in Gallery FIT at the Museum at FIT. The exhibit will be up through July 3- so do not miss it!



Visual Thesis Exhibition Opens!

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Exit Lines, the MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, 2015, is open in Gallery FIT, the Museum at FIT. Nine illustrators have filled the gallery with works that move and emerge on the walls. Explore Times Square in 3D with Scott Fowler, visit the studios of artists vicariously through the work of Lynsey Hirth, travel on an animated journey through the Museum of Natural History with Han Yuan Yu, groove to rock classics and the interpretations with Jorge Saldana, just to name a few! Kudos to the class and to Professor Dennis Dittrich for leading another successful year towards the exhibition.




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ligangFor the first time this year, our students have developed arts programming in partnership with the Society of Illustrators and the High School of Art and Design, led by Professor Anelle Miller. We’ll be posting pics from that, too, so come back!

Han Yuan Yu, MFA ’15 Exhibits!

Han Yuan Yu is an exhibiting artist in
One World, Different Strokes Illustration Group Exhibition, hosted by The Taipei Economic And Cultural Office In New York. The  show will be on from  May 16th to May 28th.

We are also especially happy to announce that Han Yuan Yu is our
2015 FIT Departmental Award Winner! Congratulations on all, Han Yuan!
What a way to finish your studies at FIT!



Cristy Road, MFA ’17 to speak at Conference

733c0d_94330b8cbed54a2db539d21996d7cb7f.png_srz_p_980_160_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Our own Cristy Road will be a speaker at the conferences below. Cristy’s voice, through her art, is a force. She urges, “Please come out and support the queer demographic of the comics world, watch us overcome our historical battles with visibility and inclusion via sick publications! +Checkout my website for xtra info on my life:

May 7th-8th 2015 
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY 

Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit

                                                           FLAME CON: NYC’S FIRST QUEER COMIC CONVENTION 11064670_863397047063645_7493241193160828183_o
Saturday, June 13th 2015

@Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn NY
Flame Con will be a one-day comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom, including comics, video games, film, and television.For more info please visit

Guest Post: Margo Dabaie, MFA ’13, Paying it Forward with Comics

Earlier this month, I had the unique experience of being invited to teach students from the High School of Art and Design about the fundamentals of comic-making. It was a workshop held in conjunction with Will Eisner Week ( at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

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Sara Woolley and
N. Stephen Harris, two cartoonists whose works and careers are quite different from mine. We meant it this way, so that we could highlight our unique paths as ways for the students to eventually get their comics work published. Since the students were coming from a magnet art school, we knew they would already know how to draw technically and wanted to challenge them with the storytelling aspects of comics.
After brief introductions by Danny Fingeroth—who discussed Will Eisner’s biography, accomplishments, and how Eisner’s life culminated into a weeklong celebration of comics—and by each of us to give an idea of the kind of work we did, we dove into the hands-on part of the workshop. As a warm-up, we had the students work on comic jams. They split into pairs, made tiny, blank books out of single sheets of paper, and worked on comics together, one page at a time at two minutes per page before passing the book to their partner—sort of like a comics version of Exquisite Corpse. The resulting comics are almost invariably goofy and the students got a kick out of them. But the exercise also helps with drawing loosely and prioritizing the comics style of pacing more than the end product looking beautiful. As a bonus, they also now know how to make a very inexpensive mini-comic out of a single sheet of paper.
We then asked the students to design a character onto a model sheet we supplied and segued into creating a fully completed one-page comic with panel templates. We emphasized thinking of characters that weren’t too complicated. It’s easy to forget sometimes how comics require you to draw the same character over and over!
Watching the students work on their own projects and talking about them was the funnest part for me.

nosO5tZ4xFgCL31X3I1na_MgoqKhdrVvton0dcv2nfMI loved hearing the stories they had in mind because they were always really ornate and involved (I definitely had to drop some gentle reminders that there’s only one page to work with!). It was clear the students were fans of comics and were excited to make work. We had this opportunity to talk more informally with the students as well, and some were very interested in the paths we had taken as artists. It was great to be able to discuss what steps they might take after high school. They also knew their drawing chops and I got to appreciate that!
We’re glad we were able to take the opportunity to impart any information that could help the students in their future art careers; I got to enjoy their energy and innovation.

Thank you, Margo! We are really proud of you!–Melanie