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Learn more about Cathy G. Johnson and Comic Art Ed!


Comic Art Ed!

Comic Art Ed! is a website dedicated to sharing the educational work of Cathy G. Johnson (that’s me!). Comic books offer so much to students of any age. I strongly believe that cartooning should be taught in visual arts classrooms, and what better way to support that movement than to provide educational information and materials on a website!


Why Comics?

What comic books offer the student is unique and exciting. Comic books are not only a combination of art and literature, but become a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.

Comic books are an exciting and accessible medium for students. The language of cartooning can capitalize on the strengths of visual as well as verbal learners, while pushing students to develop beyond their comfort zones. The Arts can be alienating and intimidating. Conversely, comic books are populist and accessible, engaging and empowering. They welcome readers of all literacies, backgrounds, and experiences. Images + words together clarify communication, and illuminate possibilities. Through comics, children can create identity space + counter-narratives, and explore their own realities. Every child has the right to feel creative, and to engage with literacy. Cartooning offers exciting opportunities for innovative thinking; a child's imagination can build worlds on the page. Comics are amazing, and belong in the classroom!


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Photo by David Goff

Photo by David Goff

Cathy G. Johnson

Hello! My name is Cathy G. Johnson. I'm an artist, author + educator in Providence, Rhode Island.

I teach art classes + workshops throughout New England + North America, adapting my lessons from Pre-K to 12th graders, and beyond! I have been teaching since 2012, and earned my masters degree in Teaching + Learning in Art + Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017. I wrote my thesis about the benefits of teaching comics in visual arts education.

My latest book is a middle-grade graphic novel titled The Breakaways, new from First Second in 2019! Learn more about my new graphic novel, The Breakaways, here!

Art Portfolio

If you are interested in my comics, prints + drawings, please visit! (Note: Since it is an art portfolio website, it contains some mature content. Please have adult supervision!)

Upcoming Appearances

Past Appearances:

  • Oct 3 - 6, New York City NY - New York Comic Con (NYCC) - Speaker, Visiting Author + Panelist

  • Oct 12, Providence RI - RISD Craft Fair - Exhibiting

  • Sep 14 - 15, Bethesda MD - Small Press Expo (SPX) - Exhibiting + Panelist

  • Aug 11 - 12, New York NY - Bluestockings Queer + Trans Comic Festival - exhibiting

  • June 1 - 2, Chicago IL - Chicago Alternative Comics Expo - exhibiting

  • May 19, Nashua NH - Kids Con New England - exhibiting, workshop educator

  • May 11 - 12, Toronto ON, Canada - Toronto Comic Arts Festival - exhibitor, panelist + signing

    • Queer YA Comics from First Second

    • Queer & Trans Comics for Kids!

  • April 27, Boston MA - Boston Kids Comic Fest - exhibitor

  • April 20, Somerville MA - Hub Comics - presentation + signing

  • April 14, San Francisco CA - Comix Experience - Kid’s Club appearance, interview + signing

  • April 6, New York NY - MoCCA Arts Festival - signing

  • March 14, Providence RI - Ada Books Release Party

  • March 9, Brooklyn NY - Brooklyn Public Library, Comic Art Ed!: Comics in the Classroom, lecture + workshop

  • March 2 - 3, Tucson AZ - Tucson Festival of Books - visiting author, signing + workshop educator