Comics legend Stan Lee has launched a charity auction of these awesome YO! vinyl figures to benefit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We are so thankful to Stan’s POW! Entertainment and 3CoconutMonkey for supporting our work and the tens of thousands of young artists and writers we serve each year across the country.

Over 40 talented artists and celebrities joined the cause by creating their own unique YO! figures to support creative teens. You can view and bid on all of them right here. Read More


Originally printed in the New Yorker, July 5, 1993.

Cartoonist and author Peter Steiner made waves in 1993 when he created an inauspicious New Yorker cartoon with the caption “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” Two decades later, the cartoon and the adage are widely known, and Steiner is not only a veteran cartoonist for the New Yorker, the Washington Times, and the Weekly Standard; he is also the author of several crime novels.

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Peter Steiner as a Junior at Walnut Hills High School, 1957

In 1957, as a junior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the “talented young gagman” was featured in the “Backboard” section of the Scholastic publication Literary Cavalcade, along with 3 of his Scholastic Award-winning cartoons. According to the spread, the cartooning jury “remarked that Pete’s work was distinguished by a fine visual sense of humor.” Read More

Noah Miller (left) meets poet Matthew Zapruder.

We’re starting to think that Noah Miller’s glasses are made of more than metal and refracted glass. Whether he is creating a stop-animation short of himself playing “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” designing a Gold Key winning video game, or capturing his urban neighborhood in a poem titled “Manhappenstance,” Noah has a singular way of seeing the world—and sharing it with us.

Miller, a 16-year-old rising junior and 2012 ASAP Award winner, attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this summer. This weeklong workshop is nothing if not intense—and Noah made the most of it.

“Classes were free-form and productive,” he says. Read More

Guest post by Alliance staffer Monica Johnson, Manager of Art & Exhibitions

I’m creating my very first web comic right now and it’s hard. But, I’ve learned a few things that might inspire all the current and future comic artists out there.

Make your own font! Traditionally, I’ve always kept my writing and my drawing separate, just like my peas and mashed potatoes. At first it was really challenging to figure out how to create and edit a comic in the most efficient and fluid way. I would write the dialogue, then storyboard the comic. Finally I inked the comic, scanned, and formatted it. But then I would want to edit the text, and that created a problem because to change the text meant redrawing, re-scanning, and re-formatting. Argh! Too much work if you ask me.

Then I made my own font! It’s the best thing that ever happened to my web comic. It’s my own handwriting and I can edit it in any writing or design program on my computer. Visit YourFonts.com to make your own! Read More

Rebekah Isaacs spends most of her days at her drafting table, hanging out with super heroes and her cat, Fantastic Doughnut. As a professional comic book artist, she works ten- to twelve- hour days creating art and layouts for a variety of titles and projects for major publishers like Marvel and DC Comics. Isaacs will be evaluating Comic Art entries in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards. We recently caught up with her to ask her about her secret origins, her work in the comics biz and her favorite superpower.


Rebekah at her desk with feline sidekick Fantastic Doughnut.

AYAW: You’re a comic book artist. Does that mean you really get to sit around reading comic books all day?

REBEKAH: You might think so, but I hardly get time to read comics, and I’ve heard other comics creators say the same. Our schedules are usually just too demanding to allow for a lot of reading time. Most artists work 8-12 hours a day (my average day is usually 10-12 hours). Although it’s lots of fun, I like to spend my few free hours with friends, since I work from home as many artists do. But that also means I can work in my pajamas! Read More

Their matching bowties landed Cy Hungerford and Ralph Reichhold as this month’s pick from our archives. Both Reichhold and Hungerford were local cartoonists with Pittsburgh newspapers when they evaluated submissions in the Cartooning category of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in this shot from the 1940s.

Newspaper editorial cartoonist and past Scholastic Art Awards juror Cyrus Cotton (“Cy”) Hungerford never left home without a hat. Read More