Lucky Forward: Advancing the Story

A workshop facilitated by graphic novelist Carol Tyler
For veterans and family members of veterans
Sponsored by the Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 / 1:00pm-4:00pm
Plemmons Student Union, Linville Falls Room

“Lucky Forward” was the name for Patton’s Third Army elite. This workshop is about getting to the story within. It offers instructions on how to extract the essentials of an experience and create a visual narrative. The end result will be a graphics-based narrative that can proudly represent the experience of the Veteran for generations.

This workshop is for veterans and family members of veterans, both on campus and in the greater community. There is no charge, and reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. We recommend the Library Parking Deck on College Street (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, please see

About Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler is one of the most important and influential artists to come out of the alternative comics movement of the 1980s. She is known for her beautifully written and drawn autobiographical stories.

She received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and an MFA in painting from Syracuse University. After some years in New York City, she moved to San Francisco and began getting her comics published in R. Crumb’s Weirdo comics magazine. At the 1988 San Diego Comic Con, Tyler was awarded the Dori Seda Memorial award for Best New Female Cartoonist.

Tyler’s latest graphic novel is Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father, A Daughter’s Memoir (2015). Soldier’s Heart describes the author’s damaged relationship with her father, and how his untreated PTSD shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood. In 2016, Soldier’s Heart received the Gold Medal of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and received the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of 2015. It has also received rave reviews from many prestigious magazines and newspapers including The New York Times.

Soldier’s Heart was named on Time’s Top Ten Comics of the year list, and Rolling Stone placed Soldier’s Heart on the list of Top 50 Graphic Novels of all time. Tyler’s work has earned eleven Eisner Award nominations, two L.A. Book Prize nominations, and an Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

She also has two short story collections, The Job Thing (1993) and Late Bloomer (2005).

Professor Tyler teaches Comics, Graphic Novels, and Sequential Art at the University of Cincinnati DAAP School of Art and is a Residency Artist with the Ohio Arts Council.

“I Was Dipping a Pen at My Dying Mother’s Bedside”: An Interview with Carol Tyler

“There are two oft-repeated statements about Carol Tyler (well, at least they’re oft-repeated in my house): 1) She is an AMAZING cartoonist; 2) She is WAY under-appreciated.” An interview with Carol Tyler by Chris Mautner of The Comics Journal.

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Selected Books

Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter's Memoir - Available from Fantagraphics
Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter's Memoir

By Carol Tyler

The narrative unfolds over 360 pages of masterfully crafted drawings. Stunning ink and color washes weave through the decades: Tyler examines the past in sepia, confronts reality in stark black & white and uses rich color to convey the moods and fragility of the present. She overlays her father’s memories with her own, while struggling to understand her troubled life: a failed marriage, a teenage daughter on the edge, and an elderly father and mother. Literate, emotionally engaging and historically accurate, Soldier’s Heart is a magnificent achievement.

Available from Fantagraphics

Late Bloomer - Available from Fantagraphics
Late Bloomer

By Carol Tyler

This new book presents the biggest, richest and most delightful collection of Tyler's work to date featuring many new and previously unpublished works. In "Migrant Mother," Tyler tells the grueling story of a cross-country trip with the flu and her terrible-twos toddler using her trademark combination of rueful humor and empathy. The full-color "Just A Bad Seed" is a meditation on a problem child who might not be such a problem after all, while "The Return of Mrs. Kite" chronicles a family crisis — how her widowed grandmother fell in with a beau of questionable character. "Gone" (also in full color) is a stirring meditation on all kinds of loss, and "Why I'm A-gin' Southern Men" is a classic rant that dissects that particular breed of male — or at least a certain subspecies of "ex"es — with pitiless wit. Other stories include "Sweet Miss Lee" (a reminiscence of an immigrant roommate and her fate), "There's Something Wrong with a Perfect Lawn" (a tale of suburban obsessiveness), "Little Crosshatch Mind" (where artistic impulses come from), and "Uncovered Property" (discovering the power of sexuality at an early age). Tyler works equally well in delicately crisp black-and-white penstrokes and lushly watercolored paintings (this book features over 30 pages of her stunning full-color work). All told, the three-dozen stories here cement Tyler's reputation as a cartoonist to be reckoned with.

Available from Fantagraphics


Joseph Bathanti


Many thanks to the following partners and sponsors: the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance; the Office of Academic Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost; the Military Affairs Committee; the Department of English; the Office of Multicultural Student Development; the University Bookstore and The New Public House & Hotel.