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Comics, zines, prints + original art


The 2016 Print Subscription!

My 2016 Print Subscription is now up on Patreon!

Iím making 12 prints in 12 months in 2016!

Subscribe early to get the whole 2016 collection! Subscribers will also get first look at my behind-the-scenes diary while I draw my upcoming graphic novel, No Dogs Allowed!

GORGEOUS, coming from Koyama Press Spring 2016!

ISBN: 978-1-927668-27-6
6.5 x 9, 64 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2016

Ideologies and cars collide when a minor accident brings a pair of punks and a college student tumultuously together.

Sophie has tried to stay out of trouble, but tonight trouble has found her. On a lonely stretch of highway under a star-studded sky, she meets anarchist punks in a crack-up of metal and emotion that proves sometimes the freedom of youth causes damage along the way.

You can read kind words about Gorgeous and the other upcoming Koyama Press books on Comics & Cola!

NO DOGS ALLOWED, coming from First Second 2017!

Concept art by Cathy G. Johnson, digital colors by Kevin Czapiewski

Very proud to finally be able to announce my upcoming middle-grade graphic novel, NO DOGS ALLOWED, which will be published by First Second in 2017!

NO DOGS ALLOWED is the story of a remedial girls soccer team that brings misfit kids together to form an unlikely bond. The story centers on the way friendships grow and change when kids grow and change. Soccer isnít about the game, itís about the team. This graphic novel for middle-grade readers is a sports comic as well as a positive exploration of the trials and joys of female friendship and family.

Iím really excited about this book, can you tell me about what inspired it?
The inspiration to create NO DOGS ALLOWED came from my students. I had recently moved to Rhode Island and had a job as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader at a variety of schools and community centers around the state. I got to know over 100 girls at that job, and I became overwhelmed with the need to create something for them. Girls are so amazing and passionate! I got to learn their loves, their concerns, their fears, important aspects of their livesÖ and I wanted to create a book that reflected that. I wanted to make a book for them.

Read the announcement and my complete interview on Autostraddle here!

My name is Cathy G. Johnson. I'm an artist in Providence, Rhode Island. I make comics, drawings, prints and books about confrontation and sincerity. I draw inspiration from my life and my community, as well as philosophy and critical theory. I was awarded the 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. My first graphic novel, Jeremiah, debuted in 2013. It can be found here.

My work can be purchased at my online store, One Percent Press, Czap Books, Ley Lines, Youth in Decline, and Silver Sprocket.

In addition to my artwork, I am also a teacher at various afterschool art and theatre programs throughout Rhode Island. I am also a founder and organizer of the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo. RIPExpo was awarded a project grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2015.

Click here for my complete CV.

Thereís a truly conversational tone to Cathy G. Johnsonís dialogue, which, when combined with her raw and expressionistic art, creates an immersive sense of being ďthereĒ with her characters. Johnsonís loyalty to activist punk scenes clearly informs her subjects, which are so often pitch-perfect representations of young people making sense of living in a system that doesnít value them. Her stories wrap around central ambiguities, the elusiveness and power of human connection, and the sometimes frightening lengths weíre willing to go to find them. Bold and messy pencils and paint fill her compositions with an infectious energy that drives further reflection on the questions her stories raise long after youíve put the book down. - Kimball Anderson and Laurel Lynn Leake, Inaction Comics

I am available for illustration, comic and commission jobs. Please email me--

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Purchase my books:

Also available at:
Atomic Books, Birdcage Bottom Books, The Beguiling, Chapel Hill Comics, Chicago Comics, Copacetic Comics, Cosmic Monkey, Desert Island, Forbidden Planet, Just Indie Comics, Kilgore Books, Mondo Bizarro, Quimby's, Reading Frenzy, Big Planet Comics, Rust Belt Books, Spit and a Half, Talking Leaves, Zanadu Comics


Black Girl Nerds
Make It Then Tell Everybody
Silver Sprocket
Cicada Magazine
Comics Alliance


Thank God, I Am In Love on Paste Magazine
Thank God, I Am In Love on Try Harder
Lovers Only #1 on The Comics Journal
Lovers Only #1 on The A.V. Club
Lovers Only #1 on Sequential State
Jeremiah on Comics Bulletin
Dear Amanda on Comics & Cola
Dear Amanda on Sequential State
Jeremiah on Panel Patter
Jeremiah on Vermicious

Other Recent Press

Notable Mention in The Best American Comics 2015, Rabbit, edited by Bill Kartalopoulos
Dan Koisí Favorite Books of 2014, Jeremiah on Slate Book Review
Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2014, Dear Amanda on Baltimore City Paper
Comics That Challenged Me in 2014, Dear Amanda on Sequential State
Weird Sisters, A Happy Death on The Comics Journal
Ignatz Award Winner for Promising New Talent on Comic Book Resources, Comics Beat, High-Low


Brainstorm, a presentation at Oberlin College

© Cathy G. Johnson 2002 - 2016