Award-winning cartoonist Jess Ruliffson has traveled across the United States interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, documenting their injuries in hospital rooms at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, listening to stories at kitchen tables in Georgia, libraries in New York, dive bars in Mississippi, and back porches in Vermont. She’s lectured on comics journalism at The Drawing Center and The Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her comics have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gainesville Sun, BuzzFeed, The Nib, The Boston Globe, Pantheon Books, Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She teaches comics, gouache, and drawing at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jess is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi, Inc.
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