Carol TylerVisual Arts, Comics & Graphic Novels
Carol Tyler is an influential pioneer of American Comics, known for her beautifully written and drawn by hand autobiographical stories.
Carol was born and raised in Chicago, received her Masters from Syracuse in 1983. After some years in NYC, she moved to San Francisco and began getting her comics published in R. Crumb’s Weirdo. In 1988, Carol received the Dori Seda Memorial Award for Best New Female Cartoonist.
Carol has many books, including the graphic masterpiece “Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand my WWII Veteran Father, A Daughter’s Memoir” (2015) which began as the “You’ll Never Know” trilogy. “Soldier’s Heart” describes the author’s damaged relationship with her Dad, and how his untreated PTSD shaped her childhood and affected her relationships into adulthood. “Soldier’s Heart” received the Gold Medal of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and received the slate.com Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of 2015. It also received rave reviews from many prestigious magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. “Soldier’s Heart” was named on Time Magazine’s Top Ten Comics of the year list, and Rolling Stone Magazine placed it on the list of Top 50 Graphic Novels of all time. It earned eleven Eisner Awards nominations, 2 LA Book Prize nominations, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Her brilliant “The Hannah Story” was named on the list of the Top 100 Comic Works of the 20th Century.
Her current book is called Fab4 Mania. Inspired by a series of keepsake booklets Miss Tyler made when she was 13, Fab4 Mania is a first-hand account of seeing the Beatles in 1965.
Carol teaches comics, graphic novels, and sequential art at the University of Cincinnati DAAP School of Art and has been supported by artist in residence grants from the Ohio Arts Council.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adults
- Older Adults
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Internet Access
Images courtesy of the teaching artist.