Carol Tyler

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Carol Tyler
Born 1951 (age 64–65)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Pseudonym(s) C. Tyler[1]
Marion Linthead[2]
Notable works
You'll Never Know, A Graphic Memoir
Awards Dori Seda Memorial Award for Best New Female Cartoonist, 1988[citation needed]

Carol Tyler (born 1951) is an American painter, educator, comedian, and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist known for her autobiographical stories.


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Tyler became interested in the underground comics movement while pursuing a master's degree in painting at Syracuse University in the early 1980s.[1] This interest brought her to the underground comics hotbed of San Francisco.[3]

Her first comics publication was the 1987 story "Uncovered Property", in Weirdo.[citation needed] Tyler's short slice-of-life stories and her distinctive artwork brought her critical attention as one of a growing number of female artists shaping the direction of underground/alternative comics in North America in the 1980s;[citation needed] she appeared in the influential[weasel words] feminist anthologies Wimmen's Comix and Twisted Sisters.[citation needed] Her first solo book, The Job Thing, was published in 1993.[citation needed]

Previously known mostly for black-and-white drawings, the change in technology in the 1990s allowed for her to incorporate more color into her comics.[citation needed] She produced short comics for publications including Zero Zero, Drawn and Quarterly, LA Weekly and Pulse!.[citation needed]

Also in the 90s, Tyler (under the alias Marion Linthead) performed comedy with the Rick & Ruby Patio Show at LA’s Comedy Store.[1][2]

Her second solo work Late Bloomer, with an introduction by Robert Crumb, was published by Fantagraphics in 2005.[citation needed] It's a career highlight collection including both previously published and new material. In his foreword, R. Crumb says, "She's tops in my book. One of the best artists alive and working in the comics medium. Her work has the extremely rare quality of authentic HEART. Hers are the only comics that ever brought me to the verge of tears."[4]

Tyler's most recent completed project was a trilogy. You'll Never Know is her search for the truth about what happened to her father during World War II, and also about the damage his war had on her future relationships. Book One: A Good & Decent Man was released in May 2009. Book Two: Collateral Damage was released in July, 2010.[5] The final installment of the trilogy, Book Three: Soldier's Heart was released in October 2012.

Tyler lives in Cincinnati and teaches a very lively and popular[weasel words] class on comics, graphic novels & sequential art at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.[1] She has brought her current book theme, military service, into the classroom.[6][7][8]

Her most current[timeframe?] cartooning endeavor is a series of one-page stories called "Tomatoes" for Cincinnati Magazine. Based upon her experiences of growing tomatoes and friendships in the heart of the city, "Tomatoes" appears monthly on the inside back page.[citation needed]

Tyler is also a Residency artist in the Arts Learning Program with the Ohio Arts Council.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tyler lives with her husband, the cartoonist Justin Green,[10] who she met in San Francisco in the early 1980s; they have a child together.[3]


You'll Never Know, Book I: A Good & Decent Man, Book II: Collateral Damage, and Book III: Soldier's Heart have been nominated for many awards in the comics industry, including eight Eisner Award nominations (Best writer/artist non-fiction, Best graphic album, Best Lettering and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist).[citation needed] The series was named as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.[11]

Tyler's piece "The Hannah Story", published in Drawn and Quarterly, was nominated for a 1995 Eisner Award and is on the Fantagraphics list of Top 100 Comics of the Twentieth Century.[citation needed]

In 1988, Tyler was awarded the inaugural Dori Seda Memorial Award for Best New Female Cartoonist of the Decade from Last Gasp.[12]


Solo projects[edit]

Contributed to[edit]

  • Weirdo
  • Wimmen's Comix
  • Street Music
  • Zero Zero
  • Mineshaft Magazine
  • Prime Cuts
  • LA Weekly
  • Drawn and Quarterly
  • Tower Records’ Pulse!


  1. ^ a b c d Chrislip, Bruce. "Talking with Tyler," The Comics Reporter (March 12, 2006).
  2. ^ a b "Carl Tyler". Wizard World. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ramos, Steve. "Drawn to Be an Artist: Clifton cartoonist Carol Tyler is a late bloomer". Cincinnati CityBeat (August 31, 2005).
  4. ^ Crumb, R. introduction, Late Bloomer (Fantagraphics, 2005).
  5. ^ Tyler interview,"Around Cincinnati," 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati. Accessed July 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Reilly, M.B. "Arts Innovation for the 21st Century: Instructor Makes Serious Use of Comics to Help Veterans," University of Cincinnati News (March 3, 2009).
  7. ^ Reilly, M.B. "Just in Time for Memorial Day: UC Arts Leadership Brings 'Comic Relief' to Veterans," University of Cincinnati News (May 19, 2009).
  8. ^ "Carol Tyler, student at University of Cincinnati," on YouTube. Accessed Jan. 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Residency Artist - Visual Arts: Carol Tyler," Ohio Arts Council. Accessed July 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Mautner, Chris. “'I Was Dipping a Pen at My Dying Mother’s Bedside': An Interview with Carol Tyler," The Comics Journal website (June 26, 2013).
  11. ^ Clark, Noelene. "‘You’ll Never Know’: Carol Tyler’s family album of war pain," Los Angeles Times "Hero Complex" (Apr. 29, 2011).
  12. ^ Carol Tyler bio, Fantagraphics website.

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