Melanie Gillman

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Melanie Gillman
Notable works
As the Crow Flies
AwardsSociety of Illustrators gold medal

Melanie Gillman is an American queer non-binary cartoonist, illustrator, and lecturer, specializing in LGBTQ comics for Young Adult readers, including the webcomic As the Crow Flies.[1][2] Their comics have been published by Boom! Studios,[3] Iron Circus Comics, Lion Forge Comics, Slate,[4] VICE,[5] Prism Comics, Northwest Press, and The Nib.[6]


Gillman received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder,[citation needed] and a Master of Fine Arts from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012.[citation needed]


Gillman's first graphic novel Smbitten – about lesbians, swing-dancing, fancy hats, and vampires – was produced as part of their Masters thesis at the Center for Cartoon Studies.[7][8]

In 2012 they began As the Crow Flies,[9] a webcomic about a 13-year-old African American queer girl who finds herself at an all-white Christian backpacking camp. The first volume of As the Crow Flies was funded through Kickstarter.[10] The Amelia Bloomer Project named it as one of their 2019 top 10 books for readers from birth to age 18.[11] As the Crow Flies was also nominated for the "Best Digital/Webcomic" Eisner Award in 2014[12] and the "Outstanding Comic" Ignatz Award in 2016.[13] The Society of Illustrators awarded Gillman a gold medal for it.[14]

Gillman began teaching Professional Practices at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2015, and was later appointed Senior Lecturer in Comics.[15] They teach courses at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the Art Students' League of Denver, and have been a writing fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program since 2017.[16]

Gillman was co-editor with Kori Michele Handwerker and a contributor to The Other Side,[17] an anthology of 19 queer paranormal romance comics published in 2016. In 2016, they began writing an ongoing Steven Universe comics series for Boom Studios.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gillman lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gillman is non-binary and uses the gender-neutral pronouns they and their.[18]



As the Crow Flies (2017)

Care Bears Volume 1: Rainbow River Rescue (2016)

The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance (2016)

Steven Universe #1 (2017)

Steven Universe #2 (2017)

Steven Universe #3 (2017)

Steven Universe #4 (2017)

Steven Universe #8 (2017)

Steven Universe: Warp Tour (2017)

Steven Universe: Punching Up (2018)


  1. ^ "Drawn to Comics: As The Crow Flies Helps You Relive Your Awkward Camp Memories". Autostraddle. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ "The Empowered (Not Defeated) Queeroes of Melanie Gillman". Out Front Magazine. September 7, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Boom Launches 'Steven Universe' Ongoing By Gilman and Farina". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ Sturm, James (2013-10-22). "Radiant". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  5. ^ "The Best Walk - VICE". Vice. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  6. ^ Gillman, Melanie. "Witch Camp". The Nib. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  7. ^ "Smbitten". Gumroad. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  8. ^ "Smbitten". Gumroad. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  9. ^ "Growing Up Queer: Should You Be Reading 'As the Crow Flies'?". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  10. ^ "As the Crow Flies: Volume One!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  11. ^ Yorio, Kara (March 2019). "Amelia Bloomer Project's Top 10 of 2019". School Library Journal. 65: 20 – via EBSCOhost.
  12. ^ "2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  13. ^ Cavna, Michael; Cavna, Michael (2016-09-18). "Small Press Expo: Here are your 2016 Ignatz Award winners, including new talent Tillie Walden". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  14. ^ "Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Short Form and Digital Media | Society of Illustrators". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  15. ^ "Melanie Gillman | California College of the Arts". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  16. ^ SUN, SPECIAL TO THE. "Tulsa Artist Fellowship announces 2017 Cohort". The Edmond Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  17. ^ "About". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  18. ^ "As the Crow Flies - About". Retrieved 2017-08-04.

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