Erin Russell, a senior at the University of Michigan, has won the Charles M. Schulz Award for college cartooning. Her comic strip Jaded Joy runs in The Michigan Daily and is described as a comic that “chronicles the drama of a spirited 7 year-old girl named Joy, who is intelligent, independent, keenly observant, and a bit of a cynic. And, like the real world, Joy’s classmates are a refreshing rainbow of ethnicities and cultures. Jaded Joy, with its menagerie of slightly confused, but loveable [sic], first graders will make you chuckle.”
You can see samples of her feature online at jadedjoy.com. Erin writes that her dream is to become the first female african-american to be nationally syndicated.
The finalists for the award include: Sakura M. Christmas, attending Harvard University, and Lucy Knisley, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.