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Carl Antonowicz

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

Headshot of Carl wearing an orange shirt with a black background

Carl Antonowicz is a cartoonist, writer, performer, promoter, and musician working in Tulsa, OK. He has self-published zines, graphic novels, and minicomics since 2005, and earned his Master's in Cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011. He teaches at Lesley as well as a number of other institutions.

"Comics can move readers in ways no other medium can, engaging interpretive processes that are often neglected by pure text-based media. 

"It's my goal to not only guide mentees through the creation of their work, but also to prepare them to bring their work to market and foster sustainable work practices to ensure a long and fruitful career in visual storytelling.

"Comics cannot be done long-term without structure, whether that be rigid deadlines, daily work sessions, intensive weeks-long drawing marathons, or some combination of the above. Throughout a mentee's time with me, we work together to not only start but finish work and bring it to print.

"An idea is worth quite a bit, but it's nothing compared to a finished piece!"

In addition to teaching and cartooning, Carl also facilitate live music events in Tulsa and performs in several bands. He also designs and performs live shows of his own comics and tours the indie comics festival circuit.

Learn more about Carl and his work on his website or Instagram.


  • THE ARDENT, original graphic novel, Fieldmouse Press 2024
  • HYPHAE, short prose story in The Fields Grow Bitter, Horns & Rattles Press 2024
  • TURMRING, original graphic novel, self-published 2021.
  • BÜER'S KISS, original graphic novel, self-published 2020.
  • UNTIL THE BLOOD RUNS BLACK, original graphic novella, self-published 2016.
  • THE PESTLE, graphic novel originally published in Maple Key Comics 2014-15, collected 2015.


  • A Magpie & A Crow: BEHOLD THE CUBE, The Jewel Garden 2024.
  • Open Casket Soundsystem: Remains to be SeenSelf-released 2024.
  • Building Buildings: Pink HelicoptersThe Jewel Garden 2022.
  • Open Casket Soundsystem: TOMB RIDDIMThe Jewel Garden 2022.
  • Open Casket Soundsystem: The Great Beast, Peyote Tapes 2021.


  • THE ARDENT, 10 September 2023, Bethesda, MD
  • UNTIL THE BLOOD RUNS BLACK, various venues 2016-23.
  • THE FUTURE WITHOUT YOU, 2019, Austin, TX & Tulsa, OK.
  • BÜER'S KISS, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA & Columbus, OH.