[Comic Book News] Scholarships! Portfolio Reviews! A Wave Blue World Gives Back to The Kubert School

A Wave Blue World Gives Back To The Comics Community:
Portfolio Reviews and Scholarships at The Kubert School

A Wave Blue World, an independent publisher, has accomplished much since their staff expansion back in March, but one thing hasn’t changed…how important it is to give back to the comic book community.

(l.-r.) Maddie Chin-Tanner, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Adam Kubert, and Lisa Y. Wu
(l.-r.) Maddie Chin-Tanner, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Adam Kubert, and Lisa Y. Wu

On Friday, May 3rd, Tyler Chin-Tanner returned to his alma mater, Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Tyler was accompanied by his daughter and artist Maddie Chin-Tanner and VP of Sales and Marketing, PR, Lisa Y. Wu to continue help make artists fulfill their dreams of succeeding in the comic/entertainment industry.

Tyler has returned to the Kubert School year after year to impart his knowledge of the industry and the craft of comics by spending the entire day reviewing student portfolios.

Tyler looking over Justin Franklin’s art portfolio
Tyler looking over Justin Franklin’s art portfolio

“Going back to visit the Kubert School is always such a joy. It fills me with the kind of energy you can really only get by revisiting the place where your journey began. Being able to review third year “graduating” students’ portfolios is a real eye-opener. This is truly the next generation of comics creators. When I went to school, a vast majority of students were male. Now, it’s pretty even, not to mention the fact that they’re coming from all over the world. This broadens the overall perspectives of the class. Students are bringing in a variety of influences which benefit the whole group.”

Past Winners of A Wave Blue World Scholarship

As a graduate of the Kubert School, Tyler understands the amount of hard work that goes in to really understanding the craft of comics and what it means to be a professional once they graduate. In 2011, he and his wife, Executive Director/Co-Publisher Wendy Chin-Tanner, founded the A Wave Blue World Scholarship. “I’m so pleased to be able to offer scholarship awards to first-year students going into their second year. I want to be able to encourage them to keep going and let them know they’ve got this.”

RELATED: [Interview] Get to Know: AWBW’s Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner

Newly appointed VP of Sales and MarketingLisa Y. Wu accompanied Tyler and his daughter Maddie on the day trip to the Kubert School and was clearly proud in her posts that she is a part of a company that “delivers on the mission of making the future brighter with comics!” and tagging A Wave Blue World’s rally cry of “Making Stories Matter.”

RELATED: AWBW Adds Lisa Y. Wu & Joe Illidge to Publishing Team

A Wave Blue World is definitely a comic publisher that has the comic industry’s attention. We are excited to see what they do next as they launch their new comic line this October, along with the release of their currently active music-themed anthology Kickstarter, DEAD BEATS, to the direct market.

RELATED: AWBW Blends Music & Horror w/ DEAD BEATS Anthology


Publisher – A Wave Blue World

Founded in 2005 by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner, A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with the rally cry, “Making Stories Matter.” AWBW connects people through storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. By using comics and graphic novels as a medium for change, A Wave Blue World imagines a better world and builds a brighter future as seen in The New York Times highlighted anthology, All We Ever Wanted.

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The Kubert School offers students a high quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. We are committed to investing our time in preparing our students for the rewarding and exciting careers and opportunities ahead of them.
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