Available for work, speaking engagements, friendship — kevinczap at gmail.
Kevin Czap (pronounced “chap”) is a cartoonist based in Providence, RI. Since studying visual and contemporary art in college, they’ve also been a designer, teacher, blogger, editor, convention organizer, and publisher.
They run the micro-press Czap Books (voted “Most Remarkable Micro-Press” of 2015), publishing comics celebrating the poetic, personal, and weird. Czap Books has put out work by Laura Knetzger, Jessi Zabarsky, Puiupo, Rory Frances, Liz Suburbia, Kelly Kwang, in addition to co-publishing the art-inspired, Ignatz-nominated series Ley Lines with Grindstone Comics. Endearingly referred to as “Comics Mom,” Czap received the CXC Emerging Talent Award in 2016 for their work and involvement in the comics community. They were the Cartooning Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies for the 2017/2018 academic year.
“Everything comes down to the poetic nature of comics for me — the sloping lines that enhance the beauty of regular life, the ability to fragment a single moment and linger on the pieces without losing any of its emotional power. My comics engage with the feelings I want to linger on forever - friendship, hope, and a belief in becoming more than you are.”
Kevin is a self-identified formalist invested in making comics that combine cartooning with the influence of songwriting, design, and other forms in order to translate a personal, emotional meaning. Besides comics, they love karaoke, the WNBA, Project Runway, and believe in the radical power of friendship.
Their comic Fütchi Perf is available now from Uncivilized Books.
Kevin is also a print and web designer — They design all the Czap Books releases and work with L. Nichols as one half of Studio Skep. This site in particular was hand-built with a mix of semantic HTML5, SASS, a little PHP, and JQuery built on the Foundation framework.
“It Doesn’t Punish You for Having Hope,” a conversation with Jeremy Sorese. Read here
Chat with Alyssa Berg about the CXC Emerging Talent award and my work in general/specific. Read here
Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys talks with me about Fütchi Perf. Read here
Marnie and Sam talked with me about the Wisdom of Other Media. Listen here
Introductory interview with Rob Kirby covering what I do. Read here
Chat with Robin McConnell about Ley Lines: The Letting Go and the Czap Books Kickstarter Listen here
Fütchi Perf starred review. Read here
John Seven includes a look at Four Years pt. 1 on The Beat’s INDIE VIEW. Read here
“Inside Fütchi Perf.” Read here
Sloane Leong talks about Four Years part 1 as part of her TCAF haul Listen here
Eleanor Davis reviews Fütchi Perf. Read here
Rob Clough takes a career-spanning look at Czap Books. Read here