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Carol’s first comics publication was the 1987 story “Uncovered Property”, in Weirdo. Tyler’s short slice-of-life stories and her distinctive artwork brought her critical attention as one of a growing number of female artists shaping the direction of underground/alternative comics in North America in the 1980s; she appeared in the influential feminist anthologies Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters. Her first solo book, The Job Thing, was published in 1993.
Tyler also performed live comedy under the alias “Marion Linthead” with the Rick & Ruby Patio Show at LA’s The Comedy Store, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and the Clunie Center in Sacramento.
Her second solo work, Late Bloomer, with an introduction by Robert Crumb, was published by Fantagraphics in 2005. It’s a career highlight collection including both previously published and new material. In his foreword, R. Crumb says, “She’s tops in my book. One of the best artists alive and working in the comics medium. Her work has the extremely rare quality of authentic HEART. Hers are the only comics that ever brought me to the verge of tears.”
Tyler’s most recent completed project was a trilogy. You’ll Never Know is her search for the truth about what happened to her father during World War II, and also about the damage his war had on her future relationships. The New York Times called it ” a vivid, affecting, eccentrically stylish frame built around a terrible silence.” Book One: A Good & Decent Man was released in May 2009. Book Two: Collateral Damage was released in July 2010. The final installment of the trilogy, Book Three: Soldier’s Heart, was released in October 2012.
Tyler lives in Cincinnati and teaches a class on comics, graphic novels and sequential art at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. “Tyler can pull out almost the entire history of comics in this country, everything from 1930s classics to 1950s comic magazines teaching aspects of African American history (regarding Harriet Tubman and Crispus Attucks) to an original of the first issue of the iconoclastic Mad Magazine.”
Another cartooning endeavor is a series of one-page stories called “Tomatoes” for Cincinnati. Based upon her experiences of growing tomatoes and friendships in the heart of the city, “Tomatoes” appears monthly on the inside back page.