June 30-July 1

Join cartoonists and educators from The Center for Cartoon Studies and Toon Books for an in-depth look at how comics are shaping literacy and visual literacy in the classroom and beyond.



11th Commencement Ceremony with Speaker Paul Karasik

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT: This year’s Center for Cartoon Studies Commencement speaker is the critically acclaimed cartoonist and educator Paul Karasik. In addition to being a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Karasik is the co-creator of the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass (with David Mazzucchelli), named by The Comics Journal as one of the “Best Comics of the 20th Century.”

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) Commencement Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Barrette Center for the Arts at Northern Stage.

Paul Karasik’s book, The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family, (written with his sister, Judy) was chosen by the Autism Society of America as the “Best Literary Work of the Year.” He has edited two books collecting the complete works of cartoonist Fletcher Hanks. The first volume, I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets, received an Eisner Award in 2008. (more…)

Visiting Artist: Paige Braddock

Paige Braddock

Paige Braddock is a cartoonist and also works for Snoopy as creative director. She makes the comic Jane’s World, the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate (US Daily). (more…)

Next Up Visiting Artist: Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw is a U.S. comic book writer/artist and animator. He is the author of the graphic novels Cosplayers, Doctors, New School, and Bottomless Belly Button, published by Fantagraphics. Additionally, Shaw has written Love Eats Brains published by Odd God Press, GardenHead published by Meathaus, The Mother’s Mouth published by Alternative Comics, and BodyWorld published by Pantheon Books. Shaw’s comic short stories have appeared in many different anthologies, newspapers and magazines. His square-sized short stories were collected in the 2005 book GoddessHead published by Hidden Agenda Press. His comics are known for their emphasis on emotional, lyrical logic and innovative design. He was named one of the top ten artists to check out at the 2002 “Small Press Expo” when he was 19 years old. He also writes lyrics and plays with James Blanca in the weirdo pop band Love Eats Brains! and has co-written and acted in various short film projects. Shaw’s latest, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, is #3 of Filmmaker Magazine’s Best American Films of 2016.

Vermont Cartoonist Laureate: Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel getting a hug from Vermont’s recent Cartoonist Laureate, Ed Koren

Every three years, a new cartoonist laureate is crowned in Vermont. After the ceremony at the Vermont capitol in Montpelier, Alison Bechdel came straight down to The Center for Cartoon Studies. After some lovely words from Michelle Ollie, she talked about what her career has been, how she got to this point.


Hopkins Center for the Arts and The Center for Cartoon Studies Present A Screening of Cartoonist Dash Shaw’s My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Loew Auditorium

April 27, 7:30pm

A visually unique animated comedy of teens trying to survive a “Poseidon Adventure”-style catastrophe. Discussion follows with director cartoonist Dash Shaw.

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Presented in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies

Next Up Visiting Artist: Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of the alternative comic book Love and Rockets with his brothers Gilbert and Mario. Jaime’s main contribution to Love and Rockets is the ongoing serial narrative Locas which follows the tangled lives of a group of primarily Latina characters, from their teenage years in the early days of the California punk scene to the present day. In addition to his Locas stories, Hernandez has also done occasional work for DC Comics and The New Yorker, and he has done many album covers for such artists as Michelle Shocked.

2017 Summer Workshop Line Up!


    June 5-8
    June 19-23
 or July 24-28
    June 26-30
    June 26-30
 A Workshop for Educators
    June 30-July 1
    July 24-July 28
    July 31-August 4
 or August 7-11
    Optional Online Extension
    The Young Adult Genre
    July 31-August 4
    August 7-11

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Workshops

Academic Outreach: Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth has the strength and enthusiasm of ten cartoonists. He has a long history with The Center for Cartoon Studies, coming in as the second fellow, running summer workshops with Jon Chad, teaching  Publication Workshop class with Jon Chad and then Professional Practices. Now he runs CCS’s outreach program. And for good reason. He is an amazing speaker. (more…)