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All The Wonders Podcast Interviews CCS Faculty Jon Chad

The Center for Cartoon Studies faculty Jon Chad talks with All The Wonders about his latest book, Volcanoes: Fire and Life, the newest in First Second’s Science Comics series. Jon talks about his underlying love of science, looking for narrative beats, and creating stories that encourage reader inquiry. Listen to this episode, and learn the truth about Volcanoes!


Cartoonist Seeking Stories

March 21, 2017
6:00 pm
April 3, 2017
6:00 pm

Join us for two get togethers between cartoonists and women who serve and have served in the military in order to talk and sketch. These are the first few steps towards a new comics anthology.

March 21 at 6 p.m. at the VA Medical Center, Building 44, room 103, and on April 3 at 6 p.m. at The Center for Cartoon Studies, at the 46 S. Main Street building. The gatherings will allow for the veterans and cartoonists to meet one another, make connections, and start sharing their stories and drawing.

For more information, visit: va.gov

 

 

 


One-Week Cartooning Workout

This short bootcamp that you can do from your home will help you practice and grow regardless of the type of comics you are into: short or long, fiction or non-fiction, and everything in between.

You can start it any time you want. And if you want to see what other people are doing for this routine breaker, look for the hashtag #CCS1WeekWorkout on your favorite social media.

Take the free email course, sign up for the One-Week Cartooning Workout!


Spotlight: Robyn Chapman

Robyn Chapman on books

Robyn Chapman has a long history with CCS, from our founding days! She is currently an editor at First Second, but she also makes her own mini comics when she has time and runs The Tiny Report, a chronicle of the comics micro-press movement to help bring awareness to the books this movement gets published. (more…)


Visiting Artist: Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel is a humble cartoonist. He says he got opportunities before he was ready, so he simply did the best he could. (more…)


Alum Spotlight: Dakota McFadzean

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Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012. He went on to win a Doug Wright award in 2015 for for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything, a collection of his daily comics. Now he works for DreamWorks on Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. He gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview. (more…)


Tillie Walden’s ’16 SPINNING Named 2017 BookExpo Finalist!

Spinning is anticipated to be a bestseller in 2017!

BookExpo named its finalists for its Editors’ Buzz program, which highlights titles in three categories expected to resonate with readers in 2017. In the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo. 

The program has, in the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo.

Spinning by, The Center for Cartoon Studies recent graduate Tillie Walden, will release this fall with First Second Books.

Read all about it on PW!


Next Up: Industry Day

In addition to our weekly Visiting Artist Seminar, a special Industry Day event is scheduled every spring. Professionals from the comics industry descend on White River Junction and The Center for Cartoon Studies. The entire day is set aside for the event with guests take part in a panel where the state of the comics industry and publishing are discussed at length. This year’s guests include Robyn Chapman (First Second), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly), Sheila Keenan (Penguin Random House), Tanya McKinnon (McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency), Kevin Czap (Czap Books).


Visiting Artist: Rebecca Mock

Rebecca Mock speaks at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

An instant favorite, Rebecca Mock spoke frankly about the trials and tribulations in pricing her work. She discussed openly how she prices her work now because it benefits only the big companies when artists don’t engage in conversation about how much they make. Rebecca is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist, and animator. Her first graphic novel, Compass South, was written by Hope Larson.

Rebecca Mock explains.

Rebecca is most well known for her beautiful art and “quitely contemplative” gifs, as Benjamin Starr wrote on Visual News. The students asked about how she gets her atmospheric color palettes. The trick is that she uses swatches to easily change the colors. Then she goes through forty or fifty iterations before finally finding the colors she likes.

(more…)


2017 Summer Workshop Line Up!

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  • WRITING AND DRAWING
    SINGLE PANEL COMICS
    June 5-8
  • CREATE COMICS
    June 19-23
 or July 24-28
  • BEGINNING ANIMATION
    June 26-30
  • CARTOONING STUDIO
    June 26-30
  • COMICS, CURRICULUM, AND LITERACY:
 A Workshop for Educators
    June 30-July 1
  • COMICS JOURNALISM
    July 24-July 28
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
    July 31-August 4
 or August 7-11
    Optional Online Extension
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
    The Young Adult Genre
    July 31-August 4
  • GRAPHIC MEMOIR WORKSHOP
    August 7-11

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Workshops


Alum Spotlight: Dakota McFadzean

Dakota McFadzean in a snowy winter

Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2012. He went on to win a Doug Wright award in 2015 for for Don’t Get Eaten By Anything, a collection of his daily comics. Now he works for DreamWorks on Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh. He gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview. (more…)


Tillie Walden’s ’16 SPINNING Named 2017 BookExpo Finalist!

Spinning is anticipated to be a bestseller in 2017!

BookExpo named its finalists for its Editors’ Buzz program, which highlights titles in three categories expected to resonate with readers in 2017. In the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo. 

The program has, in the past, selected nine books that proved to be bestsellers, according to BookExpo.

Spinning by, The Center for Cartoon Studies recent graduate Tillie Walden, will release this fall with First Second Books.

Read all about it on PW!


Next Up: Industry Day

In addition to our weekly Visiting Artist Seminar, a special Industry Day event is scheduled every spring. Professionals from the comics industry descend on White River Junction and The Center for Cartoon Studies. The entire day is set aside for the event with guests take part in a panel where the state of the comics industry and publishing are discussed at length. This year’s guests include Robyn Chapman (First Second), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly), Sheila Keenan (Penguin Random House), Tanya McKinnon (McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency), Kevin Czap (Czap Books).


Visiting Artist: Rebecca Mock

Rebecca Mock speaks at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

An instant favorite, Rebecca Mock spoke frankly about the trials and tribulations in pricing her work. She discussed openly how she prices her work now because it benefits only the big companies when artists don’t engage in conversation about how much they make. Rebecca is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist, and animator. Her first graphic novel, Compass South, was written by Hope Larson.

Rebecca Mock explains.

Rebecca is most well known for her beautiful art and “quitely contemplative” gifs, as Benjamin Starr wrote on Visual News. The students asked about how she gets her atmospheric color palettes. The trick is that she uses swatches to easily change the colors. Then she goes through forty or fifty iterations before finally finding the colors she likes.

(more…)


2017 Summer Workshop Line Up!

summer_workshops_at_cartoon_studies-735x1024

  • WRITING AND DRAWING
    SINGLE PANEL COMICS
    June 5-8
  • CREATE COMICS
    June 19-23
 or July 24-28
  • BEGINNING ANIMATION
    June 26-30
  • CARTOONING STUDIO
    June 26-30
  • COMICS, CURRICULUM, AND LITERACY:
 A Workshop for Educators
    June 30-July 1
  • COMICS JOURNALISM
    July 24-July 28
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
    July 31-August 4
 or August 7-11
    Optional Online Extension
  • GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOP
    The Young Adult Genre
    July 31-August 4
  • GRAPHIC MEMOIR WORKSHOP
    August 7-11

Eventbrite - The Center for Cartoon Studies 2017 Workshops


2017 is The Will Eisner Centennial Year!

March 1, 2017toMarch 7, 2017

Help us celebrate Will Eisner Week, March 1-7! Read a comic or graphic novel! Pick one up your local library, bookstore, comic shop! To learn about Will Eisner, a champion o the graphic novel, visit: willeisner.com

 


Milwaukee Portfolio Day

March 12, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Sunday, March 12th6-8pm

  • Attend a talk by Cartoonist Alec Longstreth on his self-published long running PHASE 7 comic
  • Learn about The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA, Certificates, and Workshops.
  • Bring your sketchbook! Portfolio Reviews!
  • Enjoy Roast Coffee Company Coffee is on us!!

Location:
Roast Coffee Company
2132 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI

Click here to R.S.V.P. here. Space is limited.


Visiting Artist: Summer Pierre

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Summer Pierre is a realist and talked about how doing art to become rich or famous is folly. You have to do it because you love it. Because you see value in the work that you do. And that is why we will continue to see more comics coming from Summer Pierre.

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Visiting Artist: Nick Drnaso

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Nick Drnaso works as a cartoonist and illustrator in Chicago. His debut graphic novel, Beverly (Drawn and Quarterly), is about repressed modern anxieties and social insecurities. It was nominated for a 2016 Ignazt, Best Comic Collection/Anthology. In 2014, his comic “The Grassy Knoll” was nominated for the Outstanding Story and Outstanding MiniComic Ignatz awards. He also coedited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology.

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Visiting Artist: Ken Fisher

Ruben Bolling is a pseudonym for Ken Fisher, the author of Tom the Dancing Bug. His pieces demonstrate concern about the power of large corporations and satires about the way government has been corrupted by money, and, particularly since 9/11, Bolling’s concerns of war.


2017 is The Will Eisner Centennial Year!

March 1, 2017toMarch 7, 2017

Help us celebrate Will Eisner Week, March 1-7! Read a comic or graphic novel! Pick one up your local library, bookstore, comic shop! To learn about Will Eisner, a champion o the graphic novel, visit: willeisner.com

 


Milwaukee Portfolio Day

March 12, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Sunday, March 12th6-8pm

  • Attend a talk by Cartoonist Alec Longstreth on his self-published long running PHASE 7 comic
  • Learn about The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA, Certificates, and Workshops.
  • Bring your sketchbook! Portfolio Reviews!
  • Enjoy Roast Coffee Company Coffee is on us!!

Location:
Roast Coffee Company
2132 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI

Click here to R.S.V.P. here. Space is limited.


Visiting Artist: Summer Pierre

summer 2

Summer Pierre is a realist and talked about how doing art to become rich or famous is folly. You have to do it because you love it. Because you see value in the work that you do. And that is why we will continue to see more comics coming from Summer Pierre.

board (more…)


Visiting Artist: Nick Drnaso

Talking

Nick Drnaso works as a cartoonist and illustrator in Chicago. His debut graphic novel, Beverly (Drawn and Quarterly), is about repressed modern anxieties and social insecurities. It was nominated for a 2016 Ignazt, Best Comic Collection/Anthology. In 2014, his comic “The Grassy Knoll” was nominated for the Outstanding Story and Outstanding MiniComic Ignatz awards. He also coedited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College’s annual comic anthology.

board (more…)


Visiting Artist: Ken Fisher

Ruben Bolling is a pseudonym for Ken Fisher, the author of Tom the Dancing Bug. His pieces demonstrate concern about the power of large corporations and satires about the way government has been corrupted by money, and, particularly since 9/11, Bolling’s concerns of war.


Visiting Artist: Ann Telneas

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Ann Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various mediums- animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print- for the Washington Post. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for her print cartoons.

Telnaes’ print work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in 2004. Her first book, Humor’s Edge, was published by Pomegranate Press and the Library of Congress in 2004. A collection of Vice President Cheney cartoons, “Dick”, was self-published by Telnaes and Sara Thaves in 2006. Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Jerusalem, and Lisbon.


Next Up Visiting Artist: Rebecca Mock

Rebecca Mock is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist and animator. Her past clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, BBC Radio, Nautilus, Medium, Reader’s Digest, Fullbright, HBO, and Jet Blue. Mock illustrated her first graphic novel, Compass South, written by Hope Larson, was published through FSG in 2016. Mock specializes in atmospheric, cinematic .gif illustration, as well as environmental concept art, background painting, and classic painterly illustration. In her downtime she enjoys being a huge comics, scifi, and anime nerd, as well as an art history know-it-all.


Take The Center for Cartoon Studies ONE-WEEK CARTOONING WORKOUT

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Need a refresher regimen to get you back into a creative groove?  Whether you are interested in graphic memoir, comics journalism, or fantasy genres, this seven-day email course is designed to help build your cartooning muscles. Click here to sign up!


Lively Lettering! A calligraphy and lettering workshop.

March 4, 2017
10:00 amto2:00 pm

Lively Lettering!
By Laura Di Piazza

Saturday, March 4
10am-2pm
at The Center for Cartoon Studies

In this one-day energetic and fun-filled calligraphy and lettering workshop we will explore contemporary letterforms with ruling pens, broad-edge and pointed pen nibs. During the first portion of the workshop, we’ll focus on creating irregular, raw and splatter-filled letters (more…)


“Story Lines” Cartoon Exhibit At The Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery

February 11, 2017
11:00 am

Central Vermont has been home to a vibrant cartoon culture that will be the focus of “Story Lines” an exhibit through March 11, 2017. The exhibit will focus on works from the extensive archives of The Center for Cartoon Studies that just marked its 10th anniversary. There will also be additional work exhibited by Ed Koren of Brookfield and Phil Godenschwager of Randolph. New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Koren is the Vermont Cartoonist Laureate. Phil Godenschwager has been creating political cartoons and stained glass in our area for 30 years.

Saturday, February 11, 11am
Opening & Cartooning Workshop for all ages!

A Conversation with New Yorker Cartoonist Ed Koren and The Center for Cartoon Studies co-founder Michelle Ollie. Immediately following is a special hands on cartooning workshop by The Center for Cartoon Studies alumni Kane Lynch ’16.

Location:
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
Randolph, Vermont

 


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