It is a great time to study comics! All around the United States at colleges and universities, graphic novel reading courses have popped up in English departments and a few comics making classes are even being offered in some art departments. Student-run comics clubs abound! As part of The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) Academic Outreach program, we want to connect with these classes and clubs and offer our comics expertise, while also identifying students who are passionate about comics and might be a good fit for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and certificate program at CCS after their undergraduate program is complete.
Beam Us Into Your Classroom!
For college and university-level classes (or clubs) we offer many free 30 minute Skype or Google Hangout video sessions. This can be a short lecture on a variety of cartooning topics, a Q&A session with CCS faculty member (all of whom are practicing cartoonists) or even a short demonstration.
We’ll Bring the Workshop to You!
If you would like to roll up your sleeves and draw some comics, we can send a CCS faculty member to your college or university to lead a 1-3 day workshop, which lasts three hours a day. Rates begin at $1000/day and the hosting school must cover travel and housing expenses. If that doesn’t sound feasible with your student organization’s smaller budget, drop us a line and we’ll try and work something out!
Take the One-Week Cartooning Workout!
Are you an aspiring cartoonist and need some help getting started? Have you been a cartoonist for a while, but 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. Register online, here.
Join Our Mailing List
The Academic Outreach program is just getting off the ground. We will be rolling out more programs in the near future, so if you’d like to stay in the loop, sign up for the CCS Mailing List to keep up to date with what’s going on around the school.
For more information:
Professor and Director of Academic Outreach
Academic and Community
Outreach on campus and in the Upper Valley
Part of the mission statement of The Center for Cartoon Studies is to improve the local cultural and economic quality of life. One of the ways we do this is through Community Outreach, right here in White River Junction, Vermont! The CCS outreach and youth programs serve the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont with a population of over 130,000. While many of our Cartoon Club and Reading Room students come from a 50-mile radius, CCS staff, students, and instructors visit schools and libraries beyond this range.
Saturday Morning Cartooning Club
A program for Upper Valley kids! During fall and spring, CCS offers Saturday Morning Cartoon Club! This class fills up fast, so we advise registering in advance. cartoonstudies.org/cartoonclub
Admissions Open House and Portfolio Days
CCS hosts open houses and portfolio days for prospective students to learn more about the program and to receive an admissions portfolio review. Dates are promoted on our front page cartoonstudies.org and here.
The Schulz Library at The Center for Cartoon Studies
The Schulz Library is home to over 16,000 graphic novels, comics, and reference material. Circulation is limited to students enrolled in the program, however, some borrowing privileges can be obtained by becoming a research patron. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about becoming a research patron. Public reading room hours at The Schulz Library are available most Saturdays between 12-5pm, during the fall and spring terms.
Renting our classroom to host an event or conference
The Center for Cartoon Studies hosts events and meeting space for local and regional organizations, schools, and Town events and meetings, including Marlboro Leadership Institute program, Dartmouth Osher Lifelong Learning program, Vermont Arts Council, Town of Hartford, Vital Communities, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Community Loan Fund, White River Indie Films, Spark, among others!
Renting our Post Office building main classroom space and lobby is also an option, depending on availability and program fit. To learn more, contact Dave Lloyd at email@example.com
Scholarships for Summer Workshops
CCS partners with organizations to award summer scholarships to young cartoonists from the region. Partnerships include Vermont Public Libraries, Comic Book Project in NYC, The Haven, Junction Teen Center, Hartford High School, etc.
Gallery and Special Exhibits
From the comic strip to the comic book to the graphic novel, The Center for Cartoon Archive includes all kinds of original cartoon art. Whether its work by Alison Bechdel, Jamie Hernandez, Chris Ware, Harry Lucey, Richard Thompson, Will Eisner, or Ernie Bushmiller, the collection is a vital part of CCS’s curriculum, regularly brought into the classroom and exhibited to inspire the next generation of cartoonists. If you are interested in donating original art we would encourage that conversation. Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Cartoon Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
CCS exhibits work on campus and around the world, including The Museum of the City of New York, Society of Illustrators, Montshire Museum of Science, Studio Place Arts, AVA Gallery, etc.
Hire a Student or Alumni for Tutoring
Conducting workshops at local schools or libraries, and/or cartooning and/or illustration work, click here to submit a form that will be posted on our internal job board.