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Spotlight Summer Workshop: YA Graphic Novel

Every summer, The Center for Cartoon Studies holds a series of week-long workshops. This summer, they have added some new workshops, including the Young Adult Graphic Novel with Jo Knowles and alumn Tillie Walden. The week will focus on the specific idiosyncrasies inherent in young adult fiction through lectures and exercises. You will have access to not only the knowledge of these two quality creators but also the printing lab and the Schulz Library.

Jo Knowles as visiting artist

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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!

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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.

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Visiting Artist: Dean Haspiel

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

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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.

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Alum Spotlight: Lucy Knisley

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Lucy Knisley graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2009. Since then she has created multiple graphic novels, with more already on the way. She gave me (Angela Boyle ’15) a brief interview.

Who was your advisor and why did you choose them?

Lynda Barry! I love her. I chose her for a number of reasons: First of all, she is amazing. I was pretty burnt out after two years of art high school, four years of art college, and a year of CCS, and I needed a lot of freedom and space to do my thesis, and she offered that. She was such a breath of fresh air—mental health and freedom over productivity and monetary value in work. Exactly what the doctor ordered.

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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.

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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

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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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