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This Summer! Graphic Novel Workshop with Cartoonist and Scholar Paul Karasik


“Paul Karasik has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.”
- Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”

Do you have the beginnings of a graphic novel but need some help getting it off the ground? Is your cartooning stuck in a rut, ready to move up to another level?

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New YorkerCity of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized PlanetsHow To Read Nancy), and a renowned teacher who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better.

Summer 2014 
Graphic Novel Workshop dates:

Session I: August 4-8

Session II: August 11-15

Optional online extension:
August 18 – October 10

Click here for more information and to register!

“If you ever had any interest in taking a comics class, I recommend THIS ONE. Paul is probably one of the most insightful and all around influential and amazing teachers I’ve ever had…I give this class ten thumbs up, if I only had thumbs for each finger.” – Heather Benjamin, Cartoonist

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The Center for Cartoon Studies Introduces New Master of Fine Arts Track


White River Junction, Vermont — Since opening its doors in 2005, the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has been committed to exploring the artistic and literary potential of cartooning. Beginning in Fall 2014, CCS will offer a new MFA track in “Applied Cartooning,” exploring how comics can impact such diverse fields as health, business, public policy, and education.

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Edward Koren to be Appointed Vermont’s Second Cartoonist Laureate

February 27, 2014


Thursday, February 27
3pm Public Lecture
at The Center for Cartoon Studies

46 South Main Street
in the Post Office building
White River Junction

The event is free
and open to the public.

Montpelier, Vermont—Brookfield, Vermont resident Edward Koren will become Vermont’s second cartoonist laureate on Thursday, February 27, 2014, when he will be recognized on the State House floor. Vermont is the only state that regularly appoints a cartoonist laureate.

Edward Koren has long been associated with the The New Yorker magazine, where he has published over 1,000 cartoons, as well as numerous covers and illustrations. David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor, has this to say about Koren’s work: “The great imaginative artists, comic or seriocomic (what other kinds are there?), are great at least in part because they create a world: Baldwin’s Harlem, Faulkner’s hamlet, Chekhov’s dachas. Ed Koren not only created a world—the Koren worlds are both urban and Vermontian, but all Koren—he also created creatures, part human, part fantastical, to represent and give voice to all of our anxieties, joys, and craziness. Long live Ed Koren, his world and his creatures!”

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Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up Comic



A unique collaboration between Sydney Lea (Poet Laureate of Vermont) and James Kochalka (Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont), by The Vermont Arts Council and The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Click here to read Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up online!


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Second Annual Cartoonist Studio Prize


Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1000 each. Winners will be selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois,  the faculty and students of The Center for Cartoon Studies, and a distinguished guest judge. This year’s guest judge will be Christopher Butcher of the world-famous comic book store The Beguiling and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Click, here, to read the complete story on

Submission forms and entry details can be found here:

Special thanks to our sponsors this year!:


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James Sturm to speak at VCU

September 16, 2013

Sturm at VCU

Monday, September 16, 7pm
Virginia Commonwealth University
Singleton Center

The Center for Cartoon Studies Director James Sturm’s writings and illustrations have appeared in scores of national and regional publications including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Onion, The New York Times, Slate, and on the cover of The New Yorker.

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The Cartoonist Studio Prize

February 1, 2013
March 1, 2013

The Cartoonist prize will award two categories, one for Graphic Novel of the Year and the other for Web Comic of the Year. Click here for more information.

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Al Jaffee’s Wild Pitches

December 1, 2012


An exhibition of never-before-seen comic strips and panels from the early 1950s by the legendary MAD cartoonist

November 2 – December 6

The Center for Cartoon Studies Gallery
94 South Main Street
White River Junction, Vermont

Gallery hours:
Fridays, 12-5pm
Saturdays 10am-2pm


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New Children’s Book Workshop at CCS this Summer!

June 25, 2012toJune 29, 2012

Children’s Book Workshop
June 25-29

Exploring aspects of writing and illustrating books for children

This new, goal-oriented workshop will explore several aspects of writing and illustrating books for children through hands on exercises and activities. Faculty include celebrated children’s book authors, illustrators, and cartoonists: Scott C. (East Dragon, West Dragon), Jon Chad (Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth), DB Johnson (Creator of Henry Picture Books / image above), James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning) and Alec Longstreth (Phase 7).

For more information and to register…

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Female Cartoonist Scholarship

The Center for Cartoon Studies is pleased to announce it’s third ever scholarship for a female cartoonist for the 2012-13 school year. The scholarship for $1000 is made possible through the generosity of several female cartoonists. There is no additional application, all female students enrolling in CCS’s MFA or Certificate programs for Fall 2012 will be considered for the scholarship in late May, and scholarship funds will be applied directly to tuition. Click here for Admissions information.

Drawing above by Ivan Brunetti

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