The second volume of CCS faculty Jason Lutes’s historical epic finds the people of Weimar Berlin searching for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Buy a copy today.
“Denys Wortman’s New York probably the historical discovery of the year in comics…”
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“An astonishing rediscovery: a collection of enormous, beautiful single-panel comics by the long-forgotten Gotham cartoonist that serves as a revelatory guide to the vibrant working class of thirties and forties New York.” -New York Magazine. See the Top Ten Comics of 2010…
Kate Kelly of The Huffington Post on Denys Wortman’s cartoons on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
“This museum-level recognition of Denys Wortman is largely due to graphic novelist James Sturm, who is also the director of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He came across some of Wortman’s work and was delighted to locate Denys Wortman VIII and discover that he has maintained a very complete collection of his father’s work, some of which will now be donated to The Center for Cartoon Studies.” Read the full story…
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by CCS’s James Sturm and Brandon Elston (CCS ’09)
The Center for Cartoon Studies Denys Wortman’s New York is not only a tribute to Wortman, but it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman’s voracious creative output. From coal cellars to roof tops, from opera houses to boarding houses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dish washers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively make New York the city it is.
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James Sturm is a cartoonist and educator. He is currently the Director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, a two-year cartooning school located in White River Junction, Vermont.
In 1991 James received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, moved to Seattle and co-founded the alternative weekly, The Stranger. That same year Fantagraphics began publishing his Eisner-nominated comic book series The Cereal Killings.
During the next five years James was the art director of The Stranger, collaborated with syndicated columnist (and talking head) Dan Savage producing two issues of the comic book Savage Love. In 1996 James received a Xeric grant for his comic The Revival. From 1997-2001 James lived in Savannah, Georgia and taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the sequential art department.
In 1998 Drawn and Quarterly published the story Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight, the second in a trilogy of American historical fiction pieces. Three years later came the last installment of the trilogy, the best-selling and award-winning graphic novel The Golem’s Mighty Swing. The book has been translated into several languages and was named “Best Comic 2001″ by Time Magazine.
An avid collector of Marvel Comics in his youth James wrote and designed the 2004 Eisner award winning Unstable Molecules, a four issue series and trade paperback featuring the characters based on the Fantastic Four, and published by Marvel Comics.
James’ most recent books include Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow, Adventures in Cartooning (with CCS alumni Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost), and Market Day. With CCS alumni Brandon Elston, James edited Denys Wortman’s New York.
James’ 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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