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Just got this amazing donation from ODOD! Musnet tells the story of Musnet the Mouse, a dedicated admirer of impressionism who strives to achieve artistic perfection while trying to make sense of his complex feelings for the critters he cares about. Sound familiar?

Its subdued and eloquent color palette, its beautifully dynamic and deceptively sparse lines and its earnest and touching homage to one of the most important moments in the History Western Art all work together to deliver a poignant and compelling children’s tale.

This series has been slated for the Grand Prix at Angouleme.  Help Dargaud and Uncivilized Books bring this jewel to American kids everywhere by backing this project at Kickstarter. Only 57 more hours to go!

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Visiting Artists: Kerascoet

Kerascoet board as drawn by Luke Howard

Kerascoet board as drawn by Luke Howard

Kerascoet are a husband-and-wife artist team, Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset, from France. They are best known in the United States for their comics Beautiful Darkness (written by Fabien) and Beauty (written by Hubert).

Sebastian and Marie have to try to answer Luke Howard's weird questions.

Sebastian and Marie have to try to answer Luke Howard’s weird questions.

They work with a variety of writers, working in close collaboration. And collaboration is the name of the game for this pair. They are masters of working on a team, maintaining a balance between an exacting vision and compromise.

Sebastian discusses making comics

Sebastian discusses making comics

Together and separately, they work on comics, illustrations, and animation. Their strengths compliment each other. Sébastien is a trained architect with mastery of perspective and design. Marie brings life to her subjects and stories.

Sebastian made sure Marie spoke up, not allowing her to hide behind the books.

Sebastian made sure Marie spoke up, not allowing her to hide behind the books.

They admire each other’s strengths. And where their skills overlap, there is absolute respect that allows them to work in tandem. Any given page could be work on either or both of them. And yet the art remains cohesive and consistent because of the trust and care they put into it.

Marie has something important to tell Moss Bastille ('17)

Marie has something important to tell Moss Bastille (’17)

With each comic, they also like to switch up their tools. Beautiful Darkness was created using pencil and watercolor. Miss Don’t Touch Me was originally drawn using a nib pen in a far looser style than Beauty. Another artist applied digital colors to their specifications.

After the talk, they were kind enough to sign books in the wonderful sketch tradition in Europe

After the talk, they were kind enough to sign books in the wonderful sketch tradition in Europe

Beauty was created using technical pens (in three sizes) and Uni Posca paint markers. The markers lay a flat, even layer of opaque color. The original use only two colors, black and the paint marker. The same colorist that worked on Miss Don’t Touch Me colored these pages, but with different specifications from Kerascoet. Instead of the dark monotone colors, they wanted more emotional vibrant colors.

Someone was talking beautiful notes

Sandra Bartholomew (’17) took beautiful notes

Kerascoet has created many comics, large and small. But most are not available in the United States. If you speak French, though, you are in luck!

Marie and Sebastian

Marie and Sebastian

Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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Anthology superstar Irene

Irene is a short story comics anthology put together by The Center for Cartoon Studies alumni Dakota McFadzean ’12, Andy Warner ’12, and DW ’12. The first volume came out in 2013 and has grown to 6 volumes, the most recent volume clocking in at 216 pages in 2015.

3 volumes of Irene

3 volumes of Irene

Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist whose first book, Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On, was published by Conundrum Press in 2013. For this collection, he won the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award. Then his second book, Don’t Get Eaten by Anything, collected three years of daily comic strips called The Dailies drawn from 2010-2016.

Panel by Dakota MacFadzean

Panel by Dakota MacFadzean

Andy Warner is a contributing editor at The Nib and has taught cartooning at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and the Animation Workshop in Denmark. His first book, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects just released with Picador. He makes comics in a garden shed in San Francisco and comes from the sea.

Panel by Andy Warner

Panel by Andy Warner

Irene 6 included some highlights of the CCS alum.

Front cover of Irene 5

Front cover of Irene 5

Back cover of Irene 5

Back cover of Irene 5

Shining star Luke Howard ’13 is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist: Promising New Talent 2014 for his oh-so-creepy Trevor. He is also currently a teacher at CCS. This year he released two comics, Our Mother (Retrofit) and Talk Dirty to Me (AdHouse).

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Panel by Luke Howard

Ink-pounder Tillie Walden ’16 was a first-time contributor in volume 6. She recently won Ignatz awards for both outstanding artist (for her debut graphic novel End of Summer with Avery Hill and Retrofit) and promising new talent.

Panel by Tillie Walden

Panels by Tillie Walden (’16)

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Visiting Artist: Spike Trotman

Spike's visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard

Spike’s visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard

C. Spike Trotman is a cartoonist and owner of Iron Circus Comics. She is a Kickstarting pro, running eight Kickstarters since 2009. She started with the first volume of her web comic, Templar Arizona.

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Spike was animated and gregarious. And she spewed forth the backwaters of the comics scene.

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In 2005, she began posting Templar Arizona online. In 2007, it won the Rising Star Award from the Glyph Comics Awards. It is an ongoing story with a character driven storyline. Her readers were clamoring for a print edition of Templar Arizona, so she funded that first volume using essentially a tip jar on her website.

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Then in 2012, she was on the hunt for erotic comics geared for female readers. A small anthology called Smut Peddler had ceased putting out issues. She asked so many times when the next one was coming that she ended up doing it herself. She funded it through Kickstarter, and it was a smashing success. She even applied her fearlessness to ask Emily Carroll, at the beginning of her rise to stardom, to do her cover. And so began her publishing company, Iron Circus Comics.

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This model has become the basis of her business. Through Iron Circus Comics, she has published other anthologies, including Sleep of Reason (horror) and New Worlds (science-fiction). As with erotica and Smut Peddler, she sees a hole in the market where she is looking for comics that she wants to read and makes an anthology to help fill that hole.

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And now she is expanding into single creator/team comics. She published (and edited) Shadow Eyes by Sophie Campbell and Erin Watson about an aspiring vigilante teen. More recently, she published The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, E. K. Weaver’s web comic. Spike is extremely excited about this comic because she is stepping up her game yet again.

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Then right after leaving us in White River Junction, she started yet another Kickstarter for her next project, an erotic graphic novel, Letters for Lucardo. And all this is the briefest look at what she has accomplished. We can only expect more from this rock star.

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Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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Cider Press 2016

It is becoming tradition at CCS, three years running now, to do a cider pressing at the beginning of the school year. Alums, student, and staff gather together to crush a bunch of apples. We crush the life out of the apples to steal the nourishing nectar that will give us the power of a thousand apple cartoonists.

Apples are crushed to smitherenes.

Apples are crushed to smitherenes.

To strengthen our resolve, we are provided with plenty of pizza from a nearby restaurant where hundreds of cartoonists have gorged to their cheezy delight.

Luke and Dave bring the traditional pizza boxes in the glowing evening sun.

Luke Howard and Dave Lloyd bring the traditional pizza boxes in the glowing evening sun.

And finally.

It is time.

XX tossing in apples for XX to crush in the cider press.

Someone tosses in apples for Trevor Richardson (’18) to crush in the cider press.

XX poking apple smush back in for XX to finish pressing.

Rachel Ford (’18) poking apple smush back in for Hillary Mullins (’18) to finish pressing.

The juice is gather and poured into a tapped bucket. The most noble bucket. From this bucket, each alum, student, and staff can drink their fill of cider until bursting, and then fill more bottles to bring home.

Catherine Garberino ('17) pouring some fresh apple cider into the jug.

Catherine Garberino (’17) pouring some fresh apple cider into the jug.

When the cider gets too heady, some of the staff burst out in feats of strength and cunning. Students are awed. Alums are reminded of their own time being awed by the towering pillars that run our little community.

Luke Howard, master of all trades, juggling his way into the apples' hearts before tossing them to their doom.

Luke Howard, master of all trades, juggling his way into the apples’ hearts before tossing them to their doom. Catherine Garberino ducks in fear of an angry, rogue apple.

And then the evening begins to draw to a close. Jugs are capped. Cups are licked. Battles are fought and won for unclaimed bottles through the time-honored tradition of arm wrestling.

XX is very happy with her cider. Laura Martin looks on in jealousy.

Whitely Foster (’18) is very happy with her cider. Laura Martin (’17) looks on in jealousy.

Towards the end of the evening when the pizza has cooled and the ground glistens in drips and rivers of apple cider, Bagel the daschund/chihuahua nearly steals the show that rightfully belonged to the apples. Fortunately, the reining apples had juice and pulp strewn about to tempt Bagel away from her adoring fans.

XX holds Bagel, an unofficial mascot of CCS and part of the glorious Howard household.

Whitely Foster (’18) holds Bagel, an unofficial mascot of CCS and part of the glorious Howard household.

Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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Visiting Artist: Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children’s book author. She created Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood through early adult in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. It was later adapted to an animation of the same name.

Laura Martin's doodle from Satrapi's talk.

Laura Martin’s (’17) doodle from Satrapi’s talk.

Satrapi was the first Leslie Speaker Series at Dartmouth for the new season. The series is “dedicated to bringing in voices from a diversity of cultures, from within and without the United Sates.”

Sandra Bartholomew's ('17) sketch notes from Satrapi's talk

Sandra Bartholomew’s (’17) sketch notes from Satrapi’s talk

After Persepolis, she continued her memoirs with Embroideries, about her female relatives discussing their lives in Iran; and Chickens with Plums about her uncle, the lute player, who is ready to die after he realizes he cannot replace his broken lute.

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Visiting Artist: Jo Knowles

Knowles's visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard

Knowles’s visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard

Jo Knowles is a prose writer and teaches writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She mainly writes YA novels. She was an engaging and organized speaker, and quite funny.

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Michelle Ollie talking with Knowles

Michelle Ollie talking with Knowles

Knowles’s first novel, Lessons From a Dead Girl (Candlewick, 2007), received The Pen New England Children’s Book Discovery Award and was named A New York Library Book for the Teen Age.

Knowles talking about character flaws

Knowles talking about character flaws

She talked about making characters real by including strengths and flaws. Power relationships between characters can really be a driving force for how to explain their relationships. A character can have different power dynamics with different characters depending on the setting. Characters don’t need to be overtly demanding about their powers; it can be shown through non-verbal actions.

Knowles's with a novel thumbnailed on a single sheet of paper

Knowles’s with a novel thumbnailed on a single sheet of paper

She talked about story boarding an entire novel on a single sheet of paper. The only information included in each chapter is the emotions that start and end each chapter and a tid bit of information.

Jacob Buessiere asks Knowles' a question. Also shown: Steve Thueson, Robyn Brooke-Smith, Rainer ERER, A, A, and A.

Jacob B. asks Knowles’ a question. Also shown: Steve Thueson, Robyn Brooke-Smith, Jarad Greene, and Moss Bastille.

Knowles and Howard can both answer questions.

Knowles and Howard can both answer questions.

Photos courtesy of Abe Olson.

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Natural science anthology on Kickstarter

Greetings from the world of science! The natural world is a wonderful place to explore, and it is very explorable through comics. Awesome ‘Possum, Volume 3, is a natural science comic anthology exploring the natural world. It is run by CCS alum Angela Boyle (that’s me), and it is now live on Kickstarter.

The third volume includes 45 creators, double the size of volume 2, and quadruple the size of volume 1. This volume has over 350 pages of black and white comics and illustration. This volume had open submissions, and a lot of CCSers applied.

Angela Boyle is a natural science illustrator, cartoonist, and editor. Her favorite animal is the Brazilian tapir. She owns two corgis, Nisa and Ernie. She has run Awesome ‘Possum since 2014. The anthology started after Angela took a natural science illustration certificate program at the University of Washington. She and her classmates weren’t ready to stop learning, and thus the anthology was born.

Allison Bannister (’15) is cartoonist originally from Kansas. She loves cats, tea and dinosaurs, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication.

From Allison's comic "Xiphactinus"

From Allison’s comic “Xiphactinus”

Bill Scavone, a medical illustrator, lives in VT with his wife & kids, cat, dog, goats, ducks, chickens, and bees. He’s taught life drawing at CCS since 2008.

From Bill's comic "Apis Mellifera and Varroa descrutor"

From Bill’s comic

Bridget Comeau (’15) is a self-proclaimed gnome queen, mushroom enthusiast, and lover of all woodland creatures. In addition to her comic, she is offering fantastic mushroom charms as a level on the Kickstarter.

From Bridget's comic "The Degu"

From Bridget’s comic “The Degu”

Hedj (’17) is a cartoonist from rural New York. When not drawing, Hedj enjoys cooking, costuming, catching salamanders, and crying about cartoons.

From Hedj's comic "Don't Call it a Comeback"

From Hedj’s comic “Don’t Call it a Comeback”

Iris Yan is a Brazilian-Chinese cartoonist who is a professionally trained aura reader. She believes life is humorous and likes to make funny comics.

From Iris's comic "How I Met Your Father"

From Iris’s comic “How I Met Your Father”

Kelly L. Swann (’16) enjoys telling characters’ stories through comics, as well as illustrations & portraits. She also enjoys studying history, films, people & drumming. Kelly is also offering a custom illustration in the Kickstarter.

Vulture illustration by Kelly

Vulture illustration by Kelly

Moss Bastille (’17) spends his time making comics and trying to trick people into thinking he’s an adult. He  was raised by squirrels.

From Moss's comic "Holy Fire"

From Moss’s comic “Holy Fire”

Ross Wood Studlar is a park ranger at Yellowstone. He practices martial arts and cooks a wholesome pasta salad.

From Ross's comic "Ressurection"

From Ross’s comic “Resurrection”

Salakjit (’16) was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Queens, NY. She is a cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker. When she’s not making art, Salakjit enjoys reading, sleeping, and eating spicy food.

From Salakjit's comic "Matriarchy"

From Salakjit’s comic “Matriarchy”

Shashwat Mishra is an Indian artist who has seen the Royal Bengal Tiger in the jungle on two different occasions and lived to tell the tale. He also loves a good steak.

From Shash's comic "Terrors of the Deep"

From Shash’s comic “Terrors of the Deep”

Stephanie Zuppo (’15) is a cartoonist and educator living in Burlington, VT. She writes & draws the series Belchville, VT, which contains a lot of moose. Stephanie is also offering lasercut wood with an image of a moose from her comic as a level on the Kickstarter.

From Stephanie's comic "Moose Decline"

From Stephanie’s comic “Moose Decline”

Tom O’Brien’s (’15) previous works include Rita, Madam Geneva, and Pouty Pope. He lives in Troy, NY.

From Tom's comic "Bats in Flight"

From Tom’s comic “Bats in Flight”

You can help fund the third volume through the Kickstarter until 3pm on October 21, 2016.

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Visiting Artist: K. L. Ricks

K. L. Ricks with her visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard.

K. L. Ricks with her visiting artist board, drawn by Luke Howard.

K. L. Ricks is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. She graduated from the Rhode Island
School of Design and now lives in Massachusetts. She is best known for her horror comic “Country Darkness” on Hazlitt.

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Ricks was a fantastic, warm, and thoughtful speaker. She discussed her background studies and spent a good portion of time providing a demo. She works a lot with sumi ink because it works well to create fine, dark lines as well as beautiful gray washes.

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Ricks discuss her tools, mainly sumi.

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Ricks getting down to work.

In progress shot of Ricks' demo.

In progress photo of Ricks’ demo.

She is committed to healthy work ethic and recommends people forgo the work to the bone attitude for a healthy life style full of plenty of water and sleep. “Self-care and self-love is paramount to being able to keep going in the short and long-term,” as she put it in an interview with Sonic Yonix.

As with most visiting artists, Ricks had a good time with Luke Howard, program coordinator.

As with most visiting artists, Ricks had a good time with Luke Howard, program coordinator.

Sandra Batholomew ('17) doodled notes at Ricks' talk.

Sandra Batholomew (’17) doodled notes at Ricks’ talk.

Sandra Bartholomew also drew some faces in the crowd.

Sandra Bartholomew also drew some faces in the crowd, the faculty!

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Visiting Artist: Jim Woodring

Woodring's speaker board by Luke Howard

Woodring’s speaker board by Luke Howard.

Jim Woodring is an epic cartoonist. He is best known for his wordless comics, Frank, named after the main character.

Jim Woodring during his talk

Jim Woodring during his talk at CCS.

Most recently, he published Fran (Fantagraphics, 2013), a Frank story, the sequel (and prequel?) to Congress of the Animals. All of his books, starting with Frank, Volume 1 in 1994, have been published through Fantagraphics, which must be a great working relationship since they are both located in Seattle.

The Frank character and world have inspired animators to bring the vision to life through animated shorts. Nine of these shorts were collected on the 2007 DVD release, Visions of Frank: Short Films by Japan’s Most Audacious Animators.

Woodring with his books

Woodring with his books

Woodring learned to draw “in the time-honored way” of the autodidact: getting used books about drawing and then practicing. And practicing.

Woodring and fellow Liniers in what must be a fascinating conversation

Woodring and CCS fellow Liniers in what must be a fascinating conversation.

In 2011, he created a working, seven-foot dip pen. He has done demonstrations of the pen. Woodring is a great lover of the pen and ink medium, so he wanted to explore that to it’s largest depths.

Here are some notes by Sandra Bartholomew (’17).

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Photos courtesy Abe Olson, abeolson.flyingdodostudio.com.

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