Stories tagged Cartoon Studies

Take The Center for Cartoon Studies Free One-Week Cartooning Workout

A free email course, sign up here: 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 #CCSHowTo on your favorite social media.


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A new Comics history book by Sam Carbaugh ’09


Sam Carbaugh (’09) published Comics: Investigating the History and Technology of American Cartooning Yourself with through Nomad Press. Geared towards kids, this book gets the reader working with comics to understand how comics got to where they are in America and how the reader can get their own hand into comics.


Comics page by Sam Carbaugh

This is a great book to share with people of any age who just don’t understand comics, but would like to get in there and try. Read this backstage pass to American comics history. A copy is available The Schulz Library!

Post by Angela Boyle.

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CCS Diplomas across the Years

Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies gets a different artist to draw the certificate for their graduates. The artist is kept a secret until the actual graduation ceremony when it is unveiled with the honorary degree is given to that year’s graduation speaker. Diploma drawing above by Eleanor Davis.

Chu holding diploma by Jason.

And you can see them all on CCS’s Flickr!

2016 diploma by Liniers

Post by Angela Boyle.

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Apply Now for The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA Program this Fall

The Center for Cartoon Studies, MFA, Certificates, Studio

The Center for
Cartoon Studies (CCS)

Students travel from across the U.S. and around the world
to study comics at CCS in a diverse and vibrant community in Vermont.

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree
    w/low Residency Option
  • Two-Year and One-Year
    Certificate Program
  • Summer Workshops

Click here learn more about our programs.

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Alum Spotlight: Another Starred Review for Katherine Roy’s latest Elephant book

How to Be an Elephant is coming out from Katherine Roy (’10) in September 2017 and is getting starred reviews from Library Journal and more! In this children’s picture book, she explores the childhood of an African elephant. As with her previous book, Neighborhood Sharks, she did massive amounts of research. She even traveled to Kenya where she was able to talk to elephant experts and see real elephants in the wild.

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Alum Spotlight:
Sasha Velour

Stonewall by Sasha Velour

Sasha Velour (’13) is the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 9!  And we all send her the biggest congratulations! Her thesis project back in 2013, Stonewall, is a graphic novel about the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

Stonewall by Sasha Velour, 2013 thesis project

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York, and the patrons and other sympathizer rioted in a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations. Considered a turning in the history of LGBT rights, Sasha uses multiple protagonists in a variety of historical styles to navigate the complicated and elusive story.

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Download a digital copy of the When I Returneda comic book featuring stories by local veterans drawn by The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) students and alumni. Edited and designed by James Lunt ’16 and Kelly Swann ’16 with a cover by Noah Van Sciver (CCS Fellow, 2015-16 ).

When I Returned is a Cartoonist and Veteran Project made in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies and The VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont.

The Cartoonist Veteran Project is funded in part with support from The National Endowment for the Arts.

You can download When I Returned here.

Vermont weekly Seven Days article about the book release here

A New Hampshire Public Radio piece about the project can be heard here.



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“Slasher” by alum Charles Forsman

Slashed #1 cover by Charles Forsman

If you are in need of more comics by Charles Forsman (’08), the man who brought us The End of the Fucking World (Fantagraphics), then you are in luck. He is currently releasing Slasher (Floating World Comics), a psychosexual thriller, as a five-issue miniseries, with a few issues out already.

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Patreon Spotlight: John Carvajal

Driving comic by John Carvajal

John Carvajal (’15) is a “cartoonist and full-time cook for [his] girlfriend.” To support this wild lifestyle, he is running a Patreon where patrons can follow his daily (as in, yes, every day) journal comics along with other finished pages of comics.

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Spotlight Summer Workshop: YA Graphic Novel

August 4, 2017

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, July 31-August 4. 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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