Dash Shaw is the creator of Bottomless Belly Button, which is being made into an animated movie. He treated the students to the silent trailer. He says, “Story dictates how it needs to be drawn.”
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Jaime Hernandez, of Love and Rockets fame, spoke at The Center for Cartoon Studies about comics. How he got into them. How he started making them. What he does now. That is a lot to cover because he has been working on Love and Rockets for 35 years.
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Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of the alternative comic book Love and Rockets with his brothers Gilbert and Mario. Jaime’s main contribution to Love and Rockets is the ongoing serial narrative Locas which follows the tangled lives of a group of primarily Latina characters, from their teenage years in the early days of the California punk scene to the present day. In addition to his Locas stories, Hernandez has also done occasional work for DC Comics and The New Yorker, and he has done many album covers for such artists as Michelle Shocked.
D.W. (’12) is releasing his newest comic, Mountebank, with Fantagraphics this summer. A mountebank is a someone who deceives others, especially to trick them out of their money. Doubt you will feel tricked out of your money getting this book, the illustration style does trick your mind. It’s a psychedelic doodle book stretching the boundaries of what is a comic.
This is D.W.’s first comic with Fantagraphics. It was also featured as a notable comic in the 2016 Best American Comics. You can already see his psychedelic work in volumes 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Irene, a comic anthology D.W. founded with classmates Andy Warner and Dakota McFadzean.
Preorder for Mountebank is available now! It ships on July 31, 12017.
Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature, as well as the author of Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a collection of diary comics, both published by Fantagraphics Books. She regularly contributes comics to VICE.
The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is proud to announce its 2015-16 fellow, Noah Van Sciver. Noah is an accomplished cartoonist whose work has appeared in Mad magazine, The Best American Comics, The Believer, Wired, Vice and The Stranger, as well as countless graphic anthologies. Van Sciver has four graphic novels: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Youth Is Wasted, Saint Cole and Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer.
Currently living in Denver, Van Sciver is “…looking forward to coming to White River Junction this fall, meeting and working with this year’s students and finishing my book on Johnny Appleseed.”
This is the tenth year of CCS’s fellowship program. To support their work, fellows are provided studio space, a full access pass to CCS’s programing, production lab, and Schulz Library as well as afforded teaching opportunities.
CCS’s current fellow is Sophie Yanow; past fellows include Nicole Georges, Connor Willumsen, Julie Delporte, Blaise Larmee, David Libens, Max de Radigues, Alec Longstreth, Chris Wright, T. Edward Bak, Gabby Schulz, and Robyn Chapman.
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Industry Day gives both the students a chance to have their portfolios looked at by the best in the business (maybe arrange an internship) while the publishers get a chance to see the future of the comics industry and know what talent to look out for. This year guests include CCS alum Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics, ComicsCurator), Allison Baker (Monkey Brain Comics), Tom Kaczynksi (Uncivilized books), Chris Pitzer (AdHouse), Bill Kartalopoulos (Best American Comics).
The Conscience of a Cartoonist is Jeff Danziger’s tour of instruction and exemplification of the political cartooning art, based on the years following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. The tragedy that day, and the politically disorganized response that followed, are documented by Danziger in his “smart, witty (often hilarious) comic nightmares,” as Jules Feiffer has described them. Danziger cartoons and commentary make a case of how satire and its graphic equivalent, cartooning, can be both a scold and a guide in years of continuing crisis. This coffee-table book is also his exegesis on the art of editorial cartooning. Click here to order a copy of this limited edition book online today!
White River Junction, Vermont — The Center for Cartoon Studies and Norwich Public Library present Passion, Politics and Panels!: Jeff Danziger in Conversation with Tom Tomorrow. This lively discussion of cartooning and politics is in conjunction with the release of Danziger’s new book from Fantagraphics Books, The Conscience of a Cartoonist, a searing account of America in the aftermath of 9/11.
The event takes place on Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm, at the Norwich Congregational Church, 15 Church Street, Norwich, Vermont, and is free and open to the public.
Danziger is a political cartoonist syndicated by The New York Times worldwide. He was finalist for 1993 The Pulitzer Prize, awarded the 2006 Herblock Prize, the 2008 Thomas Nast Prize, and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He has produced ten books of cartoons, a children’s book, The Champlain Monster, and a novel about the Vietnam war. Danziger was born in New York City. His 40-year cartooning career has included working with the New York Daily News, The Rutland Herald, and Christian Science Monitor.
Tom Tomorrow (a.k.a. Dan Perkins) is the creator of the weekly political cartoon, This Modern World, which appears in approximately 80 newspapers across the U.S., and on websites such as Daily Kos, Truthout and Credo. He received the first place Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in 1998 and in 2003.
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