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Visiting Artist: Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw with his book in the Schulz Library

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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Visiting Artist: Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez

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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Visiting Artist: Paige Braddock

Paige Braddock

Paige Braddock is a cartoonist and also works for Snoopy as creative director. She makes the comic Jane’s World, the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate (US Daily).

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Vermont Cartoonist Laureate: Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel getting a hug from Vermont’s recent Cartoonist Laureate, Ed Koren

Every three years, a new cartoonist laureate is crowned in Vermont. After the ceremony at the Vermont capitol in Montpelier, Alison Bechdel came straight down to The Center for Cartoon Studies. After some lovely words from Michelle Ollie, she talked about what her career has been, how she got to this point.

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Academic Outreach: Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth

Alec Longstreth has the strength and enthusiasm of ten cartoonists. He has a long history with The Center for Cartoon Studies, coming in as the second fellow, running summer workshops with Jon Chad, teaching  Publication Workshop class with Jon Chad and then Professional Practices. Now he runs CCS’s outreach program. And for good reason. He is an amazing speaker.

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Visiting Artist: Ruben Bolling

Ruben Bolling at The Center for Cartoon Studies talking to Luke Howard

Ruben Bolling provided the students with a very funny presentation. Uproarious even. He is the creator of Tom the Dancing Bug, a “free-form, sketch comedy-style” weekly comic strip.

A taste of Ruben’s work

Ruben was a great representative for the strip cartoonist because he worked through the transition from newspapers to the internet. He was doing pretty well with print newspapers at the time, so he was in the first generation who made the transition. Due to this situation, he has his own weird, custom web presence.

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Visiting Artist: Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel is a humble cartoonist. He says he got opportunities before he was ready, so he simply did the best he could.

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Visiting Artist: Rebecca Mock

Rebecca Mock speaks at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

An instant favorite, Rebecca Mock spoke frankly about the trials and tribulations in pricing her work. She discussed openly how she prices her work now because it benefits only the big companies when artists don’t engage in conversation about how much they make. Rebecca is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist, and animator. Her first graphic novel, Compass South, was written by Hope Larson.

Rebecca Mock explains.

Rebecca is most well known for her beautiful art and “quitely contemplative” gifs, as Benjamin Starr wrote on Visual News. The students asked about how she gets her atmospheric color palettes. The trick is that she uses swatches to easily change the colors. Then she goes through forty or fifty iterations before finally finding the colors she likes.

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Visiting Artist: Summer Pierre

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Summer Pierre is a realist and talked about how doing art to become rich or famous is folly. You have to do it because you love it. Because you see value in the work that you do. And that is why we will continue to see more comics coming from Summer Pierre.

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Next Up Visiting Artist: Spike Trotman

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Spike Trotman was born on November 18, 1978, which is, as she has pointed out before, the very same day cult leader Jim Jones poisoned 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana. She has been boldly challenging conventions since then and has gone from being a feisty Maryland Calvin and Hobbes enthusiast to one of the most important figures in the world of contemporary comics. She was an integral part of the very beginning of the webcomics movement, creating titles such as Sparkneedle for Girlamatic and Templar, Arizona, which ran regularly from 2005-2014. In 2007, before Kickstarter, she successfully crowdfunded Templar, AZ’s publication in book form. This led to Trotman founding the acclaimed Iron Circus Comics imprint in 2005, which has launched legendary anthologies such as The Sleep of Reason and Smut Peddler. Trotman has won two Web Cartoonist’s Choice awards in 2006 and one Glyph Comics award in 2007 for Templar, AZ. She is currently working on a graphic biography of Josephine Baker.

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