In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Sasha Velour ’13 is releasing her history comic, Three Dollar Riot. Starting as her thesis right here at The Center for Cartoon Studies, the 36-page comic follows the events of the evening of June 27th, 1969, leading up to the riots. Three Dollar Riot is available for preorder for the price of 19.69.
Using the power of comics to teach teens about the way our government works
White River Junction, Vermont – This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide To Governance is a 32-page comic book created by The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). It is the result of a collaboration of educators and world-class cartoonists and is designed to help teachers who are working hard to prepare students to be empowered, informed, and civic-minded.
“It is hard to imagine a more important book to get in the hands of students young and old. Civics, democracy, and cartoons all in a non-partisan approach to raise people’s awareness of the real power that they and their communities hold. A funding opportunity that will pay dividends for years.” –Max Silverman, Executive Director, Center for Educational Leadership.
Starting on the 1st of July 2019, CCS will be running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to visit schools. CCS instructors will give away comics and work with teachers to help students gain a deeper understanding of how their government works and how they can make a difference in their community and beyond. The first leg of the tour will include schools in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, with future legs of the tour branching out into other regions of the USA added as additional funds are raised.
The Center for Cartoon Studies is happy to present This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance. This short comic guide helps to bring democracy back to the hands of the people by explaining what democracy actually means and how the whole thing works. This free guide will be a great jumping off point to learn about our government, which one can only hope will lead to participation.
The comic was created by Dan Nott with editing by James Sturm and several contributors and collaborators. We are starting a Kickstarter on July 1 to fund the tour, with drawings and civic workshops! So mark your calendar and get ready to be informed.
Miles and Honesty in SCFSX won LGBTQ Erotica category at the LAMBDA Awards. This is a fantastic win as it isn’t even a “comics-only” category. Drawn by Kazimir Lee ’16 and written by Blue Delliquanti, Miles and Honesty in SCFSX is an adults-only sci-fi. The first run of print books is sold out, but keep an eye on Delliquanti’s shop for the next batch. If you just can’t wait, you can still buy the PDF version on Gumroad. Congrats to Kazimir on a fantastic award for a fantastic book.
Also at the LAMBDA Awards, On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden ’16 (First Second) was nominated for Best LGBTQ Graphic Novel. This is another LGBTQ sci-fi from a graduate in the same year.
Emma Hunsinger, The Center for Cartoon Studies class of ‘20, recently had her comic “How to Draw a Horse” published with The New Yorker. The cartoon was written as a non-fiction class assignment, focuses on a young girls fascination of drawing horses in attempts to be noticed by a classmate. She remarks on how difficult it is for artists to draw horses, and how equally difficult it is for her to understand her feelings towards her classmate. This cartoon was published on May 30, 2019, just in time for LGBTQ+ pride month, and is already #1 most popular post on The New Yorker.
Issue 4 of Ladybroad Ledger was released earlier this year in April. They were strewn about Vermont for free, but if you can’t find a copy now, don’t worry. You can still get a digital copy on Gumroad. And if you never want to worry about missing an issue, you can sign up for their project-based Patreon. For $2 per issue, you will get a copy mailed to you in your own home so you never have to wander the streets of Vermont hunting for a copy. The fifth issue is coming in winter 2019, so you have some time to sign up.
Every year, SPX commissions a top cartoonist to draw their poster. And this year Tillie Walden ’16 has provided her usual luscious work. Tillie is best known for her Eisner-award winning memoir Spinning, about coming of age in an all-girl high school while on the figure skating team. Her most recent book, On a Sun Beam, originally published as a webcomic, was released through First Second. Her next comic, Are You Listening, is coming this fall, also from First Second.
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