R. Sikoryak’s books include Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn and Quarterly). He has drawn for The New Yorker, The Onion, SpongeBob Comics, MAD, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and more. He’s hosted his Carousel comics performance series around North America since 1997.
Memoir is a popular subject in comics and Melanie Gillman ’12 is here to help you work on your own graphic memoir. The Graphic Memoir Workshop takes 5 days to walk you through the basics. Melanie will take you through the entire process: brainstorming, scripting, drawing, and publishing. They will cover narrative building, developing your personal voice and artistic style, and effectively pitching and publishing your graphic memoir.
Because The Center for Cartoon Studies offers an MFA to those students who already have a bachelor’s degree (you might be surprised how many of those are Bachelor’s of Science), graduates pursue higher education including teaching at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and the Animation Workshop,
Stephanie Zuppo ’15 (Belchville) is teaching at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. In the Division of Communication and Creative Media, their classes have included digital painting. They originally got their BFA in Illustration and Design at Moore College of Art and Design. They also teach a wide variety of workshops at Generator Makerspace in Burlington, including bookbinding and teen cartooning. Stephanie’s main comics project right now is running Ladybroad Ledger, which just started a Patreon for subscriptions out of state. Stephanie also is the founder of Conosaurus.
Cole Closser ’13 (Black Rat) is teaching at Missouri State University in the Art and Design Department, where he also received his BFA. His classes include Graphic Narrative, Introduction to Computer Graphic Design, and Illustration.
The first volume of As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman ’12, was released by Iron Circus Comics in November 2017. Since it’s release, it has received three starred reviews! The comic, originally published online where it is still updating, is about Charlie Lamonte, a thirtee-year-old, queer, black girl spending a week of summer vacation at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp where she learns to question the rhetoric. This volume is 250 pages and $30. They started posting the web comic in January, 2012. (more…)
A NETFLIX ORIGINAL: The End of the ***ing World to release January 5th!
In 2013, Charles Forsman (’08) completed The End of the ***ing World, a look into the bleak lives of teenagers James and Alyssa. In 2013, then–film student Jonathan Entwistle create a short film of the comic. In 2014, he directed a pilot episode for a TV show. And now the show is coming to Netflix! Channel 4 launched the series in the UK on October 24.
PASTE just announced The 25 Best Comic Books of 2017, featuring Superhero Social Commentary to Deeply Personal Memoirs. The list includes The Center for Cartoon Studies alum Sophie Goldstein’s House of Women and Tillie Walden’s Spinning! Congratulations!
Margaret and the Moon, written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Lucy Knisley (’09) was released in May this year, telling the story of one of the women of NASA, Margaret Hamilton. And now Air and Space, a Smithsonian magazine, has listed it among the best aviation- and space-themed children’s books of 2017. “Young readers are sure to be engrossed . . . .”
Margaret Hamilton originally started working for NASA on the Apollo space mission. Her teams were responsible for developing in-flight software and the systems software, including error detection and recovery software (like restarts). She helped Apollo 11 land on the moon after several computer alarms went of and became the hero of the mission. She also coined the term “software engineering” during these Apollo space missions! (more…)