Dan Nott ’18 on Drawing Democracy

Dan Nott ‘18 is the lead cartoonist on This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a graphic guide to governance. Now on Kickstarter, The Center for Cartoon Studies is working with The Mikva Challenge, a non-partisan non-profit organization working toward a stronger, inclusive democracy, to connect to classrooms. CCS instructors will visit schools to give away comics and work with teachers to help students gain a deeper understanding of their government.

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Cartooning at Civics Summer Institute

Mikva Challenge Action Civics Summer Institute is coming on July 18th and 19th at Loyola University Chicago. As part of the outreach for This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a comic guide to democracy, CCS co-founder James Sturm, Dan Nott ’19, and student Courtney Fehsenfeld will be talking about the project, providing copies of the comic. This class is part of the Mikva Challenge’s immersive program.

Kickstarter Tote Bags

This Is What Democracy Looks Like is currently on Kickstarter through July 31 to fund a tour with workshops and demonstrations. Fund the Kickstarter today to get a tote bag, signed copy of Berlin from Jason Lutes, or one of the other amazing rewards.


Kickstarter: This Is What Democracy Looks Like tour

Using the power of comics to teach teens about the way our government works

Kickstarter

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). CCS is running a Kickstarter campaign the month of July to raise funds to visit schools. The first leg of the tour will include schools in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, with the tour branching out into other regions of the USA added as additional funds are raised! Find out more information about the Kickstarter campaign and all the great organizations that helped support This Is What Democracy Looks Like over on the CCS website.

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State of the Union: Comics

COMICS HAVE ARRIVED:  (l. to r.)  Jaime Hernandez, Amie Wright (moderator), CCS faculty Jason Lutes, Raina Telgemeier Photo by Annalisa Pešek

The Center for Cartoon Studies instructor Jason Lutes (Berlin) was part of a panel discussing the state of comics at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in June. Along with Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Raina Telgemeier (The Baby-Sitters Club), the panel was moderated by Amie Wright. They discussed their relationships to their characters, the rise of graphic memoir and biography, using comics to promote literacy, and shelving graphic novels separately or with the rest of the collection. Though there was disagreement among the panel, Jason sees shelving graphic novels in the general collection as a step in the right direction.

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Announcing the fourth year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency

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White River Junction, Vermont – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) announces the fourth year of The Cornish CCS Fellowship Residency. The month-long residency is held during the height of New England’s fall foliage season and will include a $3000 stipend. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2019.

Located in Cornish, NH, The Cornish CCS Residency is designed to create a focused and inspiring environment for cartoonists to create exceptional work. Cornish is located 16 miles from The Center for Cartoon Studies (VT), in beautiful rural New Hampshire.

This residency is made possible by former CCS board member, cartoonist Harry Bliss, whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker. “I want to attract the best cartoonists working today and create a residency that is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for storytellers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium,” Bliss said.
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Sasha Velour’s “Three Dollar Riot”

Cover of Three Dollar Riots
New cover for Three Dollar Riots

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.

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Democracy Comic Book Goes On Tour!

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.

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