Alum Spotlight: teaching in higher education

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.

Champlain College faculty/staff interior headshots/portraits, August 17th, 2017

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.

Cole Closser, teaching portrait at Missouri State University


Beth Hetland ’11 (Half Asleep) teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her classes range across departments, in the Writing Program, Fiber Material Studies, Arts Administration and Policy, Contemporary Practices, and Painting and Drawing. For Spring 2018, she is teaching Freelancing Comics/Illustration, Comics: Publish or Perish, AND General Seminar: Complex Narrative: English Composition. She was also voted the Part-Time Faculty of the Year for 2014–15 at SAIC. And as ever, she is continuing work on Half Asleep, which is up to volume 6.

Beth Hetland teaching at CCS

Angela Boyle ’16 (that’s me) is starting as a teacher at Western Washington University this Winter 2018. She will teach Illustration Techniques for the Design Department. She received her BS in Technical Communication from the University of Washington. She is continuing work on her biography of Maria Sibylla Merian, the natural science comic anthology Awesome ‘Possum, as well as other fiction works.

Angela petting one of TWO dogs at the first Ladybroad Ledger release party.

Luke Howard ’13 (Out Mother) teaches right here at The Center for Cartoon Studies. He works with Jon Chad to teach Publication Workshop. He also runs the amazing Visiting Artist class, interviewing the speakers.

Luke starting a visiting artist lecture at CCS.

Sophie Yanow ’16 (Glacier) has also joined the faculty at The Center for Cartoon Studies, working with Jason Lutes in the Cartoon Studio class. She is also working on a new 192-page book, a fictionalized autobiography about her time in Paris.

Sophie Yanow ('16, fellow '14/15)

In addition to teaching at higher education, many CCS alum are now fellows or teaching workshops and many other exciting things!

Post by Angela Boyle ’16.

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