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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to teaching at higher education, many CCS alum are now fellows or teaching workshops and many other exciting things!
- Dan Archer ’09 was a 2014–15 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught non-fiction graphic novel writing from 2008–14.
- Andy Warner ’12 taught non-fiction graphic novel writing at Stanford University and has taught at the Animation Workshop.
- Melanie Gillman ’12 has taught at California College of the Arts (professional practices, then senior lecturer in comics), Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and the Art Students League of Denver. They are also currently a writing fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.
- Katherine Roy ’10 taught 2D design at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
- Tillie Walden ’16 taught with Creating YA Graphic Novels at CCS author Jo Knowles in the summer of 2017.
- Allison Bannister ’15 is currently a doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), focusing on visual storytelling and comics studies, feminism, and gaming.
- Josh Kramer ’11 was a 2016-17 fellow at The Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship program at the University of Michigan.
Post by Angela Boyle ’16.
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