CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT
2007: THE INTERNSHIP When I arrived in White River Junction, VT, for a summer internship, my life was about to change FOREVER.
Back then, CCS was one building-an old department store. My main duty was to help out with ccs’s flagship workshop called...
CREATE COMICS The instructors’ depth of knowledge and the array of material covered were dizzying! This weeklong workshop was a bootcamp, and all the students (and [) were new recruits! [ had began the internship liking comics; [ left LOVING COMICS! The passion of the faculty at CCS had lit a fire in me that would never go out.
2008: FULLY COMMITTED THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS
When [ finished college [ came back to CCS as the lab tech. CCSâ€™s lower level is a fully equipped production facility. Things get made here.
[ thought, no way could the pace and energy of the summer workshop be sustained throughout an entire school year...
From my small cubicle in the corner, [ could see all the amazing projects the students were working on.
COOPERATION comics can be a solitary pursuit, but working together, students bring out the best in each other. together, they create publications of all shapes and sizes.
] WAS WRONG.
CREAM OF THE CROP
A COMICS NEXUS
the quality of the books being made at this school is second to none.
The comics published in the lab are distributed throughout the world!
2010: THE TABLES TURN after two years in the production lab, [ started teaching the publication workshop. it was my great honor to be a full-fledged faculty member. although i had always known ccs instructors were superb cartoonists and teachers, working closely with them revealed how invested they all were in passing along their knowledge and experience. they’re in the cartooning trenches right there with the students, and they bring a lifetime of experience into every class. as wild and creative as the production lab is, the classroom proved to be even more so.
TECH DEMOS STEVE BISSETTE
VISITING FACULTY every week, a visiting artist comes to ccs to speak. visitors represent a variety of disciplines, including cartooning, print-making, animation, puppet making, and more. seeing students meet their art heroes in person is amazing.
FREQUENT SCHULZ LIBRARY PATRON
FUTURE GRAPHIC NOVELIST WEBCOMIC ARTIST CCS THESIS JUST PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER!
in the second year of ccs’s program, the students work on a thesis project. each student takes everything they’ve learned about comics and creates the BEST COMIC THEY EVER MADE!
2014: MOVING ON with a heavy heart [ moved from wrj this past summer. though [ left my job as the lab tech, i’m not gone for good-[ still come back once a week (at least!) to teach.
this summer things came full circle as [ came to teach the very workshop that made me fall in love with ccs-the create comics workshop.
ccs taught me how to build a sustainable artistic practice that allows my creativity and cartooning to be at the center of my life.
It gives me nothing but joy to pass onto others what CCS instilled in me.
to make a donation, visit cartoonstudies.org/donate the center for cartoon studies is a 501(c )3 organization this brochure was drawn by jon chad, ccs faculty. for more of jonâ€™s work, go to jonchad.com besides these two, there are 14 cartooning gnomes hidden in this brochure, can you find them all?