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The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer 2019 Workshops

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The Center for Cartoon Studies - Post Office Building

46 South Main Street

White River Junction, VT 05001

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CCS Summer Workshops 2012

June 3-6, 2019

Cartoonist Hilary Price, known for her syndicated strip Rhymes with Orange, leads this 4-day intensive workshop which examines the essentials for producing your own single panel comics - characters, environment, plot and the gag. A combination of lectures and studio time provides an in depth look into the form and an opportunity to leave with completed works. Writing and Drawing Single Panel Comics is for both beginner and advanced adult and college students

CARTOONING STUDIO with Jon Chad and Beth Hetland
June 17-21, 2019

Cartooning Studio is a 5-day cartooning intensive, ideal for adults and college students (with a for-credit option). Through lectures and classroom exercises, CCS faculty will cover the basics of visual storytelling. This is a goal-orientated workshop in which students are given the support necessary to create and self-publish their own independent project.

June 24-28, 2019

Need that kicker to get started on telling your personal story through comics? Eisner and Ignatz award-nominated graphic novelist Melanie Gillman will walk you through the basics of writing and drawing your graphic memoir -- from brainstorming, to scripting, to drawing, to publishing. Topics to be covered include narrative building, developing a unique personal voice and visual style, and effective pitching and publishing practices for graphic memoirs.

July 8-12, 2019

Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Alec Longstreth leads this 5-day intensive workshop which will introduce students to the principles of animation. Utilizing flipbooks, pegbars, paper and pencils, each student will draw many short animation experiments, a walk cycle with one of their own characters, and a looping animated GIF for the final project. We use as little software as possible in this class to keep the focus on the magic of making drawings move, but an overview of the myriad of modern animation tools that are available will be provided, and the skills that are learned in this workshop can be applied to any type of animation (CG, stop motion, vector-based, video game, etc.). Each summer we also have a video-chat session with professional artists currently working in the animation industry!

This class is great for cartoonists who want to try moving their characters, illustrators who want to create animated GIFs of their illustrations, or anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at creating some traditional animation!

CREATE COMICS with Luke Howard and Jon Chad
July 15-19, 2019

This 5-day workshop packs in the essentials for producing your own comics. Through lectures, exercises, and group projects, students learn about story structure, page composition, pacing, materials and techniques, character design, environmental drawing, and production. Students collaborate on a comic anthology that they self-publish during the workshop. Create Comics is for both beginner and advanced students age 16 and over.

July 29-August 2, 2019
August 5-9, 2019
Optional Online Extension | August 13 - October 4, 2019

Do you have the beginnings of a graphic novel but need some help getting it off the ground? Is your cartooning stuck in a rut, ready to move up to another level?

Put everything else aside and only work on your comics for a week in White River Junction, Vermont. Workshop instructor Paul Karasik is a cartoonist (The New Yorker, City of Glass), a comics scholar (I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, How To Read Nancy), and a renown teacher (CCS, RISD, SVA) who really knows how to take good cartoonists and make them better.

During the week-long on-campus workshop, students will participate in lectures, collaborative exercises, book discussion sessions, events, and group critiques, with the goal of producing the first draft of a longer comics project.

During the optional 8-week online extension, students will develop and refine their work through online collaboration with faculty and peers, and complete comprehensive final drafts of their projects.

You will leave this class a stronger cartoonist than when you entered.

QUEER COMICS with Tillie Walden
July 29-August 2, 2019

In this 5-day workshop participants will explore the topic of identity in comic stories. This weeklong workshop focuses on learning to develop ideas through plotting, drafting, and class discussion. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate and reflect on their work in a group environment. Walden will also be giving lectures on all the relevant comics topics like world-building, character design, productivity, and monetizing your art. There will be enough time for free drawing, along with individual guidance and presentations of the results in the group. This worksop is specifically for queer comic stories!

Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market with Jo Knowles and Tillie Walden
August 5-9, 2019

YALSA award winning author Jo Knowles teams up with Eisner winning cartoonist Tillie Walden to share their strategies for crafting authentic, relateable teen characters and narratives. This five-day workshop utilizes lectures and exercises to successfully examine the idiosyncrasies of the young adult genre.


Cartooning Studio and the Graphic Novel Workshops can be taken for 2 undergraduate credits. The optional online extension of the Graphic Novel Workshop can be taken for 1 undergraduate credit. Please check with the Program Chair or Registrar at your college or university before registering to see if the credits will be accepted. To enroll for-credit, students must have an official transcript sent to:

Summer Workshops
The Center for Cartoon Studies
PO Box 125
White River Junction, VT 05001

Refund policy: Tuition is refundable up until 3 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, minus a $50 fee and any fees assessed by Eventbrite. Tuition is non-refundable after that date.


(802) 295-3319

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