Academic Outreach & CCS Summer Workshops

Thu 12/8/2016

This fall I started a new job at The Center for Cartoon Studies; I am now their Director of Academic Outreach.

The goal of this new position is to connect with graphic novel reading classes in English departments, comics classes in art departments, and extracurricular comics clubs at colleges and universities around the country. The idea is to share some of the comics expertise that we have built up at CCS over the last ten years while also letting undergraduate students who are passionate about comics know about the various opportunities at CCS, including our Master of Fine Arts degree. Basically, I'm trying to find students like me, at age 20: obsessed with comics, but with not a lot of available resources at my current school. I know they're out there...

If you, or anyone you know is interested in having me speak with their college-level comics class or club, we are offering free 30-minute video conference lectures, and I'm available to fly out to your school to lead 1-3 day workshops for a fee. More information is available on the CCS Academic Outreach webpage.

I'm also busy right now getting ready for the 2017 CCS Summer Workshops. As usual, I'll be co-teaching Create Comics from June 19-23 with my old buddy Jon Chad and then from June 26-30 I will be teaching an all new workshop: Beginning Animation!

Over the past few years I have been hired to do a number of small animations. Afterwards, I found that the creation of those animations really influenced my cartooning in a positive way. My hope for the workshop is to explore this point of intersection between comics and animation. We are going to draw lots of flipbook experiments, and then create a hand-drawn walk cycle and a looping animated GIF, all using pencils and paper (and Photoshop). We're also going to watch a lot of cartoons! It should be a ton of fun, and I hope lots of people will sign up to join me for a week in Vermont this summer!

More info is available on the CCS Summer Workshop webpage.

I'm super busy right now, trying to wrap up some big projects before the end of the year. If I can get one or more of them done, I'll post about it here. If not, I'll likely do so early in the new year. Either way I hope that everyone has a relaxing, peaceful winter break. Rest up, because we all have a lot of work to do in 2017!!!

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