Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Busy Week at CCS and Beyond!

This is the key week of summer workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies, and I'm working like a dog all day to wind up prep for the crunch ahead. Once I'm in the classroom, I'm fine, but the prep for these has me sweating.

Anyhoot, who cares about that. You don't.

Here's what we're doing this week, as its posted on
  • the CCS program site
  • (scroll down to "SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2006"):

    History of Comics Intensive (ages 16 and over)
    July 17-19 (Monday-Wednesday)Tuition: $540
    In three breathtaking days you'll cover the history of comics as taught by cartoonist and historian Steve Bissette. Faculty: Steve Bissette, James Sturm

    Educators Workshop
    July 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday)
    Tuition: $540
    Whether you teach science or art, learn to incorporate cartooning in your classroom. This workshop is co-sponsored by The National Association of Comics Arts Educators (NACAE). Faculty: Steve Bissette, Michelle Ollie

    Here's more info than you'll find at the CCS site:

    The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) HISTORY OF COMICS INTENSIVE workshop


    NOTE: All Bissette sessions will be multi-media, including film & video clips

    Monday, July 17:
    All day instructor: Stephen R Bissette
    9:30 AM - 10:30 - Introduction, Pre-History of Comics
    10:30 - 12:30 - Early Comics: Comic Strips

    12:30 - 1:30 PM - LUNCH

    1:30 PM - 4 PM - Comic Books: The Golden Age, Pre-Code, and Beyond

    MONDAY NIGHT: MOVIE NIGHT at CCS! (optional)

    Tuesday, July 18:
    Morning instructor: Bissette
    9:30 - 11:00 - Censorship: The Wertham/Kefauver Hearings, birth of the Comics Code (Stephen Bissette)
    11 AM - 12:30 PM - Harvey Kurtzman & MAD, The Silver Age Pt. 1

    12:30 - 1:30 PM - LUNCH

    1:30 - 2:30 - Underground Comix (James Sturm)
    2:30 - 4 PM - POP art, the Silver Age Pt. 2

    Wednesday, July 19:
    9:30 - 11 AM - The 1970s and Beyond (Stephen Bissette)
    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM - Mini-comics (Robyn Chapman; Schultz Library)

    12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch

    1:30 - 4 PM - Intro to Manga; The New Age: 1980s to present; The Graphic Novel (Stephen Bissette)

    The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) EDUCATOR’S WORKSHOP 2006

    Thursday July 20

    9:30am – 10:30am Overview & Intros - Steve Bissette

    10:30am – 12:30pm Comics for reading - Steve Bissette

    Comics in Education: Supporting the Curriculum with Comics Literature

    Political Cartooning.

    12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch at Main Street Museum on the deck

    12:30pm-4pm Political Cartooning discussion continued…

    Educational and Instruction Cartoons – Steve Bissette

    7pm Movie Night – Steve Bissette (optional)

    Friday, July 21

    9:30am – 10:30am Intro to Developing Study Guides & Lesson Plans – Michelle Ollie

    Developing Study Guides & Lesson Plans

    10:30-11:30am Four Graphic Novel Study Guides – Steve Bissette

    # Trip to the Schulz Library at The Center for Cartoon Studies – Colleen Frakes

    # Review types and categories of Graphic Novels – Colleen Frakes

    11:30am-12:30pm A workshop on Cartooning for Young Adults – Robyn Chapman

    12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

    1:30pm-3pm Creating Classroom Exercises and Activities – Steve Bissette

    Design and Drawing Exercise

    4pm Dartmouth Lecture: John Lent. Location: Hanover, New Hampshire

    Saturday, July 22

    9:30am-10:30am Cultural Studies – Steve Bissette

    Location versus Work: A Vermont Cartoonist Study

    10:30am-12:30pm Cultural Studies – Ana Merino

    12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

    1:30pm-3:00pm Language and Comics – Ana Merino

    3:30pm-4pm Wrap up discussion – Steve Bissette

    Whew! I'm going to be a happy French Fry at the end of this coming week!

    Hey, but that's not all that's shaking in July:

    New Hampshire cartoonist extraordinaire
  • Colin Tedford
  • and Brattleboro's own Daniel Barlow, also of
  • the Trees & Hills Comic Group
  • are extending an invite to any & all cartoonists in VT, NH and western MA (and beyond, if inclined) to a gathering of cartoonists on Saturday, July 29 from 12-5pm in "the sunny, well-tabled food court of the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, NH". The food court is near the Gilbo Ave. entrance
  • (here are directions to the Colony Mills marketplace).
  • Colin notes, "this event is not sponsored by the venue; the venue is a convenient public place; Dan adds, "This is a temporary location as we seek a better spot in the Keene/ Brattleboro area." Got it? Got it.

    Colin says, "We'll probably meet elsewhere in the future, but it's a nice enough space to work and socialize in. Bring your comic-making supplies and prepare for creation and camaraderie - and if you have "product" (comics - mini or otherwise, t-shirts, etc.) feel free to bring some to sell or trade! I run a mini comics distro and will be buying comics. Hope to see you there!"

    Colin posted this info on this blog as a comment a day or two ago, adding, "I met a couple of the lucky incoming CCS students Tuesday, and acquired a "Virgisaurus" statuette at the Main St. Museum. Yeah!"

    Colin & Dan extended the invite to my son Daniel and I, but we're going to be busy on the 29th --

    My stepson Mike Bleier is getting married on the 29th!

    That's where we'll be -- and you won't! -- more info later --

    A little treat link, compliments of Irwin Chusid, alerting us to the fact that "Ward Jenkins writes about and posts images -- including unpublished mock-ups
    -- from the 1957 children's book by Jim Flora" (the amazing '40s and '50s music industry and book illustrator)
  • The Day the Cow Sneezed!
  • (And here's a Flickrset of the images!)
  • Great stuff -- Enjoy!

    -- have a great Sunday, folks. Note that I may not be blogging much this week, per the schedule above!