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The Schulz blog has moved!


The Schulz blog has moved to a new location and got a new look.
Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

he new url is:

Cartoonist librarians, Jen Vaughn and Caitlin McGurk.

Sorry for the inconvenience! Please drop by to see the new and improved site.

-Schulz Library crew






If Kevin Shelley asked me to join his revolution, I would do it in a heartbeat not even knowing what cause he was fighting for. What I have gleaned about this mad genius is that he knows packaging and promotion.

Armed with a pair of suspenders and a finely-waxed mustache (pictured on the left), I was charmed into buying his book for the Schulz Library. How can you deny those book displays? Not only did its strong blue-red-white design remind me dearly of the postal system but the various extras such as bookmarks and matching patch sealed the deal. Please enjoy the front of the book and bookmarks, then the back! How many smiling cherries can you find?

The visual content of the book itself is truly mellifluous poetry. Whereas a rigid computer font or more-forgiving letterpress usually holds lines of lyrics captive, Shelley’s easy script are hand-drawn and absolutely beautiful in his comics.

Shelley’s work is also rather intense with a story in the gutter (the space betwixt the panels) running parallel or affecting the story of the panels.

Part of the charm of Mmm-Hmm is the use of easy language, slang and so forth woven into each line with hard consonants striking a beat, not unlike the sound of your spoon at the bottom of an ice cream dish. If you find yourself wishing for modern illustrated rhymes with adorable characters (unicorn, anyone?), look no further than Kevin Shelley’s Mmm-Hmm.

-Jen Vaughn

Softball Sunday!

New Student Orientation at the Center for Cartoon Studies took place this past weekend and we could not be more excited for a whole new class (herd? murder? panel?) of cartoonists.

Aside from learning how to not cut your hands off with our giant paper cutter and how to properly pay for color copies, students both new and returning were asked to join in on the alum-sponsored softball game. (Jon Chad is at bat while Michelle Ollie pitches to Andy Christensen).

School founders James Sturm and Michelle Ollie both have backgrounds in baseball and softball so logically, they headed up the two teams, the Nancys vs. the Little Lulus. (Below, Sturm aggressively stands at the sidelines as third base coach while Nomi Kane and Randall Drew ready themselves for a whopper.)

The game was pretty loose, batting through entire line-ups but that didn’t mean the cartoonists didn’t BRING IT. With a bunch of home runs, line drives and even a double-play, we proved we can play betwixt all sorts of lines, be they panels or the foul lines. (Below, Nate Wootters is about to tag out Brandon Elston, Melanie Gillman watches)

As supreme thanks for all that they do for the cartooning community we gave James the Game Ball and Michelle the Official CCS Batting Helmet complete with student work stickers (more to come!)

The only thing left to do is invite the Kubert School out for some softball and corn dogs. So how about it, guys, are you game?

-Jen Vaughn

Caboose Zines


Liz Mason sent over a pile of her zine, Caboose. Liz seems to be from Chicago. Thanks Liz! They will have a place in the Schulz library Zine Garden forever.

\\Chuck Forsman

CCS Summer Workshops, 2010

The summer is winding down, and so are the CCS Summer Workshops.  57 students traveled from far and wide to learn, draw and publish at CCS. 

Jenna inking LEHAVDL: A Story of Breaking. Photo by Micah Cohen

Our students worked hard, and they have some remarkable comics to show for it. In less than 24 hours our Create Comics class wrote, drew and published a new comics anthology.

Alec Longstreth and students collate their anthology, C. Diver and the Search for the Shanghai Shipwreck. Photo by Robyn Chapman

To see more photos of the workshop, visit the CCS Flickr page.

– Robyn Chapman

Caboose, The Exhibition

You may have heard of Caboose, the comic.

 But have you heard of Caboose, the exhibition?

Please join us in celebrating Caboose: An Exhibition of Comics About White River Junction.  This exhibition features original artwork from the comics newspaper Caboose, edited by Chuck Forsman and Max de Radigiuès.

Stop by CCS from 5-8pm tonight for our First Friday reception.  Come see how these comics were created and meet the artists who created them.  There will be snacks, music, conversation, comics and plenty of free copies of Caboose to take home.

When you stop by the Caboose exhibit, be sure to visit our neighbors’ First Friday events.  Below you’ll find your complete  guide.

 First Friday, July 2 2010


The Center for Cartoon Studies

94 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

An Exhibition of Comics About White River Junction
July 2nd, 5-8pm
First Friday Reception
The Center for Cartoon Studies


The Schulz Library at The Center for Cartoon Studies

58 Bridge Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Join us this Friday, from 5-8pm, for our First Friday Open House. Browse our unique collection of over 8,000 comics and graphic novels. Comics by our students and alumni will be available for sale, as will our fetching Schulz Library tote bags.

26 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Open ’til 7pm as always, with a stellar collection of independently designed, contemporary used & vintage apparel… and cheap wine at the ready every First Friday!

Main Street Museum

58 Bridge Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Nick Heyl – Acoustic Folk and Comedy
Friday July 2. 8pm
$8 free for MSM and CCS members, all ages.

Having successfully traveled across the globe with his guitar and keen sense of humor, Nick Heyl is a seasoned veteran of his craft. Combining traditional folk music with original material and comedy, Nick Heyl holds the stage with a warm, personable and compelling presence. As a former member of The Kingston Trio and Rockcastle, Nick has paid his dues as a working musician and now serves up an intimate solo show that is not to be missed.

85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Photographs by Andrea Greitzer and Rob Strong
July 2-30
Opening reception July 2nd from 5-8 pm, gallery talk by the artists at 7 pm

Both Greitzer and Strong will be exhibiting photographs of architectural elements and locations, both interiors and exteriors, from their unique perspectives. Andrea Greitzer is interested in the areas of museums that surround art, the beautiful spaces we often ignore on our way to look at something else. Her work captures the light, mood and color of museum spaces around the world. Rob Strong’s photographs of parking lots, industrial facades and metal fabricated structures along America’s highways examine the way man and nature have collaborated, sometimes unwittingly.

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

An exhibition of hand-pulled prints by New England artists
Juried by contemporary art dealer Cynthia Reeves

Tip Top Media and Arts Building
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Tip Top Artists invite you to enjoy Open Studio’s from 5 to 8 PM on the First Friday of every month, and also check out the expanded Gallery spaces downstairs in the Tip Top Building.

Upper Valley Food Co-op
193 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Every First Friday The Upper Valley Food Co-op offers a 5% discount and food samples from 4-6 PM. There is almost always live music.

– Robyn Chapman

iPad at the Schulz Library!

A new bit of technology has arrived at the Schulz Library.  Maybe I’ve been watching too many Next Generation re-runs, but it looks kind of familiar…

That’s right, we have an iPad!  It will reside in the Schulz Library.  It’s not available for check-out, but library member are welcome to play with it during our library hours.

I’m not very tech savvy, but I have to say, this is a handy library tool.  Let’s say I want to check out some books by Yoshihiro Tatsumi.  I grab the iPad, head for the shelves and search for Tatsumi on our Librarything site.  The iPad tells me where to look (the Manga section) and what’s available (dang, A Drifting Life is checked out!)   

Come to the Schulz Library and give it a whirl!

– Robyn Chapman