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The Schulz blog has moved!

PLEASE NOTE:

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

he new url is: http://cartoonstudies.org/schulz/blog/

Cartoonist librarians, Jen Vaughn and Caitlin McGurk.

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

Thanks!
-Schulz Library crew

 

 

 

Mmm-Hmm!

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

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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

CABOOSE
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.


Revolution
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.


PHOTOSTOP Gallery
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

in.side/out.side
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

MOMENTA IV
An exhibition of hand-pulled prints by New England artists
Juried by contemporary art dealer Cynthia Reeves
6-8pm


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

The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward

As the son of an activist, American woodcut artist Lynd Ward often addressed class and labor issues in his many early graphic novels, wordless sequences in fact. So imagine my eye-widening surprise when I found this beauty of a silver book recently procured for the library about one of the most beloved cryptids on earth.

The story from 1973 silently follows the life of a young farm boy, spending his days in the pasture watching the livestock of his family. His wondering mind keeps him occupied but eventually he realizes he is in the company of a silver pegasus! The above drawing is so beautiful, the earnest almost dog-like fascination the cow possesses juxtaposed by the run-for-the-hills horror of the boy.

Like any good parent, the farm boy’s father refused to believe in such a pony with wings and took him for a good turn over both knees! Though the story has no words or sound effects, we all can hear (and some can feel) the hand meeting denimed buttocks as the ominous rooster enjoys the view.

Ward shows off his abilities in page after break-taking page as the story pushes forth to the second act. Each reader HOPES for the wonderous ride and soon we see the boy on the pegasus winging through the trees, clouds and endless sky.

The boy and the horse of the wind visit all ends of the earth performing good, the type we as adults are rarely allowed to enjoy. While the gift of the apple to the ice-fishing child could be misconstrued for a comment on lifestyles, diet, culture etc., if you look through the eyes of a child, it is merely a kindness.

The story twists and turns but is about the rebirth of creativity and imagination. Honestly, it was wonderful to see a pegasus character in a rather serious story arch as well. And the ending, well it was not what I expected (surprises!) but enjoy it for yourself.  So pick up Lynd Ward’s The Silver Pony for the child in you and nearest to you.

Jen Vaughn

First Fridays at the Schulz Library


The first Friday of the month is a special day in White River Junction.  The community opens it doors and offers gallery receptions, live music, food tastings, studio visits and artist talks.  Starting this Friday, June 4th, The Schulz Library is joining in.  From 5-8pm, the Schulz Library will be open to the public.  You are welcome browse our shelves and read from our one-of-a-kind collection.  However, check-out privileges are still reserved for Schulz Library members.

Select student work will be available for sale, as will our fetching Schulz Library tote bags.  The Open House will be (very) lightly catered by the only comics-centric snack we could find: Bazooka Joe gum.
NOTE: individuals found guilty of sticking ABC gum to any library property will prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Cartoonist and librarian, Chuck Forsman, will be on hand offer tours and answer questions.


Hope to see you this Friday!  And if you are in the neighborhood, consider these other First Friday events: 


The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Thesis Exhibition
May 15-June 12
First Friday Reception: June 4, 5-8pm

An exhibition featuring work by the 2010 graduating class of The Center for Cartoon Studies.


Main Street Museum
58 Bridge Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Erica Layton; Human Hair Lace
Opens Friday, June 4, 2010.
Reception and performance 6-9, show up until June 30

Behold, an artistic endeavor of tiny proportions! Erica Layton of Norwich has been exploring the traditional methods of making needle point lace. This remarkably delicate technique is emphasized by the unusual fibers that Erica weaves; individual strands of human hair. Human hair lace is surprisingly strong, gets curly in humid weather and is astoundingly beautiful.


Elixir
188 South Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

First Friday music continues with Evan Carey appearing at Elixir June 4 from 8-11pm. Evan is a charismatic solo performer playing flamenco and classical guitar. His compositions combine the tight, crisp rhythm of flamenco with the thoughtful development of ideas found in classical music.


White River Indie Films
Festival Opens June 4th at Northern Stage
12 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Friday Programming:

SHOOTING BEAUTY

4:00PM • $8
 USA • 64 minutes
Building on the famed bedrock of photographer Diane Arbus, the husband/wife team of documentary filmmaker George Kachadorian (whose prior doc Wall Street was up for an Academy Award) and Boston-based photographer Courtney Bent forge an unusual, moving introspective window on a world most of us choose not to see.

WRIF GALA WITH CINDY PIERCE AND SCREENING OF ORGASM, INC.
6:30PM • $35
 A full evening, starting at 6:30 with snacks and drinks to fete filmmaker Liz Canner and screen her new film, Orgasm, Inc. at 7pm, followed by a special appearance by Upper Valley’s premiere comic, Cindy Pierce, at 9pm. Then drinks, food and partying! Ticket includes film, performance, food and a cash bar.

7PM ORGASM, INC
2009 • USA • 78 minutes
Norwich filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing porno videos. No, she’s not working at some erotica mill in the San Fernando Valley, but at a legitimate pharmaceutical company. Her assignment is to supply visual material for tests in an unusual drug trial. Her employer wants to develop the first Viagra for women.
Q & A with Liz Canner after the film.

9PM SPECIAL APPEARANCE: CINDY PIERCE
With her stand-up act, Finding The Doorbell, Pierce has taken her brand of frank and hilarious sexual story-telling to stages, campuses, and clubs throughout New England and New York City. Her material is explicit and on-the-mark. Her style ribald and high-energy. She’ll bring a comic’s sharp aim to hit some of the same controversies that Canner targets in her eye-opening documentary.


PHOTOSTOP Gallery
85 North Main Street in White River Junction, Vermont

Shooting Beauty: photographs from the “Picture This” project
June 4 through June 26
First Friday Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: 5:30-8 pm

Photographs from the “Picture This” photography project and featured in the documentary film “Shooting Beauty” will be on display in the PHOTOSTOP Gallery from June 4 through June 26. The photographs will be on exhibit in conjunction with the screening of Shooting Beauty during the White River Independent Film Festival (WRIF) on June 4 at 4 pm as the kick-off event of the Festival. Filmmaker George Kachadorian, originally from Woodstock, VT, will give a gallery talk at 5:30 pm on the making of the film and the photographs at PHOTOSTOP immediately following the screening at Northern Stage.

The “Picture This” project is an award-winning photography workshop directed by photographer Courtney Bent (also married to George Kachadorian) for individuals with cerebral palsy. Bent retrofitted cameras so that residents of the United Cerebral Palsy program could document their lives and tell their own stories.


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

Carol Lippman

Opening Friday, June 4th, 6 – 8 PM


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.

Studio 205
Barns, Hills & Houses
Pastels by Kathy Detzer
5:30-8pm

Studio 233

Oil Paintings by Laura Wolfe
5-8pm


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

Congrats, Class of 2010!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Center for Cartoon Studies class of 2010.

Root hog, or die!

See more photos on our flickr page.