Every fall The Center for Cartoon Studies invites 20 aspiring cartoonists to White River Junction, Vermont for a no-holds-barred education in comics. Those who complete the two-year program... See full summary »
Every fall The Center for Cartoon Studies invites 20 aspiring cartoonists to White River Junction, Vermont for a no-holds-barred education in comics. Those who complete the two-year program earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and are ready to face the hardship of a career in one of the world's most drudgery-inducing art forms. This is their story. Written by
Ten Day Interval
Written by Danny John Bitney, John Christopher Herndon, John Cameron McEntire, Douglas Andrew McCombs, David Christian Pajo and Jeffrey Lawrence Parker
Performed by Tortoise
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music See more »
'Cartoon College' is a documentary about a small cartooning school in Vermont (perhaps the more-famous Joe Kubert School in New Jersey wouldn't play ball). Famous (to a comic book fan like your humble reviewer) faces appearing include Stephen R Bissett, Scott McCloud and Art Spiegleman (still tagged as "the author of 'Maus'" a couple of decades after that graphic novel's publication - hasn't he done anything else?) The students include a Mormon who is working on a comic about how his older brother used to torture him shortly before discovering he (the brother) was terminally ill; the school's oldest student, a 61 year-old deaf janitor; and the young woman who in her work occasionally references her 'lesbionic' experiences but usually contents herself with writing about menstruation (yes - one of *those*, but she's such a dear somehow you don't mind). Many of the professionals and students reminisce about how wanting to draw made them outcasts at school (one lad sporting a Farrah Fawcett hairstyle says he was often mistaken for 'gay... or British'). It is very enjoyable and the students come across as really likable - far too many sport baseball caps and awful facial hair, though!
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