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
'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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