Hello, friends! Today is CCS Appreciation Day! In honor of this event, I’m going to gush a bit about the place that helped me become the cartoonist I am today.

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The Center For Cartoon Studies (or CCS for short) is a school in White River Junction, Vermont. Its soul mission is to teach prospective students the art of making comics! Their curriculum is based around every facet of the art, from panel structure, to storytelling, and even its history. CCS offers both an Associates degree (a 1-year program) and an MFA (2 years). Those going for the MFA are giving the arduous task of working on a thesis project of their choosing for the full 2nd year.

The aforementioned comic school is not for the feint of heart. While it is a fun and positive learning experience, it’s also very taxing, and requires your full effort and attention. It’s a serious commitment and you almost need to “drop everything” and take the challenge head on to get the most out of it.

For those without the time or resources to attend the full program, CCS also offers summer workshops every year. These “crash courses” in comics focus on both novice and advanced cartooning, and are an absolute blast. Sometimes they even offer special classes, such as courses on animation.

240884_747872675487_7277770_oI graduated CCS back in 2011. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I met a lot of amazing people and learned a lot of great things. I wouldn’t be nearly the cartoonist I am today without the talented faculty and my fellow students at CCS.

If you’d like to learn more, you can check out their website. CCS changed my life, and I bet it will do the same for you!

 

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