Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bibliography part 5- The Center For Cartoon Studies, Year 1

Here are the zines and minis I put together during my first year at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Hopefully you'll be able to see the improvement.

The "Ed Emberley" assignment is an annual favorite at CCS. Our class was asked to create a minimum four page comic using only characters/props from Ed Emberley's Make a World.
I loved this assignment, and sometimes worry that the comic I made for it is the best thing I'm ever gonna do.

My Fall final project for our Cartooning class with James Sturm, "Terra Incognita". We were asked to create a zine with a 2-color cover and minimum 500 typeset words. I've never been very good as silkscreening.

So I didn't bother with the color cover when I reprinted it.

"Terra Cognita" is a companion zine I put together for my Fall final project in Peter Money's writing class. He asked everyone to chose a word, then based all these writing assignments around it.

The Anthology Project is also an annual favorite at CCS. Our class was assigned them for Spring midterms, but now classes do them as the Fall final project, which works way better. My group was Elizabeth Chasalow (now Jarvela), Christine Williamson and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Our anthology was about a cursed box, and we each did a story about someone who finds it and the horrible things that happen to them. I think all the stories in this book are really amazing, but we had a lot of production problems so this was never reprinted.

"Cowboy Orange" was just a collection of poetry comics I'd done both before and after attending CCS. The first printing I ran a bunch of bad screenprints though the copier to make the covers...this was a bad idea. I should just stay away from screenprinting all together.

Towards the end of our first year, Ivan Brunetti, Seth and Chris Ware came to visit CCS. It was one of those life-changing events. Before they came, I hadn't even planned on staying at CCS for the second year. Michelle assigned us each to make a one-panel comic about the visit, then I designed the cover and Jon-Mikel Gates laid out the book, and we sent them each a copy as a thank-you gift.

Year One Final projects! I put together a book with every comic I'd done during my first year, 72 pages total. Only six copies where made, and each is bound differently.

More to come Monday!


  1. Colleen,
    Very cool stuff. If you can send me a copy of your book, Tragic Relief, it will get reviewed at the Comic Book Bin. I was just looking at Annie Murphy's blog and asked her for a copy of her very own Xeric wiining book.

  2. Thanks, Henry!

    Sure, send me your address and I'll send you all kinds of comics. I'm at