NEWS AND INFORMATION
This section lists art colleges which have courses of interest to those wishing to study for a career in cartooning or sequential art. It also lists some useful websites, libraries, museums, and tutors who are accessible via their web addresses. It also lists events and competitions of interest to those studying cartooning and sequential art. And, lastly, it recommends events or other things which Cartoon Classroom considers of particular value to those studying these specialised art forms.
Comics Forum : A site which continuously recommends and directs all those interested in the serious study of sequential art to books and learned works on the medium. It also has useful articles, discussions and suchlike on its site relating to these matters. Cannot be recommended highly enough. Should be referred to on a regular basis for anyone interested in the subject matter of Cartoon Classroom. Go to the Links section on this site for their web address.
The Leeds Thought Bubble Festival : is both populist and academic in its aims. Has interesting seminars and discussions on the art and purpose of the sequential arts in all their varied forms as well as catering to those fascinated by the characters, situations and stories that dominate the mass- market product of the manga and comic book industry. Tickets are still available. Go to the link in our Links section for more.
Creating A Graphic Novel
Andrew Wildman has illustrated and designed for Comics, Books, Games and Television for over twenty years. Please visit the site dedicated to his first self penned graphic novel, HORIZON.
New Comics Course
Comics and Graphic Novels Course
West Dean College, Chichester.
Gain an understanding of how comics are structured and how a comic works using existing drawing skills. You learn how to make effective comics by looking at techniques, tools, characters and structure.
Comics and Graphic Novels
15th – 17th March 2016
Details here: www.westdean.org.uk/study/short-courses/courses/we5860-constructing-comics-and-graphic-novels
Hatley 3 month residency at Centre for Recent Drawing
Art School Courses
This section lists some courses available at art schools and colleges throughout the UK which can help those planning a career in comics or sequential art. Explore Search for others.
BA (Hons) Illustration for Graphic Novel
Illustration: BA ( Hons ) and
The Graphic Novel
Writing For The Graphic Novel,
Comic Book Art For Beginners
BA in Illustration for Graphic Novels at Glyndwr University.
Winchester School Of Art : www.wsa.soton.ac.uk
Edinburgh College of Art : Illustration – BA (Hons) and Masters courses available - http://www.eca.ac.uk/index.php?id=239,
Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen :
Glasgow School of Art : BA (Hons) in Visual Communication - http://www.gsa.ac.uk/gsa.cfm?pid=172
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD)
AIH: Higher National Diploma in Illustration at Ballyfermot College Of Further Education, Dublin - http://applications.bcfe.ie/courseinfo.php?course=48 includes study of sequential art. Animation Courses also available.
Edinburgh Napier University has a Creative Writing course which includes writing for the graphic novel - http://www.courses.napier.ac.uk/W54719.htm
Sequential Design and Illustration MA (PGCert PGDip) at the University of Brighton - http://courses.brighton.ac.uk/course.php?cnum=216
MLitt in Comics Studies - Dundee University : http://www.dundee.ac.uk/english/prospective/postgraduates/comicstudies
Univ of Brighton ( BA ) - Sequential Design and Illustration ( MA ) www.brighton.ac.uk
Oxford Brookes University - Illustration Narrative and Sequential ( Swindon ) 3 yr full-time ( BA ) www.brookes.ac.uk
University College, Falmouth - Illustration : Authorial Practice www.falmouth.ac.uk
University For The Creative Arts - Graphic Storytelling And Comic Art ( MA ) www.ucreative.ac.uk
University of Kent - ( Phd/ MPhil/MA by research Cartoons and Caricature ) www.kent.ac.uk
The Princes Drawing School - Weekend Caricature Master Class www.princesdrawingschool.org
SCOLA - Sutton College Of Learning For Adults - Introduction To Cartooning www.scola.ac.uk
Merton Adult Education - Family Cartoons www.maec.ac.uk
The Institute ( Formerly Institute of Hampstead Garden Suburb ) - Try Cartooning - Cartooning For Fun And Profit http://hgsi.ac.uk
London Art College - Cartooning Diploma Art Course www.londonartcollege.co.uk
Warners Education Association ( WEA ) - The 20th Century Social Cartoon www.wea.co.uk
Central St Martins College of Arts and Design - Cartooning Fundamentals www.csm.arts.ac.uk
Bristol Folk House Co-operative - Cartooning For Improvers - Cartooning Workshop - Cartoons and Comics www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk
Walford and North Shropshire College - Cartooning Introduction www.wnso.ac.uk
Telford College of Arts and Technology - Hand Drawn Cartoons Level 1 www.tcat.ac.uk
London School of Journalism - Cartooning Diploma www.lsj.org/web/cartooning.php
Many web sites can help in the study of cartoon and comic art. Some show the history of the medium and examples from some of its best creators. Others demonstrate the techniques involved in the creative processes of cartoon and comic strip art. More in the Links section.
Reading With Pictures - www.readingwithpictures.org. This is the website of a US organization that is trying to increase the recognition of sequential art as a valuable art study subject as well as a useful tool in general education. An interview with the site's founder - Josh Elder - is attached at the bottom of this page. See Staff Room for tutors of comic art who voice similar views.
www.learncartooning.co.uk Paul Solomons' online Freelance Cartooning correspondence course.
Cartoon Art Study via Libraries
Anyone interested in learning drawing skills of any kind can find a range of valuable instructional books at their local library. Libraries can also be a valuable source of local information on art study groups, such as life classes and workshops.
Museum And Gallery Resources
If your local museum and gallery doesn't have artwork from local cartoonists or sequential artists on show, ask them if they have any in their collections. Some have, but can't advertise the work and display it because of space restrictions.
Linley Sambourne House, London : www.rbkc.gov.uk/linleysambournehouse/
Cartoonists And Comic Creators Available For Teaching Or Talks
Cartoon drawing and sequential art are specialised forms of expression and storytelling, which can only be tought effectively by those who practice them. Luckily for those interested in learning these skills, there are a number of such tutors across the country who can be hired on a part-time basis to do this.
Steve Marchant : email@example.com Greater London
Cartoon Museum : www.cartoonmuseum.org Greater London
James Parsons : www.crazycomicclub.co.uk All Areas.
Kev F Sutherland : http://comicfestival.co.uk
Stuart Harrison : www.stu-art.biz
Paul Solomons via : www.hgsi.ac.uk
The Colonial Heritage Of Comics In French
Comics Forum ( see Links ) has published an article entitled ‘The Colonial Heritage of Comics in French’ by Mark McKinney over on the Comics Forum website at http://comicsforum.org.
Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival
The Festival is the only - and now the longest running - cartoon festival in the UK. It stages several cartoon exhibitions that run each year for around 4 weeks straddling the festival. It is closely linked with the Professional Cartoonists Organisation, which helps ensure the quality of work on display is always aiming for the best.
The festival weekend features talks, workshops, clinics and other events for the public to see cartooning in action. 40 selected cartoonists are invited to attend and participate. The event has active support from the Cartoon Museum, the British Library and the Cartoon Archive at Canterbury.
Jag Lall's "Death’s Door: Ignorance Likes Company '' was used as an educational tool to warn against the dangers of racism in schools across Newham in London. It has attracted the endorsement of such bodies for good as the United Nations Association of Canada. Another example of how the graphic novel format can be effective in spreading a virtuous message through educational institutions. More detail about Jag and his book can be found through Search.
A New Cartoon Museum Opens!
The Donald McGill Postcard Museum
The Donald McGill Postcard Museum at 15 Union Street, Ryde, is entirely dedicated to displaying and celebrating the famous saucy seaside postcard art of the great cartoonist, Donald McGill. Opening times are from 12.00 -5.00, 7 days a week til early September. Admission £3.50 per adult, children over 5, £1.50, and for the under 5's, a penny only! Coach parties and block bookings welcome for morning visits. Check it all out on their website.
Reading With Pictures - Josh Elder Interview ( see Web Sites above )
Why did you start Reading With Pictures?
Reading With Pictures came out of my cartooning workshops at schools. Over the years, I've spoken with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. A pattern began to emerge: Teachers by and large saw the value of using graphic novels in the classroom but were stymied in their efforts by a number of systemic, institutionalized barriers.
We’re living in a moment of profoundly shifting cultural attitudes toward the comics medium. The graphic novel is the strongest growth sector in publishing, and the majority of the top 20 highest grossing films of the last 10 years were based on comic properties. Graphic novels have a New York Times bestseller list category. As a result, cultural gatekeepers ( educators, for instance ) are more inclined to view comics as the serious artform it is. It also doesn’t hurt that more great work is being produced today than at any time in the medium’s history, and that classic titles are more widely available than ever before.
I could probably write a book on this (and Peter Gutierrez is currently doing just that).
Overall, staggeringly positive. No teacher can ignore graphic novels anymore, and few would deny that graphic novels are successful in reaching otherwise unreachable students. We want to take full advantage of this paradigm-shifting moment to help educational institutions bring graphic novels into the classroom, where they belong.
The partnership with Northwestern is one of the most exciting things about the Reading With Pictures project. A major research university studying comics is news all by itself, and we’re hoping that it will inspire other universities to do the same. I’ve also had discussions with the MFA program at Northwestern about creating interdisciplinary courses that focus on creating graphic novels.
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London Print Studio
London Print Studio Comics Collective :