Monday, January 03, 2005

Cartooning school 'geared more towards the auteur'

The Boston Globe spotlights James Sturm and his White River Junction, Vt.-based Center for Cartoon Studies, which will focus on the integration of all aspects of the artform:

"Traditionally the greatest comics, whether Spiegelman's Maus or Herriman's Krazy Kat are generally the result of one person's vision. When you are teaching comics, you can't separate the writing and the drawing. I think other programs try and do that, so you have a course that is called 'comics script-writing.' I don't think we'd ever have a course called 'comics script-writing' because when you are writing with pictures and doing thumbnail drafts, you can't separate those two things."

(Thanks to Christopher Butcher for the heads up.)