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Cartoon College 2012
Description: Each 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 finished the two-year tool 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.
Released: 14 Apr 2012 Director: Josh Melrod, Tara Wray Writers: N/A Actors: Lynda Barry, Steve Bissette, Casey Bohn, Charles Burns Genres: Documentary
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Cartoon College Reviews:

The documentary "Cartoon College" focuses on a handful of students attending The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), a fresh kind of college specializing in comics. Featured are interviews with comic artists Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, and the unbelievable Chris Ware (plus others.) Strange, then, how not one of these artists talks very much (or ever) about the CCS itself: I mean, isn't the name of this movie "Cartoon College?" In reality, this "school" is a sham. The student's assignments are designed to give them the feeling (trick them) into thinking that they're "names," or at least published. No one, not the filmmakers or the artists featured, mission out how successful comic artists study illustration, have a BFA, or are entirely self taught. The movie also never mentions the cost of every year of studies (a staggering $18,000 a year!) as well as what happens to students after graduation. I've looked up the names of the students featured in this doc, but I can only ever search them mentioned in another reviews for this film. Yikes."Cartoon College" could have made aware that the CCS isn't the only comics college around: comparing/contrasting the CCS with The Kubert School would have granted this movie richness and depth. That's not to tell "Cartoon College" is shallow-- its greatest scenes are the artist interviews, but as the interviewees never talk about the CCS at any length, these interview segments feel out of place. (And also, what was up with that hokey goof-music they played whenever the 50+ mature student was on camera? That guy had, like, six degrees-- he was smarter than anyone at the CCS, the filmmakers included. What common snobbery on the part of these filmmakers-- you can say they were catering to the vanity of the pretentious hipster demographic. And why? Because the filmmakers and CCS students are in this demographic too.) Instead of presenting a varied review of the CCS featuring pros, cons, and comparisons with another comic colleges, "Cartoon College" focuses on the students, which is the main reason why this movie fails. A prerequisite for admittance to CCS, it seems, is to dress like an insane parrot, be unpleasantly fat, pale, and sport gross/greasy (facial) hair. It's almost sad seeing these fragile, egotistical youths create comics based on boring stories from their childhoods, significant only to them (one woman kept making comics based on her first period-- yeah, no) and all the while their student loans loom perniciously in the distance. And what's more, all the comics made by these students are the same. Hipster comics. Spoiled suburban comics. Clueless trends of Generation "Zad." Gee, I wonder why you can never search a trace of any of these students online. Should it be that... no one is publishing their work?


'Cartoon College' is a documentary about a tiny cartooning school in Vermont (perhaps the more-famous Joe Kubert School in Fresh Jersey wouldn't enjoy ball). Popular (to a comic ebook fanatic like your humble reviewer) faces appearing contain Stephen R Bissett, Scott McCloud and Art Spiegleman (still tagged as "the creator of 'Maus'" a couple of decades after that graphic novel's publication - hasn't he done anything else?) The students contain 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 girl 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 specialists and students reminisce about how wanting to draw made them outcasts at school (one lad sporting a Farrah Fawcett hairstyle tells 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 terrible facial hair, though!



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