A graphic novel thesis project published by Random House Graphic.
HIDDEN SYSTEMS was Dan Nott’s ‘16 thesis project at The Center for Cartoon Studies! Random House Graphic is publishing the book in March 2023.
“The true power of comics is on display here, with complex, difficult-to-comprehend structures presented both through a variety of metaphors and by placing those metaphors in context with simplified renditions of their real physical appearance.” —Booklist
“The global pandemic and recent movements for racial justice have tested public and private institutions in this country; our sense of collective wellbeing; and familial, social, and civic lives. Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics explores these challenges and the interconnectedness of contemporary public life and public health through the medium of comics. You can visit the exhibit between 9/19/22 – 12/17/22, at The Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, open Monday–Saturday, noon–5 PM.
Parsifal Press with Dan Nott ’18 and Daryl Seitchik ’18
CCS alumni Dan Nott ’18 and Daryl Seitchik ’18 have joined together to form Parsifal Press. With a focus on minicomics and other special objects, they are preparing to reprint some of their old favorites as well as new work. Their first collection of work is for sale, Parsifal Parcel #1, in part thanks to a Koyama Provides grant.
Everyone is on the hunt for new ways to entertain their kids (and themselves) now that more places have stay-at-home orders. It’s a great time to work on comics! You can process the real world and explore your emotions in this situation, or you can escape the current difficulties by exploring and creating fictional worlds. From Daryl Seitchik ’18 (Exits, Koyama Press), who runs Cartoon Club with Dan Nott ’18 (Hidden Systems, coming from Random House Graphix), here are some activities that require only a pencil and paper:
Comics Art Brooklyn is on November 2 at the Pratt Activities Resource Center in Brooklyn. Not only can you go to talks by greats like Gary Panter (Songy of Paradise, Fantagraphics, 2017) and Charles Burns (Last Look, Pantheon Graphics, 2016), who will be talking about drawing as a way of thinking; or Chris Ware (Building Stories, Pantheon Graphics, 2012) in conversation with Francoise Mouly (publisher of Toon Books) and Art Spiegelman (Maus, Pantheon Graphics, 1986). You can these CCS students and grads exhibiting!:
Dan Nott ‘18 is the lead cartoonist on This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a graphic guide to governance. Now on Kickstarter, The Center for Cartoon Studies is working with The Mikva Challenge, a non-partisan non-profit organization working toward a stronger, inclusive democracy, to connect to classrooms. CCS instructors will visit schools to give away comics and work with teachers to help students gain a deeper understanding of their government.
Kickstarter: This Is What Democracy Looks Like tour
Using the power of comics to teach teens about the way our government works
This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide To Governance is a 32-page comic book created by The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). CCS is running a Kickstarter campaign the month of July to raise funds to visit schools. The first leg of the tour will include schools in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, with the tour branching out into other regions of the USA added as additional funds are raised! Find out more information about the Kickstarter campaign and all the great organizations that helped support This Is What Democracy Looks Like over on the CCS website.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide To Governance is a 32-page comic book created by The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). It is the result of a collaboration of educators and world-class cartoonists and is designed to help teachers who are working hard to prepare students to be empowered, informed, and civic-minded.
It is hard to imagine a more important book to get in the hands of students young and old. Civics, democracy, and cartoons all in a non-partisan approach to raise people’s awareness of the real power that they and their communities hold. Definitely a funding opportunity that will pay dividends for years.
Max Silverman, executive director, Center for Educational Leadership
Starting on the 4th of July 2019, CCS will be running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to visit schools. CCS instructors will give away comics and work with teachers to help students gain a deeper understanding of how their government works and how they can make a difference in their community and beyond. The first leg of the tour will include schools in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, with future legs of the tour branching out into other regions of the USA added as additional funds are raised.
A variety of rewards are being offered to help fund the tour, including:
physical and digital copies of the comic book
a teaching resource guide
two-color risograph posters
“Democracy Rules” bumper stickers and tote bags
signed graphic novels by CCS faculty members Jason Lutes (Berlin, Drawn and Quarterly, 2018) and James Sturm (Off Season, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019
limited edition prints by New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren
an original cartoon drawing by master cartoonist Denys Wortman (currently featured in Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms exhibition)
Lead cartoonist, CCS alumni Dan Nott ‘18, is currently writing and drawing a book about infrastructure called Hidden Systems for Random House Graphic. Contributing cartoonists include:
The Center for Cartoon Studies is happy to present This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance. This short comic guide helps to bring democracy back to the hands of the people by explaining what democracy actually means and how the whole thing works. This free guide will be a great jumping off point to learn about our government, which one can only hope will lead to participation.
The comic was created by Dan Nott with editing by James Sturm and several contributors and collaborators. We are starting a Kickstarter on July 1 to fund the tour, with drawings and civic workshops! So mark your calendar and get ready to be informed.