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Buy the print edition of This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance

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). 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 guide will be a great jumping-off point to learn about our government.

You can now order individual print copies of This is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance and classroom sets (25+ copies) or download a copy:

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Children’s Literacy Foundation is offering grants to help Vermont and New Hampshire educators use comics to teach students about democracy and governance

With an engaging presentation about democracy, governance, and civic engagement, The Center for Cartoon Studies has visited classrooms throughout the Midwest and the Northeast (while giving away free copies of our comic book, This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance).

If you’re in New Hampshire or Vermont, The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) Community Building program is offering grants that will get CCS and this informative and engaging comicbooks into your school. Click here for more information about this programming opportunity.

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CCS grads at Comic Arts Brooklyn

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!:

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CCS schedule and exhibitors at Small Press Expo 2019

Here is a line up for CCS at SPX 2019!:

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is coming up on September 14 -15, and there are plenty of ways to see The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) grads while you are there! CCS will be present at table W28 with copies of This Is What Democracy Looks Like.

As part of the tour for This Is What Democracy Looks Like, Dan Nott ′18 (Table A7) will be on the Graphic Advocacy panel with Archie Bongiovanni (A Quick & Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns), Box Brown (Cannabis), and Matt Bors (The Nib). Hallie Jay Pope will be the moderator. The group will discuss using comics as a powerful tool in sharing a particular mission and point of view.

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Dan Nott ′18 on Drawing Democracy

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.

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Kickstarter: This Is What Democracy Looks Like tour

Using the power of comics to teach teens about the way our government works

Kickstarter

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.

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Using Comics to Teach Teens about Government

This Is What Democracy Looks Like cover

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.

Kickstarter Tote Bags

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)
Hidden Systems by Dan Nott
Cover of Hidden Systems by Dan Nott

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:

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.

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

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.

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Cartooning at Civics Summer Institute

Mikva Challenge Action Civics Summer Institute is coming on July 18th and 19th at Loyola University Chicago. As part of the outreach for This Is What Democracy Looks Like, a comic guide to democracy, CCS co-founder James Sturm, Dan Nott ′19, and student Courtney Fehsenfeld will be talking about the project, providing copies of the comic. This class is part of the Mikva Challenge’s immersive program.

Kickstarter Tote Bags

This Is What Democracy Looks Like is currently on Kickstarter through July 31 to fund a tour with workshops and demonstrations. Fund the Kickstarter today to get a tote bag, signed copy of Berlin from Jason Lutes, or one of the other amazing rewards.

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