A presentation on the history of the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) by school co-counder, faculty member, and graphic novelist James Sturm. Sturm attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was part of the group that founded the satirical newspaper The Onion. After graduation, Sturm self-published a collection of his strip Down and Out Dawg (1988), and interned at Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s Raw magazine, before earning an MFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts. This was followed by a stint in Seattle, where Sturm’s comic The Cereal Killers was published by Fantagraphics, and where Sturm co-founded the alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger.
In 1997, Sturm began teaching at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and during this period wrote and drew a series of comics about American history: The Revival (1996), Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight (1998), and The Golem’s Mighty Swing (2001). (All are available in the omnibus James Sturm’s America: God, Guns, and Golems.) After a brief stint in the Marvel Universe scripting the well-received mini-series Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules (2003), Sturm co-founded (with Michelle Ollie) the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2004. His most recent graphic novel is Market Day (2010).
Sturm’s presentation will be followed by a book party, with comics made by Appalachian students who were enrolled in a Department of Art senior seminar on comics and graphic novels in Fall 2015.
The Turchin Center Lectures Series are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.