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Center for Cartoon Studies awarded $255k grant

The governor of Vermont announced that the Center for Cartoon Studies and the town of Hartford have been awarded a $255,000 grant to launch the Inky Solomon Center. The center will be a “a state-of-the-art industry center designed to help CCS alumni launch projects, incubate start-up companies and create jobs.”

Leveraging the world-class talent already attracted to Vermont by The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Inky Solomon Center will produce comics, graphic novels, and other visual narratives for print and digital industries. Public lectures and events will highlight collaborative projects, alumni and student work.

CCS studio projects have included an award winning graphic biography series from Disney, a line of greeting cards for Hallmark, books with prominent comics publishers like First Second and Drawn & Quarterly, and an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York.

Community Comments

#1 rodd perry
July/27/2011
@ 9:17 am

There’s something very WPAish about this. I like it. Where are the haters?

#2 Mike Lester
July/27/2011
@ 10:24 am

Right here. Nothing says obsolete quite like needing federal money to stay afloat. (see: any artist who needs the NEA)

But I love the name.

#3 Kat Ruhl
July/27/2011
@ 11:42 am

Mike, I think you’re thinking about this the wrong way. They got the grant to get started, not to keep going. This is more akin to investing in someone starting their own business rather then a bailout. At least that’s what I gathered from the article.

#4 Mike Lester
July/27/2011
@ 12:03 pm

I read it too. Whether it’s a startup or an ongoing enterprise, if the Dept. of Housing and Urban Devel. is propping you up, you can’t compete in the mkt. -same reason the “art” at your local post office sux thanks to the NEA.

I don’t know what the students pay to go to “Inky” but they’re paying twice. (more accurately, their parents are paying twice)

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