So the latest issue of Carleton Graphic just came out. As you may know, Carleton Graphic is the student-run comics publication on campus; I am one of the three current editors. Over the past three years, Carleton Graphic has really grown into something big, and it's had a huge impact on my own development and direction as an artist. However, as Jacob Canfield (the last of the founders) graduates at the end of this term, we've been having to think a lot about the future of Carleton Graphic. Of course, we'd like it to continue after all of the earliest members graduate. But it really is quite an operation, and Jacob handles a lot of the logistics. Our website is not part of the Carleton site, since we wanted to organize our site with the ComicPress WordPress theme. Consequently, we need to do a lot of management on that end, and we pay for our own hosting. Anyway, it's a lot to think about, but I really hope we're able to work something out so that Carleton Graphic has some stability and staying power. It really is a fantastic opportunity for Carleton students to take part in, and just a great publication in it's own right. There are not a lot of student comics publications in existence right now, and even fewer from liberal arts colleges. While we don't always have the fanciest artwork or the biggest budget, our stories tend to have a lot of heart, wit, and emotional resonance. If you're an alumni, have you ever dealt with leaving behind a project/group like this? How did you handle the situation?
And on the short term, I've been thinking a lot about how things will go next term, as Jacob graduates and Megan (the other current editor) goes abroad! I will have Eric Meehl, creator of Hezekiah Smalls, to help me, but it will be a big transition to handle for the Fall term of my senior year. I'm sure it will be okay and there are a lot of fantastic sophomores-to-be who will continue to make Carleton Graphic a success, but I still do approach next year with some trepidation. However, I am looking forward to meeting Scott McCloud next fall when he comes to speak at Carleton! His books have been hugely helpful and influential on my own work, and his series ZOT! is pretty much my favorite! I like to think that Carleton Graphic tries to follow in McCloud's footsteps; the pictures in his comics aren't always the most intricate or adorned, but his stories are thoughtful, emotionally effective, and brimming with love for comics.
If you are an accepted student who is interested in comics, please, please come here! I think it could be a really life-changing and fantastic opportunity to be a part of Carleton Graphic. Also, Carleton is just a great place in general. Yes, I'm very invested in Carleton Graphic, but there are lots of other opportunities as well. So that's my plea! Plea is a funny word.
I will leave you with this thought provoking ad from Facebook?
I hope to one day be as much of an artist as this guy.
Also... art school online?? I'm not even sure if that makes any sense...
For further reading on things related to this post, check out some of my old blog posts!
Alright, see you all later!
P.S. the post description is a Scott Pilgrim reference.