I just read a neat story on the Center for Cartoon Studies' Schulz Library Blog, about a class taught recently by Paul Karasik. Semi-full disclosures: I partly wanted to post about it here just so I could quote the title line, plus Paul's an old pal who gave me a book on Elsie Seeger's Popeye when we both lived in Brooklyn in the 80s. Here's what the article (by cartoonist Carl Antonowicz) has to say about him:
"Eisner winner Karasik is a comics luminary responsible for exposing a new generation of readers to the works of Fletcher Hanks, [Hey, be sure to click that "Fletcher Hanks" link!] as well as educating scores of cartoonists in the analysis and close-reading of comics. Last week Karasik exposed a group of twenty workshop participants from all over the globe to his teaching methods here at the Center for Cartoon Studies. The students, some of whom hailed from as far off as Bologna, Italy, brought their graphic novel projects for a week of intensive workshopping.
Karasik is a noted comics formalist. His graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass (produced with world-renowned superstar creator David Mazzucchelli) is remarkable in that it plays not only with the source text’s preoccupation with semiotics, but with the form and function of graphic narrative itself. It’s this attention to structure and execution that enthralled many of his students.
The first day of the workshop was consumed largely by an exhaustively in-depth formal analysis of a couple of Nancy strips, a subject with which Karasik is intimately familiar. His 1988 essay (co-written with Mark Newgarden) “How to Read Nancy” has become something of a cult classic in academic comics courses..."
Well, you can read the whole article here. And get the Nancy book that "How to Read Nancy" appeared in here. And perhaps, like me, you will end up thinking hmmm, The Center for Cartoon Studies sounds pretty interesting.
Here's the class:
FYI: At Comics Art Brooklyn, November 9th, Paul Karasik, Paul Auster, David Mazzucchelli, and Art Spiegelman will appear on a panel together to discuss City of Glass, marking the graphic novel's 20th anniversary.