Located in the historic Post Office building in White River Junction, the Schulz Library stands tall, amassing an incredible collection of contemporary graphic novels, out-of-print and rare collections of gag cartoons, classic newspaper strips, an extensive collection of books about cartooning – both academic and instructional and a one-of-a-kind collection of handmade publications! Thanks to generous donations from publishers, artists, and collectors the world over, the collection is abundant and unique.
Given that the Library is so packed with zines, graphic novels, cartoon collections, and related ephemera, the blog allows the Library to share its enthusiasm for the incredible collection. Whether it’s book reviews, descriptions of new arrivals, student essays, or just updates on the goings on of the Library, you’ll find it on the Schulz Library Blog.
I’d wanted to write for the blog since even before I started studying at the Center for Cartoon Studies, so it’s a real treat to be able to do so now! Most recently, I’ve been by writing posts that showcase the newest arrivals at the Library.
In addition to highlighting new arrivals to the collection on a weekly basis, I hope to write about the myriad of visiting artists that come through the school’s weekly Visiting Aritist Seminars, highlight the work of current students and write short essays that shine a light on the many comics gems that reside in the Library. If I have the time, I’ll even try to do some in depth reports on some of the many Small Press shows that occur in the United States!
Although I haven’t had much time to be making and publishing my own work, I’ve been knee deep in comics, while soaking up the summer in Pittsburgh.
Mary Hart’s Computing Workshop, located in Squirrel Hill, provides educational opportunities for students and adults on the autistic spectrum or with other differences or obstacles to success in traditional school settings. The CW offers adapted instruction across the curriculum, with particular emphasis on computing, technology, and the arts, along with social and communication skills, in a safe and supportive setting. I’ve been involved with the Computing Workshop for three years now and every summer it’s only gotten better.
Besides teaching comics, reading and programming at the Computing Workshop, I’ve been hopping across the city of Pittsburgh teaching comics workshops thanks to Paula Levin’s Literary Arts Boom program. If you don’t know anything about Paula Levin’s Literary Arts Boom [The LAB] here in Pittsburgh, I suggest you read this nice little write up by Marty Levine on Pop City Media.
The LAB offers free out-of-school programming to Pittsburgh youth, ages 6-18. Students practice and improve their inquiry and writing skills in a safe and unique space by participating in project-based workshops that incorporate art, technology, and communication. Mentorship and creativity inspire students to pursue their interests, find their voices, and tell their stories.
The LAB provides a space for collaboration, innovation and community engagement among youth, adults, and organizations focused on kids and creativity. Individuals, ranging from authors to zoologists, can share their talents, passion, and wisdom with local youth.
Paula, The LAB’s “head experimentalist” is focused building a culture of reading, writing, and creativity in Pittsburgh, giving youth the tools, support and resources necessary to bloom into critical minded and inspired thinkers.
Given the great divides that exist across the American public education system, it’s a real honor to be involved with a program as vibrant and ambitious as the LAB.
Photograph by Alessandra Hartkopf