The Vermont press continues its fascination with the Center for Cartoon Studies with this story about the very first class graduation:
In early 2005, James Sturm looked out the window of his studio in downtown White River Junction and saw opportunity where others saw an ancient, vacant department store.
Two years later, Sturm is graduating a class of 18 from that storefront, which has been since renovated into the Center for Cartoon Studies, a two-year college dedicated to the art of cartooning and graphic novels.
Sturm, the cartoonist behind the graphic novel, “The Golem’s Mighty Swing,” about a Jewish baseball team in the 1920s, was looking for teaching opportunities, but instead decided to embark on his dream to found a comics college.
“I always wanted to start a school, but I thought I would wait until I was a wise old master,” Sturm joked. “And then I realized I may never become that wise old master, so I decided to do it now.”