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The Summer Is Now

Or, I should say, the summer starts Saturday, when I graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies! “Good times.” Here are two things you should know now:

Between this blog and The Cartoon Picayune blog, I’m all blogged-out. In two days, I will be “entering the world” and for the first time in many years, not returning to an academic institution in the fall. Because of this “turning point,” I’m putting this blog on hiatus for summer, and replacing it with a weekly email list that you can sign up for here.

I think it’ll be a little more informal, and I hope it’ll allow me to honestly address the changes in my life as they come in a more ephemeral format. And yes, there will pictures. I’m just gonna give it a try this summer, and we’ll see what’s what come fall.

Also, I’m very excited excited to share the Thesis Senior Showcase blog, which will feature the art of the Class of 2011 and hopefully make us more visible. There’s gonna be a lot of excellent work posted on here daily, so I hope you’ll check back often throughout the summer. We’ll already getting some love and I think it’s going to be really good.

So thanks, and have a good summer! If you wanna hear from me, these three options are pretty good, but this blog will be quiet.

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May 13, 2011 at 2:30 am Leave a comment

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy day, Mothers.

May 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

A Tour of My CCS Thesis

Here they are! I created 8 packages for the thesis committee, my advisor, the library, etc. But what’s inside? So you turn one over and take out the flap…

…and what do you see as you open the flaps?

Aha! And what books are these, secured inside?

Well, that on the left, of course, is The Cartoon Picayune #1, available for $3 on That’s the bulkiest, weighing in at 40 pages. The blue guy is Part two of my ski story, Fly By Night. None of that is on the internet to read, yet. The cheese story with the die-cut is the newly repackaged One Place, One Cheese. Finally, there’s an appendix on how I’ve done my reporting. I’m very pleased with how everything came out, and I think the red, blue, yellow thing came off better than I could have hoped. My year may be nearly done, but there are exciting things to come, sooner than later.

May 4, 2011 at 2:23 am 1 comment

Next Up…Thesis!

Back to business next week with a photographic tour of my Senior Thesis for the Center for Cartoon Studies. !  Next week will be reserved for participating in the critique of the Freshmen mini-thesis projects (my last duty as Teaching Assistant to Mr. Jason Lutes), an end of the year comics reading party, and a wrap-up with Mentor/Advisor/guru Josh Neufeld. The week after that: thesis review committee session and graduation!  General revelry will commence. (And hopefully, more bloggin’.)

April 29, 2011 at 4:40 am Leave a comment

Three Kinds of Color

I print the bulk of my comics, and I can only afford black and white most of the time. But I love color, who doesn’t? Recently, I’ve been messing around with different strategies and tools for coloring. I wouldn’t say I’m good at any of them, but maybe I’m approaching “not bad” status on one or two as I get more practice.

Here’s a watercolor based on a picture from The Sartorialist:

Pretty straightforward. Vanessa Davis‘ trick is to always add a little purple to jeans. Here’s a drawing with bombay colored inks (and black india ink) almost all straight out of the bottle with a dip pen:

Finally, there’s computer color, which I recently used for a newspaper piece that you can read here. Each method has its own advantages, as well as challenges, but I look forward to working more in each and not really nailing down a personal “coloring style” any time soon.

January 27, 2011 at 5:52 am Leave a comment

The Pacific Northwest

I went there. Here are some pictures. More soon.

January 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment


Please listen. This actually took way less time to make than I thought, so if you like it, let me know in the comments. Thanks.

December 15, 2010 at 5:31 am 1 comment

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Josh Kramer is a blogger, cartoonist, journalist, etc. I'm the Editor of The Cartoon Picayune. I live in Washington, DC and I just graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. See work by me and my classmates.

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