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Thinking with Comics with Dan Nott

Drawing of artist at drawing desk, working and playing music
Image by Dan Nott

The unique comic format can chronicle—in ways that are succinct and easily comprehensible—how our physical and mental health are shaped by complex American systems, while also conveying inequities inherent throughout these systems. Join us for this workshop, associated with the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics.

Comics are a magical medium that can be used to convey ideas and learn about the world around us. Join comics educator and cartoonist Dan Nott for an all-ages drawing workshop exploring visual metaphor and the unique power of combining words and pictures. He will provide an overview of his work—This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance (The Center for Cartoon Studies, 2019), Hidden Systems (Random House Graphic, 2023)—and artistic process, and facilitate an activity on using basic drawing to depict complicated ideas and experiences. This workshop is great for both artists and reluctant drawers alike.


Dan Nott is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Vermont. His short comics and illustrations for investigative journalism have appeared in The Nib, Spotlight PA, WBUR, and NJ Advance Media, among others. Dan graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and was the lead writer and cartoonist for its free nationally distributed comic on US government called This Is What Democracy Looks Like. He teaches MFA classes on making comics and comics history at CCS. His debut graphic novel, Hidden Systems, will be out in March 2023 from Random House Graphic. You can see what he's working on at or on Instagram at @dan_nott.

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