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Kubert School Scholarships - 2020-2021

The Kubert School, is very proud to announce the following scholarships winners


Incoming 1st Year Scholarship

The Joe Kubert Scholarship - Ulysses Roseo Decided in August, 2019. This very special award honoring The Kubert School's founder is based on merit and worth $2,500 and is available to all incoming registered first year students. 

Sergio Cariello Scholarship - Noah Jacquez Decided in August, 2019. $1,000 Award for a worthy incoming student going to TKS. Sponsored by comic book artist and an alumni of the school, Sergio Cariello.

Incoming Cartoon Graphics II Scholarships

Norman Maurer Memorial Scholarship - ADRIAN WOOLNOUGH Norman Albert Maurer (May 13, 1926 – November 23, 1986), a comic book artist and writer, was also a director and producer of films and television shows. $2000 Award for a worthy 1st Year Student going into the 2nd Year at TKS; Sponsored by the  family and friends of Norman Maurer.

A Wave Blue World Scholarships - MARIANO BENITEZ CHAPO and LORENZO JILES  A Wave Blue World is a comic book/graphic novel publishing company for creator-owned projects. Two $1,000 Award for a worthy 1st Year Student going into the 2nd Year at TKS; Sponsored by A Wave Blue World.

Storyteller Award - FRANCESCO CRIVELLI  $500 1ST YEAR TO 2ND Presented  on behalf of Comic Con Revolution

 Zapp Comics Scholarship - ETHAN FARINA $500 Award for a worthy 1st Year student going into the 2nd Year at TKS. Sponsored by ZAPP Comics of Wayne, New Jersey


Incoming Cartoon Graphics III Scholarships

Storyteller Award - ARMAND BODNAR   $500  Presented on behalf of Comic Con Revolution

Dave Cockrum Memorial Scholarship - ADELIA GUNDERSON  $500 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at TKS; Sponsored by the family and friends of Dave Cockrum.

Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship - RYUSEI SAWADA Dave Simons was an American comic book artist known for his work on Conan, Ghost Rider, Red Sonja, and Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, and Forgotten Realms for DC Comics. $1000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at TKS; Sponsored by the Inkwell Awards.


The La Greca Scholarship - ELENA MORTON $1500 Award to 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year to encourage and support emerging comic artists and cartoonists; Sponsored by Charlie LaGreca and Pop Culture Classroom.


Dave Monahan Memorial Scholarship - KEN NSIDINANYA Kubert School alumnus Dave Monahan was a graduate of the Class of ’99. He worked in the Kubert Art Store before starting to receive freelance work from DC Comics (Pirana Press) and Dark Horse Comics. This scholarship was set up in his name after his untimely death due to a sudden illness shortly after he graduated.

$2000 Award for a worthy 2nd Year Student going into the 3rd Year at TKS; Sponsored by the Monahan family.


Graduating Cartoon III Scholarships

Jumpstart Scholarship - PETER CLINTON Presented on behalf of Comic Con Revolution

Phil Amara Scholarship - ZACK MAROIS $500 award annually, for a graduating student to produce his/her original sequential work; Sponsored by children's book author and former comics editor Phil Amara.



$25 gift certificate to the Art Store

 Mariano Chapo

John Torkos

Ken Nsidinanya

Gabby Weber

Leonard Agrusti

Thank you all!  Congratulations to the recipients.  Thank you to the Benefactors. 


It is Miller Time!

Frank Miller, a major force in the comic book industry for over 30 years visited The Kubert School on Wednesday, December 9th to talk to our students about his career and his work on Dark Knight III. Frank was joined by long time collaborator Klaus Janson and our own Andy Kubert to sign copies of their new book, Dark Knight III.

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Wonder Women

Four of our graduates and two of our current third year students are interviewed by Evan Goldstein in Part One of this GEEKADE podcast.

The six young women candidly talk about what led to their decision to attend The Kubert School, their journeys to get here and what daily life is like while attending the school.

Dark Knight Ahead

This Wednesday marks the release of Dark Knight III, with art by our own Andy Kubert.

Here is a link to a New York Times article about the project:

New Jersey Comic Expo - Novenber 21st and 22nd

The Kubert School will be attending the New Jersey Comic Expo the weekend of November 21st and 22nd. There will be five Kubert School Spotlight on panels which will feature five of our illustrious alumni - Dennis Calero, Toby Cypress, Rags Morales, Tom Raney and Charles Paul Wilson III. These panels will be moderated by recent Kubert School grad Dov Smiley.

In addition to the Spotlight panels The Kubert School will also be hosting two instructional panels - Kubert School Story Class Part 1: Design and Layout and Kubert School Story Class Part 2: Penciling and Rendering. These classes will be led by alumni Lloyd Briggery, Sean Stramara and current instructor and Archie Comics artist Fernando Ruiz.

New Jersey Comic Expo will take place at New Jersey Expo Center located at 97 Sunfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837 

His Popeye the Sailor

Our own beloved Hy Eisman will have a showing of his work on the newspaper comic strip Popeye, at Van Der Plas Gallery throughout the month of  October. Along with working on a variety of newspaper strips including the Little Iodine, Hy has been a  instructor at The Kubert School since it opened in 1976.

Van Der Plas Gallery is located at 156 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
There is an opening reception on Friday, October 9th from 6 -8 p.m.

Guest speakers

With the advent of the New York Comic Con a lot of creative folks are in the area and a few of them stopped by the school to speak to our students and review portfolios.

Nick Napolitano of DC Comics stopped by on September 28 to review the work of out third year students.

Simone Bianchi, Italian comic book illustrator spoke to all our students on October 6th and provided a demonstration of his painting technique, then individually reviewed the third year students portfolios.

Bredan Wright formerly of Dark Horse Comics and now a freelance editor spoke to the students about his job and the relationship between an editor and artist. He also reviewed our third year student's work.

The Kubert School at New York Comic Con

The Kubert School will be at New York Comic Con October 8th through 11th.

We will be presenting a panel discussion:  Getting in to the Comic Business.
Friday October 9th - 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Room 1B03

Moving Portraits

Class of 2011 grad Carli Idhe has an exhibit of her rotoscope portraits on display at the Madison, Wisconsin Library. 

"The goal of my ongoing project, Moving Portraits, was to identify the slightest movement that defines you as a person and capture it through an animation. The style came about with the intent to mix the precise and smooth aesthetic of rotoscope, with the loose and emotional lines of a sketch. Each hyper detailed frame takes anywhere between 10 to 45 minutes and each animation ranges from 13 to 90 frames per movement."

Located at 201 w. Miffin St. in Madison. Carli's work will be on display for the next two months.

Drawing the Ghost Who Walks

Our own Henrik Jonsson, a Class of 2012 graduate has realized a childhood dream, he's drawing The Phantom. Published in his native Sweden, where The Phantom enjoys a popularity unknown here in the states.

Another winner

Class of 2014 graduate Ji Wook Moon and his older brother Ji Hyuck Moon, won the third prize in the 13th Korea Creative Cartoon Contest, which is a nationwide cartoon contest sponsored by Korean government.

The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the Bucheon international Comics Festival.

The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con - September 18th - 20th

Adam Kubert will be  a guest of The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con September 18th - 20th.

The convention will be held at The Hawaii Convention Convention Center, Honolulu Hawaii.


DC Entertainment announced at San Diego's Comic-Con International that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga to life.

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

“THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will be an eight-issue, comic book series, published monthly by DC Comics. 

Garden State Comic Fest - July 25th - 26th

The Kubert School will be in full force at the Garden State Comic Fest, along with the school's own booth at the convention, a large number of our students, alumni and instructors will also be present at their own tables offering a variety of art and prints for sale.

Taking place July 25th and 26th at Mennen Arena in Morristown, New Jersey and featuring comics, cosplay and top comic industry professionals the festival promises to be a weekend of fun.

KROS: Hallowed Ground -Alumni and instructor Tom Mandrakes newest project

Illustrious Kubert School alumni and current instructor Tom Mandrake, has teamed up with writer John Ostrander (a former instructor at the school) to create KROS: Hallowed Ground, a vampire tale set a midst the chaos of the battle of Gettysburg. The creative team includes Sian Mandrake as colorist, Sian is a graduate of the Class of 2011 and also an instructor at the school.

They've launched a Kickstarter campaign with some great incentives.


There's an old joke, 

How do you break into comics? 
Really late at night with a crowbar and a flashlight.

Getting your first job in the comic book industry is no joke, it's a mixture of talent, hard work and opportunity, that opportunity can be a bit of luck or the result of well planned networking. Five of our 2014 graduates are sharing their experiences in breaking into the comics field on a new YouTube channel in weekly installments. 

The five, Ares Taveras, Damien Torres, Ernesto Sin, Esau Figueroa and Lloyd Briggery talk about what has happened to them in the year since they graduated from The Kubert School and share their strategies for conquering the comic book industry.

Episode One:

Episode Two:

Episode Three:

Episode Four:

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

The faculty and staff wish to offer a heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2015. It's been three years of hard work and late nights now it's time to go out and conquer the world. 

Portfolio reviews - MARVEL and AFTERSHOCK COMICS

On Friday May 8th our third year students will have their portfolios reviewed by Mike Marts, Editor in Chief of Aftershock Comics. Mike has previously visited the school to review students work as an editor while working for both Marvel and DC Comics.

Also reviewing our third years students work on Friday the 8th will be Rickey Purdin, the Talent Relations Manager/New Talent Scout for Marvel Comics. Rickey recently joined Marvel after previously working as an editor at DC Comics.

Student Field Trips!

On May 11th our first year students will go on a plein air painting excursion to Bethlehem Steel, in Bethlehem, PA with instructor Joel Tidy.The site of the former steel mill has been preserved and should provide interesting subject matter for the students to capture in their compositions.

On May 12th our third year students will be visiting the offices of Valiant Comics in Manhattan for a portfolio review by their editorial staff. They will also be stopping by Metropolis Collectibles to view a display of the work of Frank Frazetta and Berni Wrightson.

On May 15th our second year students will be taking a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, this trip is lead by their human figure instructor Alec Stevens

Adam Kubert guest of The Phillipsburg Comic-Con - May 9th

Saturday, May 9th Adam Kubert and alumni Rags Morales and instructor Darren Auck will be guests at the Phillipburg Comic Com, held in the large gymnasium of Phillipsburg High School. 

Proceeds from the convention will go toward the purchase of  books for Phillipsburg High School's new elective comic course, which will be offered for the first time in the fall.

The convention runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Phillipsburg High School is at 200 Hillcrest Blvd. Phillipsburg, NJ

Valiant Effort

On May 12th our third year students will be taking a field trip to the offices of Valiant Entertainment in New York City to meet with editors and have their portfolios reviewed.

Along with the portfolio review the students will also visit Metropolis Collectibles where there is a display of the works of Berni Wrightson and Frank Frazetta.

Kick In

Class of 2006 graduate Tyler Chin-Tanner, publisher of A Wave Blue World is teaming up with the Broken Frontier website and Kickstarter to produce a 250 page color anthology. BROKEN FRONTIER will feature 40 dynamic talents from the world of comics including two of our current third year students. Aysegul Sinav and Varga Tama join Tytler and former nstructor and grad Toby Cypress, in this incredible undertaking.

2012 Graduate Wesley St. Claire appears in New Teen Titans Annual #1

Class of 2012 graduate Wesley St. Claire provided pencil art for The New 52 -TEEN TITANS Annual #1 published by DC Comics. With a story by Tom King and Will Pfeifer the story feature the return of Superboy to the Teen Titans.

The comic is available in shops April 1st, 2015

MoCCA ArtsFest 2015 - April 11th and 12th

The Kubert School will be attending the annual MoCCA  Arts Fest, April 11th and 12th.

This year the festival will be held at Center 548 on West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Ave.

MoCCA is the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and is associated with The Society of Illustrators.

The Kubert School will be at table #219

OPEN HOUSE - April 18th

The Kubert School is hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 18th.

Open houses at The Kubert School are a great way to learn about the school and program. Any prospective student and their family is welcome to attend. A tour of the school, teacher demonstrations, and meetings with our faculty are a part of the Open House experience. Scheduling a time is not necessary.

IDW Publishers to review 3rd Year student\'s portfolios.

IDW Publishers will be reviewing our 3rd year students portfolio on Monday April 13th.

Students will submit their portfolios via email for review by IDW's editorial staff.

Catwoman artist Garry Brown is in the news again

The Truth Is Out There.

2013 grad Justin Prokowich and class of 2011 grad Sian Mandrake, recently teamed up to provide the coloring on IDW's X-Files Season 10, issues 19 and 20. Providing the art for those issues was none other than Sian's father and Kubert School graduate himself, Tom Mandrake.

Sian and Tom are both instructors at the school and are teaming up again when Sian provides the colors for her dad's art on two upcoming issues of DC COMIC'S Convergence title, SUICIDE SQUAD.

Legendary talent

Current third year student, Aysegul Sinav has been chosen as Artist of the Month for the month of February, by Legendary Comics. Her work and a mini profile will appear on their Tumblr and Facebook pages. 

Aysegul is one of our very talented international students, who comes to us from Turkey.

LIKE this - Vote for a Kubert School Alumni in the Montegrappa art competition

Class of 2014 Graduate Damien Dimitri Torres is one of eight finalists in the Montegrappa DC Heroes and Villains competition.

Please help a fellow Kubie win this thing by going to the Montegrappa Facebook page scrolling down to Green Lantern and Wonder Woman and giving them some likes. This is a world-wide competition and we're really proud of Damien and once you see his entries you'll agree that he should be the winner.

Voting concludes on Friday January 30th.