Comic Art Teaching & Study Workshop


An official selection of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée Angoulême, is the world premier of Fundamental Camarena and Jaxon’s Rant. A book launch, film screening, discussion and reception on Friday, January 31, 2020, starting at 4PM at Cinéma CGR Angoulême.

The screening will be followed by a discussion (in English with French translation) with filmmaker Professor Brian Huberman, and artists; Professor Christopher Sperandio (Founder of CATS) Augusto Mora (Mexico) and Stan Wany (Quebec). Following the Q&A will be a reception and launch party for FUNDAMENTAL CAMARENA, a new, bilingual monograph on 1970s Mexican comic artist Julio Camarena, a publishing project by CATS with new Canadian publisher Argle Bargle Books. Sponsored by the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University.

Jack Jackson, known as Jaxon, was a pioneer in the world of underground comix. Filmmaker Brian Huberman captured Jaxon holding forth on art and life while he worked on his last, great “graphic history,” THE ALAMO: AN EPIC TOLD FROM BOTH SIDES. Jaxon died in 2006, but his legacy continues, as new generations of artists have come to admire his gritty, historical comics. JAXON’S RANT was directed by Professor Brian Huberman.

Based in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University, the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop, or CATS, is a repository for original comic art and books. These resources are available to students, faculty, and guests of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. CATS operates both as a research space and as an annex classroom for the studio art area.

Holdings include over 1,400 pieces of original comic art from Mexico, dating from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. These works were featured in a traveling exhibition (Berlin, Houston, Chicago) entitled Between Love and Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s. A 32-page book was produced for this show, a copy of which is available by special request.

For more information on CATS Workshop, including future programming such as seminars and lectures, please contact Associate Professor Christopher Sperandio