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Cartoon Camp

June 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm June 23, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Date: June 19th – 23rd
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Hilary Fitzgerald
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room

Ages: 12+
Sliding Scale: $250 / $350 / $450
Financial aid available below


Learn how to create comics and find your voice from New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Campbell! This one week camp will explore the importance of self expression through comics and cartoons. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of cartooning (from single panel to long form), how to find your humor through writing, and ultimately create their first zine.

    • Students will learn the basics of setting up single panel gag cartoons to multi-panel cartoon stories
    • How to create your character(s)
    • Finding your voice through humor
    • The practice of keeping a sketchbook
    • Telling your own story/story building
    • Creating your first zine
    • Learn a little about the business of cartooning/schooling they can go to after high school

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Hilary Fitzgerald

Instructor / Artist

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is a New Yorker cartoonist, author, comedian and filmmaker. Her debut memoir Murder Book is nominated as the best non-fiction mystery novel in this year’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. She has illustrated critically acclaimed books such as Feminist Fight Club and Are You My Uber? and her second memoir, The Joy of Snacking will hit the bookshelves in 2023 (Andrews McMeel Publishing). Campbell’s short documentaries This Is Not The End and Small Talk won awards at the top festivals in the country, before going on to become Vimeo Staff Picks. While Hilary resides in New York with her dog and a vast collection of Law & Order dvds, she is a Sonoma born artist, who is very excited to return home to share the world of cartooning with students.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.


June 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm June 23, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

Date: June 19th – 23rd
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Instructor: Hilary Fitzgerald
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room
Ages: 12+
Sliding Scale: $250 / $350 / $450
Financial aid available below


Class Description

Learn how to create comics and find your voice from New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Campbell! This one week camp will explore the importance of self expression through comics and cartoons. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of cartooning (from single panel to long form), how to find your humor through writing, and ultimately create their first zine.

Student Goals
  • Students will learn the basics of setting up single panel gag cartoons to multi-panel cartoon stories
  • How to create your character(s)
  • Finding your voice through humor
  • The practice of keeping a sketchbook
  • Telling your own story/story building
  • Creating your first zine
  • Learn a little about the business of cartooning/schooling they can go to after high school

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Camp FAQ
About the Instructor

Hilary Fitzgerald

Instructor / Artist

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is a New Yorker cartoonist, author, comedian and filmmaker. Her debut memoir Murder Book is nominated as the best non-fiction mystery novel in this year’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. She has illustrated critically acclaimed books such as Feminist Fight Club and Are You My Uber? and her second memoir, The Joy of Snacking will hit the bookshelves in 2023 (Andrews McMeel Publishing). Campbell’s short documentaries This Is Not The End and Small Talk won awards at the top festivals in the country, before going on to become Vimeo Staff Picks. While Hilary resides in New York with her dog and a vast collection of Law & Order dvds, she is a Sonoma born artist, who is very excited to return home to share the world of cartooning with students.

Sliding Scale Guidance

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

Class Policies

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.


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