Since comicon.com was co-founded by a fellow Kubert School pioneer class classmate (Rick Veitch) and I was part of this board from its first or second week, and this is the only place for ages one could find Rick Trembles and his weekly posts, and this IS a public forum... well, c'mon.
Just in case anyone harbors such misplaced resentments: Considering neither Kubert School nor CCS not being accredited as somehow a detriment—much less a willful act of selfishness/greed/peevishness (or whatever) and hence the basis for personal attacks on the honor, dignity, and careers of either Joe Kubert or James Sturm—reflects a petty and gross misunderstanding of the entire process and product of accreditation, and all it would require of both schools (see http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
for more info).
Simply put, accreditation for both schools would require (REQUIRE) dilution of the entire program and focus of both schools, adding classes and entire semesters of work that have nothing whatsoever to do with storytelling and the clearly stated focus of both schools; it would also increase the burden of staff, cost, and duration of both school programs, to absolutely NO benefit in the marketplace the mission of both schools primarily serves.
Like my bro Tim Truman said on Facebook yesterday—and as I've said since 1978—I simply wouldn't have had a career without Joe, Muriel, and the school I was fortunate enough to attend.
I can't speak for Tim, but I can tell you that not once in my 35+ years working in the profession was I ever asked to show proof of my education or my certificate, much less a degree; that only impacted my ability to teach academically, and neither the Kubert School nor CCS pretend to exist to produce teachers with the necessary certification (though CCS offering an MFA does extend graduate school status to our efforts for those students with the necessary prior degrees).
And if teaching is your concern, treating either school as a graduate college is sensible; neither school pretends to be anything except what it is. Why anyone primarily interested in working in comics, graphic novels, publishing, or the industry/field, would care whether a such a focused program was at an accredited institution or not shows a fundamental lack of understanding of what they want and where they're going.
FYI, I was involved with the original process CCS had to go through with the VT Board of Education to pass muster to offer our MFA degree; I know of what I speak.
Furthermore, having attended and graduated from the original Kubert School class, and having taught at CCS since the moment it opened its doors and ever since, I certainly speak from hard-earned experience when addressing matters relevant to both the Kubert School and CCS—both of which I am fortunate, proud, and honored to have been/to be part of.
Finally: To my fellow XQBs and those who care: If you want to do something to express your feelings or help, donations can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation in Joe Kubert's name—
Multiple Myloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
383 Main Avenue 5th floor
Norwalk CT 06851http://www.themmrf.org
—sympathy cards or notices can be sent to the Kubert family c/o the Kubert School, 37 Myrtle Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801.
In all ways, please, be kind.
That's it—good luck, all.