A Chicagoland native, Matt Silady taught eighth grade for six years in Champaign, Illinois, before moving west to study creative writing at the University of California at Davis. It was there he discovered comics as a medium for fine art.
In June of 2007, he published his first graphic novel, The Homeless Channel. The story about a television executive attempting to start a 24-hour cable network for the homeless was nominated for an Eisner award and was featured in Entertainment Weekly.
Since then, Matt accepted a teaching position here at California College of the Arts, where he's helped expand the college's graphic novel curriculum and now guides CCA's MFA in Comics Program.