2017 Comics in the City

In celebration CCA’s MFA in Comics graduate students making their return to San Francisco, California College of the Arts will host its fifth annual summer guest speaker series featuring three of comics' most celebrated creators and a special reading by our graduating students.

Each Friday during the month of July, the Comics in the City speaker series will highlight various aspects of the comics medium from independent publishing to the craft of writing and the future of digital comics. Featuring best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts, Smile), dynamic cartoonist Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Heroines), critically-acclaimed memoirist Nicole J. Georges (Fetch), and our very own graduate cartoonists, this public lecture series will take place on CCA's San Francisco campus. Check individual event descriptions for location and start time. For more information about the MFA in Comicsprogram: cca.edu/mfacomics and facebook.com/ccamfacomics.

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Raina Telgemeier

Friday, July 7th, 6pm | Timken Hall | 1111 8th Street

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include two Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her newest graphic novel is Ghosts. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Tickets available here.

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Ted Naifeh

Friday, July 14th, 6pm | Timken Hall | 1111 8th Street

Bursting onto the scene as co-creator/illustrator of goth romance comic Gloomcookie, Ted Naifeh is best known for Courtney Crumrin, the multi-volume horror-fantasy adventures of a tween curmudgeon witch and her warlock uncle. Ted also wrote and illustrated Polly and the Pirates, an all-ages adventure of a quiet, shy girl kidnapped into the role of Pirate Queen. Among Ted’s other credits are How Loathsome, a decidedly adult story of life in the SF cultural underground, art for DC’s Ame-Comi story of Duela Dent, Heroines, and contributions to other books ranging from Mouseguard to Batman ‘66 to Dark Horse’s Creepy. Ted lives in San Francisco with a pet fog named Karl.

This talk is followed by the Emanata Grad Comics Opening Reception

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Nicole Georges & Fetch Book Release Party

Friday, July 21st, 6pm | Timken Hall | 1111 8th Street

Nicole J. Georges is a writer and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, has been called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. Prior to its release, Nicole has published her own zines and comics for 20 years; and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour. Nicole was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she was also on faculty. She won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program. Nicole was the 2015-16 Donaldson Writer in Residence at the College of William and Mary. In her spare time, Nicole writes an advice column, publishes a yearly animal calendar, and volunteers with senior citizens at Portland’s Marie Smith Center (she publishes a zine about these seniors, called Tell It Like It Tiz). Her most recent work, Fetch, receives its San Francisco debut at this event.

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Graduate Comics Reading

Friday, July 28th, 6pm | Timken Hall | 1111 8th Street

Join us as we celebrate our first MFA in Comics graduating class with an evening of comics readings and a special reception.

Featuring readings by Tris Bales, Eli Bishop, Craig Campbell, Lauren Davis, Garrett Gainey, Patrick Lay, Yael Levy, Amber Padilla, and Meggie Ramm.