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A Chicagoland native, Matt Silady taught eighth grade for six years in Champaign, Illinois, before moving west to study creative writing at UC Davis. It was there he discovered comics as a medium for fine art. In June 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, Silady accepted a teaching position at CCA, where he's helped expand the college's graphic novel curriculum and has served as the senior thesis advisor for the Writing and Literature Program.
Justin Hall won a Xeric Award grant for his first comic book, A Sacred Text, a fantastical retelling of the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. After that he began self-publishing his True Travel Tales series, a collection of autobiographical and biographical stories from the road, featuring everything from anonymous sex in Egyptian temples to blood sacrifices in Bolivia to smuggling cocaine from Peru.
The third True Travel Tales is featured in the 2006 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Best of American Comics. Hall’s work has also appeared in various other publications, such as the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Book of Boy Trouble, True Porn 2, Juicy Mother 2, Best Erotic Comics 2008, Unsafe For All Ages, Stripped, and more.
He has exhibited his fine art and comic work in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. He was the focus of a Small Press Spotlight show at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, where he also curated No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics, the world’s first museum show of queer cartooning.