Comics in the City -- New Lecture Series from MFA in Comics

A new guest lecture series presented by MFA in Comics!

In celebration of the arrival of the inaugural MFA in Comics class, California College of the Arts will host "Comics in the City," a summer guest speaker series featuring four of the most talented creators in comics today.

Each Friday in July, the speaker series will highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing the most iconic superheroes.

MFA in Comics chair Matthew Silady praised the new series: "The new MFA in Comics program takes a comprehensive view of the comics medium, focusing on everything from story creation to production and inspiration to publication.

"Our 2013 guest speakers reflect that philosophy. They have all mastered their craft and each brings a unique perspective to campus this summer. Our students are in for a real treat."

Featured Cartoonists & Animators

All events take place at 6 p.m. and are held on the San Francisco campus at either the Writers' Studio or Timken Lecture Hall.

Cathy Malkasian

July 5
Writers' Studio
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Cathy Malkasian is an animation director and Eisner-winning cartoonist. Her credits include Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently, over 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008.

Her first graphic novel, Percy Gloom, received an Eisner nomination for Best Graphic Album.

James Robinson

July 12
Timken Lecture Hall
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James Robinson has been writing for over two decades, with an early comics work, "Grendel: The Devil's Whisper," appearing in the 1989 series of the British anthology A1.

The story for which he has arguably been most renowned is the DC Comics series Starman, where he took the aging Golden Age character of the same name and revitalized both the character and all those who had used the title over the decades, weaving them into an interconnected whole.

In 1997 Robinson's work on the title garnered him an Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story.

Jason Shiga

July 19
Writers' Studio
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Jason Shiga is an Eisner-winning Asian American illustrator and cartoonist from Oakland, California. His comics have a geeky side, and often feature exciting uses of math.

Dash Shaw

July 26
Timken Lecture Hall
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Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator in Brooklyn. His graphic novel New School (Fantagraphics Books, 2013) was released in April. He is also the author of Bodyworld and Bottomless Belly Button.

Shaw's animated works include the Sigur Ros video "Seraph," "Wheel of Fortune," and the IFC series The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD.

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About MFA in Comics

In our low-residency MFA program, masters of the art form will work with you to perfect your writing and drawing skills, while you study everything from comics theory to publication design. You’ll also learn from renowned artists in other disciplines, including graphic design, printmaking, and animation.

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