“Comics inspired and sustained me,” the rising junior year at California College of the Arts continued, “especially as I reached adolescence and was forced to come to terms with my own identity in a town that was typically either apathetic or overtly hostile to LGBTQ folk.” But, he added, “Sadly, in none of these or any other comic I could find at the time was there a transmasculine character with a leading story arc.”
Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Laura Braun
The can-do spirit of Bay Area comics folks has come together for the San Francisco Comics Fest, which just launched a website and announced plans for a full week of comics-related activities kicking off on Sunday May 3 and going all week with what will most likely be a CAF-type event May 9-10. The brainstorming started with some Facebook chat, went on with a town hall meeting and it’s all birthed what looks to be an impressive event, with the steering committee led by Matt Silady of the California College of Arts.
Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 by Laura Braun
He will then head to San Francisco and appear at California College of the Arts Writers Studio with moderator Justin Hall on March 20 and at Books Inc. Castro on March 21.
Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun
She is an active member of the comic world, publishing her own stories while enrolled in the first Master of Fine Arts in Comics program at California College of the Arts. “Very few people have this degree. This is so new,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting in at the right time.”
Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
A small group of comics community members held a "Town Hall” meeting about two weeks after this year’s APE to discuss developing a new San Francisco comics festival. Led by Matt Silady, the chair of the MFA Comics program at California College of the Arts, the meeting attracted a mix of comics creators, retailers, librarians, and fans who were eager to discuss the possibility of a new show to fill in the gap left by Wondercon and now APE's departure from the San Francisco comics scene.
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Laura Braun
The first book on the Sluts' bibliography is the Pulitzer-winning "Carry Me Home," about the civil rights movement in Alabama. The club members read biographies, memoirs, Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon and Steinbeck ... and even that book told from a dog's point of view that got the Sluts' unanimous thumbs-down, "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Armistead Maupin once visited to read to the group, and another time each person read a poem that was meaningful, surprising one another with new personal stories.
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Laura Braun
“LGBT comics have been an uncensored, internal conversation within the queer community and provide a unique window into the hopes, fears and fantasies of queer people for the last four decades,” said Justin Hall, a professor of comics at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and author of “No Straight Line: Four Decades of Queer Comics.”
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Laura Braun
From its title, “comics studies” draws expectations of action-packed graphic novels and costumed heroes a la Marvel and DC. With its second annual “Comics in the City” lecture series however, the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics program exhibited a diverse lineup of professionals in the industry who represent occupations beyond the mainstream superpower trade.
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Laura Braun
Here at the Exhibitionist we can admit that holding up a newspaper is sometimes too hard (though the weekly is way easier to handle than those tease daily newspapers that give you 3 inches of an article and then force you to search for another section deep within the paper until you're holding a pulpy tangle of tear-stained ink and Maureen Dowd's headshot, not to name names,) so we gave "Newspaper on the Radio" a listen.
Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Jim Norrena
The students in CCA’s MFA in Comics program have returned to San Francisco for their second year of study.
To celebrate their return, California College of the Arts will host its second annual Comics in the City, a public summer guest-speaker series featuring four of today's most celebrated comics creators.
Join us each Friday in July when Comics in the City will highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing and the future of digital comics.