Comics News

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The lineup for the fourth annual Comics in the City, a summer guest-speaker series hosted by CCA's MFA in Comics program, features three of comics' most celebrated creators -- including a special reading by MFA in Comics graduate cartoonists.

Join us each Friday in July as painter and cartoonist Tom Neely (The Humans), comics memoirist MariNaomi (Turning Japanese), and artist and writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing to the future of digital comics.

All events are free and open to the public and take place on or near the San Francisco campus.

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

Though to wrangle that kind of brilliance I’d like to say that I’m extorting his family, Chris was actually my illustration professor in the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics program. The guy draws like a maniac, and is a veritable wellspring of technical and aesthetic knowledge that reaches beyond human capacity.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Laura Braun

Immensely talented Russian illustrator Roman Muradov has quickly established himself as one of the most complex cartoonists around, both visually and narratively. In Muradov’s hands, the simplest fable can become a massively abstracted exercise that is usually part giddy, part confounding. If you’ve been alienated from his previous work because of this, The End Of A Fence is not likely to change your mind, but if you’re intrigued by Muradov’s narrative delivery and structured cartooning, this will probably make you more so.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

She's currently working on a graphic memoir about her experience as a transnational adoptee, but her work is wide-ranging: from deep explorations of race and class; to Star Wars fan art; to sweet comics about the adventures of her two young sons. She talked to KALW’s Jen Chien about drawing from her imagination.

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Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

The California College of the Arts in San Francisco already offers an MFA in comics, and has now made available a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled “Comics: Art In Relationships.” It will be offered in partnership with the online course provider Kadenze, which will host the course. 

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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 by Laura Braun

Chris and I met in the Comics MFA program at California College of the Arts, where he was my illustration prof. Guy can draw like a demon, and is one of those technique masters that can always show you something you’ve never seen before. When we came together to collaborate and pitched ideas back and forth, Legend was the one that gained the most traction, so we ran with it.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Comics: Art in Relationship

Based on the success of CCA's MFA in Comics program, the college recently initiated a collaboration with Kadenze, an online course provider to universities and creative technology-based institutions, that has resulted in the college's first free, publicly offered online course.

As of its official launch, Kadenze Communications Manager John Johnson confirmed: "The current student population of Comics: Art in Relationship is 7,189 students." And the Kadenze promotional YouTube video for the course has over 10,000 views!

Art Education with Global Reach

"Our partnership with Kadenze offers CCA's graduate comics program the opportunity to reach future cartoonists around the world," explains MFA in Comics chair Matt Silady.

"Since the first session went live, we have sign-ups from the US, Europe, South America, Asia, India, and more . . . artists and writers from every walk of life."

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Laura Braun

The California College of the Arts is one of very few schools to offer an MFA in Comics. But if you’re just starting to make your own comics—or perhaps not quite ready to commit to a degree program—here’s a rad opportunity that anyone can take part in: a free online course that kicks off in February.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Laura Braun

The art of comics, it should now be clear, has advanced well beyond the likes of Bazooka Joe wrappers, Jack Chick tracts, and old back issues of Hot Stuff The Little Devil to become one of the most vital forms of expression of the 21st century. Comics adaptations, long a staple of motion pictures, are now beginning to dominate television (ArrowThe Flash) and even Broadway as well (Fun Home).

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Undergraduate Writing and Literature and MFA in Comics associate professor Justin Hall has a busy life outside his day-to-day responsibilities at CCA.