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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

"For the TV series to be true to the creative legacy of the 'Alias' comics, it must also contrast a hard, unflinching look at the effects of trauma and vulnerability with the superhero's pretensions of perfect, unassailable power and morality," says Justin Hall, cartoonist and California College of the Arts assistant professor of comics.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Samuel Sattin (HWA Member) is a novelist and essayist. He is the author of the new novel THE SILENT END and LEAGUE OF SOMEBODIES, which was described by Pop Matters as "One of the most important novels of 2013." His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Salon Magazine, Black Gate, io9, Kotaku, Publishing Perspectives, The Weeklings, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, Litreactor, San Francisco Magazine, SF Signal, Buffalo Almanack, and elsewhere. Also an illustrator, he holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts and has a creative writing MFA from Mills College.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

Matt Silady of the California College of the Arts was showing off MFA in Comics, an anthology of work by the first graduating class of CCA’s comics course.It’s just the beginning of what he hopes will be a larger comics-focused arts festival in the Bay Area built around a series of lectures called “Comics in the City,” which is in its second year.

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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

“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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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