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Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Allison Byers

As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that there is a place for comic books in higher education. For example, schools like the California College of the Arts provide students with an opportunity to prepare for a career in the comics industry. Those who enroll at this college can earn a Master of Fine Arts in Comics, according to the institution's website.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

So when the California College of the Arts launched its new MFA program in comics, Hall was a natural pick to be among the first professors to teach the art, craft, and history of graphic storytelling on a graduate level. The two-year (with summer sessions) 60-student, low-residency program features classes, workshops, talks, and mentorship opportunities designed to immerse students in comics and begin to build an academic base for their study. It looks really cool.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Terminal Lance: The White Donkey is a webcomic that is written and illustrated by Maximilian Uriarte, a prior-enlisted Marine with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Animation from the California College of the Arts. Max tells us that he has been writing this story for the past three years. “It is a fictional story of a Marine, Abe, and his existential journey through the Marine Corps, Iraq, and his return home. Within the story, Abe enlists in the United States Marine Corps in the hopes of finding that missing something in his life that he can’t explain,” Max related.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Matt Silady wasn't into comics as a kid in Chicago until high school, when he gave in to a comic-book geek who'd been pushing Marvel's mutant superheroes on him. When he got to the last panel of his first X-Men, he immediately devoured the book again.

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Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena

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.

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Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

It may be Saturday, but for today’s Shelf Porn class is in session. Matt Silady, chair of the California College of the Arts’ MFA in Comics Program, shares his robust collection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks, which also serves as a lending library for his students. Matt’s a comic creator himself, whose The Homeless Channel was nominated for an Eisner a few years back.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Jim Norrena

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), edited by Justin Hall

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are heralded as the "Oscars of the comics industry." This month CCA's MFA in Comics and Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), which he edited.

The publication is nominated in the Best Anthology category. (The publisher, Fantagraphics Books, is the leading publisher with 24 Eisner Award nominations.)

"I'm thrilled to have received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines," exclaimed Hall. "The Eisners are the most important awards in the American comics industry, and this is a dream come true for me!"

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Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

So what did PID Week cover? Everything. Seemingly no design rock was left unturned. That a human-centered design (social, environmental, public, political) could – and should – be the center of daily life was reinforced by the four compelling keynote speakers: Michael Kimmelman, the New York Times architecture critic; Liz Ogbu, an award winning architect, designer, and scholar in residence at the Center for Art & Public Life within the California College of Arts;

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Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Allison Byers

A comics creator who knows how to milk the fusion of, and tension between, word and image can place us deep inside a character’s head with an immediacy and sensuousness prose writers envy. In comics, style informs substance — physically shapes it to alter our perceptions in intimate ways. Mood and tone don’t emerge over the course of paragraphs and chapters; they’re evident at first glance, infused into the arrangement of panels, thickness of lines and density of detail. We read books; we feel comics.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

This year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) marks its 19th year and it seems the Undead Apocalypse has gone underground. Even this close to San Francisco’s sacred holiday, Halloween, vampires and other miscellaneous undead made nary an appearance in APE’s hallowed halls, which featured the best in alternative, small press, and self-published comics.

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