Celebrate comics this summer in San Francisco

Indulge your love of all things comics! Join us for the return of our annual comics festival at Silver Sprocket, our guest speaker series featuring renowned artists, and a showcase of work by the graduating MFA Comics class of 2023.

A graphic pastel colored event poster for the CCA Comics Festival on July 1.

The CCA Comics Festival at Silver Sprocket on July 1 at 1018 Valencia Street, San Francisco.

CCA Comics Festival

Silver Sprocket | 1018 Valencia St. San Francisco
Saturday, July 1, 2023 | 4–9 pm

CCA’s annual Comics Festival is back! Join us at Silver Sprocket—San Francisco’s finest purveyors of graphic novels and comics—to celebrate local and independent artists. Discover the latest from CCA MFA Comics students as they read and showcase fresh, original work. And browse from a wide selection of comics, zines, art prints, stickers, and more.

Tabling 4–7 pm
Comics readings 7:30–8:30 pm

Comics in the City Guest Speaker Series

Timken Lecture Hall | 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

The acclaimed guest lecture series hosted by CCA’s MFA in Comics has returned for the program’s summer session. Hear from four prominent artists on Fridays in July as they read from and discuss their captivating work. Each program is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing at the Graduate Writing Center at 195 De Haro Street follows each event.

A photo of the speaker wearing red glasses surrounded by graphics and text.

Rina Ayuyang

Rina Ayuyang

Friday, July 7, 2023 | 7 pm

An Eisner and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, publisher, and podcaster, Rina Ayuyang is a local comics legend. Her new book, The Man in the McIntosh Suit, is her take on Depression-era noir featuring mistaken identities, speakeasies, and lost love in San Francisco’s Manilatown. She has appeared on the best of year lists from Forbes, London Free Press, and Publishers Weekly’s Critics Poll.

Ayuyang will read from her work and be in conversation with MFA Comics faculty member and cartoonist Mel Gillman.

A photo of the speaker picking up a pair of chopsticks over a bowl of soup.

Thien Pham

Thien Pham + Emanata Gallery Show Opening

Friday, July 14, 2023 | 7 pm

Hear from graphic novelist, comic artist, and educator Thien Pham, then join us for the opening of Emanata, a show dedicated to the art of comics. Pham’s new book Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam is a moving young-adult memoir about an immigrant boy’s search for belonging in America.

After Pham’s talk, head over to 111 Hubbell Street from 8:30–10 pm for a reception and book signing with the speaker as we welcome back Emanata, a presentation of original art pages, character designs, world-building, and more by current MFA Comics students.

A cartoon illustration depicting the speaker smiling and wearing glasses.

Jean Frederic Koné

Jean Frederic Koné

Friday, July 21, 2023 | 7 pm

Jean Frédéric Koné is an Ivorian-born French illustrator and comic book author currently based in Paris. After a long stint working in webcomics with strips such as Bruise, American Freaks, and Le Princes, as well as publications in collective projects, he has debuted his first print book, Santa Frances, a slice-of-life erotic comic series following the lives and times of a group of gay guys in an imaginary San Francisco.

Koné will read from his work and be in conversation with MFA Comics Chair Justin Hall.

**Content warning: This presentation could contain graphic imagery.

A photo of the speaker staring directly at the viewer with sunglasses on her head.

Bishakh Som

Bishakh Som

Friday, July 28, 2023 | 7 pm

A cartoonist, graphic novelist, and formally trained architect, Bishakh Som seeks to expand the vocabulary of the narratives traditionally presented in the comics medium by exploring themes of gender, sexuality, memory, and urbanism. Som has produced two graphic novels, both published in 2020, Apsara Engine and Spellbound, and she has contributed to the New Yorker, We’re Still Here, and many more. She received the prestigious Xeric Grant in 2003 for her first collection of self-published stories.

Som will read from her work and be in conversation with MFA Comics Chair Justin Hall.

A colorful graphic with the stylized diagonal text CCA MFA in Comics 2023.

Graduate Readings are a part of the summer 2023 Comics in the City.

Graduate Readings

Timken Lecture Hall | 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

Experience the graduating class of 2023 MFA Comics take the stage for two nights of dramatic readings from their thesis work, projected onto Timken Lecture Hall’s massive screen for a crowd of friends, family, and fans. A reception (and maybe even cake!) follows the readings at 195 De Haro Street. Free and open to the public.

Graduate Readings Part I
Thursday, August 3, 2023 | 7 pm

  • Max Barnewitz
  • JD Botana
  • Hugh D’Andrade
  • Jessica Eth
  • Elana Finkelstein
  • Xiangrong (Sharon) Li
  • Sara McGrath
  • Almudena Phillips

Graduate Readings Part II
Friday, August 4, 2023 | 7 pm

  • Fennek Pinkerton
  • Xinrui (Rita) Wang
  • Erin Andrews
  • Emilie Miller
  • Isaac Li
  • Jamie Straw
  • Julie Cardenas
  • Sam Moore
  • Haozhou (Mike) Wang

Published on June 20, 2023