SF – Fetch Book Release Party

Nicole Georges appears at the California College of the Arts for the Fetch book release party on Friday July 21st at 6:00 PM.

Press Release:

In celebration of the CCA MFA in Comics graduate students making their return to San Francisco, California College of the Arts will host its fifth annual summer guest speaker series featuring three of comics’ most celebrated creators and a special reading by our graduating students. Each Friday during the month of July, the Comics in the City speaker series will highlight various aspects of the comics medium from independent publishing to the craft of writing and the future of digital comics. Featuring best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts, Smile), dynamic cartoonist Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Heroines), critically-acclaimed memoirist Nicole J. Georges (Fetch), and our very own graduate cartoonists, this public lecture series will take place on CCA’s San Francisco campus.

Nicole J. Georges is a writer and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. Her Lambda Award winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, has been called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and “disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once” by Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. Prior to its release, Nicole has published her own zines and comics for 20 years; and has toured the country extensively, including two appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit tour. Nicole was the 2013 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where she was also on faculty. She won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 2012, and currently teaches at California College for the Art’s MFA in Comics Program. Nicole was the 2015-16 Donaldson Writer in Residence at the College of William and Mary. In her spare time, Nicole writes an advice column, publishes a yearly animal calendar, and volunteers with senior citizens at Portland’s Marie Smith Center (she publishes a zine about these seniors, called Tell It Like It Tiz). Her most recent work, Fetch, receives its San Francisco debut at this event.

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SF – An Evening with Ted Naifeh

Cartoonist Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Heroines) appears on Friday July 14th at 6:00 PM at the Timken Hall.

Press Release:

In celebration of the CCA MFA in Comics graduate students making their return to San Francisco, California College of the Arts will host its fifth annual summer guest speaker series featuring three of comics’ most celebrated creators and a special reading by our graduating students. Each Friday during the month of July, the Comics in the City speaker series will highlight various aspects of the comics medium from independent publishing to the craft of writing and the future of digital comics. Featuring best-selling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts, Smile), dynamic cartoonist Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Heroines), critically-acclaimed memoirist Nicole J. Georges (Fetch), and our very own graduate cartoonists, this public lecture series will take place on CCA’s San Francisco campus.

Bursting onto the scene as co-creator/illustrator of goth romance comic Gloomcookie, Ted Naifeh is best known for Courtney Crumrin, the multi-volume horror-fantasy adventures of a tween curmudgeon witch and her warlock uncle. Ted also wrote and illustrated Polly and the Pirates, an all-ages adventure of a quiet, shy girl kidnapped into the role of Pirate Queen. Among Ted’s other credits are How Loathsome, a decidedly adult story of life in the SF cultural underground, art for DC’s Ame-Comi story of Duela Dent, Heroines, and contributions to other books ranging from Mouseguard to Batman ‘66 to Dark Horse’s Creepy. Ted lives in San Francisco with a pet fog named Karl.

This talk is followed by the Emanata Grad Comics Opening Reception.

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1111 8th St, San Francisco, California 94107
(415) 703-9500

SF – Women in Comix Then & Now

October 28, 2013 by  
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Trina Robbins, Mary Wings, Heather Plunkett, Isis Rodriguez, and moderator Maureen Burdock speak at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 10am – 12pm!

This roundtable conversation will delve into San Francisco’s underground and wimmin’s comix herstory. Through the lens of visionaries Trina Robbins and Mary Wings, two of the founding mothers of this movement, and through discussion with Cartoon Art Museum bookseller Heather Plunkett and contemporary graphic novelist Maureen Burdock, we will explore how women cartoonists have established this genre of politically engaged sequential art, how the field and community have changed over the past four decades, and how we might imagine and help shape the future of women in comics.

Maureen Burdock is an award-winning artist and graphic novelist. Born in Germany’s Black Forest in 1970, during the Cold War Era, Burdock has consistently made art that reflects her passionate political consciousness and incorporates magical realist elements inspired by the fairy tales and fables she grew up with. She recently moved to San Francisco from New Mexico to pursue a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies at CCA. Burdock brought the UK-based Laydeez Do Comics Forum to San Francisco, where she and Heather Plunkett and the Cartoon Art Museum host cartoonists who present and discuss work with an emphasis on women creators, autobiographical comics, social issues-based comics, and the like.

Women in Comix Speakers

Writer and herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing and drawing comics since before she produced the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe, in 1970. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmen’s Comix, the longest-running all-woman anthology comic book (1972 – 1992). In her collections and herstories she has brought back to public attention such previously forgotten women cartoonists as Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee. She also writes award-winning graphic novels for young readers and books about women: women who draw comics, women who kill, women from Ireland, women who happen to be goddesses. She lives in a 108-year-old house in San Francisco, California.

Mary Wings is an American writer, artist, and musician. In 1973, she made history by releasing Come Out Comix, the first lesbian underground comic book. She is best known for her series of detective novels featuring lesbian heroine Emma Victor. Divine Victim, Wings’ only Gothic novel, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery in 1993. Wings, an open lesbian, resides in San Francisco.

Heather Plunkett studied art history and fine art at the University of Arkansas. She has been a lifelong comics and cartoon geek who learned to read with the Peanuts comic strips. Plunkett has worked as a bookseller for the past 15 years and is now the bookstore manager for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, where she hosts Laydeez Do Comics gatherings among other book signings and releases.

When Isis Rodriguez was a little girl, she copied Hannah-Barbara, Warner Bros., and Disney, making sure to get their proportions just right. She considers this practice to be her first lessons in art. She was born in Los Angeles California and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting in 1988 from the University of Kansas. In 1997, she had her first solo show at Galeria de la Raza, called “My Life as a Comic Stripper”, using the editorial comic strip format to comment on the rewards and consequences of Exotic Dancing. This show caught the attention of Bay Area Now II, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where she was selected as “one of San Francisco’s promising artists”. In 2003, she won The Individual Arts Commission Grant of San Francisco to produce her animation short, “The ReAwakening,” and won “The Media Arts Awards” in San Jose California for best animation. Now a contemporary cartoonist, Isis travels frequently to Mexico to work on her newest project, called ”Niñají Comic,” a comic that celebrates Indigenous values for a modern world.”

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1111 Eight Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

SF – Art & Comics Lecture

Phil Jimenez speaks at the California College of the Arts on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00pm!

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Join us for an evening with Eisner-nominated comics superstar, Phil Jimenez! This is a presentation and discussion about art and comics, moderated by CCA faculty Justin Hall, that you don’t want to miss!

Meet us on CCA’s SF campus in TIMKEN HALL for this super exciting event! The event is free and open to the public.

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Born and raised in southern California, and trained at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, Phil Jimenez has worked in comics since 1991. He first gained recognition for his work on Tempest. His later works including pencilling stints on The Invisibles, JLA/Titans, and Planetary/Authority. Phil finished a two year run on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman, worked with Grant Morrison on New X-Men, and co-authored The DC Comics Encyclopedia. He is also the penciller on DC’s Infinite Crisis.

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1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107