2015 MFA in Comics


by Trinidad Escobar
Flood, by Trinidad Escobar

"Fever Dreams of the City that Never Was"

by Bex Freund
Fever Dreams of the City that Never Was, by Bex Freund

"Sam's Town"

by Ashley Guillory
Sam's Town, by Ashley Guillory


by David Kelly
Shorts, by David Kelly

"The Thief's Tale"

by Maia Kobabe
The Thief's Tale, by Maia Kobabe

"Lost Puppet Show"

by Jacob Magraw
Lost Puppet Show, by Jacob Magraw

"The Seahorse Adventures"

by Shane McDermott
The Seahorse Adventures, by Shane McDermott

"Dad Sleeps Armageddon"

by Samuel Sattin
Dad Sleeps Armageddon, by Samuel Sattin

"Fushicho (Wesley)"

by Nancy Teresa
Fushicho (Wesley), by Nancy Teresa

"Bad Year"

by Josh White
Bad Year, by Josh White


Comics are a notoriously tricky art form to master. They demand long stretches of quiet concentration and bold, ambitious decision making (both fraught with their own elements of personal danger). Comics ask their creators to become seasoned storytellers, daring illustrators, nuanced designers, and caretakers of a rich, historical medium. Through their coursework and hour after hour working on each page, our graduate cartoonists managed each of these tasks with style. The ten thesis excerpts featured in this anthology are the proof their efforts were justly rewarded.

I’m so very proud of each member of our inaugural graduating class. I’d also like share my heartfelt gratitude to the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics faculty for their guidance and support.

We hope you enjoy our inaugural MFA in Comics Thesis Anthology. Congratulations to our graduates. Here’s to their many successes to come.

Matt Silady
Chair, MFA in Comics