2016 MFA in Comics

"This Will All End in Flames"

by Ryan Bitinis

This Will All End in Flames, by Ryan Bitinis

"The Experience of Many Lifetimes"

by Kayan Cheung-Miaw

The Experience of Many Lifetimes, by Kayan Cheung-Miaw

"BoardSock Empire"

by Peter Glanting

BoardSock Empire, by Peter Glanting

"Ghost Radio"

by Joseph Hewitt

Ghost Radio, by Joseph Hewitt

"Death"

by Masami Inoue

Death, by Masami Inoue

"Brocedurally Generated"

by Cordelia McGee-Tubb

Brocedurally Generated, by Cordelia McGee-Tubb

"James and the Oak"

by Paul J. Morehead

James and the Oak, by Paul J. Morehead

"The Crystal Ball"

by Kristin Olson

The Crystal Ball, by Kristin Olson

"A Walk in the City"

by Wei-Ching Shyu

A Walk in the City, by Wei-Ching Shyu

"Devil and a Gun"

by Samantha Nicole Traina

Devil and a Gun, by Samantha Nicole Traina

"Snack Time"

by Lyssette Williams

Snack Time, by Lyssette Williams

DIGITAL COMICS

Digital comics are not new. In fact, the earliest digital comics were posted to the web in the 1970’s. However, digital comics as a field of study has been slow to catch up. For the past fifty years, many of the comics published to digital spaces have very much resembled their print counterparts.

Internationally, there are very few masters-level courses devoted to experimenting with the power comics can wield in the digital realm. In developing their MFA curriculum, CCA’s comics program chose to challenge this convention. Throughout this course, students were asked to let go of any assumptions that comics should be designed with print in mind and embrace the possibilities of new tools.

The work made by 2016’s graduating class is playful, experimental, and earnest. They devised new storytelling techniques and pushed against the conventional boundaries of comics online, and the results are really rad. We’re proud to share the fruits of their labors here. May it inspire the legions of digital cartoonists to come.

Joyce Rice
Digital Comics Instructor, MFA in Comics