The IPRC’s Comics track is the only comprehensive program of its kind on the West Coast.

Coursework takes place over three semesters, with an emphasis on developing skills and tools, broadening sources of influence and inspiration, and independent publishing. Through intensive peer workshops, students are encouraged to take artistic risks and develop their own unique voice and style.

Fall Semester 2019 Building Skills & Critique with M. Sabine Rear:

  • Meets once a week, 6-9pm on Tuesdays
  • Comics Workshop Seminar
  • Risograph Printing¬†Instruction

Term projects will include the publication of a risograph printed one-page comic, as well as begin storyboarding towards a longer project to be developed in the second term.

Spring Semester 2020 (Comics Development Semester):

  • World Comics and Experimental Practice¬†with Andrice Arp.

Students will work on a longer project (10-20 pages) over the course of the semester, while being introduced to comics from different regions of the world, and going deeper into some of the concepts discussed in the first semester, as well as exploring more experimental techniques.

Summer 2020 Publishing and Production Semester (comics track only):

  • Comics Production and Publishing Workshop: students will learn production and self-publishing techniques, screenprinting, important pre-press layout skills, and much more. Each participant will produce a modest print run of their own comic.

Summer Comics Semester will also include:

  • Screenprinting Workshop in the IPRC’s screenprinting studio
  • Perfect-binding machine workshop
  • Beginning Indesign instruction


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