Comics / Graphic Novel

The IPRC’s Comics / Graphic Novel 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 DIY publishing. Through intensive peer workshops and contact with instructors, students are encouraged to take artistic risks and develop their own unique voice and style.

Fall Semester 2016 (Skills and Peer Workshop Semester):

Cartoon/Graphic Novel Workshop Seminar
with Kinoko Evans.
Will meet once a week for three hours.
Guest lectures with notable local cartoonists.

Spring Semester 2017 (Comics Development Semester):

World Comics and Experimental Practice
with Sean Christensen.
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 2016 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:

  • Five hour letterpress workshop
  • Screenprinting Workshop in the IPRC’s new screenprinting studio
  • Tour of local printing companies, such as Brown Printing
  • Perfect-binding machine Workshop
  • Beginning Indesign instruction


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