Comics Studies Programs

University of Oregon Comics & Cartoon Studies Minor
Portland State University Comics Studies Program
San Francisco State University Comics Studies Minor
Henderson State University Comics Studies Minor
West Liberty University (West Virginia) Comics Studies Major
University of Wisconsin Comics Program (forthcoming)
University of Florida, Department of English Comics Studies PhD
University of Dundee Comics & Graphic Novels Master’s
University of Valencia Master’s of Comics & Education
University of East Anglia (UK) Master’s in Comics Studies (sweet comic they made about the program!)
Carleton University (CA) RoCCET Fellowship for MA/PHD Comics Studies
Malmö University, Sweden Comics courses & Comics Research Lab

Graduate Comics-Friendly Programs
comprehensive list of comics-friendly graduate programs compiled by the Comics Studies Society

Practice-Based Comics Programs

Boston University MFA Comics/Visual Narrative – article on the program, the program website
Columbus College of Art & Design Comics & Narrative Practice Major
Michigan State University Minor in Comic Art & Graphic Novels
New Hampshire Institute of Arts Comic Arts Major
The Animation Workshop Viborg, Denmark Graphic Storytelling BA/BFA (in English)
Minneapolis College of Art & Design Comic Art Program
University of Wisconsin-Stout Comics & Sequential Art BFA (Entertainment Design)
Kennesaw State (Atlanta) Sequential Art BFA
Staffordshire University Cartoon and Comic Arts BA
Savannah College of Art & Design Sequential Art Program
European School of Visual Arts International Course in Comic Art
The Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Arts
SAW – Sequential Artists Workshop
Center for Cartoon Studies (Vermont) MFA & Certificate Programs (BBC article on Applied Cartooning Program at CCS); Cartoonists discussing Applied Cartooning – TCJ
California College of the Arts MFA in Comics
School of Visual Arts (NY) Cartooning Program
Camosun College (Canada) – Comics & Graphic Novels certificate program

Comics Studies Organizations
Comics Studies Society Graduate Student Caucus
The Comics Studies Society
International Comics Arts Forum (ICAF)
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

Scholarships and Awards for Comic Creators
Capital City Comic Con Scholarship – $1000 (Open only to Michigan State University Comics Studio Students):
Cartoonist Studio Prize (Sponsored by Slate and CCS) – $1000
Britain’s Graphic short story prize (£1,000) –
S.P.A.C.E. Prize, Open only to Exhibitors of SPACE the previous year ($100-$300, depending on the award) –
CAKE (Chicago Alternative Komiks Expo) Cupcake Award gives them a table at the show, a mentor, and funding to print a new minicomic ($250):
Boston’s MICE, offer small self-publishing grants to creators ($75):
Eisner Awards:
Small Press Expo has its “Ignatz,” or festival prize:
Harvey Awards:

Comics and the academy
The Comics Studies Society – for the promotion of the critical study of comics
List of academic comics journals – on comics research
Comics studies conferences and events – listing from Comics Studies Society
Storify from Comics Studies Conferences ICAF 2014 & Comics Forum (UK) by A. David Lewis
Educational Resource List – by Online Colleges quite Good
Karen Green’s Comic Adventures in Academia Columbia’s comic book librarian extraordinaire talks comics and academia every month
Interview with Comics Librarian Karen Green on comics/visual culture – on the Clyde Fitch Report
Interview with comics Librarian Karen Green – at Mixed Media
Comics Studies at University of Florida – includes Comix Scholars Listserv and many more resources
Listing of various comics listservs – on the Comics Studies site
Comics Forum – UK site discussing the educational value of comics
The Comics Grid – journal of comics scholarship
The Comics Grid links page – journal of comics scholarship
The Comics Grid – Year One – collection of comics scholarship
Dr Mel Gibson’s resource page – (not that Mel) good academic/comics resources
Prof Robert Loss’s Literature in the Gutter blog – for Columbus College of Art/Design comics course
Image and Narrative – scholarly journal on comics out of Belgium
ImageText – scholarly comics journal
ImageText Comics and PostSecondary Pedagogy – Special Issue
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics – formed in 2010
the Graphic Justice research alliance – comics and Law
Calendar of comics events and cfps – provided by Comix Scholars
Upcoming comics events and cfps – University of Southern Denmark’s list (international)
University of Florida’s Comics Studies Program – within UF’s English Program
Broadview Entertainment Arts University Bachelors of Fine Arts in Comics and Sequential Art – in Utah
Comics Research Bibliography – list of resources, dissertations organized by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
The Bonn Online Bibliography for Comics Research – international bibliographic database for scholarly literature about comics, graphic novels, manga & related
A Comics research bibliography – by Mike Rhode
Website of the Comic book professor – Mark D. White
Comics Forum‘s Scholars directory – listing of comics scholars worldwide
California College for the Arts announces MFA in comics – in SF
International Bande Dessinée Society – site for conversation on French comics
Graphixia – a collaborative, scholarly comics blog
Reflections on the 100th issue of Graphixia

Educational Comics Makers
Jorge Cham’s Piled High and Deeper – PhD comics
Jay Hosler’s Active Synapse Comics – Science comics
Jay Hosler’s Student-Made comics on animal behavior – from his comics-biology course
Interview with Newcastle Science Comic Team – on Teaching physics through comics – from the Beat
Ryan Claytor’s Elephant Eater Comics – comics teacher and maker
Matt Dembicki’s blogsite – DC comics maker
Andrew Wales’s Panel Discussions Art teacher and doctoral student Wales’ musing on education and life through comics
Nick Sousanis’s Spin Weave and Cut – philosophical essays in comics form
For teachers: Building trust in classrooms with comics – Guest post on Drawing Words/Writing Pictures
Presentation on communicating research in comics form – by Selina Lock of Coventry U Library
Article on Gareth Morris conducting research in comics form – in LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Stuart McMillen research/journalism in comics form – his site
Site for Damian Duffy’s academic comics work
John Miers’ comics site – UK comics maker/researcher
Rubaiat Habib’s partial comics dissertation – Singapore
Comic on what teachers make – by Taylor Mali/Zen Pencils
Yo Miss – A serialized graphic novel about life in the trenches of urban education by Lisa Wilde
Comics making workshop for kids – Neill Cameron’s blog

Institutions and Conventions
MoCCA Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – NYC
Toonseum – Pittsburgh’s comic museum
The Center for Cartoon Studies – Vermont comics school
The Sequential Artists Workshop – Florida school for developing new cartoonists
Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Festival – intimate and educational
The British Cartoon Museum – in London
NYC Comic Book Marketplace – convention
Comics and NYC Symposium at Columbia U (March 2012)
MoCCA-Fest – small press/comics expo in NYC, sponsored by MoCCA (Annual)
Space Convention – in Columbus, Ohio (Annual)
NYC’s FlameCon – LGBTQ comics con

Comics Library Collections
Michigan State University archives – impressively extensive, run by archivist Randy Scott
List of comics research libraries – provided by Michigan State University
Bowling Green State University’s Comics Library archive – housed in popular culture
Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University
Columbia University’s Butler Library Comics/Graphics Novel collection – curated by the supercool Karen Green
Article on the Columbia U collection – from the Wall St. Journal
Hal Foster at Syracuse University – Library Collection
First US “comic book” Ferdinand Flipper – at Dartmouth Library
List of Comics research library collections – at by Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Underground comix collection – at Iowa State
University of Nebraska’s collection of educational and government comics here and here – available online
U of Florida’s comics collection – archive