Careers in Comic Art
Comic Art is equal parts drawing and storytelling. Not only will you study line, color and composition but you’ll develop characters, learn storyboarding and create plots. And MCAD is one of the only colleges in the country to offer comic art degree programs.
Draw comic strips, caricatures and spot illustrations for syndicated newspapers, magazines, trade or business publications, T-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, books. Uses story writing skills and most often humor, irony or cynicism. Cartoonists mostly work alone, but are often times required to meet with editors for approval.
Usually plays a tracking role of guiding work from freelancer to freelancer to meet production deadlines (usually every 3 weeks for a monthly comic). Occasionally includes art direction.
Entrepreneur, freelancer or staff artist that draw, storyboard, and sometimes write narrative stories for comic books. Jobs are split up in larger companies to meet demanding production deadlines.
Conceives story, develop script or plot often indicating specific views of the action to be portrayed. Some companies use a style where scene descriptions and full dialogue are given just like a screenplay.
Pencilers create comic book layouts and action figures outlines from type written script according to a story line. Colorists color reduced Xerox copies of comic layouts (after inking) and color code each page for color separation for printing. Letterers then write dialogue and interjections into comic balloons. Inkers outline figures and background of each panel with ink and add dimension to the comic illustration.
Educational Opportunities at MCAD
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Comic Art
Master of Fine Arts in Comic Art
Pre-College Summer Session