Careers in Comic Art

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MCAD is one of the only colleges in the country to offer comic art degree programs. This field is equal parts drawing and storytelling. Comic artists use line, color, and composition to develop characters, storyboards, and plots. 


Draw comic strips, caricatures, and spot illustrations for syndicated newspapers, magazines, trade or business publications, T-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, books. Use story-writing skills and often humor, irony, or cynicism. Cartoonists mostly work alone, but are often times required to meet with editors for approval.

Comic Editor

Usually plays a tracking role of guiding work from freelancer to freelancer to meet production deadlines (usually every three weeks for a monthly comic). Occasionally includes art direction.

Comic Illustrator

Entrepreneur, freelancer, or staff artist that draws, storyboards, and sometimes writes narrative stories for comic books. Jobs are split up in larger companies to meet demanding production deadlines.

Comic Writer

Conceives of story, develops script or plot often indicating specific views of the action to be portrayed. Some companies use a style where scene descriptions and full dialog are given just like a screenplay.

Penciler, Colorist, Letterer, Inker

Pencilers create comic book layouts and action figure outlines from type-written script according to a storyline. Colorists color reduced Xerox copies of comic layouts (after inking) and color code each page for color separation for printing. Letterers then write dialog and interjections into comic balloons. Inkers outline figures and background of each panel with ink and add dimension to the comic illustration.


Comic Art Alumni Spotlight

Chris Monroe provides weekly laughs in an eccentric comic strip and charms kid readers in books about a clever monkey.


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