A Rollicking History of Comic Books: The Characters, Creators, and Stories that Shaped America (Online)

For over 80 years, American comic books have provided stories of escapism, heroism, and an invitation to unlimited possibilities through fantasy. This course provides a rollicking overview of comic books, including profiles of the women and men – artists and writers – behind the legendary and iconic characters.

From costumed superheroes to introspective daydreamers, stories have ranged from funny animal hijinks to those addressing a range of contemporary social and political issues. This course highlights celebrated legends and unheralded characters and creators, that represent a diverse range of genders, races and lived experiences. 

The journey begins in the Golden Age of comics, spawned by DC titles featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, explodes into the rise of Marvel Comics during the Silver Age, detours into the emergence of independent publishers in the Bronze Age, and concludes with the creator-owned, genre-busting projects in today’s Modern Age. Classroom guests include contemporary comic book writers, artists, collectors and more. / Open to students ages 16 and above. View complete policies

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online weekly. Class meetings will be conducted via Google Meet and will include lectures, discussions, opportunities to share resources and documents. 

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook.  

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Register Before: June 4
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

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Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSLA 2600 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Date End: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
6:30–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above.
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
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Illustration and Comic Art