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So Minnesota: Minneapolis school making a mark in comic book industry

Updated: January 27, 2020 06:25 PM

From Batman to the Incredible Hulk, many grew up reading comic books. 

One Minnesota college is playing a major role in the comic book industry. 

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is one the first schools in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in comic art. 

Several MCAD graduates in the Comic Art Program have gone on to great success.

"If you walk into any comic shop in the world, I'm confident you would see an MCAD graduate on the shelf,"  Robert James Algeo, MCAD assistant professor of comics said. "The way comic book creators, fans and enthusiasts look at it is, when you have less lines to work with, when you have less detail, it actually takes more mastery because each mark that you make, each word you put into your script, it needs to be the right word, at the right moment, at the right line, at the right place."

Madi Sparrow is an MCAD graduate and has published several comic books. The school taught her not only the art side of comic books, but the business side as well.   

"How to talk to an editor," Sparrow said. "How to make a pitch packet. How do you pitch your ideas. How do you budget for that if you want to print for it yourself. How do you use Kickstarter."

 Currently there are 45 students in MCAD's Comic Art Program.

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