Academy Students, Alumni, and Faculty attend ComicCon 2006
The Academy of Art University once again proved itself to be one of the major hubs of the comic
book and animation industries at ComicCon 2006 in San Diego. ComicCon is an annual event that
attracts the top artists in the industry, who go there to participate in and view exhibits related
to comic books, science fiction, fantasy, animation, video games, and film. It is the largest
convention of its kind in the United States, taking place over four days and drawing over 100,000
participants each year.
Gordon Silveria, AAU faculty member, with Moe McGee, MFA Illustration Alum
Many of the participants at ComicCon 2006 were part of the Academy of Art University community.
Thousands of Academy alumni, students, and faculty attend ComicCon every year to sell their own
wares, participate in portfolio review sessions with top companies, preview upcoming products, and
to learn about all the latest industry trends. Among the many Academy-related participants at
ComicCon 2006 were: Maureen “Mo” McGee, MFA graduate, who was there to close a deal on her new book
due out in 2007; Gordon Silveria, Academy faculty member, well-known artist, and celebrated
children's book illustrator, who was there to run the AAU exhibition booth; Dan Cooney, Academy
faculty member, comic book artist, and writer, who was there to run his own booth; and Matt
Mosssman, BFA graduate, at the booth for Emily the Strange where he works as a story artist.
Countless other successful alumni, professional faculty, and students were in attendance to take
advantage of the educational and business opportunities that ComicCon offers.
Matt Mossman, BFA Illustration Alum, working for the Art Department at Emily the Strange
The Academy is well known for its unique and successful approach to training emerging artists.
The Academy’s large presence at ComicCon is just one example of how the Academy supports
participation in professional events as an essential part of an art and design education.
Dan Cooney, AAU faculty member, at his own booth. Sales were well above his expectations.