Michael Dooley

San Diego Comic Fest guests Floyd Norman and Michael Dooley at Art Center’s

Floyd Norman and Michael Dooley at Art Center’s “Design History of Comics and Animation” class.

Michael Dooley is a Los Angeles based designer, author, instructor, and photographer. He’s a contributing editor to Print, the graphic design magazine, where he’s been writing features, interviews, essays, and critical reviews on design and comics since 1990. His column also appears regularly on Print’s website.

His books include The Education of a Comics Artist, with articles by and interviews with more than 60 top names: Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter, and Chris Ware; Trina Robbins, Marjane Satrapi, and Jessica Abel; Jim Steranko, Bill Sienkiewicz, and David Mack; and so on.

He lectures at a variety of L.A. schools and institutions and teaches “Design History of Comics and Animation” at Art Center College of Design, with a featured guest list that includes…

  • Floyd Norman, Disney animator and this year’s Comic Fest special guest
  • Scott Shaw!, cartoonist-animator and previous Comic Fest special guest
  • Charles Hatfield, scholar and Jack Kirby exhibition curator
  • Mr. Fish, radical Truthdig political cartoonist
  • J.T. Steiny, Remain Calmics cartoonist and illustrator
  • David Leopold, author of The Al Hirschfeld Century
  • Steven T. Seagle, It’s a Bird graphic novel writer
  • Esther Pearl Watson, Unloveable graphic novelist and queen of zines
  • Stefan G. Bucher, Daily Monster animator and graphic designer

After moving West in 1974, Michael began attending San Diego Comic-Con at the El Cortez. He now participates at SDCC as both guest and journalist. He wrote for Amazing Heroes and The Comics Journal in the late 1980s before moving to Print. He created programs and hosted events at the Hammer Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art’s historic “Masters of American Comics” 2005-2006 exhibition in Los Angeles. He was at the first San Diego Comic Fest, where he covered Paul Krassner for Print.

At Comic Fest 2016, Michael interviewed Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner and, with Trina Robbins and Mary Fleener, held a panel tribute to his friend Michael Gross, who he’s included in articles such as “The Cutting Humor of Art Director Michael Gross,” “How Comic Books Influence Graphic Design,” and “A Designers’ Guide to Comic-Con’s Hidden Pleasures.”

As with many other baby boomers, Michael Dooley’s worldview was greatly enriched – and his career trajectory was largely determined – when he discovered Harvey Kurtzman’s revolutionary Mad, Trump, Humbug, and Help! at the tender age of seven. A native New Yorker, he was fortunate enough to meet Harvey and many other childhood heroes during the 1972 EC Convention. At this year’s SDCF he’ll be speaking on Harvey, Will Eisner, and Jules Feiffer.