Michael Dooley

Scott Shaw lecturing to class of San Diego Comic Fest guest Michael Dooley

Scott Shaw! at Michael Dooley’s Art Center “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. His class’s guest speaker events are free and open to the public, and announced here on Facebook. Previous presenters have included…

  • Floyd Norman, Disney animator
  • Scott Shaw!, cartoonist-animator and Comic Fest special guest
  • Stephan Franck, Iron Giant animation artist and Silver graphic novelist
  • 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
  • Tony Benedict, animation artist during Hanna-Barbera’s glory years
  • Barbra and Bryant Dillon, Fanbase Press’s editor/publisher
  • 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.”