Here's a question from a visitor to the blog:
The MFA in comics in vermont sounds awesome and I'm glad it exists - but I think I'd be looking for more of a a classic MFA program that has an option to learn about or pursue graphic novel writing. And maybe the option to work on a thesis in that genre. My main motivation for pursuing an MFA is that I want to teach, and I'm afraid that an MFA in comics just wouldn't make me as marketable in that regard. Maybe its unfair of me to say that, but it seems like a valid concern in the academic world. They also don't offer TAships or funding, which are two really important (the most important) factors for me.
The program itself sounds like a dream for someone with my interests and skill level- I could use all those drawing classes! - but I'm worried about the practicality. If you or anyone you know has any suggestions for programs based on my criteria, let me know! Weirdly enough I've found programs in the UK that offer graphic novel courses (modules, they call it) inside of more traditional MFAs - but I haven't found any in America, besides maybe the Houston program you suggested. Brown seems so liberal and into multimedia stuff that I'm sure they would support a writer interested in this kind of work - although I don't know if they have anyone on the faculty interested or able to offer mentorship in that area. Do you know anything about their program? I think the key is just knowing faculty members in certain programs that have knowledge of this genre - but none of my graphic novel heroes seem to teach in academia :(
Maybe post this - and we'll see if anyone has suggestions/knowledge?