events & invited talks.

NATHAN FOX: black & white and character flawed

3/3/2016 Nathan Fox, an award-winning professional comic book illustrator and program chair of the MFA in Visual Narrative at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, will give a presentation about the power and importance of visual narratives on Thursday, March 3.

During his presentation, Fox will share his personal experiences in the field, describe his visual narrative journey, and discuss what makes a good story. He will speak about how his early childhood addiction to cartoons, blockbuster films, pop culture commercials, and video games led to a lifelong curiosity about extreme color palettes and narrative art. During his studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, he discovered anime and manga, Japanese woodblock prints, independent film, and narrative design.

These discoveries led him down a happily twisted path he still follows to this day, with work published in multiple media outlets, including the New York Times, New Yorker, MTV, Rolling Stone, DC Comics, Marvel, and Vertigo. He also has exhibited his work in multiple galleries, judged the first Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, and was a jury member for the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration.

He now explores new narrative directions in graphic novels, character and logo design, art direction, animation, and visual development. These artistic explorations culminated in designing and launching SVA’s MFA in Visual Narrative program, an evolutionary, interdisciplinary graduate program in visual storytelling that places equal emphasis on creative writing and visual expression.

Storytelling Symposium

erik loyer: storytelling in the age of divided screens

2/19/2015 Hosted by Motion Light Lab, this talk looks at comics, cinema, and games to discover design principles for a split-screen media landscape.

Erik Loyer’s interactive artworks have been exhibited online and in festivals and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; and Transmediale. His website “The Lair of the Marrow Monkey” ( was one of the first to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As Creative Director for “Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular,” ( an experimental online academic journal, Loyer has created numerous interactive essays in collaboration with leading humanities scholars including N. Katherine Hayles and David Theo Goldberg. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, and his works have been honored in the Webby Awards, the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, and the California Design Biennial. Erik Loyer was born in San Francisco in 1972, and received a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.