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Chris Staros, president and publisher of Top Shelf Productions, has joined the sequential art department at SCAD Atlanta as an adjunct professor for the Spring 2012 quarter. Since 1997, Staros has edited and published more than 250 critically acclaimed and award-winning graphic novels that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form.
"Chris has been a long time friend of the university, sharing his insights with our students over the years and we're extremely fortunate to have him teaching for us," says Pat Quinn, associate dean of the SCAD communication arts. "Our sequential art students have yet another opportunity to learn from a well-known industry professional that brings knowledge and experience into the classroom."
Staros' work has garnered accolades from Time, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times Book Review. More notably, his company edited and published Alan Moore's "From Hell" and Robert Venditti's "Surrogates," which have been made into major motion pictures.
"I've had the privilege of guest lecturing at SCAD since the late 90s, watching the sequential art department grow from a small, new department to the powerhouse it is today," Staros said. "My relationship with the faculty and students has always been special to me, and I'm really excited to spend some quality time with the future stars of our industry."
This spring Staros will be teaching an elective course called "Getting Published and Self-Publishing" enlightening students on all the behind-the-scenes work in comics and prepping students for managing their careers.
Under Staros' editorial eye, Top Shelf has received several industry awards including the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, "Swallow Me Whole"; the 2009 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Novel "Too Cool To Be Forgotten"; and the 2008 American Library Association Alex Award for Best Teen Graphic Novel, "Essex County." Staros is also the former president of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the non-profit organization founded in 1986 whose charter is to protect the First Amendment rights of the comic community.
SCAD offers more sequential art classes than any other university, with degree programs at both Savannah and Atlanta locations as well as through SCAD eLearning. The SCAD sequential art program also provides students with a global perspective through one of the largest, most diverse faculties in the nation.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.