Master Class

The Funny Books with Jessica Campbell

March 23, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A photograph of two hands spreading a book's pages against fabric yardage consisting of brown and yellow floral motifs. The book features cartoon panels with women astronauts bringing a cloaked prisoner to a council meeting at the center of a packed legislative setting.
XTC69 by Jessica Campbell. Published by Koyama Press, 2018. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

From the gallery to graphic novels, Jessica Campbell’s work often wields humor as a device to help one come to terms with its darker subject matter. In this master class with the artist, you’ll participate in fast-paced exercises to develop ideas for comic strips that are at once funny and revealing of complex truths. From generating an idea to drawing and producing a finished work, Campbell will give you a crash course in cartooning.

Campbell is the author of three graphic novels, including RAVE (Drawn and Quarterly, 2022), XTC69 (Koyama Press, 2018), and Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists (Koyama Press, 2016).

Organized in conjunction with Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy.

Event Information

March 23, 2024
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

$40 Public | $30 FWM Members




Unpacking Heterodoxy: A Three-part Symposium

March 22–23
Interested in all three events? Get $10 off by registering with this bundle.


About the Participants

Jessica Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and author working in comics, fibers, painting, drawing, and performance. Drawing on a wide range of influences, including science fiction, art world politics, and her evangelical upbringing, Campbell explores ways to reflect heterogeneity through a combination of disparate media, subjects, and tone. Whether through cartoony depictions or the use of unorthodox material, her work often wields humor as a device to help one come to terms with its darker subject matter.

Campbell is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL.



Major support for Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy has been generously provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In-kind support has been provided by Tuft the World.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.