When Jeff Tischer was about 3, his father handed him a simple 60-cent comic book. On the cover, superheroes (of course). Inside, a double-page pinup penciled and inked by the great comic book artist George Perez.
"DC Comics Presents #38," Tischer recites off the top of his head. "A Superman-Flash team-up."
It was fascination at first sight. "Yeah," Tischer says now, "(comics have) been a full-bore interest since then. Always."
An alumnus of PCA&D (2001, Illustration BFA), Tischer brings that literal lifetime of comics knowledge -- and resources from his thousands-strong personal comic book collection -- to a Winter/Spring semester Pre-College Continuing Education class. "Comics! A History of Comics in the U.S." explores how social issues and context have informed comics since their beginnings -- and the massive, truly multimedia pop culture sway they have held over the decades.
"The class is for (any high school student) who has even a cursory interest in comics," Tischer says. "It may endear the medium to them. And a huge (comics) lover will still learn more than they may realize."