Masters of Digital Media assembles All-Star Board

The Masters of Digital Media Program at GNWC announced this week that they have appointed Pulitzer Prize-winning Comics Artist Art Spiegelman and The Sims Creator Will Wright to their advisory board. Spiegelman and Wright join an All-Star MDM Advisory Board which includes: Visionary Science-Fiction Writer William Gibson, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, Former CEO of Dreamworks and Chief Vision Officer at EA Glenn Entis, and Cybervirtuoso Joi Ito.

“Having Will and Art on our advisory board is a true asset to our graduate program”, comments Gerri Sinclair, executive director of the Masters of Digital Media Program. “Their collective experiences and insight will be extremely valuable to the continual development of our program.”

Art Spiegelman is a comics artist, editor and advocate for the medium of comics for the past 30 years. He worked for more than 20 years for Topps Bubble Gum as staff writer-artist-editor. In 1992, he left to join The New Yorker where he worked for a decade. His September 24, 2001 cover issue design was one of his most memorable submissions. It featured a black cover that upon closer examination revealed the silhouettes of the World Trade Center Towers in a slightly darker shade of black.

Will Wright brings more than two decades of video game design experience to the MDM. In 1987, he set up Maxis with business partner Jeff Braun which was bought by Electronic Arts where Wright was responsible for The Sims – one of the best-selling computer games of all time. Wright was given a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2001. In 2002, he became the fifth person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame. In 2007, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded him a fellowship, the first given to a game designer.

The MDM’s two newest advisory board members are not new to the MDM Program. Both Spiegelman and Wright were speakers at this summer’s successful “Krazy Talk! Industry Giants” Speaker Series presented by the Masters of Digital Media Program jointly with Vancouver Art Gallery and held at the Centre for Digital Media.