Bizhan Khodabandeh

Bizhan Khodabandeh

Pronouns: He/Him

Assistant Professor



  • M.F.A. Graphic Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008


Bizhan Khodabandeh is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as designer, illustrator, artist and cartoonist. His works vary from small graphic art projects to major public campaigns. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change.


MASC 491 Agency
MASC 300 Technical Prowess
MASC 201 Curiousness 
MASC 491 Design Concepts
MASC 371 Visual Acuteness
MASC 492  Independent Study

Select Publications

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Print Magazine
  • The Comics Journal
  • Creative Quarterly
  • Creativity International


  • C-Idea, The International Design Educator Association


  • Bronze Judges Choice Award AEJMC 
  • Bronze Richmond Ad Club Awards
  • Silver Judges Choice Award AEJMC
  • Silver medal Society of Illustrators for comics
  • Publishers Weekly Best Graphic Novel for Adults  
  • 100 Best Pieces of 2017 Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design 
  • Award of Excellence: Graphic Design. Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design
  • American Graphic Design Award: Letterhead & Stationery category
  • Silver Winner: Graphic Design category International Design Award 
  • A finalist in the Cross-Cultural Design Competition
  • Best in show for posters through the American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • 4 Merit awards through the American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • People’s Choice Award AIGA Cause/Affect Awards


The Day the Klan Came to Town, written by Bill Campbell, Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh, published by PM Press. 

The Little Red Fish Collected Edition, written by James Moffitt, Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh, published by Rosarium Publishing.

The Little Black Fish, a comic adaptation of Iranian folk tale illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh and published by Rosarium Publishing

Yasamin 1-4, Illustrated and written by Bizhan Khodabandeh

Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy, and Design by Jean Grow, Tom Altstiel, and Marcel Jennings. (A sample lesson plan included in this book by Bizhan Khodabandeh.)

Once Upon a Time Machine #2 Edited by Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens, published by Dark Horse. (Included a short story written by Jason Rodriguez and Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh)

Haawiyat, Comic anthology of adaptations from traditional Arabic and Syrian myths. Distribute to Syrian Refugee Children. (Includes one story illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh)

Oh @#$% I’m Graduating! by Ben Hannam (Bizhan Khodabandeh is of two artists interviewed, and quoted for a chapter about non-design related projects.)

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, edited by Jeff Yang and Keith Chow, published by SI Universe Media, LLC (Includes a story narrated by Hossein Khodabandeh and illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh)

Artists Against Police Brutality, edited by Bill Campbell and Jason Rodriguez, published by Rosarium Publishing (Includes a short story by Matt Fisher and Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh)

Panel Layout: The Golden Ratio, written by Bizhan Khodabandeh, Published by Making Comics 
The Design Activist’s Handbook by Noah Scalin & Michelle Taute published by HOW Books (“I DREAM OF A RICHMOND ...” project by Bizhan Khodabandeh included in this book)