The ninety-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7 pm at The School of Visual Arts, 132 West 21st St, 3rd floor studio. Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Tom Hart and Leela Corman. Moderator: Aaron Cockle
Updates from Tom Hart, Leela Corman, and The Sequential Artists Workshop

Presenter 1: Tom Hart
Former SVA instructor Tom Hart debriefs about the first 2 1/2 years of SAW, the non-profit, informal arts school he founded in central Florida 2012, going into detail about the curriculum, the teachers, the students, and the work that’s come out of there.
In addition he’ll preview his work in progress, Rosalie Lightning.

Presenter 2: Leela Corman
Leela Corman will show highlights from her last year of work including numerous non-fiction comics about dance and politics in Egypt, belly dancing on King’s Highway, sex trafficking in Cambodia, and the connections between her daughter and grandfather, a holocaust survivor, in the award-winning Yahrzeit.

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The ninety-first meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7 pm at BHQFU, 34 Avenue A (near 3rd St.)

Presentation by Neil Dvorak. Moderator: Alexander Rothman

Well, How Did I Get Here? and Other Ramblings from a Lost Comic Soul
How is it that inside one single human there can exist such extremes? Why does my brain never agree with my gut? How can I love and hate something at exactly the same time? What does that say about me!? About the universe!? Delve into cosmic insecurity with Neil Dvorak, creator and writer of “Easy Pieces.”

Neil Dvorak received his MFA in drawing from SUNY Purchase in 2010. Since then he’s delved headfirst into comics with his web-comic “Easy Pieces.” He is proud to be hosted on the amazing Activate Comix site, and is thrilled to have found a medium that gives so much. His site is
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The ninetieth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7 pm at Columbia University, Butler Library, room 523. Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Alexander Rothman and Lior Zaltzman. Moderator: Karen Green

Presenter 1: Alexander Rothman
A History of Comics Poetry
It’s now widely accepted that comics can be “art” or “literature,” but what about “poetry”? What would it look like to make poems in comics’ visual language? This is a great moment to ask that question. It’s been just over a century since Krazy Kat’s lyrically weird debut, exactly 50 years since Joe Brainard joined New York School Poets to produce a seminal anthology that was equal parts comics and poetry—and for the first time, there’s a literary journal dedicated to the hybrid form.
Alexander Rothman is a poet and cartoonist who co-edits that journal, INK BRICK. His work has appeared in such publications as the Seneca Review, the Indiana Review, Suspect Device, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Rumpus. In this talk he briefly traces the history of comics poetry, with an emphasis on the exciting contemporary movement. Website:

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Presenter 2: Lior Zaltzman
Comix Are Hard: My Comic School “Failures” (and Little Triumphs)
I’ll be talking about my experiences getting a BFA in cartooning and how different teachers and experiences have influenced the way I draw stories and my approaches to storytelling, leading to my different approaches to comics post-school, asking myself, and others, whether studying comics for four years is indeed a good idea.
Lior Zaltzman was born in Israel, grew up in Belgium and studied in the US. She got her BFA (with Honors) in Cartooning in 2013. She has been published in SVA’s Ink, Visual option and in BKLNYR magazine and has an upcoming story in Ninth Art Press’ Subcultures Anthology. She was awarded the Bob Guilgmo Alumni Scholarship to self publish Staring Ahead a fictional coming-of-age story that takes place in Tel Aviv. Website:

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The eighty-ninth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7 pm at The School of Visual Arts, 132 West 21st St, 3rd floor studio. Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Ralph Moreau and A.T. Pratt. Moderator: Aaron Cockle

Presenter 1: Ralph Moreau
Graphic Design Aesthetics in Comics
A brief presentation, followed by small group discussion, on graphic design aesthetics in comics. We’ll talk about theories of typography, composition, and design, and how artists can use these to accentuate their work.

Ralph Moreau is a designer in NYC and will be starting a graduate program in design and technology in the Fall. He is interested in exploring a graphic design in comics and, in his own work, he enjoys emulating styles and aesthetics. Website:,,

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Presenter 2: A.T. Pratt
Playing with the Page
A. T. Pratt will present his experimentations with the form and structure of the comic book page as well as book design through slides and printed editions of his most recent self-published works.  Every choice a cartoonist makes in the process of writing through art has potential to convey narrative, from the first steps of breaking down the story into sequence to the final steps of formatting and choosing materials for print.  We will examine how these choices evolve alongside content and evoke the passage through time and space.

A.T. Pratt is a cartoonist from New York City who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2013.  His work has appeared in Happiness Comix 2 & 3, Plus 13, Odium Comix 1 & 2, Inkmaggot Zines (Talking Shit, The Future) and his own self published comic books since 2010.  One of his recent comics, Stupid Cupid, was selected to be part of the first ever Society of Illustrators Comic and Cartoon Art Annual, and original art from the book will be on display at The Museum of the Society of Illustrators from June 24 to July 19.  A. T. Pratt’s comics can also be seen online at  He spends his days walking dogs in Cobble Hill and his daily dog portraits can be seen on  Contact:, @A_T_Pratt

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The eighty-eighth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM at The School of Visual Arts, 132 West 21st St, 3rd floor studio. Free and open to the public.

Presentation by R. Orion Martin: Image Remix: Appropriated Comics

Discussions of comics often focus on the painstaking process of hand-drawn illustration. Remixed comics collaged from digital images offer an alternative that emphasizes flexibility, speed, and adaptation. Orion Martin will give a brief overview of the possibilities in appropriated comics.
About the Speaker: My goal is to create innovative comics that challenge assumptions about what the medium can be. I’m also interested in applying the critical discourse of contemporary art to comics. Recent projects have included appropriating images to comment on the history of comics production and exploring the intersection of science fiction and social commentary. For people who are interested to know more, I send monthly process-based updates about my work to my supporters on I also write about Chinese art. The archived interviews and essays I’ve done can be found here in both Mandarin and English. Website: | Orion Martin on Tumblr and Twitter
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The eighty-seventh meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523 (map). Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Scott Cunningham and Peter Kuper. Moderated by Karen Green.

Bad For You co-author Scott Cunningham will read the opening comic about America’s comic book censorship and burnings during the late 1940s and 50s, as well as other excerpts from his book with Kevin C. Pyle.BFY Cover

Bad For You: Exposing the War on Fun! It chronicles all things that are supposed to be bad for kids (but really aren’t). And not just the things that modern parents fear like violent video games, social media, and dirty hands. The book takes a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids starting back with Plato (yeah, that one) and his worries over the new “technology” from his time: the written word!

Cunningham has worked as both an illustrator and writer (and sometimes even an illustrator/writer), for publications such as Heavy Metal, Mad Magazine, Mad Kids, Nickelodeon Magazine, Archie Comics, and a slew of DC Titles, including Vertigo, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and Cartoon Network Block Party. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, daughter, dog and WAY too many cats.

Speechless: Wordless Comics
Peter Kuper will present a survey of work from Franz Masereel to the present. In conjunction with the release of an new edition of The System, he will be discussing his exploration of wordless storytelling including Spy vs Spy, Sticks and Stones and Eye of the Beholder.
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The eighty-sixth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Gabrielle Bell and Jonathan W. Gray

Gabrielle Bell will discuss her recent work
Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Houghton-Mifflin Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction. Her work has also been featured in The Guardian,The Big Issue,Vice Magazine, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, The Believer, and Flare. The title story of Bell’s book, Cecil and Jordan in New York, (2009) has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her most recent book,The Voyeurs, was released in 2012 by Uncivilized Books. Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries is scheduled to be released in May 2014, also by Uncivilized Books.

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Jonathan W. Gray on Machine-Men: Race and Technology in American Superhero Comics.
Jonathan W. Gray will discuss why Black superheroes are so often also cybernetic hybrids, as with characters like the newly relevant Deathlok, Cyborg, Misty Knight and War Machine. Given that people of African descent were often linked to primitivism in the cultural imagination in general and in comic strips and early comic books in particular, do these post-human Black heroes induce us to understand both race and heroism differently? Is the incorporation of technology into the Black body simply a plot device in superhero comics, or is it an innovative way to visually represent the divided and conflicted racial subject? Is post-human the same as post-racial?

Jonathan W. Gray, associate professor, John Jay College–CUNY, works on post-WWII American culture, specifically the various ways that the Civil Rights movement continues to shape cultural production. He is the author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and has contributed articles on comics and popular culture to Entertainment Weekly and Salon. He is currently co-editing Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative, which applies the insights of disability studies to contemporary graphic narratives.

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