The seventieth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013 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.
Presentation: Bob Sikoryak on the history of adapting literature into comics.
Throughout the last century, many cartoonists have adapted classic novels and plays; I’ll discuss the history of these reinterpretations, with images from over 100 years of comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels. They are by turns respectful, hilarious, and revelatory. Perhaps the most famous attempts were made in the 1940′s Classics Illustrated series, but there have been many inventive and exhilarating comics adaptations published, from the “Minute Movies” comic strip of the 1910′s to the many ambitious books of today.
R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He’s drawn for The Onion, The New Yorker, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among many other publications, as well as the TV series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s done storyboards and design work for Augenblick Studios on their animated projects Ugly Americans, the SNL Midnight Snack shorts, and the upcoming Zoolander. He teaches in the Parsons Illustration Department and at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and he hosts the live cartoon slide show series Carousel.