The eighty-first meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 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 Sophie Yanow and Sam Alden

Sophie Yanow will discuss journaling and nonlinear storytelling, and show slides from her new book War of Streets and Houses (Uncivilized Books, 2014), a queer cartoon memoir on urban planning and popular revolt. Sophie Yanow was born north of San Francisco in 1987. In 2011 she moved to Montreal, and with the Colosse collective published In Situ, her acclaimed autobiographical comics series. She was an invited artist-researcher for the Canadian Center for Architecture’s “C for Condo” workshop, and her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Montreal.

below: page from War of Streets and Houses by Sophie Yanow

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Sam Alden‘s talk will focus on what he’s learned in the last year about materials and their effect on a narrative. Sam Alden was born in 1988 in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 he was nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and won for Promising New Talent; his work has since been selected twice for The Best American Comics series. His first collection, It Never Happened Again, is debuting from Uncivilized Books in Spring 2013. Sam lives in Montreal.

below: drawing by Sam Alden

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