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The ninety-sixth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7 pm at BHQFU, 34 Avenue A (near 3rd Street).  Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Juliacks, and Alexandra Atiya and Salman Toor.

Presentation 1: Juliacks
Comics: Art, Narrative, & Time
This talk is all about looking at the stories and art of the previous millennia to talk about the comics narratives of today. Human understanding and language is based in the creation of stories. Still, each story is like a math formula whose variables and structure can be manipulated. The stories, they reaffirm, reject, deny, and reconstruct our past, our identity and our values. Presenting a mirror, our stories foretell a kind of future. As part of the talk, Juliacks will discuss her current work in progress, the comic book Architecture of an Atom.


Presentation 2: Alexandra Atiya and Salman Toor
Work-in-Progress: Electricity Thieves
Pakistani painter Salman Toor and American writer Alexandra Atiya discuss their collaboration on a graphic novel set in contemporary Pakistan. Toor and Atiya began collaborating on the project earlier this year, after Toor suggested certain scenes of life in Lahore that he wanted to capture in a visual narrative form. Atiya responded by developing a plot that could include a number of these scenes. The plot of the graphic novel revolves around the kidnapping of the adolescent son of an upper-middle-class family. Most of the action takes place during a mid-summer electricity crisis, when power can be out for hours each day. Toor, a figurative painter who received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, will also discuss representations of Pakistan in other media, such as photojournalism, and the dearth of graphic novels representing everyday Pakistani life.


The ninety-fifth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Butler Library, room 523. Free and open to the public.

Presentation by Tom Motley: Composition Lessons from Comics Masters
Every picture, whether the artist tilts the seesaw toward realism or abstraction, has a dual identity as both a window into an imaginary world and a design on a flat surface. In this workshop we’ll look at ways master comic artists– especially Jack Cole, Jack Kirby, and Alex Toth– employed principles of design to enrich their pages and heighten story impact, subtly constructing panels from interlocking configurations of positive and negative shapes.
A powerpoint will be followed by a couple of worksheets developed to help artists and comics fans explore the possibilities of compositional thinking.

Comics instructor, Tom Motley, teaches three continuing education courses at SVA this fall: Inking Comics, Figure Drawing for Cartoonists, and Cartooning Basics. His next illustrated book, French Revolutions for Beginners, is due out in November.
Illustration by Alexander Toth from “Man of my Heart,” New Romances #16, June 1953.

The ninety-fourth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7 pm at Columbia University’s Butler Library, room 523. Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Nicole Antebi and Miki Golod. Moderator: Karen Green

Non-Fiction Animation: Roots and Spurs
Presenter 1: Nicole Antebi
Nicole Antebi is a student of animistic thinking and landscape. She works in non-fiction animation, motion graphics, installation while simultaneously connecting and creating opportunities for other artists through larger curatorial and editorial projects such as Water, CA and The Winter Shack. In 2010 she co-developed the anthology/website entitled Water, CA: Creative Visualizations for a New Millennium ( The project was the focus of a 2011 interpretive exhibition and festival at the Crocker Art Museum and most recently the basis for the exhibition, Facing the Sublime in Water, CA, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. Her work has been shown in many places including the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Lara Bank’s Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project in Los Angeles.
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Presenter 2: Miki Golod
Miki Golod is a Brooklyn based Israeli artist, illustrator and author. He studied Visual Communication and Education at the Neri Bloomfield School of Design in Haifa, Israel, and recently completed his MFA Illustration degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His works includes comic and graphic novels in which he create both the story and the art, cartooning, drawing and graphic design. Some of his works has been exhibited in museums in Israel and New York, and published in Israeli and international newspapers.



The ninety-third meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7 pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey. Free and open to the public.

Presentations by Sophia Wiedeman and Anna Raff. Moderator: Kriota Willberg

Presenter 1: Sophia Wiedeman
Sophia Wiedeman, The Lettuce Girl, and Fairy Tale Comics
Sophia Wiedeman is a comic book artist and illustrator living and working in New York City.  She received her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts. Her work has been published in Time Out New York, The L Magazine, TopShelf 2.0, and The Daily Crosshatch. Her comics have also been featured in various anthologies, including Suspect Device 4, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. In 2008 Sophia was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her graphic novel, The Deformitory. She has also the author of The Lettuce Girl.
Sophia will discuss her work and writing process, her most recent mini comic series, The Lettuce Girl, and the complicating issues of writing fairy tales and comics that are not necessarily for children.
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Presenter 2: Anna Raff
Bluffing, Blogging, and Books
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of books for children, including World Rat Day by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. She is currently at work on several book projects including Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper, to be published by Candlewick Press in 2016. Her illustrations have appeared in American Illustration, 3×3,  “The Original Art Show” (Society of Illustrators), The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Kiwi Magazine, among others; on TV on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and MTV’s “Woodie Awards.” In 2010, she created Ornithoblogical, a blog of bird-related imagery. Anna is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts Illustration Summer Residency Program. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City.
Ten years ago, Anna quit her job as a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to pursue a career in illustration. In this talk, she will discuss her roundabout path to her first book contract.

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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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