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The 100th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note 8pm starting time.

Presentations: Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann & Patrick Kyle.

Michael DeForge goes through different finished and unfinished projects he’s thrown away before publication. He discusses the value of abandoning projects, scripted versus improvised storytelling and the importance of digressions in the writing process.

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He moved to Toronto for school in the mid 2000s where he became an integral part of the local comics scene. His debut work, Lose #1, was published in 2009 and was quickly followed by a catalog of minis, zines, short stories in anthology collections, and four more issues of Lose.  In 2010 DeForge won for “Best Emerging Talent” at the Doug Wright Awards, and in 2011 he won the award for non-narrative and nominally-narative work for his Spotting Dear. In 2013 Koyama Press published DeForge’s book collection of work entitled Very Casual.

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Simon Hanselmann will discuss the Australian comics scene, the virtues of Tumblr as a distribution platform, making money, ‘the future’ and his general comics making process. Also: various crackpot theories and obscure in-jokes.

Simon Hanselmann is a Tasmanian born cartoonist best known for his Megg, Mogg and Owl series. In July 2013  Fantagraphics Books published his  200-page collection of strips Megahex. In August 2013, Simon Hanselmann was nominated for an Ignatz award for his comic St.Owl’s Bay. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Having self-published comics for the better part of the last decade, Patrick Kyle will discuss the logistics of playing publisher while balancing careers as both a cartoonist and illustrator.

Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He is the co-founder and editor of Wowee Zonk, a contemporary comic book anthology featuring upcoming narrative artists from Toronto. He has been previously nominated for Doug Wright and Ignatz awards for his comic book series Black Mass and Distance Mover. Patrick’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, The Walrus, Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, and Vice Magazine.

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The ninety-ninth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note 8pm starting time.

Presentations: Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet

Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will discuss their careers and their most recent work in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics).
Yvan Alagbé (France) and Dominique Goblet (Belgium) are key and influential figures in the development of contemporary Francophone comics. Alagbé co-founded the French publishing house Éditions Amok, and Goblet was an early contributor to Frigorevue, the flagship anthology of the Brussels-based publisher Fréon. The two publishers later merged to form Frémok, which continues to publish work by both of these artists and to advocate for ever more sophisticated explorations of comics form.
Alagbé’s own work, rendered in ink and wash, expresses in both harsh lines and soft tones his clear-eyed, penetrating narratives of mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict, evident in his celebrated Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires and in his most recent book, École de la misère. Goblet has produced a challenging body of work that questions the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and between narrative comics and poetic image-making. Her latest book, Plus si Entente, was produced collaboratively with German cartoonist Kai Pfeiffer.
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The ninety-eighth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note: 8pm starting time.

Presentation: Brian Maidment on The Comic Image in the British Marketplace 1820-1850.
Brian Maidment is Professor of the History of Print at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His most recent book is called Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order 1820-1850 (Manchester University Press 2013).

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Anonymous wood engraving The Literary Dustman circa 1832

The ninety-seventh meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Presentations: Part 1. A Conversation with Thierry Smolderen
To celebrate the publication of the English-language edition of Thierry Smolderen’s new book The Origins of Comics: from William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, (University Press of Mississippi) the author joins us, via Skype, from France for a conversation.
Thierry Smolderen is a comics writer and scholar who teaches at the École européenne supérieure de l’image in Angoulême, France.

Part 2. Comics in the University.
Panelists : Ben Katchor (Parsons), Peter Kuper (SVA and Harvard), Jonathan W. Gray (John Jay College, CUNY), and  Nick Sousanis (Parsons, Teachers College), lead an audience discussion on the teaching of writing/drawing, history and critical study of comics and text-image work in the university.

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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. http://www.archatom.org

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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. salmantoorart.tumblr.com

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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. tmotley.com
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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 (waterca.net). 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. http://www.nicoleantebi.com
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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. golod.prosite.com

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