The 343rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 at 7pm EDT. at Unnamable Books, 615 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 and also streamed online. To register for online streaming please email comicssymposium@gmail.com. Free and open to the public. Please note: No meeting will be held on Oct. 11.

Megan Kelso on “Anatomy of a story: Korin Voss.”

KV went through so many iterations; it started out as a 1 page comic, then was a ten page short story, and is now 58 pages. Because it took so long to complete, and there were so many cul de sacs along the way, it works as a lens to talk about the whole process of making “Who Will Make the Pancakes,” what was going on for me personally and artistically over those ten years. I want to talk frankly about how it felt like race entered the story while I wasn’t looking, and how as a White cartoonist, I had tip-toed around race for many years before this. It felt as if events in the life of our country, and in my own life kind of forced my hand. I will end the talk probably about what I’m going through right now, which is I’m making literally last minute changes to the book (it is at the printer right now, at the proof stage!) because I was so shy and scared about finding a sensitivity reader, that I put it off until the last possible moment. I finally enlisted my friend Corvie’s help, and her suggestions were so compelling that I am drawing a new page for the story and it is due this afternoon! Phew.

Following a brief stint at art school, Megan Kelso completed her B.A. at The Evergreen State College in 1991 where she studied history and political science. Inspired by the explosion of zines, bands, and DIY art projects in Olympia, she started her “Girlhero” mini comic which ran for six issues. She was the first woman to receive the Xeric Foundation self publishing grant. In 1998, comics from “Girlhero” were compiled into a book published by Highwater, titled “Queen of the Black Black.” Kelso received two Ignatz awards for her graphic novel “Artichoke Tales.” In 2007, she was invited by The New York Times Magazine to serialize her “Watergate Sue” comic as part of a weekly Funny Pages feature. In 2019 she was selected for a public art commission as part of the Climate Pledge Arena renovation in Seattle Center. The piece, “Crow Commute,” was installed in December 2021. Kelso’s third collection of short stories, “Who Will Make the Pancakes” will debut from Fantagraphics in October, 2022. Kelso currently lives in Seattle.

The 341st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 2022 at 7pm EDT. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Bill Kartalopoulos on Avant-Garde Histories of Comics: 1970-1990

Kartalopoulos traces points of contact between comics and avant-garde art movements in the post-Pop period. Developments in photography, street art, performance, conceptual art, artists’ books, and serial art contributed to a range of narrative image-making projects across disciplines, often by artists of diverse identities whose stories had rarely been told. 

Bill Kartalopoulos is an internationally recognized comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He served as the Series Editor for the #1 New York Times—bestselling Best American Comics (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) series for six annual volumes, beginning in 2014. He teaches courses about comics at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Parsons and at the School of Visual Arts. He has curated exhibits about comics across North America and in Greece, Switzerland and France, and currently serves as the programming director for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York, NY. He is currently writing a history of comics, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. For more information, please visit on-panel.com

The 340th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at 5pm ET. (Please note 5 pm ET starting time) ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Anke Feuchtenberger on Ein deutsches Tier im deutschen Wald.”

I would like to speak about my working process on my new book, on which I`m still working. ” Ein deutsches Tier im deutschen Wald.” A german animal in a german forest.”

Anke Feuchtenberger biography

*1963 Berlin, studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin and works since 1989 as an artist. Since 1997 she is professor for drawing at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. She is mother and Grandmother.

Her comics and drawings were regularly published in newspapers like „Die Zeit“ Hamburg, „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“, „Strapazin“ Zürich, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ München, and „Internazionale“ Roma.

Around 30 books with her graphic narration are published in different languages and countries. “W the Whore”, a project with writer Katrin de Vries is published and republished in 5 languages, like also other books, for example “Der Spalt”, “Die Spaziergängerin”,”Somnambule” ; “Superlacrimella”. Her original work was shown in single exhibitions in various international galleries, like Galerie Martel, Paris; Trance Pop Gallery Kyoto; FB69, Münster; Squadro, Galleria/Stamperia, Bologna; or in Museums like Mangamuseum Kyoto; Museum of Art Nanjing; LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Museum Buxtehude; Kunsthalle Rostock. Between other awards 2020 she got the lifetime achievement award at Comicsalon Erlangen. She held Comiclectures in Copenhagen, Poznan, Tel Aviv, London, Hamburg, Dresden, München, Neubrandenburg and her Animationfilm “Somnambule” was shown on different international festivals like in Zagreb, St.Petersburg and Bologna. She lives and works in Vorpommern and Hamburg.

The 339th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at 7pm ET at Unnamable Books, 615 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 and streamed online. To register for online streaming please email comicssymposium@gmail.com. Free and open to the public.

Ines Estrada on “Cartoon Spirituality”

“Cartoon Spirituality” is an essay zine originally self-published by Inés Estrada in spring 2022 about cartoons, magic, consciousness, faith and fandom, and the ideas in it will be presented and expanded in this talk. An exploration on the power of imagination, the relation in between cartoon characters and religious icons, how drawing has evolved together with human culture and belief since the beginning of time, and how this has brought us to our current era in which spiritual and psychic warfare is being inflicted on us, as the real and the unreal become increasingly inseparable from each other.

Inés Estrada is a cartoonist from Mexico City, where she currently resides. She has been self-publishing her comics since 2006 and has also been published in Sweden, Spain and the US. Her last book, Alienation, a sci-fi/horror graphic novel about a future in which reality and the virtual are indistinguishable, came out in 2019 from Fantagraphics and is currently sold out.

The 338th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Matthew Thurber: From Sea-Wrack to Dumpster, or how the Pirates of the Condominium were Unionized.

Over the past year I have been working on a project I think of as a newspaper but which is also a kind of assemblage or organism, called “Pirates of The Condominium”. This project is allowed to transform into different materials. Informed by role playing games, it has become both an ongoing 16mm film project and also a monthly subscription zine.

Pirates of the Condominium confronts visible changes brought about by social engineering, development, capitalism. I grew up on an island and now live in the seaside town of Greenpoint– this project is infested by the mythology of pirates, sailors, and undersea civilizations as well as my direct daily observations.

Matthew Thurber is an artist and musician living in xxx. He is the author of numerous comics including 1-800-MICE and INFOMANIACS. Thurber is the co-founder of Tomato House gallery and of the Potlatch, I Gather books-on-tape label. He performs as Ambergris, and with Brian Belott as Court Stenographer and Young Sherlock Holmes. http://www.matthewthurber.com

The 337th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Jason T. Miles on Swiping, Stealing, Copying and other subjects

Appropriation or plagiarism? 

Generational shame > impure motive < fellowship. 

Recombination > ego deflation < transformation. 

Jason will share evidence from his attempts to nullify the idea of the cartoonist.

Jason T. Miles is a cartoonist, writer, artist, editor, and publisher. His most recent work includes Kill Comics, Spewey, Crime Destroyer: True Till Death, Fake Comics, and Monster Fan Club.

“I don’t care! I’d rather sink — than call Brad for help!” laments Lichtenstein’s 1963 Drowning Girl.

The 336th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 7pm EST. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Aidan Koch on environmental comics.

Koch will be discussing environmental comics from a critical and creator’s perspective. She’ll address experiments in her own process and story-building process as well as pedagogical potentials.

Aidan Koch is an artist living and working in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Her work crosses into installation, animation, and sculpture, but keeps a foundation in comics and graphic storytelling. She has released several graphic novels including Xeric award winning The Blonde Woman (2012) and recently released Stone Blue Sky (2021). Koch has a BFA in illustration from PNCA and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Guest curator: Austin English of Domino Books.

The 335th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7pm EST. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Simone Chess : Broadside Ballad Woodcuts: Premodern Visual Culture, Popular Media, and Queer Coding

Broadside ballads—single sheet songs on all topics, often printed with woodcut images—were wildly popular in the early modern period, but these popular and prolific illustrations have only recently begun to be considered as significant media in their own right. This talk will briefly review the history and impact of broadside ballad woodcut images in general, and then zoom in on the woodcut’s iterative lives of increasing meaning through reproduction and reuse. As certain images were reprinted in new contexts, they took on significance and meaning beyond any one use, becoming what Katie Sisneros has called “Early Modern Memes.” Building on the idea of woodcut images as signifiers beyond any single use, I’ll argue that certain woodcuts took on queer connotations, coming to be used to signal and advertise content related to nonnormative genders and sexualities. Tracking the lives of these queer-coded broadside ballad woodcuts deepens what we know about premodern visual vocabularies and puts our own queer visual language in conversation with its possible past. 

Simone Chess is Associate Professor of English and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is the author of Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor, with Will Fisher and Colby Gordon, of a special issue on “Early Modern Trans Studies” in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (JEMCS, 2019). She is completing a book on Shakespeare and trans culture for the Routledge “Spotlight on Shakespeare” series; another book project in progress will be about early modern disability, queerness, and technologies of sex. 

Woodcut image from “Watten Towns-End,” c. 1672, National Library of Scotland Crawford EB.91, English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) 32833.

The 334th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 19, 2022 at 7pm EST. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Céline Hudréaux on her work.

In her presentation, Céline Hudréaux will shed a light on her passion for printmaking and her heroes: the authors and illustrators from the past and present who have deeply marked her practice and kindled her desire to make her own books. Her talk will be a walk along surrealism, waking dreams and nightmares, magical thinking, outsider artists, engravings, etchings, and visual and experimental comics. She will address what it means not to know how to draw and what role documentation plays in her practice. And since no-one can do everything alone, she will speak about her collaboration with her editor Ria Schulpen of Bries and the authors who surround them. 

Visual artist Céline Hudréaux (°1979, Marseille) studied Fine Arts at Villa Arson in Nice (France) and Sint-Lucas in Ghent (Belgium), where she lives now.  

Her preferred medium is non-toxic printmaking. Especially in this age of ubiquitous digital carriers, the graphic techniques, characterized by their materiality, are both a necessary counterweight and an enriching complement. Today, she teaches printmaking at Sint-Lucas Antwerp and the Academy of Waasmunster in Belgium.  

Primitive art, folk culture and dream images inspire her visual language. Céline Hudréaux’s work was exhibited from Borgerhout to Tokyo. She published two graphic stories at the Antwerp based publishing house Bries: It’s Not an Ocean (2013, in collaboration with Geert Ooms) and Maelstrom (2019, based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe).