The 130th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Tom Kaczynski will discuss his new book: Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy. Follow the process of the book’s creation, from its humble origin as a tiny mini comic to its lofty goal of reaching something called Cartoon Philosophy. Along the way he’ll touch on such topics as: the possibility of utopia in the age of dystopia and apocalypse, the uses of the nostalgic-critical method, the genius of Ignatius Donnelly, and more.
Tom Kaczynski is a cartoonist. His first book, Beta Testing the Apocalypse (Fantagraphics) was nominated for an Eisner Award. Tom Kaczynski is the publisher of Uncivilized Books. Tom Kaczynski is a designer of books and websites. Tom Kaczynski lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The 129th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Joyce Farmer will talk about her career in Underground Comics and digress to whatever subjects interest the audience. Suggested topics might be:
DRAWING COMICS the old-fashioned way: paper, pencil, pen, ink, color. How to put ideas down on paper, the joy of pen nibs, pencils, finding the best paper that will survive drastic erasures and still look good. The avoidance of talking heads. Pacing a story to fit the available space. The use of editorial advice. The satisfaction of having a real drawing which one can sell, or even just pin on a wall.
WOMEN’S BODY IMAGES IN COMICS: the super-hero babe vs. a semblance of realism. The discrepancy of growing up with a normal body in a Playboy Magazine world. Breasts, large, small, uneven, non-existent.
SEX IN COMICS: the real deal vs. the hallucinations.
INFLUENCES IN MY WORK: reading the classics, breathing ancient Greece and Rome. Life experiences, real and imagined. Colleagues who “get it” and many who don’t. I love to read obituaries, they broaden my view, all the unknown people who have done something with their lives….
WHY WE DRAW: what’s the point? Is it enough to draw because we love it? Because we need the money? Because we want to bring about change in the world?
CARTOONISTS IN HIDING: we are a reclusive lot, in general. Do we have any positive influence in our culture or are we just a bunch of iconoclastic jerks?
Joyce Farmer studied art and clasical languages at the University of California, Irvine and went on to become one of the first women underground comics creators with Tits and Clits Comix (1972-1987). She was also a frequent contributor to Wimmen’s Comix (1975-1979). In 2010 she produced the graphic memoir Special Exits, published by Fantagraphics Books. While not cartooning, she worked as a bail bond agent. She has lectured at universities and comics festivals and appeared in the documentary on women cartoonists, She Writes Comics (2014).
The 128th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note: There is no meeting on Sept. 22.
Kathryn A. Smith on “Crafting the Old Testament in the Queen Mary Psalter: Image, Text, and Contexts in Early Fourteenth-Century England”
Ms. Smith will speak on one of her current projects — an unusual captioned Old Testament picture cycle in a lavishly illuminated psalter made in England c. 1310-20
Kathryn A. Smith is Professor of Medieval Art in the Department of Art History, New York University. She is the author of Art, Identity, and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England (2003), The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (2012), and numerous articles, essays, and reviews on early Christian and late medieval art. She is currently working on several projects concerning image-text relationships in medieval manuscripts and the roles of images, including manuscript illuminations and sculpture, in late medieval religion and culture.
Scenes from the lives of Saul and David, Queen Mary Psalter, c. 1310-20 (London, British Library Royal MS 2 B VII, fol. 52).
The 127th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Marc Moorash on Bringing Art Young Back to Life
On Publishing the Previously Unpublished Types of the Old Home Town and Rediscovering the Legacy of the Dean of American Cartoonists
Art Young (1866 – 1943) was the best known political cartoonist in the first half of the twentieth century, but you’ve likely never heard of him. If you have, you’ve likely never seen much of his work. Sadly, he’s been mostly forgotten – and the story behind this, as with most Art Young tales, is quite remarkable and unfortunate. He’s a cartoonist almost legendary, yet nearly become myth.
Yet, let’s jump ahead to the beginning of 2015 and the serendipitous publication of a long-lost manuscript – a collection of images some unpublished, some which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in the mid-1920s. A publication in handmade art-book form. Let’s also throw in that in April of this year we held the first gallery exhibition since 1939 of Art’s works.
Marc Moorash, curator of The Art Young Gallery (housed one mile from where Art built his gallery in Bethel CT in 1928) will talk about publishing Types of the Old Home Town, the handmade book process of making Types, Art’s history and legacy in American cartooning, and show slides of a number of images and photographs that haven’t been seen in public for decades. In addition, on display will be a number of Art’s original cartoons from his newspaper Good Morning (1919 – 1921), drawings of Helen Keller and Eugene Debs, as well as original illustrations from Types of the Old Home Town.
The 126th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Nik Kowsar on Political cartooning in Iran.
Nik Kowsar is an Iranian-Canadian cartoonist, journalist, and blogger, currently living in Washington DC, US. Kowsar was also a reformist candidate for the second term of city council of Tehran in 2003, an election won by the conservative candidates of Abadgaran.
He studied Geology in the University of Tehran, and joined Gol-Agha, an Iranian political satire magazine as a cartoonist in 1991. He worked for Hamshahri from 1992 to 1998, and was a member of Newspapers such as Zan, Aftab-e Emrooz, Sobh-e Emrooz, Akhbar-e Eghtesadi, Azad, Bahar, Bonyan, Doran-e Emrooz, Nosazi, Hayate No, Abrar-e Eghteadi, Hambastegi, Farhang-e Ashti. Most of these papers were banned by Saeed Mortazavi. He was arrested in Feb. 2000 for drawing a cartoon and spent 6 days at the Evin Prison in Tehran.
Kowsar has been sentenced to prison for his cartoons in absentia. After moving to Canada, he worked in a dry-cleaner’s for a while before joining MarketWire in 2005 and IFEX in 2008. He also has been free-lancing and his cartoons have been recently published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and The Guardian. Kowsar is a member of the New York Times Syndicate. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, CBC, CTV, VOA and many political TV shows as a guest analyst and observer. Kowsar now works in Washington DC and is the editor-in-chief of Khodnevis.org, the first Persian citizen journalism platform.
Kowsar is a member of the board of directors of Cartoonists Rights Network International.
Kowsar is also a member of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists (ACEC) and Journalists in Exile (JEX). CBC made a documentary based on his life and his involvement in the Blogger movement.
The 125th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Ethan Heitner on Palestinian Art And the Boycott of Israel
Palestinian cartoonists, animators, and other artists work under conditions determined by Israel. This year over 100 international cartoonists and workers in the comics industry signed an open letter to the International Festival of Comics at Angoulême and the broader comics world supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, declaring “No Business as usual with Israel!”
What is the Palestinian boycott call, and what does it mean for comics and cartoonists?
Ethan Heitner is a cartoonist and was one of the primary organizers of the open letter to the Angoulême festival. Much of his work has centered on questions of solidarity. In 2014 during Israel’s bombing of Gaza he helped curate a collection of cartoons and illustrations in solidarity with the Palestinian boycott called ‘Handala Has a Posse.’ He is a former member of the editorial collective of World War 3 Illustrated, and his cartoons are frequently distributed at protests and rallies in NYC.
drawing by Ethan Heitner