The 286th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 27, 2020 at 7pm. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Ilan Manouach on Applied Memetic: Comics and Artificial (artificial) intelligence 

 While speculations about the growing role of machines in artistic production have been a consistent trope in modern and contemporary art debates throughout the 20th century, comics from their early beginnings, have been symbiotically expanding with the development of printing, distribution, communication and media technologies. These industrial processes of completion based on generalized automation, standardization practices and an orchestrated division of labour are so embedded in the ways we understand and consume comics that have become an essential feature for the conceptualization of artistic practices in the medium. A typical production line of manga comics, for instance, involves dozens of people handling specialized roles in a quasi-taylorist production belt, often in ways that have been criticized for resembling a sweat shop, while distribution has been increasingly involving massively digitized operations of logistics and global supply chains. Comics is an industrial form of artistic expression. 

 At the same time, the comics industry has been quite reticent in embracing the complex nature of technological developments in automation and especially in artificial intelligence. Synthetic and generative processes might soon reshape the ways we produce, consume, archive and distribute comics artefacts. A more wide adoption of artificial intelligence in different strata of the industry might reconfigure existing readership(s) market(s) and will ultimately force a radical realignement for the practitioners’ artistic ethos and contribute to the formation of new reader sensibilities. 

 During my talk, I would like to present two published book projects I did, that used different processes of automation, and a third one on the making. 

 The research for this talk was supported by the Onassis Digital Residency Program (Athens), the Kone Foundation (Helsinki) and the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles – soutien a la bande dessinee program (Brussels). 

Ilan Manouach is a conceptual comics artist. He currently pursues a PhD at Aalto University in Helsinki (adv. Craig Dworkin) where he examines how the comics industry is undergoing historic mutations in the midst of increasingly financialized, globalized technological affordances of the XXIst century. He is mostly known for being the creator of Shapereader, an embodied system of communication designed for blind and partially sighted readers/makers of comics. He is the founder of Applied Memetic, an organization that researches the political repercussions of generative and automated content in the comics industry and highlights the urgency for a new media-rich internet literacy and the director of Futures of Comics, an international research programme that proposes to map the social, economic, racial and gendered forces that shape the industry’s commercial, communication and production routines. He is equally the curator of the Conceptual Comics selection for Monoskop and Ubuweb, and the initiator of Topovoros, an hyper-local publishing initiative based in Athens. His work has been written about in Hyperallergic, e-flux, World Literature Today, Wired and Kenneth Goldsmith’s Wasting Time on the Internet. When not in stealth mode, he is an Onassis Digital Fellow and a Kone alumnus.

ilanmanouach.com artist website

shapereader.org official Shapereader website

futuresofcomics.org global research program on comics

appliedmemetic.com research and development of generative media

echochamber.be production backend office

topovoros.gr publishing initiative located in Athens

ubu.com/contemp/manouach/index.html artist page in Ubuweb

monoskop.org/ Conceptual_comics collection of conceptual comics.

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The 285th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 20, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

World War 3 Illustrated panel discussion: “The World We Are Fighting For.” 

World War 3 Illustrated is an annual comic book and graphics magazine. Founded in 1979, by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated was among the first American magazines to treat comics as a medium for serious social commentary and journalism. WW3 isn’t about a war that might happen. It’s about wars ongoing– wars across the globe and in our own neighborhood, the wars we wage against each other and with ourselves. For over 40 years, the magazine has been a labor of love, run by a volunteer collective of political activists and artists, both first-timers and established professionals. We’re based in New York City and provide a home for comics from around the world.

Editors Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman along with an array of contributors will discuss their latest edition, their history and the current events that drive the artists to create.  World War 3 Illustrated.

Seth Tobocman founded World War 3 Illustrated with Peter Kuper in 1979. His work has appeared in The New York TimesHeavy Metal, and many other magazines. He is author of a number of graphic books including War In The Neighborhood, Disaster and Resistance, and most recently, The Face of Struggle

Peter Kuper is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher living in NYC. His graphic novels include Ruins, Kafkaesque and most recently an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Sue Coe is an Artivist: animal liberation activist. Her books include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa and Dead Meat. Her exhibition It Can Happen Here is at the Galerie St. Etienne in NYC from September 15, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Mohammad Sabaaneh has been cartooning since 2002. His work has appeared in many Arabic newspapers such as Al-Etehad and Al-Akhbar Al-Lubnanieh. He is currently working at the Palestinian press, Al-Haya Al-Jadeja and is a Chevening scholar getting his master’s degree in illustration in UCA in the UK.

John Vasquez Mejias is an artist and public school art teacher. He creates comics, puppet shows and kite fights. He lives in the Bronx USA.

Elizabeth Haidle lives in Portland, Oregon and specializes in nonfiction comics. She is the art & editorial director at Illustoria magazine. Her illustrations have appeared in I, Parrot, The Girl Who Named Pluto, The Pipers, collaboratively illustrated with her brother, Paul du Coudray. Her illustrated tarot deck, Tarot for All Ages, will be published in Spring, 2021.

Colleen Tighe is a designer and cartoonist who mostly works in editorial illustration, apparel design and poster design. She draws inspiration from printmaking, magic, folk art and political poster design to create emotional, powerful and eye-catching illustrations and designs.

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The 284th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 13, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Keith Knight on Red, White, Black & Blue

Keith will be discussing how he discovered the power of the comic strip slideshow.

Keith Knight is an award-winning cartoonist and co-creator of the HULU series WOKE.  His work has graced the pages of the New Yorker, the Washington Post, MAD, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  He is currently performing a comic strip slideshow on America’s racial illiteracy.

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The 283rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 6, 2020 at 7pm. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

The Animated world of Peter Millard

A journey from where I started, the influences, key projects and my latest big work.

Peter Millard is a British person from the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire England. He has several independently made animated short films that have been screened and awarded at short film festivals all around the world which have included several retrospectives. Alongside his animation work, he has made several sculptures and sound pieces that have been exhibited in galleries internationally. 

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The Sept. 29, 2020 talk by Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva will be rescheduled in the spring of 2021.

Next event, animator Peter Millard on Oct. 6th, 2020 at 7pm ET.

The 281st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 22, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

The Surreal Mind of Jim Woodring.

The one and only Jim Woodring — creator of the anthropomorphic character Frank — discusses his new book, And Now, Sir… Is THIS Your Missing Gonad? He’ll delve into his creative process and the origins of these masterful, single-panel, surrealist gags. 

Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952. He taught himself to draw in order to express his view of the world. He wrote and drew the first Frank story in 1992. He has also created a body of autobiographical material (collected in the book Jim) and allegorical puzzle-pictures (Seeing Things). Jim’s work has garnered him numerous awards, including a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell) in 2006; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con; and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington State with his family and on jimwoodring.com.

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The 280th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 15, 2020 at 7pm. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Imin Yeh — Simple Magic: Constructed Experiences in Paper. 

An artist talk surveying recent projects that utilize paper, print, repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor, production, and stories that lie behind our many unconsidered everyday objects.

Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Recent exhibitions include university galleries at Ithaca College and the College of New Jersey, San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Imin has been an Artist in Residence at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India), and at Recology San Francisco. She is the recipient of a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Imin Yeh holds a MFA from the California College of Arts.  She is  currently an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art and is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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The 279th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 8,  2020 at 7pm. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Jenny Goldstick on Data Points are Story Points: Experiences in Information Design & Visual Storytelling Fields

 I will show my work in information design and how it has fueled interests in the how’s, when’s, and why’s of non-linear story structures in a variety of other media, including comics, film, games, and immersive experiences. I will share my observations from teaching and making these non-linear storytelling structures, and draw comparisons between real life and story theory.

Jenny Goldstick is a Brooklyn-based artist, narrative and infographics designer, and educator. She has exhibited at video game art gallery Babycastles, at the Wordplay interactive fiction festival in Toronto, and was an official nominee at IndieCade independent games festival in 2016. She is co-creator and an executive producer of Story Of/ workshop, an annual interdisciplinary hackathon-style event that prioritizes visual story concept over technique and media for a weekend-long prototyping session. She has consulted with and created graphics for a wide range of clients, including science textbook publishers, Major League Baseball, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Office of the NYC Mayor.

She holds a BFA in Communication Design from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA in Visual Narrative from School of Visual Arts.

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The 278th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 1, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public. Now on YouTube.

Simon Hanselmann: From Mini-Comic to Mass Market.

Join New York Times bestselling cartoonist Simon Hanselmann for a discussion of self-publishing zines, collecting comics for the mass market, and his new book, Seeds and Stems.

Simon Hanselmann was born in 1981 in Launceston, Tasmania. His New York Times best-selling Megg, Mogg, and Owl series has been translated into thirteen languages, nominated for multiple Ignatz and Eisner awards, and won “Best Series” at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2018. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and a rotating cast of small animals.

Seeds and Stems is available through the Strand bookstore in NYC. https://www.strandbooks.com/product/9781683963097?title=seeds_and_stems

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The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will resume on Sept. 1st, 2020.

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