The 245th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Kelsey Wroten on The Queer Tortured Genius.
Kelsey Wroten’s debut graphic novel, Cannonball, explores the fears and anxieties of young adulthood through the lens of Caroline Bertram, aspiring writer, art school graduate, near-alcoholic and self-proclaimed tortured genius. Throughout the novel Caroline labors over what it means to be “successful” in her post-college career, as she absorbs everyone’s opinion accept her own self-worth. Wroten will discuss the freedom and challenges of being a queer comic artist in the age of Instagram and other social media platforms that inform, instigate, and at times sadly yet comically disrupt many of her day-to-day endeavors. Wroten will also investigate the way in which the medium of comics helps to create fully-fleshed out queer characters in a culture that frequently tries to tokenize them. The Q & A will be moderated by Bryce Gold of  Pyrite Press.

Kelsey Wroten works as a freelance illustrator and comics artist. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, NPR, and many more. She’s a Kansas City native living in Brooklyn, NY.

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The 244th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Is The American Bystander “The Last Great Print Humor Magazine”?

Editor & Publisher Michael Gerber and a panel of contributing cartoonists and writers —Stephen Kroninger, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross and Steve Young —discuss The American Bystander and its place in the tradition of print humor magazines in the US and internationally.

Michael Gerber has been called “the world’s only expert on print humor magazines,” and launched The American Bystander in October 2015. After beginning his career as a magazine consultant for places like SPY and The National Lampoon, he spent the Nineties writing humor for every major American venue, from The New Yorker to NPR to Saturday Night Live. In 2002, he stared down Warner Bros to publish the first Harry Potter parody, Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody; this book became one of the biggest-selling parodies in history, causing J.K. Rowling to sprinkle shout-outs throughout her series. While an undergraduate, Gerber restarted The Yale Record, America’s oldest humor magazine; since then, he has assisted student humor magazines at universities throughout the US and Great Britain.

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This event has been rescheduled for Aug 27, 2019 at 7pm.

 

The 242nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 2, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Guy Lawley on Comics, color and “Ben Day dots.”

Roy Lichtenstein’s success story began when he painted enlarged versions of comic book images in the 1960s, including their colored dots —which he famously called “Ben Day dots.” Scholars of both Lichtenstein and comics have previously failed to discover how and why the comics’ original colors and dots were created. Beyond color, the dots also have a surprising part to play in the wider history of the medium. I will share my own new research, with vivid examples from the newspaper strips of the 1890s to the 1930s—when comic books abandoned genuine Ben Day dots for faster cheaper methods—and onward. The successors to Ben Day are equally fascinating and just as beautiful, creating from the necessities of cheap printing an accidental aesthetic—one which has endured long after the dots themselves faded out in the 1980s.

Guy Lawley is researching this subject for a PhD at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, with supervisors Roger Sabin and Ian Horton.

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The 241st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Bill Griffith on “The Real ‘Zippy’: Finding Schlitzie the Pinhead”

Join comics legend Bill Griffith as he discusses the making of his newest, deeply researched graphic novel, Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead, out from Abrams ComicArts this March.

Bill Griffith is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy and the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the Village VoiceNational Lampoon, and the New Yorker. According to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Griffith is credited with coining the phrase “Are we having fun yet?” He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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The 240th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Julian Glander: MAKING COMICS IN THE FUTURE
Julian Glander will present some of his 3D comic strips and share some of the top-secret techniques behind them.

Julian Glander lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, his work has been featured on Disney, MTV, Adult Swim, and The New York Times. He received the Art Directors Club (ADC) “Young Guns” Award in 2015. In 2016, his animated short film debuted at South by Southwest and GLAS Animation Festival.

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The 239th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  March 5, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

MEMORIES OF ME:  Creating the Autobiographical Graphic Novel

Graphic novelists working in the autobiography/memoir subgenre are regularly asked: “Did these traumatic things really happen to you? And if they did, why did you choose to reveal such personal information?” Tonight, using Will Eisner’s autobiographical work, such as To The Heart of the Storm and The Dreamer, as a touchstone, JENNFIER HAYDEN (The Story of My Tits), PETER KUPER (Stop Forgetting to Remember), and SARA WOOLEY (Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez) join moderator DANNY FINGEROTH (author of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE) to discuss the challenges and rewards of doing such personal work.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

JENNIFER HAYDEN is the Eisner-nominated author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a graphic memoir about her life and her experience with breast cancer. Her first book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in The Best American Comics of 2013. She is currently working on a graphic anti-cookbook for Top Shelf/IDW called Where There’s Smoke There’s Dinner. You can find her online at http://www.jenniferhayden.com.

PETER KUPER’s cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, the Nation, The Nib and MAD. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and has produced over two dozen books including Ruins which won a 2016 Eisner award and most recently, Kafkaesque. He has taught comics courses at SVA, Parsons and Harvard University.

SARA GOMEZ WOOLEY is an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on projects for clients including DC comics, Image comics, Scholastic, Random House, and Parallax Press. Sara’s ongoing personal project, a fictionalized graphic memoir (written collaboratively with her mother and art partner Leila Gómez Woolley), Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, was singled out for award by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Sara is current Illustration faculty for the Communications Design Department at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR:

DANNY FINGEROTH, chair of Will Eisner Week, was a longtime editor and writer at Marvel Comics and was director of education at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA). He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE, due from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in 2019.

ABOUT WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER (1917-2005) grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “golden age” of comics of the 1930s and ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Mike Ploog and others. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself—and the medium—with his graphic novel, A Contract with God. Other notable graphic novels include To The Heart of the Storm, A Life Force, Last Day In Vietnam, Fagin The Jew, and The Plot. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the Comics Industry, are presented every July at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s largest comics conventions.

WILL EISNER WEEK is a worldwide series of events held each March, with events focusing on graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the incredible legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative and influential figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. Will Eisner Week’s central theme, “Read a Graphic Novel!” continues to be the underlying message for all the events. Will Eisner Week events are presented in universities, colleges, art schools, libraries, museums, bookstores, and comic book shops in the weeks around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday.

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