The 237th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 19, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

John McMillian on Smoking Typewriters: The Ideas and Images of the Sixties Underground Press. 

 Drawing from over a decade of research, McMillian will discuss how underground newspapers contributed to the growth, organization, and the decline of the late-1960s American new left; he will also discuss the legacy of the underground press, and its implications for alternative journalism today

John McMillian is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta. His most recent book, Beatles Vs Stones, has been translated into eight languages. Currently, he is on a Provost’s Fellowship to support his next book, which will be on crime, policing, and the crime debate in New York City since the 1960s. 

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The 236th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 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.

Susan Leopold on the art of the miniature, narrative constructs and the duplicitous nature of architectural perspective.

Susan Leopold will discuss her most recent diorama box sculptures and the narrative construct addressing how urban spaces often have multi-purpose uses and act as gathering points for the human experience. Her own artworks will be shown along with other works that have inspired her process. She will discuss how narrative is established in these sculptures, the psychological implications of working small scale and how she manages to create these complex illusionistic spaces within the confines of a small box. 

Susan Leopold is a sculptor and installation artist living in NYC whose career spans nearly 35 years. She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, and was represented by John Weber Gallery for many years. Leopold’s artwork has been featured on the cover of Art Forum, reviewed in the New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtNews, and numerous other art publications. Leopold is a recipient of the 1989-1990 Indo-American Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship to India, New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently was recently commissioned to create work for Planet Word a new museum opening this spring in Washington DC. Selected exhibitions include The Whitney Museum of American, Mass MOCA-KidSpace, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, and The Hudson River Museum. Her works are in many private and public collections including The Butler Institute of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Leopold holds a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunication Program in the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Leopold teaches at Parsons School of Design and Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

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The 235th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 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.

Sophie Koko Gate on Pixelated Mates (and where to find them).

Sophie Koko Gate is an animation director from London whose films all come from a particular environment and set of characters that change and grow along side her. She will show her most recent film Slug Life (2018) which examines the relationship between one woman and her giant mollusc lover, and talk about the origins of the ideas within the film. Sophie will also show some of the processes behind her character driven story telling and talk about the ups and downs of independent film making. 

Sophie Koko Gate studied animation at the Royal College of Art in London, from where she graduated with her film Half Wet (2014). Half Wet screened in festivals worldwide including SXSW, BFI, AFI and the Tate Modern. She has made short films for Adult Swim, MTV, Harvard University and most recently the BBC with her new film Slug Life. She directs and produces animations from her studio in East London and is also a visiting animation lecturer at Goldsmiths and Central St Martins in London.

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CANCELED! WILL BE RESCHEDULED. The 234th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  January 29, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Robert Andrew Parker on his career in illustration.

Parker will show and discuss his illustration work over the years at Fortune, Sports Illustrated,  the New Yorker and countless other magazines.

Robert Andrew Parker is a legendary American artist, illustrator and printmaker. He has produced set designs for operas and films, illustrations for over 40 children’s books and many magazine illustrations and covers during the course of his career. “Robert Andrew Parker is one of the most accurate and at the same time most unliteral of painters,” the poet Marianne Moore wrote of him. “He combines the mystical and the actual, working both in an abstract and a realistic way.” Born in Norfolk, VA in 1927, he went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago during the late 1950s. After finishing school, he was recruited to play the role of Vincent van Gogh’s hands in the 1956 MGM film Lust for Life, though his hands never ended up in the finished film, he was able to live lavishly in the South of France during the production. In 1970, the artist began one of his best-known series of works. Based on the World War II-era poems of Keith Douglas, the suite of watercolors portray both the wistful days of a British solider on holiday and the bleak reality of his time fighting in the battlefields of Egypt. His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

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The 233rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  January 22, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

James Sturm: Notes On An Off Season
Cartoonist James Sturm will read excerpts from his new graphic novel Off Season, a love story about a marriage hanging on by a thread against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections. James’ presentation will also touch upon the drawing of dogs, crooked contractors, LSD, and 4 x 6 index cards.

James Sturm‘s graphic novels include The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day, and James Sturm’s America. Other books include Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, The Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, Denys Wortman’s New York, and the popular Adventures in Cartooning series. James is also the editor of a series of biographical graphic novels published by Disney/Hyperion. James’ comics, writing, and illustrations have appeared in scores of national and regional publications including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Onion, The New York Times, and on the cover of The New Yorker. He is also a regular contributor to Slate and is a co-founder of the Seattle newspaper, The Stranger. James is the recipient of several Eisner and other industry awards and a two-time MacDowell Fellow. James Sturm lives in Vermont, where he is the director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, a college for cartoonists.

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The 232nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 11, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Peter Maresca on Before They Were Greats: The early comics of E. C. Segar, Frank King, and Rube Goldberg

Drawing from his three most recent books, Peter Maresca presents a detailed look at the younger days of these three masters of American cartooning, with the work that led up to Popeye, Gasoline Alley, and Boob McNutt and those Incredible Inventions. Included are dozens of early 20th-century examples by these Icons of the comics, much of which has never been reprinted before.

Peter Maresca is founder and editor at Sunday Press. For nearly forty years he has contributed to scores of books and magazines in the U.S. and Europe. His work at Sunday Press has received three Will Eisner awards and fifteen nominations.

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