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, 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.

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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.

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Next meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2015 at 7pm.

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Celebrated Speech of the Earl of Abingdon, in the House of Lords, on Tuesday, December 2, 1783

The 124th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, room A510 (Klein Conference Room), New York City. Free and open to the public. Please note the new venue for this event!

The Eternal Question: What’s Funny About This?! The Eternal Answer from Arnold Roth.

Arnold Roth will present a profusely illustrated talk with a selection of his works through the decades, from the philosophical to the filthy.

Arnold Roth is an award-winning cartoonist based in New York City. His cartoons have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, TIME, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Punch, the New York Times, and many, many more. Since 2011 Arnold Roth posts on his weekly blog

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The 123rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 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.

Lale Westvind: Shake A Line! Images of Motion.
Lale Westvind will screen several of her hand drawn animations as well as segments from a new work in progress titled Cunt Eyes. Following the screening there will be a talk and slideshow describing influences, process, function of animation as inner space and the expression of kinetic energy in static and moving images.
Drawing movement has always been a fascination and a goal of Lale Westvind’s work, motion being the life force or energy of the physical space. This lecture will highlight the visual vocabulary created as a means to that end.
Lale Westvind was born in 1987 in New York City. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working in animation, comics and painting. She has self-published over a dozen comic books and two anthologies. A segment of her series Hyperspeed to Nowhere was featured in the 2014 issue of Best American Comics and her self-published comic Hot Dog Beach #2 won an Ignatz Award in 2012. She teaches animation at Parsons.

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A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 6pm at The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave., room L104 (lower level). Free and open to the public. Please note new location and time.

Hip Hop and Comics: A Conversation
For a Free Comic Book Day program, we’re bringing together a group that includes some of NYC’s finest Hip-Hop trailblazers and noted cartoonist Ed Piskor (creator of Fantagraphics Books’ best-selling Hip-Hop Family Tree series) to discuss Hip-Hop & comics’ parallel evolutions in New York city, the artistic influences that flow back and forth between the two, and more related topics, accompanied by a visual presentation illustrating the conversation.


Ed Piskor is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Hip-Hop Family Tree series from Fantagraphics (serialized online at boingboing). He also created the comic Wizzywig, and collaborated with the legendary Havey Pekar on The Beats: A Graphic History, Macedoina and American Splendor: Our Movie Year.

Eric Orr is the creator of “Rappin’ Max Robot”, the first-ever Hip-Hop comic book.  A graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator, with a 40+ year involvement in Hip-Hop culture, Orr’s work has been exhibited and published around the world.  In 1984, he became Keith Haring’s only collaborator on installations in the NYC subway system.

Jazzy Jay is a DJ and producer whose career began in the ’70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. A true originator, Jay worked alongside many of rap music’s most iconic musicians on seminal records by the Jazzy Five and T La Rock, and many others; and been featured in films including Beat Street and Scratch.

DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado is best known for his work as producer and DJ for artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC, but that only scratches the surface of the man’s CV – he’s an award-winning composer and turntablist, engineer, musician, b-boy, graf writer, MC, educator, and all-around Hip-Hop legend.

Moderated by Patrick A. Reed. Reed curates and moderates panels on Hip-Hop and comics at conventions and festivals around the country, writes for ComicsAlliance and other publications, founded and edits Depth Of Field Magazine, and is an accomplished DJ and sound designer.


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