The 189th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Aug. 29, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Andre and Ed Krayewski on Creating Your Own Reality in the Age of Trump

In May 2015, 81-year-old graphic artist Andre Krayewski and his son Ed, 29, launched a monthly comics magazine, FKT, which chronicles their comics-creating and also features the comics they create. The reality constructed in the comics doesn’t track with our own, but influences the process of making the comics themselves. In the age of Trump, being part of the “reality-based community” is optional.

Andre Krayewski started his studies at the fine art academy in Wroclaw in 1952, but was quickly thrown out for wearing multi-colored socks, boogie woogie, and comics. This was all, because of the Stalinist control of academia, unacceptable. Later, he returned to the same school, but was thrown out again, for the same things. After some time, he moved to Warsaw, where the Stalinist rules were not so strictly enforced, and finished his studies in poster art under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. For the last seven decades, he has been working as a graphic artist, poster designer, and artist painter. Andre was six years old when World War II started and lived under both Nazi and Soviet occupation. He liked the war because he didn’t have to go to school. He moved to the America in 1985 with his wife, Yagoda. They had two sons, both born in New York, New York. In 2009, he finished his first book, Skyliner, which with his son Ed he adapted into comic-book form. The two have been working on comics ever since. He has made Newark, a good fit, his home since 1986.

Ed Krayewski writes for Reason magazine as well as comics with his father, Andre. He teaches journalism at Seton Hall University, where he completed his bachelors and masters in diplomacy. He also holds a masters in journalism from Columbia University. He taught seventh grade language arts and social studies in Newark, N.J for two years, and has also worked at NBC and Fox News. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, and cat.


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Aug. 29 – Andre and Ed Krayewski on FKT Comics
Sept. 5 – Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics
Sept. 12 – David Leopold on Al Hirschfeld’s book illustration
Sept. 19 – Martin Wilner on his work
Sept. 26 – Katie Fricas, cartoonist
Oct. 3 -Sue Coe on her recent work.
Oct. 10 – Kurt Ankeny, cartoonist
Oct. 17 – Craig Gropper on William Gropper.
Oct. 24 – Michael Hearn on Russian Constructivist Children’s Books.
Oct. 31 – Maya Edelman – animator
Nov. 7 – Ethan Persoff – cartoonist, archivist, and sound artist
Nov. 14 – Mark Newgarden and Paul Karisik on How to Read Nancy.
Nov. 28 – Bob Grossman – illustrator and cartoonist
Dec. 5 – Elizabeth C. Denlinger on Frankenstein
Dec. 12 – Stephen Norris on Borris Efimov, russian cartoonist

The 188th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  May 9, 2017 at 7pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, room 510. Free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: THIS WEEK’S EVENT TAKES PLACE ON 12TH STREET!

Randall Enos: A Life on the Slanted Board.
Randall Enos talks about his 60 year career of explorations into new directions for comic art.

Known for his unique linocut illustrations, Randall Enos has been drawing funny pitchers fer the peeple for 60 years. His work has generally been lurking in the pages of practically every magazine and lots of newspapers in America but forays into the land of comic strips, animation and children’s books have also been noticed.
He lives on his horse farm in Connecticut with his wife of 60 years (who is starting to get on his nerves).


The 187th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  May 2, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Anna O’Meara –
Ja ja ja!: Isidore Isou on destroying words and pictures for their realization

The cinema is where words meet moving images in a continuum. Films seamlessly merge music, dialogue, narrative, and images. In 1951, Isidore Isou made a violent attempt to break film’s seamless continuum in Treatise on Drool and Eternity. An inspiration to filmmakers like Stan Brakage and Guy Debord, Isou’s film manifesto was a precursor to both American and French avant-garde art and politics. After working on a new translation of Isou’s film for Annex Press, I will discuss Isou’s methods in breaking traditional art forms in order to create new aesthetic and ideological standards. This discussion will use texts by Isou, many of which are untranslated, that wrestle with the creation of new forms through the deconstruction and reconstruction – through the merging and breaking – of the relationship between text and image in film.

Anna O’Meara is a French to English translator and historian based in Albany, NY. Her translations include a forthcoming publication with Annex Press of Isidore Isou’s Treatise on Drool and Eternity in partnership with translators Ian Thompson of Brisbane, Australia and Nadège LeJeune of Paris, France. She has also translated The Works of Arthur Cravan, which has appeared in Maintenant by Three Rooms Press. O’Meara received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 for which she wrote The Marxist Critique of Religion in the Films of Guy Debord. Currently, she serves as a Research Assistant to the New York State Historian, Devin Lander. O’Meara has conducted branding research and website development for a New York City production firm, Archivist Media, as well as exhibit development research for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Previously, she served as the Director of Outreach & Development for the Museum Association of New York, and the Assistant Administrator of the Albany County Historical Association.


A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday,  April 26, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note: This is a Wednesday night event.

The Art of Political Cartooning in Palestine
Mohammad will discuss his craft, including his production methods and artistic choices, and his artistic influences and how he navigates the challenges of editorial cartooning in Palestine. He will discuss, accompanied by slides of his work, his own development as an artist and cartoonist – from how he started out, to how his techniques and style evolved over time.

Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist based in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and has published his work in many other newspapers around the Arab World. He is a member of the International Cartoon Movement, as well as the VJ Movement connecting visual journalists across the globe. Sabaaneh’s work has been displayed in numerous collections and fairs in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. He won third place in the Arab Caricature Contest in 2013.


The 186th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 25, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Patricia Mainardi: Popular Prints to Comics

While popular prints had existed all over Europe for centuries, in the nineteenth-century they evolved into several new genres, including comic strips, children’s literature, and advertising. Subjects for their earliest rural semi-literate audiences were limited to religion, rulers, crimes and disasters, and homilies, but with advances in printing technology, they began to appeal to an urban and eventually an international audience. These new audiences preferred multi-paneled sheets that abandoned the old verities and instead depicted the whimsical situations typical of modern popular culture in both comic strips and in advertising. This presentation will review the development of popular prints from the earliest examples to comic strips and superheroes.

Patricia Mainardi is an art historian specializing in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her book Another World: Nineteenth-Century European Print Culture was recently published by Yale University Press and discusses the explosion of printed imagery in books, newspapers, comics, and single-sheet images. Previous books include Art and Politics of the Second Empire (Yale University Press, 1987), which was awarded the College Art Association Distinguished Book Award, The End of the Salon (Cambridge University Press, 1983), and Husbands, Wives, and Lovers (Yale University Press, 2003), as well as numerous articles and museum catalogues. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Gallery of Art and the French Institut national de l’histoire de l’art, and was appointed chevalier (knight) in the Ordre des palmes academiques by the French government. This year she received the College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award. She is professor emeritus in the Doctoral Program in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


The 185th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 18, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Kent Worcester on Ten Great English Cartoonists You’ve Never Heard Of.
Two years ago Kent Worcester gave a talk on ten great – or at least very good – obscure leftist cartoonists. He returns to the Symposium to present an illustrated lecture on ten witty and engaging English newspaper and magazine cartoonists whose work has been largely or entirely overlooked on this side of the pond.

Kent Worcester 
is the editor or coeditor of six books on comics and cartoons, including The Comics Studies Reader (2008), The Superhero Reader‘(2013), and, most recently, Silent Agitators: Cartoon Art from the Pages of New Politics (2016). He is a professor of Political Science at Marymount Manhattan College.
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