The seventy-sixth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: Events this semester will take place on Tuesday evenings.
Presentation: Jennifer George and Charles Kochman on The Art of Rube Goldberg. Not many of us make it into the dictionary as an adjective. But then again, Rube Goldberg was no ordinary noun. He was a cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and in a 72-year career he wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons which were syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. In The Art of Rube Goldberg (Abrams ComicArts) author Jennifer George celebrates all aspects of her grandfather’s life by showcasing more than seven hundred illustrations, alongside an introduction by bestselling author Adam Gopnik and other essayists, providing a definitive look at this quintessential American cartoonist.
Jennifer George is the granddaughter of Rube Goldberg. She is a writer and a jewelry and clothing designer. For almost twenty years her label was carried at Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and dozens of other specialty stores across the U.S. She lives in New York City.
Charles Kochman is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts, and editor of the #1 bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Kochman has edited several hundred books for all age groups. Prior to Abrams, Kochman was the first editor of licensed publishing at DC Comics and MAD magazine.