The ninety-third meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7 pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey. Free and open to the public.
Presentations by Sophia Wiedeman and Anna Raff. Moderator: Kriota Willberg
Presenter 1: Sophia Wiedeman
Sophia Wiedeman, The Lettuce Girl, and Fairy Tale Comics
Sophia Wiedeman is a comic book artist and illustrator living and working in New York City. She received her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts. Her work has been published in Time Out New York, The L Magazine, TopShelf 2.0, gURL.com and The Daily Crosshatch. Her comics have also been featured in various anthologies, including Suspect Device 4, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. In 2008 Sophia was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her graphic novel, The Deformitory. She has also the author of The Lettuce Girl. sophiadraws.com
Sophia will discuss her work and writing process, her most recent mini comic series, The Lettuce Girl, and the complicating issues of writing fairy tales and comics that are not necessarily for children.
Presenter 2: Anna Raff
Bluffing, Blogging, and Books
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of books for children, including World Rat Day by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. She is currently at work on several book projects including Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper, to be published by Candlewick Press in 2016. Her illustrations have appeared in American Illustration, 3×3, “The Original Art Show” (Society of Illustrators), The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Kiwi Magazine, among others; on TV on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and MTV’s “Woodie Awards.” In 2010, she created Ornithoblogical, a blog of bird-related imagery. Anna is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts Illustration Summer Residency Program. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City. annaraff.com
Ten years ago, Anna quit her job as a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to pursue a career in illustration. In this talk, she will discuss her roundabout path to her first book contract.