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.