The 129th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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.
Joyce Farmer will talk about her career in Underground Comics and digress to whatever subjects interest the audience. Suggested topics might be:
DRAWING COMICS the old-fashioned way: paper, pencil, pen, ink, color. How to put ideas down on paper, the joy of pen nibs, pencils, finding the best paper that will survive drastic erasures and still look good. The avoidance of talking heads. Pacing a story to fit the available space. The use of editorial advice. The satisfaction of having a real drawing which one can sell, or even just pin on a wall.
WOMEN’S BODY IMAGES IN COMICS: the super-hero babe vs. a semblance of realism. The discrepancy of growing up with a normal body in a Playboy Magazine world. Breasts, large, small, uneven, non-existent.
SEX IN COMICS: the real deal vs. the hallucinations.
INFLUENCES IN MY WORK: reading the classics, breathing ancient Greece and Rome. Life experiences, real and imagined. Colleagues who “get it” and many who don’t. I love to read obituaries, they broaden my view, all the unknown people who have done something with their lives….
WHY WE DRAW: what’s the point? Is it enough to draw because we love it? Because we need the money? Because we want to bring about change in the world?
CARTOONISTS IN HIDING: we are a reclusive lot, in general. Do we have any positive influence in our culture or are we just a bunch of iconoclastic jerks?
Joyce Farmer studied art and clasical languages at the University of California, Irvine and went on to become one of the first women underground comics creators with Tits and Clits Comix (1972-1987). She was also a frequent contributor to Wimmen’s Comix (1975-1979). In 2010 she produced the graphic memoir Special Exits, published by Fantagraphics Books. While not cartooning, she worked as a bail bond agent. She has lectured at universities and comics festivals and appeared in the documentary on women cartoonists, She Writes Comics (2014).