The 210th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  March 6, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Eleanor Davis – Why Art? 

It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis lives in Athens, GA, with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. Her previous books include How To Be Happy and You and a Bike and a Road. In 2009 she received the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner in 2013. You can check out her work at, and buy her mini-comics at

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