The 244th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Is The American Bystander “The Last Great Print Humor Magazine”?

Editor & Publisher Michael Gerber and a panel of contributing cartoonists and writers —Stephen Kroninger, Emily Flake, Drew Friedman, Sam Gross and Steve Young —discuss The American Bystander and its place in the tradition of print humor magazines in the US and internationally.

Michael Gerber has been called “the world’s only expert on print humor magazines,” and launched The American Bystander in October 2015. After beginning his career as a magazine consultant for places like SPY and The National Lampoon, he spent the Nineties writing humor for every major American venue, from The New Yorker to NPR to Saturday Night Live. In 2002, he stared down Warner Bros to publish the first Harry Potter parody, Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody; this book became one of the biggest-selling parodies in history, causing J.K. Rowling to sprinkle shout-outs throughout her series. While an undergraduate, Gerber restarted The Yale Record, America’s oldest humor magazine; since then, he has assisted student humor magazines at universities throughout the US and Great Britain.

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