The 258th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Nov. 12, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Kim Deitch on Reincarnation Stories

Are great artists born, or made? Of are they simply the same artistically-gifted souls recycled endlessly through multiple incarnations and parallel universes? Lauded underground cartoonist Kim Deitch discusses the mysteries of past lives and the alchemical storytelling process by which great comics are created in this presentation of his latest work of autobiographical fiction, Reincarnation Stories

Kim Deitch has a reserved place at the first table of underground cartoonists. He got his start doing comic strips for the East Village Other in 1967 and in 1969 he succeeded Vaughn Bodé as editor of Gothic Blimp Works, the Other’s underground comics tabloid. His Boulevard of Broken Dreams was named one of Time’s “100 Best Graphic Novels Ever Written” and he has been awarded an Eisner and an Inkpot Award. Over the past three decades he’s created such classics as Alias the Cat, and The Search for Smilin’ Ed.  His latest graphic novel is Reincarnation Stories (Fantagraphics 2019). Deitch remains a true cartoonists’ cartoonist, adored by his peers as much as anyone in the history of the medium.