The 267th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 18, 2020 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Stepan Shmytinsky on the Russian comic-book industry.

A survey of Russian comics from ancient lubok and Soviet caricatures to today. The appearance of Russian superheroes and political magazines.  Is the comic book industry important in Russia, and which comic books are prohibited?  How many Russian comic-book artists are working for the U.S. industry?  All of that and more, including some gossip and funny stories from an industry insider.

 Stepan Shmytinsky has been working in the comic-book industry in Russia for nine years. Back in 2011, he witnessed the very beginnings of the Russian “Bronze Age” of comics. After working for a few years with mainstream titles like TMNT, Deadpool, and Adventure Time, in Komilfo, the biggest Russian publishing house that focuses exclusively on comic books, Stepan resigned to become one of the founders of the first Russian indie-comic book PH, ComFederation. It features a catalogue composed of rare foreign titles and Russian talents. 

Stepan also takes part in organizing the largest comic-book conventions and festivals in Russia. Starting in 2019 Stepan became an acquisition editor of the comic book branch of EKSMO, the largest Russian publishing company. However, he continues to be the heart and soul of ComFederation, now bringing major titles alongside alternative gems to the Russian comic-book market.

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Ninja Turtles and the Russian Bear, c. 1990