The 330th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  March 22, 2022 at 7pm EST. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Dan Zettwoch: Cutaway Comics and other Schematic Devices

Symbolic pictorial gadgets are deeply wired into the circuitry of cartooning, from the speech bubble to the arcing sweat droplet. In this revealing chat we’ll examine the use of larger, system-wide structures for diagramming the world hidden inside the panels of a comic. Zettwoch will zoom through a semi-historical overview of scientific visual vernacular, from ancient petroglyphs to Popular Mechanics and beyond, landing on usage in his own practice. Focus will be one one particular contraption: the cutaway rendering. No need to bring your X-Ray specs.

Dan Zettwoch is a cartoonist, information designer and printmaker born in Louisville, Kentucky now living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to many self-published zines and handcrafted mini-comics, his books include BIRDSEYE BRISTOE (Drawn & Quarterly), AMAZING FACTS & BEYOND (Uncivilized Books), and Science Comics: CARS: ENGINES THAT MOVE YOU (First Second). His goofball illustrations and jam-packed diagrams have also been seen in the Missouri History Museum, the State Capitol Museum, and in homemade screenprints commemorating local birds, baseball and strange foods.