The 348th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 at 7pm EST. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Heather Faye Kahn on the versatility & ubiquity of cartoon characters

Since at least the post-modernist 80s, “low brow” & “high brow” symbols have become increasingly interchangeable. Cartoon characters, for example, travel freely between class, social identities, spatial dimensions, & time. Because cartoon characters usually possess expressive faces & bodies similar to ours, they are relatable in a way other symbols are not. What does it feel like to be a cartoon character who can move freely between these dimensions? How do we determine the difference between fine art & an illustration when the symbols being used are the same?

Faye Kahn is based in New York. From 2011-2017 she hosted a weekly music show on WFMU, an independent radio station located in Jersey City, NJ. During this time she also created 2 risograph comic books, one self published & one published by Perfectly Acceptable Press, & made countless animated gifs & illustrations for her Tumblr “Yex.” She still occasionally makes appearances on WFMU.