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The 218th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  May 8, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue . Free and open to the public.

Matthew Thurber on “The Hallucination of the Art World”

Matthew Thurber will speak about his forthcoming book from Drawn and Quarterly, Art Comic. This graphic novel is a paranoiac-critical examination of the art world seen through the eyes of four graduates of The Cooper Union. As each student attempts to reconcile their ideals with the realities of capitalism, love, alien invasion, anarchist pigs, and sex robots, they find themselves careening toward madness, extremism, death, or becoming Matthew Barney’s stunt double.

Matthew Thurber’s unpredictable practice has included: Mining the Moon, full length musical playA novel posing as an interactive handwriting analysis project; A week of movies made in one day each; an olfactory performance, dressed as a giant nose; a mosaic labyrinth installed in an elementary school; Terpinwoe, choreographed noise dance about a carrot-based economy; innumerable illustrations and drawings; a longstanding engagement with the narrative scroll, as well as other pre-cinematic devices. In collaboration with Brian Belott he has performed at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Abrons Art Center, and in an eyeglass store. He co-founded Tomato House, an art gallery in operation from 2012-2015, with Rebecca Bird. Finally he is the author of 1-800-MICE, INFOMANIACS, and Art Comic. 

Thurber currently resides in Catskill, NY where he is working on animation.

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The 217th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  May 1, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Frederick Luis Aldama on Latinx Comics: Geometric Storytelling, Production, and Consumption
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Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of US Latinx comics as explored in and through pop culture. He explores how Latinx created comics vitally complicate and enrich our understanding of Latinx identity and experience and powerfully add to and actively shape the history of comics.  Along the way Aldama presents a dynamic model for understanding Latinx subjects as active transformers of the world we live in today.

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. He teaches courses on Latino comics, film, and other cultural phenomena. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over thirty books. He is founder and director of the White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment Research) as well as recipient of the Ohio Education Summit Award and American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. In 2017, Aldama was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching. He was recently inducted into the Society of Cartoon Arts.

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A special event of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday,  April 25, 2018 at 7pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Room A 407.  Free and open to the public.
 The Animated Life – Films by Jeff Scher
Scher will present an assortment of his short films and talk about his process, techniques and opportunities for the independent animator.
Jeff Scher is an independent, experimental animator, painter and filmmaker. His work has appeared in the New York Times, on HBO, Showtime, PBS, NBC, The New Yorker (tv), Nickelodeon and  is in the permanent collections of The Museum Of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Academy Film Archives, The Harvard Film Archives, The Filmarchive Austria and the Cinematheque Francaise. His films have appeared at many film festivals including opening night at The New York Film Festival. He’s had retrospectives at the Ottawa International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. He has made many music videos for artists including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Joan Baez. He recently made animation for the HBO documentary The Number On Great Grandfather’s Arm which premiered in January and is running through the end of April at the Museum Of Jewish Heritage along with an exhibit of some 400 of the drawings made for the film.
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The 216th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 24, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Kevin Patrick on The Phantom Unmasked
The Phantom, created by Lee Falk in 1936, is the forerunner of the American comic-book superhero. Ironically, he has always enjoyed greater acclaim abroad,  especially in Australia, Sweden, and India, where The Phantom has been adopted and reinvented as a “homegrown hero”. Kevin Patrick, author of The Phantom Unmasked (2017), reveals the transnational history of America’s first superhero, and reappraises the cultural flow of American popular culture.

Kevin Patrick is an Australian academic, who currently teaches media and communication studies at Fordham University (New York). A former communications policy researcher, freelance journalist, and magazine editor, Kevin has a longstanding interest in Australian comics, and other forms of popular print culture. He received his doctorate from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) in 2014, and is the author of The Phantom Unmasked: America’s First Superhero (University of Iowa Press, 2017).

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Australian edition of The Phantom comic-book, 1970s.

 

The 215th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 17, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Cento Lodigiani on Motion to the essence and the importance of authorship.

Cento Lodigiani is a motion artist/ animation director based in NY city. In the last decade, he has worked across several mediums in the animation industry (and independently) creating work for advertising, branded content, music videos, broadcast, and short films. He finds inspiration in every day life, the city he lives in, music, films, traditional animation, Saul Bass, Richard Williams and the almighty Internet.

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The 214th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 10, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Ye Zhen the Singapore Por Kai Zai: Is he the bastard son of Charlie Chan Hock Chye?

A conversation between Singapore comic critic, Lim Cheng Tju and comic artist, Ye Zhen

The three Eisner wins of Sonny Liew for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye have shined a spotlight on Singapore comics and the Singapore comic auteur. But is Sonny Liew the end all and be all of Singapore comics? What is Singapore comics and what are its characteristics – historical and political fiction done in a post-modernist way?

This conversation between Singapore comic critic, Lim Cheng Tju and comic artist, Ye Zhen, presents a different take on the above questions. Ye Zhen, a sequential art graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been quietly producing his Singapore Hip-Hop Horror Comics series for the last 10 years. So far, 10 volumes are out (the latest being the outrageous Singapore Por Kai Zai) with hardly any media attention or public adoration. He is consistently ignored and is an example of outside art in Singapore. But that might change as Ye Zhen has been featured in the last two Singapore Writers Festival, thanks to the intervention by his friend, Lim Cheng Tju. Come and listen to Cheng Tju and Ye Zhen before the latter becomes the big hip hop star he deserves to be.

LIM  Cheng  Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and also the co-editor of Liquid City 2, an anthology of Southeast Asian comics published by Image Comics. He is one of the authors of The University Socialist Club and The Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (Amsterdam University Press/National University of Singapore Press). He recently wrote a comic book, Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy. 

Ye Zhen
My name is Ye Zhen and I am a self-published comic artist since 2006, (11 years now).
I’ve drawn and self-published 10 volumes of my comic book series Singapore Hip-Hop
Horror Comics at the moment and am still ongoing with the series. I started out in the
local horror comic genre and am experimenting with action, thriller, sci-fi, wuxia and
any other fascinating stuff. My websites are :-
http://bractulunatis.deviantart.com  and
http://www.theflamingoracle.blogspot.com

 

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The 213th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 3, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Keren Katz on The Academic Hour.

The Academic Hour, charts the romance between Pothel, a disgraced architecture professor, and his student, Liana. Told in a series of surreal, vibrant vignettes, and set in a fantastic, logic-defying college of shifting rooms and secret performance spaces, The Academic Hour affirms how an intense, fledgling relationship can ignite the impulse for storytelling with unbridled, ferocious creative energy.” – from the cover of her book published by Secret Acres.
Keren will talk about the process of using dance, performance, props and costumes to generate the events that have inspired this book as well as her upcoming projects. She will demonstrate the techniques and references used to compose her pages and will also display a collection of contemporary Israeli Graphic Novels for viewing.

Keren Katz is a Tel Aviv based illustrator, comics artist and the non fictitious half of The Katz Sisters Duo. She graduated  Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and received an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC.  She has contributed stories to anthologies published by Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, Locust Moon Comics, Smoke Signal, The Brooklyn Rail, Ink Brick Rough House Comics and more, as well as self publishing mini-comics all year round. She practices performative, interactive and collaborative storytelling marathons in odd locations, and is part of The Humdrum Comics Collective and Pathos Mathos Company. Her Ignatz nominated debut graphic novel is titled The Academic Hour (Secret Acres, 2017). https://www.instagram.com/thekatzsisters/

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