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The 203rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 12, 2017 at 7pm at The New School, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, UL 105 (lower level).  PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION. Free and open to the public.

Stephen Norris on “Communism’s Cartoonist:  Boris Efimov and Soviet Political Caricatures.”

Boris Efimov (1900-2008) was the most prolific Soviet propagandist.  Over the course of his astonishing career, which spanned the entirety of the Soviet experiment, he estimated that he published 35,000 cartoons in publications such as Izvestiia, Krokodil, and Ogonek.  Efimov’s cartoons allow us a chance to see consistent themes, figures, and mentalities within Soviet culture from beginning to end.

Stephen Norris is Professor of History and Interim Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.  His research focuses on Russian visual culture and propaganda.  He is the author of two books:  A War of Images:  Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 (2006) and Blockbuster History in the New Russia:  Movies, Memory, Patriotism (2012).  He is currently writing a biography of Boris Efimov.



The 202nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 5, 2017 at 7pm at The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall. 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY.  Free and open to the public.

Elizabeth C. Denlinger on “’Too Horrible for Human Eyes’: Picturing Frankenstein’s Creature.”

Early in Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s novel of 1818, Victor describes the monster he has created as “too horrible for human eyes.” And yet no one has been able to turn away since the earliest theatrical productions, in which the creature was played by a tall graceful actor in blue body paint. This talk will explore the extremely varied ways in which the creature has been portrayed and the relationship between those portrayals and the reader’s or viewer’s identification with him. Do we stare because he’s so hideous, or because he’s so attractive?

Elizabeth C. Denlinger received a Ph.D. from NYU. Formerly a curator at the Morgan, she has curated the Carl H. Pforzheimer Circle of Shelley and His Circle since 2008. This talk rises from an exhibition she’s guest-curating at the Morgan called “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200” that will open at the Morgan in the fall of 2018.

Illustration: Barry Moser

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A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Thursday,  Nov. 30, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, The New School, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., corner 13th Street, Room UL105 (lower level) Free and open to the public. Please note: This is a Thursday night event!

José Muñoz: Historietas, A Constellation of Meanings.
José Muñoz in conversation with Peter Kuper

Join us to celebrate the first American exhibition of the beloved Argentine artist’s iconic black-and-white illustrations that have influenced generations of comic-book artists. The event also celebrates the collected reprinting of  Muñoz’ Alack Sinner series (IDW) and Billy Holiday (NBM).

José Muñoz was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He attended the “Escuela Panamericana de Arte” in the same city, where he was a pupil of Alberto Breccia and Hugo Pratt. He studied drawing, painting and sculpture in the atelier of Humberto Cerantonio. He made his debut in comics as an assistant to Francisco Solano Lopez, and then illustrating stories written by Héctor Oesterheld for magazines Hora Cero and Frontera. In the spotlight in 1963 drawing 56 ” Precinto 56″ on Eugenio Zappietro lyrics for the magazine Misterix.
In 1972 he left for Europe and was based in London and later in Milan. In 1974 he met the Argentine writer Carlos Sampayo, a fundamental event in his life. The desire to collaborate was instantaneous and resulted in, among other things,  Alack Sinner (1975), the Bar at Joe (1981), Billie Holiday (1991), and Carlos Gardel (2008-2010). In collaboration with the American novelist Jerome Charyn, he also published in 1997 The Fang of the snake, then Panna Maria (1999).
Since 1989 his gouaches, pastels and chine are shown in the Gallery Nuages in Milan.
Nuages published in 2006 La Pampa y Buenos Aires, in 2010 Carlos Gardel and in 2012 Encres, three importants books of José Muñoz. Nuages is republishing the entire series of Alack Sinner.
In 2007 he received the Grand Prix de Angoulême.
In 2012, for editions Gallimard, Muñoz illustrated L’Etranger by Albert Camus and in 2013, again for Gallimard, he illustrated another novel by Camus, Le premier homme.
In 2017, the album Billie Holiday, was released in the United States by NBM Edition.
Also in 2017 the first volume of Alack Sinner The age of innocence was published by IDW.
His books have been published in French, English, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Serbian, Danish, German and Spanish.

The current José Muñoz exhibition will take place at Scott Eder Gallery on Friday, Dec. 1st , 5-9 PM at Mana Contemporary, Suite 525, 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City NJ (PATH to Journal Sq) For more info: 201-630-4931

Peter Kuper‘s illustrations and comics have appeared in publications around the world including The New Yorker and MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997.He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine and has produced over two dozen books including and adaptation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Ruins which won the 2016 Eisner award for best graphic novel. He has taught comics and illustration courses at Parsons, FIT, The School of Visual Arts and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.



The 201st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Nov. 28, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., corner 13th Street, Room UL104 (lower level) Free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION.

Robert Grossman on his work from the 1960s to the present.

Grossman will discuss his work as an illustrator and cartoonist from the 1960s to the present, and show examples that may possibly amuse an audience.

Robert Grossman was born in New York City in 1940. His father Joseph was a display artist who gave Robert his earliest training and sent him to Saturday morning art classes at the Museum of Modern Art. After attending public schools in Brooklyn he went to Yale where he was the editor of the Yale Record (“America’s Oldest College Humor Magazine”) and graduated with a B.A. in fine art in 1961.

After a brief stint as an assistant to New Yorker art director James Geraghty, Grossman launched himself as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, his work featuring caricature and a satiric outlook. Early clients included Esquire and the New York Herald Tribune.

He has done cover illustrations for more than 500 issues of national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and The New Republic. Today his work can be seen frequently in The Nation, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The New York Observer. Examples of his recent work may be seen at and his web site features a comic strip history of the 2008 presidential election.

He was nominated for a 1978 Academy Award for a brief animated film entitled Jimmy The C, and during the 1980’s produced a number of animated television commercials. In 1979 he had a one-man show at the Vontobel Gallery in Zurich. His sculpture and paintings in oils have been widely exhibited in several group shows.

Grossman’s home and studio are in New York’s Soho district. He is twice divorced, with four children – Michael, a painter, Alex, an actor, Leila, a photographer, Annie, a writer — and four grandchildren. Grossman’s longtime companion is Elaine Louie, assistant to the editor of the Style Department of the New York Times, and the author of over a dozen books on food and design.

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The 200th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Nov. 14, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik on How To Read Nancy,
The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels

Cartoonists and scholars, Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden use a single three-panel Nancy strip to explain how the medium of comics works.
Everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip by Ernie Bushmiller from August 8, 1959. Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik’s groundbreaking work How to Read Nancy (Fantagraphics Books, 2017) ingeniously isolates the separate building blocks of the language of comics through the deconstruction of a single strip.

As much a lecture about visual literacy and the benefits of deep-reading, students, academics, scholars, cartoonists and casual fans will be stunned to understand that the secret language of comics is right before their eyes.

Paul Karasik is the co-author (along with David Mazzucchelli) of the perennial graphic novel classic City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster’s novel. His cartoons appear in the New Yorker. Paul teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mark Newgarden is an acclaimed cartoonist and author of the book We All Die Alone, the co-creator of “Garbage Pail Kids”, and the co-author (with Megan Montague Cash) of the award-winning Bow Wow series of children’s books. Mark teaches at Parsons and Pratt Institute.


The 199th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Ethan Persoff:
Comics with Problems, The Realist Cartoons, and John Wilcock, New York Years

In 2005, Ethan Persoff began the online magazine Comics with Problems, a comics archive of “political ephemera, sex items, and drug hysteria”. The website became widely distributed via word of mouth and press and TV coverage, noted for its peculiar and unique selection of comics.

In 2007, Persoff then worked with Paul Krassner on The Realist Archive Project, an authorized online archive of the entire run of Krassner’s 1960s counterculture magazine. In 2016, Fantagraphics published the best comics of the archive, appropriately titled The Realist Cartoons.

As a cartoonist, Persoff has collaborated on numerous projects with Scott Marshall. When The Realist archive completed, Persoff began a comic biography project with Marshall on John Wilcock, a writer who had contributed to The Realist, as well as co-founded the Village Voice, worked with Andy Warhol, and helped establish the Underground Press Syndicate, which largely influenced modern day journalism. The comic biography John Wilcock, New York Years is regularly serialized on Boing Boing, and focuses on Wilcock’s time in New York, from 1954-1971.

In a discussion with numerous visual examples, Persoff will describe how these three projects grew from one another, and will provide other comics on the site that demonstrate the odd effect of posting something on the Internet and seeing it become part of the larger global conversation. Simple topics like digital preservation and scanning will mix with scavenging for undiscovered items, or general finding methods, as well as humorous examples from both Comics with Problems and The Realist. Finally, the role of biography will be discussed, with sample pages from John Wilcock demonstrating how a page grows from interview text, secondary research, script, breakdown and the final comic page.

Ethan Persoff is a cartoonist, archivist, and sound artist, based in Austin TX. His work can regularly be seen on Boing Boing and in The American Bystander.

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The 198th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 31, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Maya Edelman on Creative Chimeras – interdisciplinary inspiration.

Animator and illustrator Maya Edelman will talk about reaching beyond animation to other disciplines  for inspiration and collaboration in her own work, as well as examples of jumping between fields throughout animation history.
Maya Edelman was born in Kiev, USSR and went on to study animation and film in her beloved New York City. Her work is focused on expressing complex characters through cel animation and illustrations. She most recently wrote and created a credit sequence for the feature film Collective:Unconscious which had its premier at SXSW. Her paper sculpture was recently featured at a Chance Ecologies curated show at the Queens Museum, as well as Recess Gallery’s Marie Lorenz: Flow Pool show during an evening with Underwater New York, and her illustration work was featured in the “Liminality” exhibition at Gowanus Print Lab in 2015. She has been an exhibitor at Brooklyn Zine Festival (2014,2015) with books including Quitting and Boobs, Pubes and Cukes. She often prefers to tell stories in the form of short animations and GIFs, but is currently in development on a longer work titled Neoteny which will combine animation and phone footage.

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