Next meeting is scheduled for September 1, 2015 at 7pm.

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Celebrated Speech of the Earl of Abingdon, in the House of Lords, on Tuesday, December 2, 1783

The 124th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, room A510 (Klein Conference Room), New York City. Free and open to the public. Please note the new venue for this event!

The Eternal Question: What’s Funny About This?! The Eternal Answer from Arnold Roth.

Arnold Roth will present a profusely illustrated talk with a selection of his works through the decades, from the philosophical to the filthy.

Arnold Roth is an award-winning cartoonist based in New York City. His cartoons have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, TIME, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Punch, the New York Times, and many, many more. Since 2011 Arnold Roth posts on his weekly blog

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The 123rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Lale Westvind: Shake A Line! Images of Motion.
Lale Westvind will screen several of her hand drawn animations as well as segments from a new work in progress titled Cunt Eyes. Following the screening there will be a talk and slideshow describing influences, process, function of animation as inner space and the expression of kinetic energy in static and moving images.
Drawing movement has always been a fascination and a goal of Lale Westvind’s work, motion being the life force or energy of the physical space. This lecture will highlight the visual vocabulary created as a means to that end.
Lale Westvind was born in 1987 in New York City. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working in animation, comics and painting. She has self-published over a dozen comic books and two anthologies. A segment of her series Hyperspeed to Nowhere was featured in the 2014 issue of Best American Comics and her self-published comic Hot Dog Beach #2 won an Ignatz Award in 2012. She teaches animation at Parsons.

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A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 6pm at The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave., room L104 (lower level). Free and open to the public. Please note new location and time.

Hip Hop and Comics: A Conversation
For a Free Comic Book Day program, we’re bringing together a group that includes some of NYC’s finest Hip-Hop trailblazers and noted cartoonist Ed Piskor (creator of Fantagraphics Books’ best-selling Hip-Hop Family Tree series) to discuss Hip-Hop & comics’ parallel evolutions in New York city, the artistic influences that flow back and forth between the two, and more related topics, accompanied by a visual presentation illustrating the conversation.


Ed Piskor is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Hip-Hop Family Tree series from Fantagraphics (serialized online at boingboing). He also created the comic Wizzywig, and collaborated with the legendary Havey Pekar on The Beats: A Graphic History, Macedoina and American Splendor: Our Movie Year.

Eric Orr is the creator of “Rappin’ Max Robot”, the first-ever Hip-Hop comic book.  A graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator, with a 40+ year involvement in Hip-Hop culture, Orr’s work has been exhibited and published around the world.  In 1984, he became Keith Haring’s only collaborator on installations in the NYC subway system.

Jazzy Jay is a DJ and producer whose career began in the ’70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. A true originator, Jay worked alongside many of rap music’s most iconic musicians on seminal records by the Jazzy Five and T La Rock, and many others; and been featured in films including Beat Street and Scratch.

DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado is best known for his work as producer and DJ for artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC, but that only scratches the surface of the man’s CV – he’s an award-winning composer and turntablist, engineer, musician, b-boy, graf writer, MC, educator, and all-around Hip-Hop legend.

Moderated by Patrick A. Reed. Reed curates and moderates panels on Hip-Hop and comics at conventions and festivals around the country, writes for ComicsAlliance and other publications, founded and edits Depth Of Field Magazine, and is an accomplished DJ and sound designer.


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The 122nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Eric Bernard: A Child’s View: 19th Century Paper Theaters
 A rather unique and enchanting entertainment for children emerged at the beginning of the second decade of the 19th century.  Before the wide availability of children’s periodicals and mass-produced toys, small tabletop theaters—constructed out of printed paper, adhered to cardboard and mounted on a wooden frame—introduced a unique visual entertainment into homes.  Nearly every major European country, as well as the United States, developed its own tradition of paper theater during the 19th century into the early 20th century.  It was Juvenile Drama in England, Papiertheater or Kindertheater in Germany, théâtre de papier in France, dukketeater in Denmark, and teatro de los niños or teatrillo in Spain.  Today, these small theaters and their vast repertoire of plays remain invaluable records of contemporary professional stage performances and theater design of the 19th century.

Eric Bernard has collected antique paper theaters for 30 years and had an extended exhibition of his collection at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut in 2011.  He holds a BA in music from Texas Christian University and an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Eric’s career in arts management has included Lincoln Center Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, and, for the past 17 years, the Metropolitan Opera.

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A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Beyond Handala: Editorial Cartooning and Comics in Palestine

Mohammad Saba’aneh, editorial cartoonist for the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadid, shares his work and the work of his fellow Palestinian cartoonists, and discusses the landscape for cartooning and comics under Israeli occupation and beyond. Mohammad Saba’aneh is a Palestinian cartoonist, born in the Occupied West Bank town of Qabatiya. He now lives and works in Ramallah, where his work is published in the daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadid, in addition to many other places around the Arab world and online. Saba’aneh, 34, has focused much of his work on the plight of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. In 2013 he himself was imprisoned for five months by the Israeli army. In 2015 his work was subject to investigation by the Palestinian Authority. Mohammad Saba’aneh in conversation with Ethan Heitner.

Video of the event can be seen here. Thanks to Ed Briody for videotaping the session.sabaanehtalkimage


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