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.

persoff image 72

Advertisements

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.

edelman image 72

The 197th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 24, 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.

Michael Hearn on The Picture Book Revolution

An exploration of how the Art for Art’s Sake ideal of the Mir iskusstva or World of Art movement of the Silver Age morphed into the agitational propaganda of early Soviet children’s book illustration under Lenin and then Stalin.

Michael Patrick Hearn is an internationally renowned author, lecturer, critic and independent curator.  His many books include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Book and The Art of the Broadway Poster. His current projects include a critical study of Edgar Allan Poe, a study of Russian children’s book illustration, and his long awaited biography of L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.

hearn image 72

A Story about Two Squares — El Lissitzky        The Alphabet – V.V. Lebedev

The 196th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 17, 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.

Craig Gropper on the Life and Work of William Gropper.

The artist’s grandson discusses Gropper’s art from the political cartoons to murals, and how his convictions guided his life’s work but, ultimately, cost him his livelihood.

After an accomplished career as a TV journalist, Craig Gropper decided to devote himself to the family business. He now manages his grandfather’s legacy. From the 1920s through the middle of the 20th century, artist William Gropper was one of the country’s best-known social critics. His drawings and paintings challenged the powerful on behalf of the powerless, whether featured in newspapers and magazines or in galleries and museums.

gropper image 72 copy

The 195th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 10, 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.

Kurt Ankeny: Mining the Mind’s Eye

Kurt Ankeny talks about the reasoning and philosophy behind why he finds drawing from imagination and memory such a strong approach to cartooning, and how this creates deeper truths via non-photographic image making.

Kurt Ankeny is a cartoonist and painter whose work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, at the Cape Ann Museum, and in Comics Workbook. He lives with his wife and son in Salem, Massachusetts.

The image is an outtake from In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home.

Ankeny image 72

The 194th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 3, 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.

Sue Coe on her new book, The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto.
This book is all pictures no words, and shows how the animals liberate themselves from their oppressors. It’s Orwell’s Animal Farm, but in this version, the animals win, as no animal is more equal than another.

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals. Similarly, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Sue Coe’s etchings, lithographs and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

While Ms. Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. In the past decade, projects include her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain.

Ms. Coe’s 2010 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, “ELEPHANTS WE MUST NEVER FORGET: New Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Sue Coe,” will be published shortly. “MAD AS HELL!,” Sue Coe’s 2012 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, featured new work by Ms. Coe concomitantly published in book form as Cruel, published by O/R books in 2013, a continued, critical look at the Animal Industry that builds upon her groundbreaking 1996 book Dead Meat. That year, Sue Coe was awarded the prestigious Dickinson College Arts Award in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Sue Coe’s latest book The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto featuring close to 100 original woodcuts and linocuts was published in late 2016. She is currently hard at work on illustrations for her next book, tentatively titled Zoos.

Other publications include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), X (1986), Police State (1987), Dead Meat (1996), and Pit’s Letter (2000), Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for Five Voices (2005), The Ghosts of our Meat (2013).
Sue Coe is represented by The Galerie St. Etienne, 24 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019

WEBSITE: http://www.gseart.com/coe.html and http://www.graphicwitness.org/coe/enter.htm

sue coe image 72

The 193rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 26, 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.

Cartoon Fricassee Live!
An illustrated talk on a year’s worth of non-fiction comics by Katie Fricas, including a trip to a pigeon art show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the scene in Cleveland outside of the Republic National Convention, forgotten milestones from past summer Olympics, and more.

Katie Fricas is a cartoonist and illustrator in New York City. Her comics have appeared in The Guardian online and on Hyperallergic, Extra Crispy, and The Awl. Her first book of essays will be released in the fall of 2017.

fricas image