The 297th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 16, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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Austin English asks: But is it…Comic Aht?

Austin English joins us to discuss his magazine But is it…Comic Aht?, a publication centered around cartooning which strives to reject hierarchical readings of the form’s history. Instead, the medium as a whole, in all its disorganization, is celebrated. English guides us through the magazines forthcoming third issue. 

Austin English is a cartoonist living in Brooklyn. His books include Christina and Charles, Gulag Casual and the forthcoming Meskin and Umezo. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Bomb Magazine and The Huffington Post. He runs Domino Books, a publishing and distribution company dedicated to underground periodicals from around the world.

The 296th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 9, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Marc Bell on East Coast Business, West Coast Magic 

East Coast businessman Marc Bell examines the work of several magical Canadian West Coast artists who have inspired him over the years including Keith Jones, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Rossner, the collaborative work of Scott Evans, Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, and others.

Marc Bell is the author of Stroppy, Hot Potatoe [sic], Pure Pajamas, and Shrimpy and Paul and Friends and is a co-founder ofThe All-Star Schnauzer BandHis comics have appeared in many Canadian weeklies, The New York Times Magazine, and LA Weeklymarcbelldept.com

Image by Aaron Rossner, “Bone-Head Stunt-Siblings” 

The 295th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 2, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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Ulli Lust:  old and new works.  

There is one common denominator of my work, it is mostly reality based, exept “Airpussy,” a female superhero, who can fly, when she rubs her clit. Drawings do not have to represent an utterly realistic view. Comics can translate the sensations that come with being alive. Any historic or biographic incident gets its significance by the emotions it triggers in us. The author’s job is to enable the readers to take another person’s perspective and understand their feelings, to transmit the experience, of how it feels to be in another person’s skin. 

I have done journalistic, historic or autobiographic comics, but my most successfull ones are quite voluminous books, in which I exploit the dirty adventures of my youth. In the moment I am working on a longer essay about the art of early humans. 


Ulli Lust, born 1967 in Vienna, moved to Berlin in 1995, where she studied graphic design. Her published work includes pieces of comics journalism featuring observations on modern life. Her most successful graphic novel Today is the last day of the rest of your life was translated into ten languages and won several awards, one of them the Prix de la revelation in Angouleme. Voices in the dark, an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Marcel Beyer, was released in 2013. A new autobiographic novel When I tried to be a good person was on the shortlist for the Golden Fauve at the Comics festival in Angouleme in 2018.

Since 2013 she has been a professor of comics and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Hannover.  http://www.ullilust.de

The 294th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  January 26, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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Victoria Lomasko on Evidence from Russia

When I consider which element should be most important in my presentations — my graphic reportage style or its context within Russian social issues — I realize that the two are inextricably linked; they create and complement each other.

If I were living in a European country, I would probably be working on a fine graphic series in a studio rather than working as a field journalist. During my presentation, I will be touching on the themes of narrative in Russian art and the role of the artist as witness in my country.

A bonus for those interested in politics will be my material from Minsk, where I was able to travel illegally in September inside a big zipped-bag to depict the peaceful Belarusian revolution.

Victoria Lomasko is a Russian contemporary artist, who is based in Moscow. She holds a degree in Graphic Arts from Moscow State University of Print­ing Arts. Describing her work as accurate, rather than political, Lomasko’s practice explores contemporary Russian society, especially the inner workings of the country’s diverse subcultures, such as LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, prisoners, and so on. Her book Other Russias, that was published in six countries — by n+1 in The USA and by Penguin in The UK — is a collection of ‘graphic reportages,’ a self-described style of art making and record keeping. During the past few years, mural making has become a central facet of her practice.

The 293rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Januarry 19, 2021 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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A Working-class Artist: Jerry Moriarty

Rotart Sulli  is an artist who only makes art on assignment. He is not an independent painter or cartoonist, but an illustrator. He makes art for a client who determines the content, not for a muse or a gallery. Legendary “paintoonist” Jerry Moriarty investigates the problems of being “a working class guy working for a boss,” and those of the real-life artist working alone in a mysterious and uncertain world, in a narrative lecture that will also introduce his upcoming graphic novel, Visual Crime

Jerry Moriarty is a painter and cartoonist (self-described as a “paintoonist”) from New York. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt institute, and is perhaps best-known for his comic, Jack Survives, first published in Art Spiegelman’s RAW. He taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for 50 years, and now lives in Binghamton, New York.

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The 292nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 15, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

POSTPONED TO 2021. Catherine Anyango Grünewald: How will we know what to remember?

Catherine will speak about her graphic novel and drawing practice, which she uses to explore the interweaving of time, space and memory. In her work she is interested in using visual storytelling and comics as a way to study the other and the unknown, the visualization of the breakdown of order within a system, and how images change form over time, with images and identities haunting multiple types of production. She will demonstrate how drawing on spirit photography, colonial photography and crime scene photography as raw material is a chance to re-collect the events and people depicted and place a new remembering on the material.

In times of political and social extremism, nostalgia and the rewriting of history into ideals creates a reality that lacks specificity. Memory becomes oversimplified, generalised and reduced. Visual storytelling can remind people of the specificity of reality and the importance of remembering, envisioning and articulating our lives and the lives of others. Through her graphic novels Heart of Darkness, Scandorama, Terminal and Dead Man Walking Catherine will investigate nostalgia and haunting, revisit eugenic and colonial histories and explore the use of drawing to remember and memorialize contemporary victims of crimes.

Catherine Anyango Grünewald (born 1982, Swedish/Kenyan) is an internationally exhibited artist and lecturer. In 2010 her graphic novel adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was published to critical acclaim and has been translated into eight languages. In 2018 she illustrated Scandorama, a dystopian Scandinavian graphic novel written by Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo, and her own upcoming graphic novel 2×2 explores the physical effects of guilt and corruption. She is also currently working on a graphic novel adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking which will be published by Random House in 2020.

Catherine’s drawing work uses the materiality of drawing tools to explore meaning, exploiting the physical properties of pencil and eraser to render events with realism, but to also explore unseen dimensions. Her drawings tackle the historical and contemporary systemic oppression of characters who have been marginalized and underrepresented. The process and labour invested in the work is a direct homage to the subjects, victims of violent domestic or institutional crimes.

In 2019 she was awarded the Navigator Art on Paper Prize, the largest award for work on paper in the world.

Catherine taught at the Royal College of Art in London for ten years and is now a Senior Lecturer in Illustration at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

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The 291st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 8, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Sharon Rudahl on Ballad of an American – A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson

Veteran graphic storyteller Sharon Rudahl discusses her checkered career, her hot-off-the-press graphic biography of black athlete performer and activist Paul Robeson, and political action in time of plague.

Sharon Rudahl was born in Arlington, Virginia, in 1947. As a teenager, she marched with Martin Luther King. She studied art at the Cooper Union in New York City, living in the East Village in its heyday. Proceeds from her feminist erotic novel Acid Temple Ball paid for her art supplies and rent.

After college, she helped start the anti-Vietnam War underground newspaper Take Over. She worked on underground newspapers in San Francisco in the early 1970s and began drawing comics in the first Wimmen’s Comix. Her major works include A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, The Adventures of Crystal Night – reprinted in Abrams’ Art in Time, Lincoln For Beginners, and large portions of the graphic version of Studs Terkel’s Working, Harvey Pekar’s Yiddishkeit, and Bohemians with Paul Buhle. She is married to a professional chessplayer and has two adult sons and two lynx point cats. They live in a 110-year old Hollywood bungalow so overgrown by foliage it cannot be seen on Google Earth, threatened on all sides by developers.

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The 290th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Dec. 1, 2020 at 7pm. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

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Hoji Tsuchiya: The unexpected image

In the early 2000s, I began to make animation with a video camera. I will explain the works produced so far and the methods that have been tried.

Hoji Tsuchiya is working as an artist in animation film using techniques such as cutouts and paper collages.  Couples in Distress (2007) was selected for the Animation Division Grand Prize, Cineastes Organization Osaka. Elementary school Situation (2011) was selected for outstanding performance award from TBS Digicon6 Awards. Spring time-old man (2017) was awarded best animated music video of Anifilm.

Currently he is producing animation series on Japanese educational TV, music videos, and experimental animations. He is based in Japan.

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The 289th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Nov. 17, 2020 at 7pm ET. ONLINE PRESENTATION VIA ZOOM. Please email comicssymposium@gmail.com to register for this event. Free and open to the public.

Gardeners in the Garden of The Mother: The Comics of Dominique Goblet & Kai Pfeiffer

 Kai Pfeiffer, comics artist from Berlin, talks about working as a duo with fellow comics artist Dominique Goblet from Brussels: How two minds, drawing and writing together, form a „third author“, their first book Plus si entente, and its use of „concrete poetry“ in form of profile texts from men on French dating websites; about its continuation in their follow-up project Le jardin des candidats, in which they extend their comics’ universe into the spatial dimension of the room as installation, and its re-translation into book form; about a „fake news“ social media performance gone perfectly wrong; about self-censorship as provocation, and life imitating art at the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg; and about the world of The candidates’ Garden unexpectedly coming alive as spontaneous „living theater“ at the Arts Factory gallery in Paris.

 Dominique Goblet & Kai Pfeiffer have been working together on comics, paintings, sculptures and installations since 2011; their first graphic novel, Plus si entente, was co-published in 2014 by Frémok and Actes sud BD for the French original, and has been translated in Dutch and German. Their upcoming book Le jardin des candidats will be published by Frémok in 2021. In parallel to their work in comics and fine arts, Dominique is a professor for comics and narrative drawing at art schools L’Erg and Saint Luc in Brussels; Kai has been teaching comics at Kunsthochschule Kassel, and is a professor for storytelling at Hochschule Hannover.