The 241st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Bill Griffith on “The Real ‘Zippy’: Finding Schlitzie the Pinhead”

Join comics legend Bill Griffith as he discusses the making of his newest, deeply researched graphic novel, Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead, out from Abrams ComicArts this March.

Bill Griffith is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy and the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the Village VoiceNational Lampoon, and the New Yorker. According to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Griffith is credited with coining the phrase “Are we having fun yet?” He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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The 240th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Julian Glander: MAKING COMICS IN THE FUTURE
Julian Glander will present some of his 3D comic strips and share some of the top-secret techniques behind them.

Julian Glander lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, his work has been featured on Disney, MTV, Adult Swim, and The New York Times. He received the Art Directors Club (ADC) “Young Guns” Award in 2015. In 2016, his animated short film debuted at South by Southwest and GLAS Animation Festival.

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The 239th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  March 5, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

MEMORIES OF ME:  Creating the Autobiographical Graphic Novel

Graphic novelists working in the autobiography/memoir subgenre are regularly asked: “Did these traumatic things really happen to you? And if they did, why did you choose to reveal such personal information?” Tonight, using Will Eisner’s autobiographical work, such as To The Heart of the Storm and The Dreamer, as a touchstone, JENNFIER HAYDEN (The Story of My Tits), PETER KUPER (Stop Forgetting to Remember), and SARA WOOLEY (Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez) join moderator DANNY FINGEROTH (author of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE) to discuss the challenges and rewards of doing such personal work.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

JENNIFER HAYDEN is the Eisner-nominated author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a graphic memoir about her life and her experience with breast cancer. Her first book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in The Best American Comics of 2013. She is currently working on a graphic anti-cookbook for Top Shelf/IDW called Where There’s Smoke There’s Dinner. You can find her online at http://www.jenniferhayden.com.

PETER KUPER’s cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, the Nation, The Nib and MAD. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and has produced over two dozen books including Ruins which won a 2016 Eisner award and most recently, Kafkaesque. He has taught comics courses at SVA, Parsons and Harvard University.

SARA GOMEZ WOOLEY is an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on projects for clients including DC comics, Image comics, Scholastic, Random House, and Parallax Press. Sara’s ongoing personal project, a fictionalized graphic memoir (written collaboratively with her mother and art partner Leila Gómez Woolley), Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, was singled out for award by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Sara is current Illustration faculty for the Communications Design Department at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR:

DANNY FINGEROTH, chair of Will Eisner Week, was a longtime editor and writer at Marvel Comics and was director of education at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA). He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE, due from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in 2019.

ABOUT WILL EISNER:

WILL EISNER (1917-2005) grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “golden age” of comics of the 1930s and ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Mike Ploog and others. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself—and the medium—with his graphic novel, A Contract with God. Other notable graphic novels include To The Heart of the Storm, A Life Force, Last Day In Vietnam, Fagin The Jew, and The Plot. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the Comics Industry, are presented every July at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s largest comics conventions.

WILL EISNER WEEK is a worldwide series of events held each March, with events focusing on graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the incredible legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative and influential figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. Will Eisner Week’s central theme, “Read a Graphic Novel!” continues to be the underlying message for all the events. Will Eisner Week events are presented in universities, colleges, art schools, libraries, museums, bookstores, and comic book shops in the weeks around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday.

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The 238th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 26, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Miroslav Sekulić-Struja: From painting to comics and the reverse. Skype presentation from Paris.

Miroslav Sekulić-Struja will talk about how he combines painting and storytelling. He will reveal different phases of his creative process. He will also talk about technical challenges of working with gouache in comics. 

Miroslav Sekulic-Struja is a Paris-based Croatian artist. He was rewarded several times for two volumes of his graphic novels Pelote dans la fumée which were published by French editor Actes Sud in 2013 and 2016. Meanwhile he had numerous exhibitions and live-painting performances in France, Belgium and Switzerland.  At the moment he is working on his third  graphic novel. He collaborated with: Le Monde, Centre Pompidou, Arte, Internazionale (Italie) , National Opera of Bordeaux, Museum La Boverie in Liège (Belgium), The International Centre for Comic Strip and Images in Angoulême etc.

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The 237th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 19, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

John McMillian on Smoking Typewriters: The Ideas and Images of the Sixties Underground Press. 

 Drawing from over a decade of research, McMillian will discuss how underground newspapers contributed to the growth, organization, and the decline of the late-1960s American new left; he will also discuss the legacy of the underground press, and its implications for alternative journalism today

John McMillian is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, in Atlanta. His most recent book, Beatles Vs Stones, has been translated into eight languages. Currently, he is on a Provost’s Fellowship to support his next book, which will be on crime, policing, and the crime debate in New York City since the 1960s. 

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The 236th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 12, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Susan Leopold on the art of the miniature, narrative constructs and the duplicitous nature of architectural perspective.

Susan Leopold will discuss her most recent diorama box sculptures and the narrative construct addressing how urban spaces often have multi-purpose uses and act as gathering points for the human experience. Her own artworks will be shown along with other works that have inspired her process. She will discuss how narrative is established in these sculptures, the psychological implications of working small scale and how she manages to create these complex illusionistic spaces within the confines of a small box. 

Susan Leopold is a sculptor and installation artist living in NYC whose career spans nearly 35 years. She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, and was represented by John Weber Gallery for many years. Leopold’s artwork has been featured on the cover of Art Forum, reviewed in the New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtNews, and numerous other art publications. Leopold is a recipient of the 1989-1990 Indo-American Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship to India, New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently was recently commissioned to create work for Planet Word a new museum opening this spring in Washington DC. Selected exhibitions include The Whitney Museum of American, Mass MOCA-KidSpace, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, and The Hudson River Museum. Her works are in many private and public collections including The Butler Institute of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Leopold holds a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunication Program in the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Leopold teaches at Parsons School of Design and Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

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The 235th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  February 5, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Sophie Koko Gate on Pixelated Mates (and where to find them).

Sophie Koko Gate is an animation director from London whose films all come from a particular environment and set of characters that change and grow along side her. She will show her most recent film Slug Life (2018) which examines the relationship between one woman and her giant mollusc lover, and talk about the origins of the ideas within the film. Sophie will also show some of the processes behind her character driven story telling and talk about the ups and downs of independent film making. 

Sophie Koko Gate studied animation at the Royal College of Art in London, from where she graduated with her film Half Wet (2014). Half Wet screened in festivals worldwide including SXSW, BFI, AFI and the Tate Modern. She has made short films for Adult Swim, MTV, Harvard University and most recently the BBC with her new film Slug Life. She directs and produces animations from her studio in East London and is also a visiting animation lecturer at Goldsmiths and Central St Martins in London.

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