Patrick Crotty Illustration

SPECIAL New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium – November 5, 2015

Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe

Bill Kartalopoulos in conversation with Tom Oldham, Patrick Crotty, Tommi Musturi and David Schilter discussing the alternative small press comics in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Latvia.

Tom Oldham is a co-founder of Breakdown Press, a comics publisher based in London, UK. Breakdown Press is dedicated to publishing the very best in comics art, whether the cutting edge work of new cartoonists or undiscovered classics of the past.
Patrick Crotty is an artist and the official boss of the Swedish PEOW! studio. PEOW! is a publisher, shop and risograph studio based in Stockholm, publishing intergalactic comics from Sweden and abroad.
Tommi Musturi is an artist and co-founder of KUTIKUTI, a non-profit contemporary comics association and artist collective formed in Finland. KUTIKUTI are ca. forty members who make, teach and publish comics. They operate internationally with an aim to maintain and develop comics as an art form.
David Schilter is a co-editor of kuš!, a small press publisher from Riga. kuš! promotes alternative comics in Latvia and abroad. Next to publishing international anthologies and mini comics, they organize exhibitions workshops and other comic-related events.

Illustration by Patrick Crotty


November 5, 2015 at 7pm


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



The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium – October 13, 2015

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium

October 13, 2015 ~ 7pm

Tom Kaczynski on his new book: Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy.


Tom Kaczynski will discuss his new book: Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy. Follow the process of the book’s creation, from it’s humble origin as a tiny mini comic to it’s lofty goal of reaching something called Cartoon Philosophy. Along the way he’ll touch on such topics as: the possibility of utopia in the age of dystopia and apocalypse, the uses of the nostalgic-critical method, the genius of Ignatius Donnelly, and more.

Tom Kaczynski is a cartoonist. His first book, Beta Testing the Apocalypse (Fantagraphics) was nominated for an Eisner Award. Tom Kaczynski is the publisher ofUncivilized Books. Tom Kaczynski is a designer of books and websites. Tom Kaczynski lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

October 13, 2015 at 7pm
The 130th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 7pm atParsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Paid Illustration Project for The New School Libraries and Archives

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The New School Libraries and Archives seeks one student to create 11 illustrated portraits to be used for our online research guide profiles:  

The work entails corresponding with, meeting with, and creating profile pictures for 10 staff members.  Also create one additional generic profile picture (a reading Narwhal, for example).  The illustrations should be of the same style and same dimensions.

To apply: Send an email to introducing yourself in one paragraph.  Please include your name, program, and expected graduation date.  Upload a sample of your work or provide a link to your Parsons Learning Portfolio or other website showing the style of your work.

Dates: Please apply by November 1, 2015.  All applicants will be responded to by November 15, 2016.  Work must be completed by February 15, 2016.
Stipend: $100 to be paid upon completion of the project.

Faculty Lauren Redniss’ Book Events for THUNDER & LIGHTNING: Weather Past, Present, Future

Product Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future

October 29th, 2015 @ 6:30pm

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, debuts her new title. Developed while she was an artist in residence at the Museum,Thunder & Lighting: Weather, Past, Present, Future brings her unique style to a journey from the driest desert on Earth to an island in the Arctic and beyond. She considers the danger and beauty of weather, how it informs our history and the world’s religions, and the forces that drive these meteorological events.

October 30, 7pm 

Book Court

163 Court St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn



About Thunder & Lightning:

Weather is the very air we breathe—it shapes our daily lives and alters the course of history. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the story of weather and humankind through the ages.

This wide-ranging work roams from the driest desert on earth to a frigid island in the Arctic, from the Biblical flood to the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Redniss visits the headquarters of the National Weather Service, recounts top-secret rainmaking operations during the Vietnam War, and examines the economic impact of disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on extensive research and countless interviews, she examines our own day and age, from our most personal decisions—Do I need an umbrella today?—to the awesome challenges we face with global climate change.

Redniss produced each element of Thunder & Lightning: the text, the artwork, the covers, and every page in between. She created many of the images using the antiquated printmaking technique copper plate photogravure etching. She even designed the book’s typeface.

The result is a book unlike any other: a spellbinding combination of storytelling, art, and science.

If you’re interested in purchasing her book, click here!


Noe Paparella

Behind the Contest: #WanderingMind Notebook Event Weds. 9/30 7PM

Join us this Wednesday for a live event at the NYU Moleskine store to celebrate the Parsons-Moleskine Collaboration in an informal talk.

Hear from the participants about the process behind the creations for #WanderingMind.

The first 5 to come in with RSVP receive a free #WanderingMind Limited Edition Notebook by artist & Parsons alumni Noe Paparella.

All atendees will receive a 20% discount* during the event. RSVP here.

Moleskine Store – NYU New York
75 University Place
New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Noe Paparella's winning designs

Noe Paparella’s winning designs


“The hardest decision to make when it comes to this kind of project is whether you should pursue your own style or if you should match the style of the brand,” said Noe Paparella, winner of the Parsons School of Design/Moleskine project, a competition that challenged 51 seniors from Parsons’ BFA in Illustration program to design a cover for a Moleskine cahier journal and bellyband using the prompt #WanderingMind. “In my case, it wasn’t so complicated because my aesthetic is aligned with Moleskine’s aesthetic.”

Paparella’s design has been produced and will start being sold Aug. 14 exclusively in Moleskine’s store at 75 University Place, just a few blocks from The New School’s University Center (New School students receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases at the store).

Students responded to the prompt #WanderingMind in myriad different ways, designing illustrations that range from the whimsical to the literal, the organic to the geometric, and the minimalistic to the ornate. However, there is a common thread running through each of the designs: a passion for exploration.


Steven Guarnica, Associate Professor of Illustration, said the project provides students with the opportunity to design a product for a company that is “intrinsic to their lives.”

“Besides being a cultural artifact with a high profile in the creative industry, the Moleskine notebook is something students actually use—something that they are deeply invested in,” he said. “Even though students fully embrace the digital age, the sketch book and the pen is still the starting point for everything that we do.”

Read the full story about the project here on The New School News, but come Wednesday to ask questions and get yourself a Moleskin!



Sept. 29th! The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium

Kathryn A. Smith on Crafting the Old Testament in the Queen Mary Psalter:  Image, Text, and Contexts in Early Fourteenth-Century England.


[above] Scenes from the lives of Saul and David, Queen Mary Psalter, c. 1310-20 (London, British Library Royal MS 2 B VII, fol. 52).


Ms. Smith will speak on one of her current projects — an unusual captioned Old Testament picture cycle in a lavishly illuminated psalter made in England c. 1310-20

Kathryn A. Smith is Professor of Medieval Art in the Department of Art History, New York University.  She is the author of Art, Identity, and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England (2003), The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (2012), and numerous articles, essays, and reviews on early Christian and late medieval art.  She is currently working on several projects concerning image-text relationships in medieval manuscripts and the roles of images, including manuscript illuminations and sculpture, in late medieval religion and culture.



September 29, 2015 at 7pm
Please note: There is no meeting on Sept. 22nd.


The 128th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

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Marc Moorash on Bringing Art Young Back to Life

On Publishing the Previously Unpublished Types of the Old Home Town and Rediscovering the Legacy of the Dean of American Cartoonists

Art Young (1866 – 1943) was the best known political cartoonist in the first half of the twentieth century, but you’ve likely never heard of him.  If you have, you’ve likely never seen much of his work.  Sadly, he’s been mostly forgotten – and the story behind this, as with most Art Young tales, is quite remarkable and unfortunate.  He’s a cartoonist almost legendary, yet nearly become myth.
Yet, let’s jump ahead to the beginning of 2015 and the serendipitous publication of a long-lost manuscript – a collection of images some unpublished, some which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in the mid-1920s.  A publication in handmade art-book form.  Let’s also throw in that in April of this year we held the first gallery exhibition since 1939 of Art’s works.

Marc Moorash, curator of The Art Young Gallery (housed one mile from where Art built his gallery in Bethel CT in 1928) will talk about publishing Types of the Old Home Town,the handmade book process of making Types, Art’s history and legacy in American cartooning, and show slides of a number of images and photographs that haven’t been seen in public for decades.  In addition, on display will be a number of Art’s original cartoons from his newspaper Good Morning (1919 – 1921), drawings of Helen Keller and Eugene Debs, as well as original illustrations from Types of the Old Home Town.

September 15, 2015 at 7pm
The 127th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 at 7pm atParsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.



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Nik Kowsar on Political Cartooning in Iran

Nik Kowsar is an Iranian-Canadian cartoonist, journalist, and blogger, currently living in Washington DC, US. Kowsar was also a reformist candidate for the second term of city council of Tehran in 2003, an election won by the conservative candidates of Abadgaran.
He studied Geology in the University of Tehran, and joined Gol-Agha, an Iranian political satire magazine as a cartoonist in 1991. He worked forHamshahri from 1992 to 1998, and was a member of Newspapers such asZan, Aftab-e Emrooz,  Sobh-e Emrooz,  Akhbar-e Eghtesadi,  Azad,  Bahar,  Bonyan,  Doran-e Emrooz,  Nosazi,  Hayate No,  Abrar-e Eghteadi,  Hambastegi,  Farhang-e Ashti. Most of these papers were banned by Saeed Mortazavi. He was arrested in Feb. 2000 for drawing a cartoon and spent 6 days at the Evin Prison in Tehran.
Kowsar has been sentenced to prison for his cartoons in absentia. After moving to Canada, he worked in a dry-cleaner’s for a while before joining MarketWire in 2005 and IFEX in 2008. He also has been free-lancing and his cartoons have been recently published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and The Guardian. Kowsar is a member of the New York Times Syndicate. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, CBC, CTV, VOA and many political TV shows as a guest analyst and observer. Kowsar now works in Washington DC and is the editor-in-chief of, the first Persian citizen journalism platform.
Kowsar is a member of the board of directors of Cartoonists Rights Network International.
Kowsar is also a member of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists (ACEC) and Journalists in Exile (JEX). CBC made a documentary based on his life and his involvement in the Blogger movement.


September 8, 2015 at 7 pm


The 126th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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.