Comic Arts Brooklyn is a comics festival devised by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics and hosted by Pratt University. Since its conception CAB has stood out as one of the most exciting events of the year, not just for comics, but for small publishing and visual art as a whole. The oppressive crowds of Comic Con come nowhere near CAB. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting. You get the feeling that you could actually strike up a friendship with the artists there, despite the fact that CAB attracts big names.
This year Parsons is heavily featured. Two headline guests, Mark Newgarden and Mathew Thurber are part of our Illustration faculty. They both recently published highly anticipated books. How to Read Nancy and Art Comic respectively. Both these books directly link to their work at Parsons, which deals with graphic narrative. Mathew Thurber will Talk about the making of Art Comic and what it’s like to write about your own experiences in a fictionalized context. Mark Newgarden will present a curated selection of 20th century film stock from his collection.
Parsons Alumni Angela Chen, Mei Kanamoto, Arta Ajeti, and Dakota Nicklaus will all be tabling too, alongside BFA Illustration seniors Clair Gunther and Lydia Mamalis.
The 192nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 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.
From the Funny papers to Freud: Martin Wilner’s Artistic Journey
Martin Wilner will trace the unusual arc of his work from learning to draw from comic books and strips in grade school to becoming a psychiatrist and a widely exhibited visual artist. He will describe his ongoing drawing projects and an existential work process that draw upon the techniques of psychoanalysis in a highly original manner without losing sight of his vicarious tutelage at the hands of the comic art masters.
Copies of his Freud Museum London monograph, Martin Wilner: The Case Histories will be available for purchase at the talk.
Martin Wilner is a visual artist and psychiatrist. His art has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in many prominent public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Jewish Museum. He recently had his first one person museum exhibition at the Freud Museum London and has been included in numerous museum group exhibitions including Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions at the Morgan Library and Museum, Reinventing Ritual at the Jewish Museum, and Making Contact at the New Museum Los Gatos. He has lectured on his work process at the Drawing Center, the Freud Museum London, SXSW, and the Payne Whitney Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Image: September 2016: David Greenberger (Making History: The Case Histories)
Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics
All Time Comics is a comic-book series that resists categorization. Part modern reworking of Bronze age comics superhero aesthetics, part a Mad Magazine-like Gonzo attempt to sidestep and weave that aesthetic back on itself. Published by Fantagraphcs, All Time Comics has created a space for a dialogue between older veteran creators like Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom and younger Alternative Comics mainstays like Ben Marra and Noah Van Sciver. Join Josh Bayer in a lively discussion with comics writer/historian Adam McGovern. (Panel may include special guest artist/writers, schedules permitting).
Josh Bayer is the author of Raw Power and Theth from Retrofit Comics, the editor of the Suspect Device Comics anthology series, as well as 2016’s The Black Hood. His work’s been selected for The Best American Comics series in 2016 and 2017. He is the founder of his own “Comics Are The Enemy Press” and he is currently releasing his All Time Comics imprint from Fantagraphics.
The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposiums happen every Tuesday at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, lobby level in the Orientation “Bark” Room (unless otherwise noted). Free and open to the public.
(drawing by Das Pastoras)
Randall Enos: A Life on the Slanted Board.
Randall Enos talks about his 60 year career of explorations into new directions for comic art.
Known for his unique linocut illustrations, Randall Enos has been drawing “funny pitchers fer the peeple for 60 years.” His work has generally been lurking in the pages of practically every magazine and lots of newspapers in America but forays into the land of comic strips, animation and children’s books have also been noticed.
He lives on his horse farm in Connecticut with his wife of 60 years (who is starting to get on his nerves).
Anna O’Meara – Ja ja ja!: Isidore Isou on destroying words and pictures for their realization
The cinema is where words meet moving images in a continuum. Films seamlessly merge music, dialogue, narrative, and images. In 1951, Isidore Isou made a violent attempt to break film’s seamless continuum in Treatise on Drool and Eternity. An inspiration to filmmakers like Stan Brakage and Guy Debord, Isou’s film manifesto was a precursor to both American and French avant-garde art and politics. After working on a new translation of Isou’s film for Annex Press, I will discuss Isou’s methods in breaking traditional art forms in order to create new aesthetic and ideological standards. This discussion will use texts by Isou, many of which are untranslated, that wrestle with the creation of new forms through the deconstruction and reconstruction – through the merging and breaking – of the relationship between text and image in film.
Anna O’Meara is a French to English translator and historian based in Albany, NY. Her translations include a forthcoming publication with Annex Press of Isidore Isou’s Treatise on Drool and Eternity in partnership with translators Ian Thompson of Brisbane, Australia and Nadège LeJeune of Paris, France. She has also translated The Works of Arthur Cravan, which has appeared in Maintenant by Three Rooms Press. O’Meara received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 for which she wrote The Marxist Critique of Religion in the Films of Guy Debord. Currently, she serves as a Research Assistant to the New York State Historian, Devin Lander. O’Meara has conducted branding research and website development for a New York City production firm, Archivist Media, as well as exhibit development research for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Previously, she served as the Director of Outreach & Development for the Museum Association of New York, and the Assistant Administrator of the Albany County Historical Association.
The 187th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 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.
Mohammad Sabaaneh on The Art of Political Cartooning in Palestine
The Art of Political Cartooning in Palestine
Mohammad will discuss his craft, including his production methods and artistic choices, and his artistic influences and how he navigates the challenges of editorial cartooning in Palestine. He will discuss, accompanied by slides of his work, his own development as an artist and cartoonist – from how he started out, to how his techniques and style evolved over time.
Mohammad Sabaaneh is a Palestinian graphic artist based in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, and has published his work in many other newspapers around the Arab World. He is a member of the International Cartoon Movement, as well as the VJ Movement connecting visual journalists across the globe. Sabaaneh’s work has been displayed in numerous collections and fairs in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. He won third place in the Arab Caricature Contest in 2013.
A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 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.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A WEDNESDAY NIGHT EVENT!
Patricia Mainardi: Popular Prints to Comics
While popular prints had existed all over Europe for centuries, in the nineteenth-century they evolved into several new genres, including comic strips, children’s literature, and advertising. Subjects for their earliest rural semi-literate audiences, were limited to religion, rulers, crimes and disasters, and homilies, but with advances in printing technology, they began to appeal to an urban and eventually an international audience. These new audiences preferred multi-paneled sheets that abandoned the old verities and instead depicted the whimsical situations typical of modern popular culture in both comic strips and in advertising. This presentation will review the development of popular prints from the earliest examples to comic strips and superheroes.
Patricia Mainardi is an art historian specializing in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her book Another World: Nineteenth-Century European Print Culture was recently published by Yale University Press and discusses the explosion of printed imagery in books, newspapers, comics, and single-sheet images. Previous books include Art and Politics of the Second Empire (Yale University Press, 1987), which was awarded the College Art Association Distinguished Book Award, The End of the Salon (Cambridge University Press, 1983), and Husbands, Wives, and Lovers (Yale University Press, 2003), as well as numerous articles and museum catalogues. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Gallery of Art and the French Institut national de l’histoire de l’art, and was appointed chevalier (knight) in the Ordre des palmes academiques by the French government. This year she received the College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award. She is professor emeritus in the Doctoral Program in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
The 186th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 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.
Twister Artwork above: ART©AnaMouyis
Earth Week: Beyond Polar Bears
Presentation and Stipend Awards
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 am to 11 am
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, I-202
55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
The images will be presented between 10:00 and 11:00 am during the Tishman Environment and Design Center interactive showcase of community-based participatory research led by New School faculty and students addressing the impacts of climate change.
Images will be shared during the first presentation. This is the culmination of a year long project and a great deal of work on your student’s part. If it is at all possible, please excuse this student to join the event, for this hour where faculty grant winners and student scholars will share their research that applies to policy, design, and social justice to address current and future environmental issues generated by the ever-increasing impact of climate change.
Earth Week: “Beyond the Polar Bear” Artwork Exhibition
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Event Café, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Visit this pop-up exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni work reflecting on the threat of climate change in our lives.
Since its launch in the spring of 2016, Beyond The Polar Bear, a collaboration between The New School and 350.org has captured the imagination of over eighty artists; students, faculty members and alumni from The New School and Parsons School of Design. Of the 142 works submitted, 80 visual expressions are assembled, comprised of gifs, video, memes, diptychs and single images dedicated to interpret the issue of climate change from an intimate perspective. The projected exhibition of works and brief summary of the project will be shared by coordinator and Parsons’ Illustration Assistant Professor, Wendy Popp.
This event is supported by the Tishman Environment and Design Center.
Parsons student Darius Moreno’s artwork has been featured in GoldLink’s newest album At What Cost as the cover artwork as well as the artwork for several singles including “Crew” and “Meditation.” Moreno was recently interviewed by VICE Magazine’s Noisey about his creative process behind the works. Read the interview here. The original framed acrylic of Moreno’s GoldLink artwork will be shown at the AMT 2017 End of Year Exhibit.