Category Archives: cartoons

Illustration alumnus Luis Nazario creates machines (and other things) for MAYDAY!

Illustration graduate Luis Nazario, a Dominican Republic native who moved to NYC in 2012 to gain his B.F.A. in illustration at Parsons, secured a job as a designer at MAYDAY design agency. MAYDAY works with high-end clients, including Levis Strauss, Manaolo Blahnik, Prada, Kenneth Cole, Cadillac, Comedy Central, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and for the Rauschenberg Foundation.

Luis recently designed an exhibitor’s booth, a Victorian-style steampunk machine, for TACKLEBOX, which was featured at the NY Tech Day Fair. He’s currently working on a series of illustrations for The Algonquin Hotel. We can’t wait to see what else he’s coming up with!

You can find more of Luis’ work here.


EVENT: Adapting Literature in Comics with R. Sikoryak

Hi Everyone!

I’m really excited to announce Comic Book Club’s very first EVENT!
We are kicking off Comic Book History Month with a presentation by Bob Sikoryak on the history of literary adaptation in comics. I have personally seen Bob speak before and he is fantastic! His passion for the medium and endless knowledge are going to be a real treat this week. Join us and bring your friends!

Parsons D12 Friday 3/7 @7pm
FREE PIZZA will be served!

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Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics at the Rubin Museum

Hero, Villain, Yeti opens on Friday, December 9th at the Rubin Museum.  The exhibit is an extensive collection of comics related to Tibet, with characters as diverse as Mickey Mouse, Buddha, and Tomb Raider Lara Croft.  The collection includes more than fifty international comic books dated from the 1940s to present day.  Tibet is explored as both a historical, political setting and a fantasy land.  In addition to those on display, dozens of comics are available for reading.

See the Rubin website for gallery hours and admission prices.
Gallery admission is free every Friday from 6 – 10 p.m.

There is a members-only preview night for the exhibit on Thursday, December 8th, featuring remarks from chief curator Jan Van Alphen and an illustrated keytalk by exhibition curator Martin Brauen. The preview night begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are available to members of the museum on a first come, first served basis.

Children’s Literary Salon – Coming to America

Saturday, October 1st, 2-3pm Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

The New York Public Library is hosting an panel discussing differences between American children’s books and those from other countries. Such subjects as the impact of translation on a story will be discussed by a panel that includes Parsons Illustration’s Associate Professor Nora Krug. For more information visit the New York Public Library’s Site.

Pro-Regime Gunmen Break Syrian Cartoonist’s Hands

drawing by Ali Ferzat, Syria's best-known political cartoonist


Masked gunmen dragged Syria’s best-known political cartoonist from his car before dawn Thursday, beat him severely and broke both his hands as a warning to stop drawing just days after he compared Syria’s president to Moammar Gaddafi. Click below to read more:–this-is-just-a-warning-pro-regime-gunmen-break-syrian-cartoonist-s-hands

Drawing by Ali Ferzat: Assad trying to hitch a ride from Gaddafi

Reminder: Parsons Illustration at MoCCA this weekend!

MoCCA Festival 2011!!
April 9-10, 2011
at the 69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue New York City

MoCCA Festival is an annual two-day event that attracts thousands of fans, creators and publishers from around the globe, in celebration of comics and cartoons.

Parsons Illustration will have a table featuring all kinds of amazing student work!

The MoCCA Festival will take place over April 9-10, 2011 at the Lexington Avenue Armory located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets. The event attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world’s most popular art form in the heart of New York City. Since 2002 the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork and more. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. For 2011, the panels and programs are being organized by Brian Heater (The Daily Crosshatch).

Special guests at MoCCA Fest 2011 include Johnnie Arnold, Peter Bagge, Nick Bertozzi, Ken Dahl, Jules Feiffer, Pascal Girard,Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, (Parsons Illustration Associate Professor) Ben Katchor, Chip Kidd, Michael Kupperman, Robert Mankoff, Tom Neely, Joe Ollmann, Bill Plympton, Alex Robinson, (Parsons Illustration Alum and Adjunct Faculty) R. Sikoryak, Eric Skillman, Ted Stearn, Adrian Tomine, Gahan Wilson, Julia Wertz, Sarah Glidden, Jessica Abel, Lisa Hanawalt, Leslie Stein, Domitille Collardey, Meredith Gran, and Kate Beaton and more…..

Featured exhibitors include Abrams Books, Danish Consulate, Drawn & Quarterly, Evil Twin Comics, Fantagraphics, First Second Books, Kirby Museum, Mammal Magazine, NBM, New York University, Pantheon Books, Papercutz, Parsons Illustration, Picturebox, Random House Publishing Group, Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Sparkplug Comic Books, School of Visual Arts, The Center for Cartoon Studies, The Daily Show, Top Shelf Productions, Will Eisner Studios and Zip Comics and more….

Make sure to stop by the Parsons Illustration table, grab a zine, and say hello!

[Poster by Peter Kuper]

Cartoon Polymaths opening on Thursday


Invites you to
Cartoon Polymaths

Opening Reception
February 3, 2011
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring the work of Mariscal, Winsor McCay, Richard McGuire,
Paper Rad, Tony Sarg, and Saul Steinberg

Curated by Illustration Faculty Member Bill Kartalopoulos

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Parsons The New School for Design
Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

On view until April 15, 2011

Pictoplasma Parsons 2010 on November 13th


13 NOVEMBER 2010
3.00-10.00 pm

Parsons The New School for Design
Part of New York Illustration Week
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

Pictoplasma returns to New York with select screenings, artist lectures, panels and presentations of the very best in international character design and art. Featuring: Nathan Jurevicius, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Peter de Sève, Craig Redman, Rilla Alexander, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Aaron Stewart, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Motomichi Nakamura and (Parsons Illustration Alum) Andy Kehoe.
3.00pm Introduction – Pictoplasma
3.45pm Artist Lecture – Craig Redman
4.15pm Artist Lecture – Rilla Alexander
5.30pm Artist Lecture – Nathan Jurevicius
6.15pm Artist Lecture – Peter de Sève
7.30pm Panel – Parsons Alumni
8.15pm Screening – Characters in Motion 2010
9.30pm Filmmakers Q&A
10.00pm End
Check out for more details and updates and of course, stay tuned to Words and Pictures!  Pictoplasma NYC is kindly presented and hosted by Parsons The New School of Design as part of the New York Illustration Week.


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