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The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium Presents: Blutch

Blutch on A European Education

“I am currently working on a book called Variations (Dargaud, September 2017), where I recreate a series of famous graphic novel sequences by great masters of European comics. This work forces me to ask myself questions regarding the ambiguous nature of sequential art.  Neither literary nor plastic, it is what Harold Rosenberg, referring to painting, once defined as an anxious object. How do we decode it? Where does it stand in our society? A graphic novel can receive a Pulitzer, cartoonists’ work is exhibited in great museums while the art establishment is still indecisive on weather to consider it a minor or a major art. Personally, I call my work ‘paradoxal literature.’  The pages that compose Variations follow each other with no beginning or end. Just fragments of stories that allow me to reach what I feel is hidden somewhere beyond the boundaries of my storytelling: sequential art as a brand new form of poetry. That is, a form of literature ‘to observe.’ Sculpted literature.” – Blutch

 

Born in Strasbourg on 27 December 1967, Christian Hincker, otherwise known as Blutch, obtained a degree in illustration from the Decorative Arts College in his hometown. Later, his drawings embellished the columns of Liberation, New Yorker and Inrockuptibles, a huge sign of success in the industry. But above all, he wanted to produce a graphic chronicle of daily life and its turpitudes. His works resembled thumbnail reports in which the characters of a comic tragedy become bogged down with far-fetched and fantastic digressions in the mirror.
He put his early youthful indiscretions into cartoon form in Fluide Glacial from 1990 onwards and collated them all in one album entitled Waldo’s Bar (Audie, 1992), which was soon to be followed by Mademoiselle Sunnymoon and then Blotch.

While continuing to regularly enrich the contents of these prestigious humorous cartoon-based magazines, he found his way into many small independent publishing houses which were starting to become well-established. The magazine Lapin featured stories which were to become Sunnymoon, tu es malade (Association, 1994). Cornélius published Lettre américaine (1995), followed by the series of booklets entitled Mitchum.
His contribution to the monthly A Suivre in 1996 marked the recognition of his very specific style, demonstrated in a powerful black and white production. In this, he presented a large section of Peplum, a homosexual tragedy based on Satiricon by Petrone, the uncut version of which was presented by Cornélius in 1997 (published in English by New York Review Comics, 2016). From that moment on, Blutch never hesitated to tackle controversial subjects.

In 1998, he produced Rancho Bravo for Audie, in collaboration with Capron. At Editions du Seuil publishing house, he illustrated texts by Hortense Dufour (Charivari, Melle Noémie), H. M. Enzensberger (Les Sept voyages de Pierre) and Fabio Viscogliosi (Le Pacha). His work was also to be found in Alain Beaulet publications (Le Cavalier blanc, n°2), as well as La Présidente, with J. C. Menu, in the collection Noire est la Terre and Brüsel (Piccoli).
After systematically using all black-and-white resources, Blutch adapted his expressionist work so as to profit from the support of the colorist Ruby in Vitesse moderne (Dupuis 2002, Europe Comics in English in 2017), exploring an almost fanciful Paris, haunted by stray creatures and shadows which you could swear were real even though they were only part of this unclassifiable creator’s fantasy.

Blutch collaborated with Jazzman magazine from 2000 to 2004, which resulted in the creation of Total Jazz (Cornélius). For Futuropois he wrote Bonheur, Volupté and Beauté between 2005 and 2008. He also worked with Alain Resnais (posters, graphics) and occasionally took on acting in a number of films.
In 2011 he released Pour en finir avec le cinema with Dargaud (So Long Sivler Screen, PictureBox 2014, Europe Comics 2017).
In 2014 Blutch released the totally surreal Lune l’envers (Dargaud 2014, Europe Comics 2017), which deals with an author suffering from writer’s block, buckling under the weight of self-doubt and daily responsibilities.

Playful, surreal and poignant, Blutch is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and challenging authors of our time.

The 183rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 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.

Parsons Alum Robert Sikoryak featured in the NYTimes Art Section

Parsons Alum Robert Sikoryak featured in the NYTimes Art Section!

Congratulations to Parsons Alum Robert Sikoryak for his NYTimes feature: An Artist Helps iTunes’ User Agreement Go Down Easy.  Since his time at Parsons, Sikoryak’s style of comic book adaptations have typically combined cartoons with classic literature, including Dostoyevsky in the style of Batman and Dante’s “Inferno” as told via Bazooka Joe bubble-gum-wrapper parodies.  Sikoryak honed this style while he was a student at Parsons.  Be sure to check out the article as well as his upcoming graphic novel, “Terms and Conditions.”

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium Presents: Jonathan H. Grossman and Ellen Truxaw

Jonathan H. Grossman and Ellen Truxaw on A Duo of Nineteenth-Century Digital Art Projects

(above) Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889, Basil: A Story of Modern Life, Publisher: J. Blackwood,  1856

The Crowd-Pleasing Cover Art of Railway Novels & George Cruikshank’s Eye.  Come see some stunning nineteenth-century visual images and witness their re-birth in the digital age! The topic will be two new digital projects: one on the crowd-pleasing cover art of railway novels and the other, in progress, on presenting an archive, held by the Hammer museum, of George Cruikshank’s caricatures and prints.  Jonathan H. Grossman is Professor of English at UCLA. He works on nineteenth-century British literature.  Ellen Truxaw, PhD candidate in English at UCLA, is writing a dissertation about the relation between image and text in the nineteenth century.

The 181st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 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.

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium Presents: Tiger Moody

Tiger Moody on Shooting Dope, Noosing Rope, and Other Things the Funnies Learnt Me

The harrowing true saga of one young delinquent’s quest for salvation within a box of lurid mildew.

Tiger Moody is the author of the novels Induction of the Sycophant, Heart of Brass, and the forthcoming Scabs. His cartoons, complaints, and short-fiction have appeared in The Buyer’s Guide to Comics Fandom, Dear Jesus, Paper Magazine, and Facebook, amongst others. He is a poet in-residence at Ray’s Candy Store, and a frequent contributor to the bathroom-walls of the Lower East Side.

The 180th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 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.

Beyond Polar Bears & 350.org Presents Todd Lambrix

Beyond Polar Bears welcomes the stories of artist and beekeeper Todd Lambrix.

Waxing on bees.
ART© Todd Lambrix

Join us for storytelling inspiration, creative writing, drawing and the taste of raw honey while we think about climate change and pollinators, brainstorm, journal, and sketch a model donned in beekeeping attire for our collaboration with 350.org.

Please bring your sketchbook and/or laptop!

Bringing the visual narrative to an intimate level we will encourage students to relate to climate change from their personal experiences during this workshop.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2 West 13th Street – Room 1104 3:00 – 3:50 pm

We hope you will participate and perhaps contribute your thoughts to our project.

For more information contact Wendy Popp: poppw@newschool.edu

 

350.org Climate Change Project Presents Guy Billout

Beyond The Polar Bear welcomes

Guy Billout

Join us, as Guy Billout shares his work and process in storytelling for our second micro-workshop for the 350.org climate change project! Guy Billout is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator whose aesthetic style is clean and spare, usually incorporating wonderful ironic elements. His work has been featured in Atlantic Monthly and he has been a consistent contributor to The New Yorker. In addition, his client list history includes: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Oprah, Travel & amp; Leisure, Business Week, Fortune, Time. His awards include: Hamilton King and The New York Times ten best illustrated children’s books.

Coordinator Wendy Popp will moderate the session’s discussion and brainstorming on sequential narratives and editorial imagery. Please contact poppw@newschool.edu for additional information. Bring your sketchbook and/or laptop! (Snacks provided!)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Room 1104 2 West 13th Street 3:00 – 3:50

Free and open to all students and faculty.

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium Presents Zoe Beloff

A still from the film “A Model Family in a Model Home”

Zoe Beloff will discuss her exhibition and book A World Redrawn inspired by unrealized film scenarios by the Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and the German playwright Bertolt Brecht.  Through films, drawings, architectural models and archival documents, she re-imagines their ideas for today.

Zoe Beloff is an artist working in film, installation and drawing. Her work focuses on drawing new time lines between past and present to help us think against the grain of reactionary ideology. Her projects include The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and its Circle 1926-1972, The Days of the Commune and most recently A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood. She is currently producing an exhibition “Emotions go to Work” about the commodification of affect and the Internet of Things. Zoe’s has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings. Venues include The Whitney Museum, Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, the Pompidou Center in Paris and Freud’s Dream Museum in St Petersburg.  She is a Professor at Queens College CUNY.

The 177th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7pmat Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby).

Free and open to the public

Illustration Faculty George Bates Is Interviewed for Design Arts Daily

Long-time illustration faculty George Bates was recently interviewed for Design Arts Daily:

George Bates Studio specializes in illustration, hand lettering and public art. These interests have led to collaborations with Virgin Mobile, MTV, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, the LA Times, Epic Records, David Carson and the creation of two permanently installed outdoor public art projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design program that can be seen at 36th Street, Rockaway, Queens and Central Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn subway stations. He has also received a public art commission from the RTD FasTracks North Metro Line in Aurora, Colorado now permanently installed as of Sept 2016 and is currently working with the Charlotte Area Transit System on a public art project to be installed in 2018. 

He is a part-itme Professor of Illustration at Parsons School of Design and has previously taught in the COMD program at Pratt Institute. At Parsons he created a new course offering that addresses overall problems and shortcomings in contemporary Illustration education and training. Sketchbook Warehouse is the class he’s crafted and honed over the years to address these concerns as all of the best jobs, learning, and open doors in his diverse career arc have come directly from his sketchbook interest and explorations.

His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, and the Promax BDA awards.
Website: http://www.georgebatesstudio.com/
Blog: http://georgebatesstudio.blogspot.com/
Instagram: bates_george
Twitter: @gBatesstudio
Public Events:
Images from the Charlotte Area Transit System project are currently on display at the Museum of Illustration / Illustrators 59: Uncommissioned, Institutional, Advertising show up til Jan 29th 2017: https://www.societyillustrators.org/exhibits/illustrators-59uia

You can see the entire interview here.

Dixon Place presents Carousel: Comics Performances and Picture Shows

Dixon Place presents Carousel

Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & music. 

Featuring:
  Pénélope Bagieu
, Cynthia KaplanAsterios KokkinosSummer Pierre,
Flash RosenbergWhit Taylor
, Kriota Willberg and more…

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Pénélope Bagieu is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin’.  http://www.penelope-jolicoeur.com

Cynthia Kaplan is the author of two collections of humorous essays, Why I’m Like This: True Stories and Leave the Building Quickly, among other things, and she is the founder of the band The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal.  You can find her, if you choose, at www.cynthiakaplan.com.

Asterios Kokkinos is the writer of the all-new graphic novel, “Toys 4 Cheap!” drawn by Jimmy Hasse. It’s a fake catalogue of dangerous and insane toys.  https://twitter.com/asterios

Summer Pierre is a cartoonist and illustrator living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life.  http://summerpierre.com

As an “Attention-Span-for-Hire” (and plain-clothes clown) Flash Rosenberg uses drawing, animation, photography, writing, and performing to accelerate the levity of awareness. This Guggenheim Fellow was the pioneering Artist in Residence for LIVE from the NY Public Library.  www.flashrosenberg.com

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey.  www.whittaylorcomics.com

Kriota Willberg writes, draws, teaches, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. The newest version of her injury prevention comic book for cartoonists will be published this fall by Uncivilized press. She is on the brink of becoming the first ever Artist in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s Historical Collection.  http://kriotawelt.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),  $12 (students/seniors/idNYC)

Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736

(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)