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New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium: Hip Hop and Comics

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A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 6pm at The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave., room L104 (lower level). Free and open to the public. Please note new location and time.

Hip Hop and Comics: A Conversation
For a Free Comic Book Day program, we’re bringing together a group that includes some of NYC’s finest Hip-Hop trailblazers and noted cartoonist Ed Piskor (creator of Fantagraphics Books’ best-selling Hip-Hop Family Tree series) to discuss Hip-Hop & comics’ parallel evolutions in New York city, the artistic influences that flow back and forth between the two, and more related topics, accompanied by a visual presentation illustrating the conversation.


Ed Piskor is the writer and artist of the acclaimed Hip-Hop Family Tree series from Fantagraphics (serialized online at boingboing). He also created the comic Wizzywig, and collaborated with the legendary Havey Pekar on The Beats: A Graphic History, Macedoina and American Splendor: Our Movie Year.

Eric Orr is the creator of “Rappin’ Max Robot”, the first-ever Hip-Hop comic book.  A graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator, with a 40+ year involvement in Hip-Hop culture, Orr’s work has been exhibited and published around the world.  In 1984, he became Keith Haring’s only collaborator on installations in the NYC subway system.

Jazzy Jay is a DJ and producer whose career began in the ’70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. A true originator, Jay worked alongside many of rap music’s most iconic musicians on seminal records by the Jazzy Five and T La Rock, and many others; and been featured in films including Beat Street and Scratch.

DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado is best known for his work as producer and DJ for artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC, but that only scratches the surface of the man’s CV – he’s an award-winning composer and turntablist, engineer, musician, b-boy, graf writer, MC, educator, and all-around Hip-Hop legend.

Moderated by Patrick A. Reed. Reed curates and moderates panels on Hip-Hop and comics at conventions and festivals around the country, writes for ComicsAlliance and other publications, founded and edits Depth Of Field Magazine, and is an accomplished DJ and sound designer.


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