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New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium: Jonathan Barli

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Bark Room (Orientation Room), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street

Presentation: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch’s life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.

Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director. He recently wrote, edited, and designed a book on the renowned cartoonist Virgil Partch, and will be taking on a role as Creative Director of Fantagraphics Fine Arts. He has done design work for Fantagraphics Books, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Ron Garofalo Photography and others.

NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium is a weekly series for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.  The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. Meetings will be facilitated by a rotating group of practitioners and guest speakers.

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