Category Archives: Events

Bat-Manga: Chip Kidd, Anne Ishii, & Geoff Spear at Rocketship!


Illustration Faculty Frank Olinsky gave us the heads up about a fantastic event going on at Brooklyn’s own Rocketship, purveyor of fine comics, cartoons, and graphic novels..  Here’s the scoop from their blog:

BAT-MANGA!!! Slideshow Presentation and signing with editor/designer supreme CHIP KIDD, photographer extraordinaire GEOFF SPEAR, and translating superstar ANNE ISHII!!!

Beer and Wine will be served… what a great opportunity to get a signed copy of my current favorite Batman book, BAT-MANGA, for yourself, or for the Batman fan in your life!

7:00-7:30: open bar, meet the BAT-MANGA crew

7:30-8:00ish: PowerPoint presentation

8:00-8:15: Q&A

8:15-close: signing

ONE-NIGHT ONLY BOOKPLATES DESIGNED BY MR. KIDD!! Available for folks getting books signed at the event! AWESOME!!

Sounds incredible–get out there tomorrow!

Thanks for the tip-off, Frank.

From the Inbox: Diane Dillon and Brian Selznick visit Pat Cummings


We’re passing along this fantastic invitation from Parsons Illustration faculty member Pat Cummings

For the final sessions of my classes (both Parsons and Pratt) I’m having two guest speakers next week.  Any students you think might be interested in either or both presentations would be welcome to come.

Both presentations will be held at my apartment in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn and there’s a limit on how many can attend. So please have anyone interested email me for directions and/or more information ASAP at:

please write: ‘children’s book program’ in the subject line so I don’t toss it out as spam.





This is an incredibly exciting opportunity!  Thanks for passing along the invite, Pat.

[top illustration by Brian Selznick]

Quick Hit: “Carousel” hosted by R. Sikoryak tonight!

Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.

Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty Member)

Gabrielle Bell with Karen Sneider
Jon Keith Brunelle of The Psychasthenia Society
Emily Flake
Dale Goodson
Jen Perez
Doug Skinner
and more!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
8 pm (door opens at 7:30 pm)

at the
NEW Dixon Place
161 Chrystie Street

$15 each  or $25 for 2
or TDF;  or $12 student/senior

Advance tickets & more info:
(212) 219-0736

Frank Gehry’s Superlight chairs given new weight at DWR’s Chelsea Studio!

Paul Kim

Straight from the Design Within Reach newsletter and blog:

A semester-long collaboration between Parsons the New School for Design, Emeco and DWR culminates with the unveiling of reimagined Frank Gehry Superlight chairs at the Chelsea Studio reception. Parsons Illustration students were challenged to redesign Gehry’s 6.5 lbs. chair. We purposely left the instructions vague, so as not to limit the students’ ideas. We placed no restrictions on materials (we encouraged mixed media) or concepts (we challenged them to think about the usefulness of the chair, the human form, social conventions, style and culture). The designs are as diverse as the students who created them. You are invited to discuss the results with Parsons Illustration chair Steven Guarnaccia, Emeco representatives, DWR’s own Bradford Shellhammer and the student-creators themselves. Snacks and wine will be served.

Editor’s Note: Come out and support all the great Illustration students (and their fantastic instructor, Noel Claro) who worked on this!

Reimagining the Chair: A Parsons, Emeco and DWR Collaboration
Wednesday, December 10, 7-9pm
DWR West 14th Street Studio
408 West 14th Street
(between 9th and 10th Ave.)
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212.242.9449

[illustration by Paul Kim]

Uglycon 3 at Giant Robot New York tomorrow!


Giant Robot is proud to host the third annual Uglydoll convention at GRNY.

In 2001, Sun-Min Kim (Parsons Illustration Alum) turned a drawing on the bottom of letters from David Horvath (Parsons Illustration Alum) into a hand-sewn doll. It was Wage, the first Uglydoll ever. After David brought the piece to the newly opened Giant Robot store, it evolved into a toy with a rabid following – selling out at shops around the world, appearing in movies, creating spin-offs, spawning bootlegs, and inspiring a new wave of stuffed plushes.

This year’s art show offerings will include original paintings by Sun-Min, black-and-white drawings by David, and print-and-drawing sets from Uglycon Tokyo. Also available for purchase will be rare toys such as test samples from past lines, signed prototypes, and “test shots” of kaiju figures.

In the tradition of the first two Uglycons, there will be costume contest in which fans are asked to dress up as their favorite Uglydoll. Winners chosen by David and Sun-Min will receive a bounty of prizes.

And there will be even more, including a sneak peek at a never-before-seen Uglydoll for 2009.

The first two Uglycons caused an online buzz and attracted fans from around the country and overseas. We expect the New York occasion to be even bigger. To facilitate demand and eliminate uncomfortable lineups, raffle tickets for making purchases will be handed out beginning at 12:00 noon. Starting at 3:00, these tickets will be drawn to determine the order of sales.

The opening reception will begin tomorrow at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 6.

December 6 – January 7, 2008
Reception: Saturday, December 6, 12:00 noon
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A
in the East Village
New York, New York 10009

(212) 674-GRNY (4769) |

Parsons Illustration students for Rwanda!

You are invited to Artfully Unforgotten’s presentation of

GISIMBA: Understanding Through Art
December 6th * 7 – 10 p.m. * Best Buy’s Loft in Soho

A whole host of Parsons Illustration students have works featured in this show so please come out and support this worthy cause.

21st Annual Indie and Small Press Book Fair this weekend!


Celebrate publishing’s independent spirit with over 100 indie publishers from around the world, all under one roof, selling books you can’t get at your big box bookstore. The Indie and Small Press Book Fair is one of New York City’s favorite annual literary events. It’s free, open to all, and packed with an exciting line-up of public events. Full event schedule and exhibitor list can be found here.

Bonus: In addition to all the wonderful wares and events, Illustration Alum and Faculty member R. Sikoryak will be giving a lecture on Saturday, December 6th, 2 p.m. Here are the details:

Masterpiece Comics: A Slide Show with R. Sikoryak

Comic book artist and Parsons instructor R. Sikoryak presents literature as seen through the cartoon medium. His slideshow explores the intersection of “high art” literature and “low art” comic strips as seen in the works by cartoonists who have adapted classic novels and plays. Sikoryak (whose own work includes adaptations of Dostoyevsky and Emily Bronte) discusses the history of these reinterpretations with images from over ninety years of comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels.

21st Annual Indie and Small Press Book Fair
Hosted by the New York Center for Independent Publishing
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7

General Society Building
20 W. 44th St.
New York, NY

Check out the official website here.

Good luck, Bob!