Category Archives: Events

Viktor Koen at NY Comic-Con


Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty Viktor Koen‘s TOYPHABET prints have been exhibited extensively as part of the series Dark Peculiar Toys, around the world, including Berlin, Athens and Beijing. This illustrated typeface is included in numerous books about typography, digital art and fantasy and has been featured in a full length article by Steven Heller in the prestigious Baseline magazine.

This is the first time the letters have been available in book form, featuring texts by author and long time collaborator Jeffrey Lee Simons.

TOYPHABET is a limited edition book made specially for the 2OO9 New York Comic Con and is carried exclusively by Baby Tattoo Books at booth#1622 this weekend at NY Comic-con.

Keep up the great work, Viktor!

Jerelle Kraus at 92nd Street Y and Society of Illustrators

krausThe official description of the event:

Kraus, Suares and Holland will discuss the beginnings, the development and the current state of The New York Times Op-Ed Page, whose illustrations started to revolutionize journalism in the 1970s. The lecture will focus on the Op-Ed’s use of illustration over the years, how illustration is commissioned and why, the artists that helped create its image and the importance of message-driven illustration.

The lecture will be followed by book signings by all three paticipants.

Moderated by Fernanda Cohen

Limited to 120 people $15 non-members $10 members $7 students

RSVP or call 212 838 2560

The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 838-2560

Earlier that the same day–February 4th–Jerelle Kraus will be appearing at the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca.  There are half-price tickets available for art students!  Here’s the lowdown:

In her 30 years as The New York Times art director, Jerelle Kraus observed many battles between editors and artists over the parameters of respectable journalism. Here she reveals some of the censored treasures that editors deemed too blasphemous to publish and explains how op-ed art has changed the course and purpose of illustration, and why it is more relevant and indispensable than ever. Kraus is the author of All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page.


You can grab your copy of Jerelle’s book here

David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim at Giant Robot New York!

deharavathgrnyParsons Illustration alums David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (co-creators of Ugly Dolls) will be have new works in a show along with Yukinori Dehara at Giant Robot New York.  Here’s the official scoop:

Giant Robot is proud to host Deharavath 2, a group art show featuring the work of Yukinori Dehara, David Horvath, and Sun-Min Kim.

Dehara’s hand-painted clay depictions of debauched salarymen, brutalized gangsters, happy monsters, and other unique figures stand about 5-inches tall. Although the pieces are detailed and glossy, the subtle and intentional flaws of the Japanese artist’s self-described “crummy” style project more humanity than horror, and are oddly sympathetic. His work has garnered a cult of collectors around the world, and is celebrated in books, stickers, and other merchandise. For this show, his subject will be “otaku.”

David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are best known for creating UglyDolls, the indie plush dolls that have gained a rabid worldwide following and sparked a movement of cool handmade toys. For this show, Sun-Min is preparing otaku-themed paintings and David is drawing a one-of-a-kind storybook–each page sold separately! (Parents and guardians should note that this is not an UglyDolls event, and will contain works intended for a somewhat more mature audience.)

A reception for the artists will be on Saturday, February 7th from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and the show will be up through March 4th, 2009.  Don’t miss it!

Deharavath 2
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)

Quick Hit: Jordin Isip and James Gallagher in Move group show

Move 18 – curated by Rich Jacobs

(part of the New Image Art 15th Anniversary Show)
7910 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood CA

Featuring the work of Parsons Illustration faculty Jordin Isip and James Gallagher, along with works by Barry McGee, Jason Polan, Melinda Beck, and a host of others.  And next door, the official 15th Anniversary Exhibition for New Image Art is in full swing:

New Image Art 15 Year Anniversary Show
With Move Exhibition
7910 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

So if you’re going to be out on the West Coast, drop by!

Parsons Illustration Alum Jonathan Jay Lee solo show

jonathan jay lee


Fresh from New York City, Jonathan Jay Lee has returned to Hong Kong to breathe new life into the local illustration scene, holding his first solo Hong Kong exhibition from February 10 to February 27 at the Fringe Gallery having worked in the U.S. for esteemed clients such as Marvel Comics.

“The illustration scene in Hong Kong is weak”, says Jonathan, “not because there aren’t a lot of creative people, but because clients aren’t willing to take risks with good ideas.” He believes that his exhibition will inspire and motivate viewers to venture into the illustrative unknown. Others agree; Singer Kary Ng, for whom Jonathan conceptualized and illustrated the Lady K comic book for, comments “Jonathan Jay Lee transformed and brought Lady K to life – one of the best artists I’ve worked with.”

Partnering with artist network Alive Not Dead, Hong Kong events organizer HK Clubbing, ultra-chrome printing specialists Giclee HK and monthly House event Opium Soul, artist Jonathan Jay Lee brings a new visual pleasure of aesthetic, with themes varying from Romance, Science Fiction, True Crime, Lonely Hearts to Zen Buddhism. “Hong Kong needs an illustrative kick in the ass,” Jonathan observes, “Let’s hope this event does just that.”

Congratulations, Jonathan!

Last Minute: Opening Reception for “Miami in New York”


Nancy Margolis Gallery

Works by:

Marie von Heyl
Eva Hild
Susan Jamison
Edward Del Rosario (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty)
and Kim Simonsson

January 15 – February 28, 2009

Here’s a sneak peek at a work by Mr. Del Rosario:


Modern I

And here’s a statement from the artist:

My work is a dramatization of events caused by cultural liaisons. The drama is a cyclical tale of a power struggle between the progeny of cultural clashes. The tale examines the absurdity of the games played to secure power. The balance of power sways tenuously. Alliances are formed and players are enslaved or liberated. Comic or tragic, there is no goal other than maintaining power. Those in power define the rules of liaisons.

Great work, Eddie!  So brave the snow and head out to the show’s opening reception tomorrow, January 15th, from 6:00PM – 8:00PM.

Nancy Margolis Gallery
523 west 25th Street (between 10th Ave and 11th Ave)
New York, NY 10001
Tel:  212.242.3013

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm

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