Category Archives: Events

Follow-up: Moleskine Jam

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Check out these cool pictures taken at the Parsons Illustration/Moleskine Sketchbook Jam, which happened earlier this month.  Over twenty students participated and Part-time Faculty member George Bates helped inspire, motivate, and encourage everyone to make beautiful work.

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Last Second First

If you’re in the Providence, RI area, you should check out this show, curated by Parsons Part-time Faculty Jordin Isip and featuring a host of narrative works by other Parsons Illustration folks, including:

William Buzzell (alum)
James Gallagher (part-time faculty)
Jordin Isip (part-time faculty)
Cat Lauigan (alum)
Liz Lee (alum)
Edward del Rosario (part-time faculty)

The grand opening is tomorrow night, October 30th and the show is up through November 30th so drop in and see it if you can.  Congrats to Jordin and all the other artists and involved!

Last Second First
ISB Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
2 Canal Walk, Providence, Rhode Island

Cartoonist Kim Deitch to Headline Two Public Events at MoCCA

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) announced that legendary underground cartoonist and graphic novelist Kim Deitch will make two special appearances at the museum in association with MoCCA’s current exhibit, Kim Deitch: A Retrospective.

Tomorrow, on October 30, Kim Deitch will host a Cartoon Movie Night featuring rarely seen animated cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s hand-picked for the occasion from Deitch’s own personal collection.  This period of animation inspired Deitch’s signature character Waldo the Cat and is the subject of his acclaimed graphic novel The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which is featured in the exhibit.  As a special Halloween treat, MoCCA will also display for one night only selected specimens from Deitch and spouse Pam Butler’s extensive collection of antique toy cats.  The blurring of fact, fiction and autobiography in Deitch’s work is a major focus of Kim Deitch: A Retrospective, and this display will present a rare opportunity to see the historical artifacts that motivate the fictional narrative in Deitch’s graphic novel Alias the Cat.

On November 13, Kim Deitch will appear at MoCCA for a Q & A session with exhibit curator (and Parsons Illustration Part-time Faculty) Bill Kartalopoulos.  In a unique and wide-ranging conversation, the two will discuss Deitch’s work and career to date. Deitch will present examples of recent work and will also preview images from his current works in progress.

Both events are free and open to the public, and run as part of a regularly scheduled series of “MoCCA Thursdays” events at the Museum.

Kim Deitch’s career spans the entire post-war history of avant-garde comics, from the underground to the literary mainstream. As an early contributor to the East Village Other, Deitch was a charter member of the underground comix scene that exploded with the 1968 publication of Robert Crumb’s Zap #1.  Forty years later, he stands alongside Crumb, Bill Griffith, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Art Spiegelman as one the most notable and prolific artists to emerge from that milieu.  Kim Deitch: A Retrospective features ninety-seven pieces spanning the artist’s entire career, including comics originals, preparatory sketches, prints, and animation cel set-ups.

The exhibit runs through December 5, 2008.

MoCCA is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (between Houston & Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212 254-3511
MoCCA is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12 – 5 pm
Suggested Donation during museum hours: $5
For more information please visit:

Pat Cummings and the Dillons featured in The Original Art Show

Art from Illustration Part-time Faculty Pat Cummings’ book Harvey Moon Museum Boy, will be featured in The Original Art show that goes up this month at the Society of Illustrators alongside a host of other wonderful artists including Parsons alums David Ezra Stein and Julian Hector.  Here’s a preview:

Make sure to check out Pat’s amazing work as well as all the other fine artists included in the show like Leo and Diane Dillon (Parsons Illustration Alums), who are receiving a Lifetime Achievement award for their outstanding art over the years.

The Original Art Show
October 16 through November 26, 2008

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY

[top images by Pat Cummings; bottom image from Northern Lullabye by Leo and Diane Dillon]

From the Inbox: Illuxcon

Current student Chantal Bennett passed along information about this exciting event…

Illuxcon, in Altoona, PA, is the first and only convention dedicated exclusively to fantastic illustration art. IlluxCon is intended to be a symposium, rather than a typical convention. The primary objective is to create a space where close personal interactions can take place between artists, their fans, collectors and students of the genre. There will be an original art show as well as demonstrations, panels and artist booths.

Guests include Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Jon Foster, Stephen Hickman, Ruth Sanderson, Bob Eggleton, Rebecca Guay, Tiffany Prothero, Charles Vess, Eric Fortune, Omar & Sheila Rayyan, Michael Whelan, Greg Hildebrandt, and many more.

Also, the greatest part of this conference is that the student passes are FREE! The passes entitle you to go to the entire conference, not just selected days.

If you are interested in carpooling to attend the conference, get in touch with Chantal to coordinate.

Repost and Reminder: Retrospective of Blab!

“BLAB!: A Retrospective” opened August 1, 2008 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on the campus of Kansas State University. The exhibition will be on view through November 2, 2008. It is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of BLAB!, Monte Beauchamp’s periodic anthology of sequential and comic art, illustration, painting, and printmaking. The exhibition, which focuses on BLAB! #8-18 (1995-2007), features the work of forty-six artists and includes 150 works of art from thirty-nine collections.

This exhibition features an eclectic gathering of stylistically varied work by alternative comics artists, illustrators, graphic designers, printmakers, and painters from BLAB!, the annual anthology of visual art produced by Chicago-based graphic designer and art director Monte Beauchamp.

BLAB! began in 1986 as a self-published fanzine (fan-produced magazine) devoted to MAD magazine and other EC Comics publications. Today it is a significant outlet for a wide variety of contemporary artists. BLAB!‘s influence has cut a broad swath across contemporary visual culture. It has helped launch many artists’ careers. It has introduced American audiences to important contemporary European graphic and comics artists. And, it has contributed meaningfully to the blurring of boundaries between alternative graphics and mainstream illustration. All of the work in this exhibition has been featured in BLAB!.

Artists in exhibition:

Michael Bartalos, Gary Baseman, Richard Beards, Tim Biskup, Stéphane Blanquet, Calef Brown, Greg Clarke, The Clayton Brothers, Sue Coe, Don Colley, Brian Cronin, Nicolas Debon, Douglas Fraser, Drew Friedman, Geoffrey Grahn, Steven Guarnaccia (Illustration Department Chair), Ryan Heshka, Peter Hoey, Tom Huck, Teresa James, Jeffrey Kamberos, Nora Krug (Illustration Department Faculty), Peter Kuper (Illustration Department Alum), Mark Landman, Laura Levine, MATS!?, Walter Minus, Christian Northeast, John Pound, Archer Prewitt, CJ Pyle, Helge Reumann, Xavier Robel, Spain, Jonathon Rosen, Marc Rosenthal, Sergio Ruzzier (Illustration Department Faculty), David Sandlin, Bob Staake, Fred Stonehouse, Mark Todd, Chris Ware, and Esther Pearl Watson.

The accompanying 128-page, full-color catalogue was designed by Monte Beauchamp and contains contributions by David A. Beronä, Mark Frauenfelder, Matt Dukes Jordan, and Bill North.

BLAB! cover

Related Events

Sept. 18 – Gallery talk by Bill North, senior curator, Beach Museum of Art, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 25 – Lecture, “From Highbrow Comics to Lowbrow Art: The Shifting Contexts of the Comics Art Object” by Bart Beaty, noted comics scholar and associate professor of communications studies, Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 – Artist talks by Steven Guarnaccia and Nora Krug, associate professors, illustration department, Parsons: The New School for Design, 5:30 p.m.

You can see installation views on Flickr and grab your own Blab! here.

Blab!: A Retrospective
August 1st-November 2nd, 2008
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
701 Beach Lane (14th & Anderson Ave.)
Manhattan, KS 66506