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TWO NEW EVENTS for New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium

The following events have been added to the New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium. Keep an eye out for more updates in the near future about both events!

Nov. 5th at 7pm: Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe with Tom Oldham, Patrick Crotty, Tommi Musturi, David Schilter. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

Dec. 21 at 7pm: Peter Blegvad: DOPPELGÄNGER, on echoes, shadows, avatars and other singular doubles,
an illustrated talk.

Check below for all events and the recently added ones:

Figure Drawing Fridays Are Back!

Welcome back, students! While we hope you are enjoying your new classes for the fall semester, we are excited to announce the scheduled sessions for Open Figure Drawing at the University Center (Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Avenue), Room 619.

Open figure drawing is open to all Parsons students and faculty with a New School issued ID to enter the building. All that we ask is that you come with your own tools of choice and clean up after yourself before you leave. There are only 16 seats available however, participating students and faculty may come and go as they please.

The sessions run from 4:00-6:00 and from 7:00-9:00
Here are the dates to watch out for during this semester!

September 5th
September 12th
September 19th

October 10th
October 17th
October 24th
October 31st

November 7th
November 14th
November 21st

December 5th

October 3rd and November 28th are holidays, so there will not be a drawing session.

See you there!


Student of the Week: Mary Rockcastle

This week’s student of the week is Mary Rockcastle. Primarily a digital illustrator, Mary also makes prints, paintings, and multimedia works.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Mary Rockcastle, Mystical Grrrl Print, Relief Printmaking, Martin Mazorra


Mary Rockcastle, Trouble, Illustrative Painting, Gavin Speilman


Mary Rockcastle, Timid Creatures, Personal


Artist Statement:

My work revolves around topics of female sexuality and bending the perception of gender as a binary concept. Inspired by photographers like Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman, I try to incorporate their inspiring and honest self portraiture into my work while creating something more illustrative for a commercial audience. I work in a number of mediums, but mostly revolve between oil painting, digital painting, and a combination of ink and watercolor. I enjoy creating shocking or thought provoking work with soft aesthetics in order to create a vital juxtaposition that keeps me sane. My goal is to eventually to find work that combines my love for storytelling and gender studies in order to inform an audience

To see more of Mary’s work, be sure to check out her portfolio at:

Student of the Week: Josie Stevenson

This week’s student of the week is Josie Stevenson. Dealing with subtle subjects through various methods such as printmaking, drawing, and painting, Josie’s works tend to be on the edge of Fine arts and illustration.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Josie Stevenson, Jane x Josie (pages 16 – 17), Artist’s Books: Narrative, Aurora De Armendi


Josie Stevenson, Sunbathers, Thesis 1, Jordin Isip


Josie Stevenson, Holes, Sketchbook Warehouse, Mu Pan


Artist Statement:

Thematically, I’m drawn to such motifs as voyeurism, preservation and documentation. In approaching my work, my concern typically lies in conveying a sentiment or mood rather than a concrete narrative. Abstracted, textured and patterned elements all figure heavily in my illustrations. I typically work in ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic although recently I’ve been getting into bookmaking as well.

To see more of Josie’s work, be sure to check out her website at:

Student of the Week: Stephanie Tan

This week’s student of the week is Stephanie Tan. Primarily an illustrator, Stephanie is also a painter, an animator and paper craft artist.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Stephanie Tan, Spirit Gecko, Topics, Guy Billout


Stephanie Tan, Dinner for One, Beyond the Page, Noël Claro


Stephanie Tan, Polar Bear, Core Lab 3, Richard Borge


Artist Statement:

Stephanie Tan is an illustrator with a penchant for meticulous and repetitive work. She is greatly inspired by crafter culture, the DIY movement, and vintage nostalgia. She often turns to patterns and textiles for inspiration. She aims to convey a feeling of whimsy and wonder through the simplest use of line and color. Currently she is working on a body of paper sculptures, à la Mu Pan’s “origamu”.

To see more of Stephanie’s work, be sure to check out her website at:

AIGA/NY @ Parsons: It’s Nice That: Championing Creativity Across the World


A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for New School students, faculty, and staff (NSU ID required). 

CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS. The reservation system will shut down once we have reached capacity. 


Tishman Auditorium
Lobby, 66 West 12th Street

Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30PM Check-in
7:00-8:30PM Presentation

In April of 2007 Alex Bec and Will Hudson founded It’s Nice That, a publishing platform who’s mission is to champion creativity across the art and design world. Join us as Alex and Will discuss their journey from setting up shop in university, gaining over 350,000 monthly readers which then lead them to open INT Works, their creative agency. They will share their unique experience in how they create content from a local to global scale, how they structure their operation and interact, both commercially for clients and publishing across many different mediums.

After founding It’s Nice That in 2007, Will now oversees the running of all aspects of the company.

ALEX BEC, Director
Alex joined as director in 2008 and oversees the running of their sister agency INT Works.