Category Archives: Talks/Lectures

SPECIAL New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium – November 5, 2015

Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe

Bill Kartalopoulos in conversation with Tom Oldham, Patrick Crotty, Tommi Musturi and David Schilter discussing the alternative small press comics in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Latvia.

Tom Oldham is a co-founder of Breakdown Press, a comics publisher based in London, UK. Breakdown Press is dedicated to publishing the very best in comics art, whether the cutting edge work of new cartoonists or undiscovered classics of the past.
Patrick Crotty is an artist and the official boss of the Swedish PEOW! studio. PEOW! is a publisher, shop and risograph studio based in Stockholm, publishing intergalactic comics from Sweden and abroad.
Tommi Musturi is an artist and co-founder of KUTIKUTI, a non-profit contemporary comics association and artist collective formed in Finland. KUTIKUTI are ca. forty members who make, teach and publish comics. They operate internationally with an aim to maintain and develop comics as an art form.
David Schilter is a co-editor of kuš!, a small press publisher from Riga. kuš! promotes alternative comics in Latvia and abroad. Next to publishing international anthologies and mini comics, they organize exhibitions workshops and other comic-related events.

Illustration by Patrick Crotty


November 5, 2015 at 7pm


NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.


EVENT: Exploring Comics through Moebius

Hi Everyone!
Join us this week as we talk about one of the legends in comics, Moebius! Our wery own DT student Ricardo Vega will be giving a talk on this amazing artist. Come and hang out and learn a few things! *Please note the time change for this week
Friday 3/21 D12 @6pm
6 east 16th St. 12th floor
Check out the Event Link Here!
​Hope to see you there!

Event! – Comic Book Art History with Arlen Schumer

This Friday!
Join us for more Comic Book History with Arlen Schumer!
Schumer has written the award winning book “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art”  which highlights the careers of various hall of fame artists who drew definitive versions of the industry’s greatest characters. This book is the first to concentrate on the importance of these artists and their work, as well as the literary and sociological aspects of the Silver Age.  In this Visual Lecture, Schumer presents an insider view of his twin careers as both comic book historian, and illustrator.
Friday 3/14 7PM
Parsons -D12
6 east 16th st. 12th Floor
New York NY
FREE & Open to the public!
See you there!

EVENT: Adapting Literature in Comics with R. Sikoryak

Hi Everyone!

I’m really excited to announce Comic Book Club’s very first EVENT!
We are kicking off Comic Book History Month with a presentation by Bob Sikoryak on the history of literary adaptation in comics. I have personally seen Bob speak before and he is fantastic! His passion for the medium and endless knowledge are going to be a real treat this week. Join us and bring your friends!

Parsons D12 Friday 3/7 @7pm
FREE PIZZA will be served!

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NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium w/ T Edward Bak – 11/18



T Edward Bak speaks on the natural history and works which inspire and inform the narrative of his book, Island of Memory: Volume 1 of WILD MAN – The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller, The author’s presentation on process, research, and travel experiences will be followed by an audience Q&A.

The sixty-seventh meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.


T Edward Bak teaches and lectures on comics in the Pacific Northwest, where he studies Environmental Studies. He was the 2007 Center for Cartoon Studies Fellow and is the cartoonist of Service Industry, and WILD MAN – The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller. His stories appear in The Graphic Canon, The Best American Comics, MOME, and Drawn & Quarterly Showcase. A native of Colorado, he often migrates throughout North America but usually resides in Portland, Oregon.


New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium for Nov. 4th

The sixty-fifth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Presenters: Amy Kurzweil and Charlie Boatner
Moderaters: Nick Sousanis and Tom Motley

Amy Kurzweil on Decaying Sense: How comics compose memory. Chris Ware intuits that “comics is a possible metaphor for memory and recollection,” while Art Spiegelman asserts that “comics work the way the brain works…past, present, and future all butted up against each other – the perfect medium for depicting memory.” As a prose-writer and a comics-creator concerned with depicting the past and the inner lives of my characters, I wondered: what is unique about comics’ ability to map memory? As part of my graduate thesis here at The New School, I turned a critical eye to form. Join me as I analyze comic pages – from the work of great masters to the sketches public school children – asking: what, specifically, do comics afford in the timeless task of putting the past on the page?

Amy Kurzweil is an emerging cartoonist and fiction writer. She graduated from The New School’s MFA writing program in May of 2013. She was Norman Mailer Fellow for fiction writing this past summer, and she was recently short-listed for the Posen Foundation’s Writing Fellowship for her graphic-memoir in progress, Flying Couch. The memoir, her graduate thesis, tells the story of three generations of women in her family. Amy has drawn 152 of the 280 pages of her book – but it’s not like she’s counting or anything. When Amy is not writing or drawing, she teaches writing or drawing. Recovering from a stint in the public schools, Amy now teaches at FIT and Parson’s school of Art and Design History and Theory.

Charlie Boatner on How to Read a Comic Book. Comic books are easy to read, so it’s tempting to read them too quickly and miss much of what they have to offer. Charlie Boatner will demonstrate how comics graphics can be decoded to reveal theme and artist point-of-view, using techniques adapted from film analysis (particularly the study of Visual Style). He will illustrate his talk with two issues of the ground-breaking Green Lantern/Green Arrow series of the early 70s.
Charlie Boatner wrote his bachelor’s thesis on comic books in 1977. He went on to write stories for titles like Action, Marvel Fanfare, and Tales of Terror, as well as an article for The Comics Journal. With artist Steve Parkhouse, he created the graphic novel, The Hiding Place in 1990. From 2004 to 2010 Charlie answered children’s questions in the letters pages of DC Comics’ Scooby-Doo and Super Friends.


NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium 10/28

The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium Presents : JOE KUBERT: A VisuaLecture by Arlen Schumer

Monday, October 28, 2013
7:00 PM
Parsons The New School
2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby)
Free and open to the public.

“As we look back 500 years ago on the Renaissance masters of figurative art like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will future art historians 500 years from now look back on an artistic giant who walked the earth in our time, a graphic artist nonpareil who made pen and brush marks like no one on earth before or after him: the one, the only . . . Joe Kubert (1926-2012)! Kubert entered the comic book field in the 1940s as a teenager drawing for DC Comics, and then went on to become one of the legendary figures of the medium, whose style is unmistakable and unforgettable, the most expressive pen-and-brush comic book artist of his generation.From his quintessential Hawkman and Sgt. Rock features, to his definitive rendition of Tarzan in the 1970s, to the many graphic novels he created in his later career, this singular stylist is showcased via super-graphic comic book panel and page projections that put the “visual” in “VisuaLecture.”” – Arlen Schumer

Arlen Schumer is a member of The Society of Illustrators, creating comic book-style illustrations for advertising and editorial usage, and one of the foremost historians of comic book art—his book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. He is a recognized expert in Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen and lectures on these and other pop culture subjects at universities and cultural institutions nationwide.


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.

Artists – Know Your Rights Before You Consign!

If you want your work sold in galleries, you’d better know your rights, first! Don’t miss “Understanding Artists’ Rights in Dealer Relationships” on May 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Kellen Auditorium, presented by The Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property (PiiP), in partnership with the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Recent events, such as the bankruptcy of the Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, have highlighted the need for artists to protect their ownership rights in works of art they consign to galleries for sale, and to be especially vigilant in ensuring that they receive a timely accounting and the proceeds from the sale of their consigned works.  The panel will address how artists may best protect their interests through a written agreement, and how certain rights and remedies are conferred upon artists in the New York State Arts and Cultural Affairs Law.  An agreement is an important tool for clearly setting forth the rights and obligations of an artist and her dealer.  It also enables the parties to manage their expectations as they enter into a relationship.  The NY Arts and Cultural Affairs Law applies to dealers and artists in New York regardless of whether they have an express agreement, but it addresses only some of the parties’ rights and obligations.

Points to be discussed will include:

  • What terms should be included in an artist/dealer agreement?
  • What rights does an artist have when a gallery sells an artist’s work of art and fails to deliver the sale proceeds to the artist?
  • Are there any tools available to alleviate the substantial legal fees an artist might have to incur to enforce his or her rights?

The panel will be comprised of attorneys who are members of the Art Law Committee:

Michael Lee Hertzberg has maintained a law practice in Manhattan for the past thirty-five years that has included the representation of visual artists, art galleries, private dealers and collectors concerning transactional matters and litigation.

Dean Nicyper is a Partner at the law firm Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP, and heads the Art Law practice there.  He has worked with auction houses, galleries, museums, artists, collectors and dealers in art-related disputes and transactions for more than 17 years.

Joshua Lipsman, (JD, MD) will be the panel moderator.


May 29, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design, Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. 
 This event is open and free to the public.