Category Archives: Talks/Lectures

Artists Against the War Panel tonight

Artists Against the War
A panel discussion and book signing with Steve Brodner, Frances Jetter, Victor Juhasz, Peter Kuper and Wendy Popp
February 10, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Based on the 2008 Society of Illustrators’ exhibit, “Artists Against the War”, Artists Against the War draws from the history of graphic protest and demonstrates the many ways that illustrators — in comics, editorial cartoons, illustrations for magazine articles, and so on — have reflected on the representations and misrepresentations of war, specifically the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The history of commercial illustration in the United States encompasses the images of artists like Charles Dana Gibson, Maxfield Parish, N.C. Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, Frederic Remington, and Norman Rockwell. These and many other artists helped to shape and define the American experience. After the Second World War, a divide grew between the worlds of illustration and fine art. Commercial publishers bankrolled illustrators to produce images on demand that were essential to marketing. Fine artists, meanwhile, generally struggled on their own to create unique and contemplative works of a decidedly non-mercantile nature.

Early on, some editorial illustrators, while still on paid assignments sponsored by commercial interests, managed to bridge this gap between illustration and high art—creating evocative works that told of real world events. Harper’s Weekly employed Winslow Homer as a war correspondent, sending him to the front lines of the American Civil War to sketch soldiers on the battlefield. Afterwards Homer evolved into one of America’s finest 19th-century painters. Business-related foundations aside, illustration commonly shared with fine art—up until the post WWII era—an exploration of the world through the traditions of objective realism. That relationship disappeared with the ascendancy of abstract art. The high art world is currently unable to provide thoughtful examinations that connect with the general public.

Surprisingly, the world of commercial illustration offers a model for the advancement of contemporary fine art. Endeavoring to communicate clearly, illustrators never abandoned realist aesthetics, which are the most direct way to deliver a thought or concept to a large audience. More importantly, illustration art does not wallow in the cynical disengagement and alienation that is so fashionable in today’s high art. Therein lies the potency and importance of Artists Against the Wars.

Steve Brodner will lead a panel discussion with Frances Jetter, Victor Juhasz, Peter Kuper and Wendy Popp. A book signing will follow.

$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students


The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is a one-day festival of cartoon and graphic art featuring artists and publishers displaying and selling publications; lectures and conversations on comics (see below); and associated exhibits and satellite events.

December 4, 12- 9 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
275 North 8th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Downstairs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Saturday, December 4th
All panels moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos unless otherwise indicated


Lynda Barry drew the syndicated weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek for more than two decades, and has authored books including CruddyOne Hundred DemonsWhat It Is, and this year’s Picture ThisCharles Burns is the author of acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole and the recent full color book X’ed Out. Join us for this conversation between two extraordinary artists who also share a personal history as former classmates.

In 1980, Françoise Mouly co-founded, with Art Spiegelman, the ground-breaking comics anthology RAW. She is also the Art Editor of The New Yorker and the Editorial Director of the TOON Books line of children’s comics. Sammy Harkham is the editor of the Kramers Ergot series, which has articulated a new aesthetic for comics – and comics anthologies – with each monumental volume. Harkham and Mouly will discuss the pleasures and problems of editing.

In their most conventionally narrative form, comics develop a storyboard-like continuity from panel to panel. But how isolated can a panel be? Renée FrenchJames McShaneJungyeon Roh and Leanne Shapton will discuss the ways in which they construct or suggest narratives by assembling images of objects and moments that retain their individual integrity.


Comic books came into their own with the success of Superman’s 1938 debut. By 1940, Irwin Hasen was working in this new field, drawing early comics featuring Green Lantern and Wildcat before co-creating the comic strip Dondi and, recently, the 2009 graphic novel LoverboyEvan Dorkin and Paul Pope will join moderator Dan Nadel for a special conversation with an artist who has been working in comics for seventy years.

Anders Nilsen’s fine line, radical graphic experimentation, and humane philosophical investigations distinguish him as one of the most notable cartoonists of his generation. This winter sees the conclusion of his series Big Questions, an epic epistemological adventure featuring several cartoon birds (some of them dead) and one disoriented fighter pilot. Anders will discuss his art and career in this spotlight conversation.

Ernie Bushmiller’s iconic comic strip Nancy has been described as “a mini-algebra equation masquerading as a comic strip” drawn by “a moron on an acid trip.” Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), Mark Newgarden (How To Read Nancy), and Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix) will discuss the unshakeable appeal of Nancy and the essence of gag humor in their comics.

Artwork that is dense with compositional detail, line, pattern and texture encourages a lingering, wandering eye. How does this kind of drawing work in comics? Brian ChippendaleJordan CraneKeith Jones and Mark Alan Stamaty will consider the relationship between densely made drawing and the propulsive concerns of visual narrative.

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is an ongoing project by Desert IslandPictureBox and Bill Kartalopoulos (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty).


Book Maker’s Dozen event at Powerhouse Arena

Thirteen Leading Children’s Book Illustrators Will Present and Discuss Their Works

Thursday, December 2, 7–9 PM
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Please RSVP:

Thirteen leading children’s book illustrators—including those who brought us Ivy and BeanMoonshotPercy Jackson and the OlympiansMadelineSeries of Unfortunate EventsTrucktownOswald and more—will be presenting and discussing their works. They also have banded together to create a set of limited edition prints featuring favorite images from their most recent and best-loved books. Signed limited edition prints will be available for $100. Join us for the opening reception and discussion of their work and the world of book illustration.

Participating Artists:

  • Selina Alko
  • Peter Brown
  • Brian Floca
  • David Gordon
  • Dan Yaccarino (Parsons Illustration Alum)
  • Boris Kulikov
  • Sophie Blackall
  • Brett Helquist
  • Aileen Leijten
  • Sergio Ruzzier (Parsons Illustration Faculty)
  • John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Sean Qualls
  • John Rocco

Find out more here:

Photographic Proof of Pictoplasma!


This past Saturday from 3-10 PM, Pictoplasma came to Parsons from Berlin. Parsons Illustration provided some talent of its own, and we attracted some 400 attendees. We also attracted the New York Fire Department, when Craig Redman’s presentation was interrupted by a fire alarm and a building evacuation. Happily, all were safe and we proceeded with the program. Above are some snaps from the event.

Thank you to all who participated and attended this fantastic event!  See you next time!

Opposing Sides to IP Legal Issues, Conflicts Examined, Discussed & Explained, for Graphic Artists

Opposing Sides to IP Legal Issues, Conflicts Examined, Discussed & Explained, for Graphic Artists
Wed, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pratt Institute Manhattan
144 W. 14th Street, Room 213
New York City

Join the Graphic Artists Guild as they welcome intellectual property lawyers Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. and Sheafe B. Walker, Esq. who will discuss copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and other legal issues pertaining to graphic artists.  The New York Chapter is the largest and oldest (inc. 1971) chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, a labor union of commercial artists and related industries. Since 1967, the Guild’s mission has been to raise industry standards and help improve visual creators’ professional careers.

The plot unfolds by way of a comic book spread for “The Adventures of Maggot Man,” an intentionally problem-ridden comic written by Mr. Crowell and illustrated by Allan Norico and created for this year’s NY Comic Con legal seminar. Mr. Crowell and Mr. Walker will take opposing views as they pull back the curtain to show you how lawyers debate the issues of copyright and trademark infringement, fair use, and parody.

Illustrator Allan Norico will shed some light on how to work with a lawyer in ensuring that your artwork raises as few legal issues as possible.

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a founding partner of the law firm of Saperstein & Crowell, LLP. He is a NYC based attorney whose practice includes copyright, licensing, film, and television, among other areas (see his website, for more details). The executive director emeritus of NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Mr. Crowell teaches film and television law at the School of Visual Arts and has organized and conducted the comic book legal workshops at NY Comic Con for the past 4 years. He is also the author of “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers,” (Focal Press, 2007).

Sheafe B. Walker, Esq. is founder of the Law Office of Sheafe Walker and has represented Art Harlem and its affiliated artists (www. Mr. Walker has presented lectures on copyright and contract issues faced by artists, creators and publishers at the New York Comic Con and the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Walker is a contributor of “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers,” (focal press, 2007).

Alan Norico is a character designer and illustrator whose clients include Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft.

Special Fall Discount!
Pre-register, and members pay $10, non-members pay $15
Full price is $15 for members and $20 for non-members
(Students and Seniors get $5 off these prices)
Free for all Pratt students, faculty, and staff

To Register: Use the PayPal button below, email, call 212-791-3400 ext 11, or fax 212-791-0333. You can also download a registration form from our website, and mail to 32 Broadway, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10004

Pictoplasma NYC on November 13th at Parsons

Parsons The New School for Design will present Pictoplasma NYC, a conference celebrating the artistic creation of character design, on Saturday, November 13 from 3-10 p.m.. Featuring lectures, panel discussions, and short film screenings, the event is part of Illustration Week, an annual programming series across New York City that showcases the best in international character design and art.  The conference will be held at Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York. Admission is free, but registration is requested via email to Pictoplasma NYC is supported by

The conference was organized by Pictoplasma founders and curators Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler, and Steven Guarnaccia, chair of Illustration at Parsons. Among the featured participants is Ice Age character designer Peter de Seve, a well-known illustrator, New Yorker cover artist, and Parsons alumnus, who will discuss the process of creating iconic characters. In addition, Guarnaccia will moderate a panel discussion on how creative skills developed in art school can translate into work-life projects and careers, featuring a range of Parsons alumni: animation director Aaron Stewart, artist Motomichi Nakamura, and ornamental painter Andy Kehoe.

Also presenting are two members of the Australian design collective Rinzen, known for its video and audio remix project, RMX. New York-based designer Craig Redman has a creative output filled with twisted optimism and simple messages executed in a colorful, bold style. His character Darcel has become a fashion icon and is often featured at famed Parisian boutique Colette, where he recently had a solo exhibition. Berlin-based designer Rilla Alexander is inspired by vintage children books and mythical stories to create characters with complex identities through a blending of illustration, graphics and 3D design. Her RMX project, Neighbourhood, involved 20 blank plush dolls that were passed around the world being reworked and remade.

Illustrator Nathan Jurevicius will discuss his most acclaimed project to date, Scarygirl. Since her creation in 2001, Scarygirl has developed a following of fans throughout the world and has been the subject of a game, graphic novel, numerous limited edition vinyl toys and travelling shows, and a forthcoming feature film.

The program will conclude with a screening of Characters in Motion 2010, a 75-minute collection of animated short films, music videos and motion graphics. Each film was selected for its innovative and style-setting character design and the intriguing way these protagonists involve the viewer in surreal settings.

Pictoplasma is acclaimed for its unique focus on contemporary character design and art. Timeless publications showcase the work of a global scene of illustrators, graphic designers and animation filmmakers. The annual conference in Berlin is the meeting point for an international audience. The inimitable mix of selected animation programs, the lively exchange between the various disciplines and face-to-face artist lectures, allowing a personal glimpse into the character centered universe of the protagonists, have proven highly inspiring and highlight the importance of characters in contemporary visual culture. Whether illustration, animation, graphic design, street or fine art – the emphasis is not on the limits of style or format, but on the shared dedication to explore character-driven aesthetics. After its US premiere in 2008, the event is now returning to New York for the second Pictoplasma NYC edition. For more information, please visit

In the BFA Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive schools of art and design in the world, students are poised to become influential, pictorial communicators. Through studio and digital course work, the program builds proficiency in drawing and media-based skills; creativity in concepts and problem solving; awareness of art and design and current social and cultural concerns; and fluency in technological tools and software. For more information, please visit

Pictoplasma NYC 2010
November 13, 2010
3-10 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium
66 W. 12th

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to:


Pictoplasma Parsons 2010 on November 13th


13 NOVEMBER 2010
3.00-10.00 pm

Parsons The New School for Design
Part of New York Illustration Week
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

Pictoplasma returns to New York with select screenings, artist lectures, panels and presentations of the very best in international character design and art. Featuring: Nathan Jurevicius, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Peter de Sève, Craig Redman, Rilla Alexander, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Aaron Stewart, (Parsons Illustration Alum) Motomichi Nakamura and (Parsons Illustration Alum) Andy Kehoe.
3.00pm Introduction – Pictoplasma
3.45pm Artist Lecture – Craig Redman
4.15pm Artist Lecture – Rilla Alexander
5.30pm Artist Lecture – Nathan Jurevicius
6.15pm Artist Lecture – Peter de Sève
7.30pm Panel – Parsons Alumni
8.15pm Screening – Characters in Motion 2010
9.30pm Filmmakers Q&A
10.00pm End
Check out for more details and updates and of course, stay tuned to Words and Pictures!  Pictoplasma NYC is kindly presented and hosted by Parsons The New School of Design as part of the New York Illustration Week.


Graciously sponsored in part by Folioplanet.

Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary at the New School on Thursday

They are not characters in a joke: A creative director, two of his designers and an author will share the stage to reveal behind-scenes-secrets of the making of book jackets. Afterwards they may walk into a bar together. Who knows?

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich will moderate the evening in celebration of the publication Penguin 75, a unique book with the creme de la creme of the Penguin book jacket design world, complete with commentaries from authors, editors and designers. On the panel will be Paul Buckley, editor of Penguin 75 and Executive Vice President Creative Director at Penguin, joined by A.M. Homes is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which are the novel, This Book Will Save Your Life and the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter. Also on the bill will be Penguin book jacket designer extraordinaire Gregg Kulick and the super talented Jim Tierney; both who have illustrated many jackets under Mr. Buckley’s art direction.

Event attendees may reunite to discuss the evening’s presentation at a location where food and drink – though not provided by AIGA/NY – are readily available. Catch up with old friends and make new ones at these informal “Postscript” gatherings.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for New School students, faculty, and staff (NSU ID required).


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28 2010 6:30–8:30PM
6:30PM Check-in
7-8:30PM Event
8:30-9:00PM PostScript