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2009 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!

The 2009 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty member R. Sikoryak has been nominated for “Best Previously Published Graphic Album” for his book Masterpiece Comics.

Congrats to Bob on his continuing success with this fantastic piece of work!

R. Sikoryak at MoCCA: How Classics and Cartoons Collide

R. Sikoryak
How Classics and Cartoons Collide

June 15 – August 29, 2010

Original drawings from the book “Masterpiece Comics,” which adapts literary classics in the styles of famous cartoons.

Curated by Bill Kartalopoulos

Sikoryak and Kartalopoulos in Conversation
Thursday, July 15, 7pm

Comics chameleon R. Sikoryak inventively adapts canonical Western literature using the visual styles and characters of historical American comic books and comic strips. Among his many works produced over the past twenty years, Sikoryak has adapted Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in the style of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights in the style of Tales From the Crypt, and the Book of Genesis in the style of Chic Young’s Blondie. “More than a gag or a parody,” said exhibit curator Bill Kartalopoulos, “these thoughtful and intricately constructed dual adaptations suggest resonances that reflect upon each story’s pair of sources.”

R. Sikoryak: How Classics and Cartoons Collide: examines the artist’s intensive process by showcasing a selection of notes, sketches, and reference material from one of his longest and most ambitious narratives, 2000’s “Dostoyevsky Comics,” which adapts Crime and Punishment in the style of a mid-century Batman comic book. The exhibit also includes all ten original art boards for the final story, recently collected alongside Sikoryak’s other adaptations in his book Masterpiece Comics, published in 2009 by Drawn and Quarterly.

There will be a conversation between Sikoryak and Kartalopoulos on July 15 at 7PM. Admission for this event is $5, free for members of MoCCA.

About R. Sikoryak
R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly).  His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The Onion, The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad, Fortune, and many other publications; he’s drawn for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Ugly Americans. Sikoryak teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and is an alum of the program. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.

About Bill Kartalopoulos
Bill Kartalopoulos teaches classes about comics and illustration at Parsons The New School for Design. He is a frequent public speaker and is the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo and the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He writes about comics for Print Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, and reviews comics forPublishers Weekly. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), an annual academic conference devoted to comics. In 2008 he curated Kim Deitch: A Retrospective at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York, NY. He lives in Brooklyn.

About Masterpiece Comics
Masterpiece Comics adapts a variety of classic literary works with the most iconic visual idioms of twentieth-century comics. Dense with exclamation marks and lurid colors, R. Sikoryak’s parodies remind us of the sensational excesses of the canon, or, if you prefer, of the economical expressiveness of classic comics from Batman to Garfield. In “Blond Eve,” Dagwood and Blondie are ejected from the Garden of Eden into their archetypal suburban home; Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray is reimagined as a foppish Little Nemo; and Camus’s Stranger becomes a brooding, chain-smoking Golden Age Superman. Other source material includes Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, bubblegum wrappers, superhero comics, kid cartoons, and more.

MoCCA Fest and a host of other comix events this week!

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art joyfully lets you know about the terrific MoCCA Fest panels & programming set for April 10 and 11, which include such comics luminaries as Kyle Baker, Gabrielle Bell, Kim Deitch, Emily Flake, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Neil Kleid, Peter Kuper, Michael Kupperman, Hope Larson, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Miller, Josh Neufeld, Rick Parker, Paul Pope, Henrik Rehr, Alex Robinson, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, James Sturm, (Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty) R. Sikoryak, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, Gahan Wilson and Craig Yoe!

Make sure to drop by the Parsons Illustration tables to see and buy a variety of student work including the latest issue of the student-produced zine Team Tiger Cobra!

But you want more! Well there is more, so you are in luck:

ALSO:  Join MoCCA after the Festival Saturday night at the Village Pourhouse for the MoCCA Fest 2010 Official AfterPARTY!
Saturday, April 10, $5 entry
The Village Pourhouse 63 3rd Ave @11th st

The Details:
Doors: 7:30; party til the ink dries!
Beer specials + 2-for-1 Absolut + complimentary snacks til 10pm
8pm = The MoCCA Live Strip Show part 2! – all-star lineup of cartoonists bring to life hilarious strips.
9pm = Brian Heater AKA DJ Cross Hatch spins 60s soul and rock
10pm = Paul Pope AKA DJ PULPHOPE pops psychedelic cosmic rock jams + PSYCHENAUT SciFi video mashup
11pm = Dean Haspiel aka DJ MAN-SIZE spins the sonic woo of robot dolphin sex sirens from the 25th Century.

+ special musical guests

+ Drink n’ Draw all nite! ALL ARTISTS WELCOME TO JAM

Not enough comics action for you?

Here’s the scoop on some of the week’s pre-Fest events around town leading up to the big weekend. (please note that all event details are subject to change and are being hosted and held by their respective
venues. Please contact them for details!)

Tuesday, April 6, 8 PM
Special Pre-MoCCA edition of COMIC BOOK CLUB, the live talk show where comics-lovin’ comedians meet funny comic book pros to talk comics!  This week’s CBC previews the MoCCA Live Strip Show, featuring participants R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Snake ‘n Bacon), and Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)
Peoples Improv Theater. 124 W. 29th b/w 6th and 7th Ave
Tickets are just $5!
INFO HERE: http://www.popcultureshock.com/comicbookclub/

Wednesday, April 7, 7-9 pm
Nordic Book Frenzy
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11211.

Welcoming party for artists from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark – all with new books! Planned in conjunction with the consulates of the respective Scandinavian countries. Free beer and snacks provided by the consulates.

Thursday, April 8, 7 PM
A FREE pre-MoCCA “Jewish Comix Panel” Join comics editor/promoter Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry (Pekar Project, Heeb, SMITH, Royal Flush) and comics creators Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything), Chari Pere
(ChariPere.com), Eli Valley (EV Comics, The Jewish Daily Forward), and JT Waldman (Megillat Esther) as they discuss topics like “Why on Passover can you not draw comics on paper, only on matzoh?” and “Comics and kvetching, a match made on Krypton” and “Why has there not yet been a graphic novelization of Yentyl?”
More info here:

Friday, April 9, 3 – 5 pm
Nordic Invasion
Jim Hanley’s Universe,
4 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, 10001

Artists from the Nordic countries will produce art work live to be auctioned off by the end of the evening for a select charity. Book signing and talks with artists throughout the evening.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 7-10PM
Triple Book-Release Party
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11211.

John Brodowski, Clara Johansson, and Emelie Östergren: Three great artists, three new books, one great party!

Friday, April 9, 8 PM
Come meet and party with Simon Gärdenfors (THE 120 DAYS OF SIMON), Mats Jonsson (HEY PRINCESS), Kolbeinn Karlsson (THE TROLL KING), Niklas Asker (SECOND THOUGHTS), Fredrik Strömberg (SWEDISH COMICS HISTORY), as well as Chris Staros, Leigh Walton, Johannes Klenell, and many of the contributors to the Swedish Anthology FROM THE SHADOW OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

[image by: Dash Snow]

Artist as Author Symposium is this Saturday!

The Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design presents:

The Artist as Author — a symposium on self-illustrated texts in history and contemporary practice.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 3 – 8:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 5th Floor, 66 West 12th Street, NYC
Free and open to the public

Patrica Mainardi (CUNY Graduate Center) on Popular Prints and Comics.
Emily Lauer, (MA MPhil CUNY) on William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair illustrations
David Kurnick (Rutgers University) on The Theatrical Impulse and the Illustrated Novel.
Ben Katchor (Parsons The New School) on Picture-recitation.
Jerry Moriarty (School of Visual Arts) presents his latest project: Whatsa Paintoonist?

The participants:

Patricia Mainardi is Professor of Art History at City University of New York, where she teaches at The Graduate Center. Her publications include Art and Politics of the Second Empire: The Universal Expositions of 1855 and 1867 (Yale, 1987), which received the College Art Association Charles Rufus Morey Award for the best art history book of 1988; The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic (Cambridge, 1994); Husbands, Wives, and Lovers: Marriage and Its Discontents in Nineteenth-Century France (Yale, 2003); and many articles and catalogues. She is currently completing a book: Another World: Illustrated Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century France, which includes chapters on caricature, book illustration, popular prints and comics.

Emily Lauer, MA MPhil, teaches Children’s Literature at Hunter College, where her students routinely say brilliant and helpful things about illustrations. “Signs as Designs” is part of her PhD dissertation, “Drawing Conclusions: Visual Literacy In Fiction,” which she will defend later this Spring at the CUNY Graduate Center.

David Kurnick is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University. He is working on a book called Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel of Interiority about major novelists with frustrated theatrical careers.

Ben Katchor‘s picture-stories appear in Metropolis magazine. His upcoming collection of weekly strips, The Cardboard Valise, will be published by Pantheon Books. His most recent music-theater collaboration with Mark Mulcahy, A Checkroom Romance, will be performed at Lincoln Center in May 2010. He is an Associate Professor at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.

Jerry Moriarty has taught painting and drawing at The School of Visual Arts in NYC since 1963. A prolific artist, writer and illustrator, his work has appeared in Raw magazine, Kramers Ergot, Comic Art Magazine and The Best American Comics, 2009. In the 1980s and 90s, he produced a series of subway posters for The School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Corridor Gallery in Soho, SVA Museum, Cue Foundation, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His latest book, The Complete Jack Survives, was published by Buenaventura Press in 2009. He was interviewed by Chris Ware in The Believer (art issue) in 2009. He was the recipient of an NEA grant.

Steven Guarnaccia interview for The Rumpus

Illustration Chair Steven Guarnaccia attended the First Annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and was interviewed Katie Geha of therumpus.net Here’s an excerpt of Katie’s article:

Steven Guarnaccia, Chair of the Illustration Department at Parsons, is generous in talking with me about the contemporary comics scene. He explains that while illustrators once created images to respond to a text given by a client, say a magazine or a newspaper, now more and more artists are creating their own texts. “When I came to the program around six years ago,” Guarnaccia says. “It was very clear that the most exciting stories were being generated by the artists themselves.” These visual narratives have since translated to a larger cultural realm as artists move beyond the comic book, creating toys and t-shirts, and often exhibiting prints in art galleries.

The article also mentions Illustration Alum Leah Hayes, so make sure to check out the rest of the write-up here.

Updated Info: Political Cartooning in New York City


The New York Center for Independent Publishing presents:
Comics History/ New York History

Political Cartooning in New York City
Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

Boss Tweed may have been the most powerful man in the city, but he was
still tormented by Thomas Nast’s biting parodies of him as a cartoon.
Decades later, Jules Feiffer took on Presidents from Eisenhower to
Clinton in the pages of The Village Voice. Parsons Illustration faculty member
Bill Kartalopoulos will lead a panel exploring the historical – and ongoing
– interaction between political cartoons, New York City, and the
public. Panel members will include: graphic novelist and illustrator
Eric Drooker, whose work regularly appears on the cover of The New
Yorker; cartoonist and SVA faculty member Tom Hart, whose Hutch Owen
has appeared in two book collections and a daily comic strip in the
Metro; New York Times contributor and cartoonist Tim Kreider, whose
cartoon, The Pain – When Will It End?, has been collected in two
books; and World War 3 Illustrated co-founder, graphic novelist, and
Spy vs. Spy artist Peter Kuper, whose “Eye of the Beholder” was the
first comic strip to regularly appear in The New York Times.

Join us at our historic building at 20 West 44th Street as we explore
New York City through comics. Visit our website at www.nycip.org for
more information!

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students, and
can be paid in advance online or at the door on the day of the event.

This program is supported, in part, by NYSCA (New York States Council
on the Arts) and public funds from the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

NYCIP is an educational program of the General Society of Mechanics
and Tradesmen.  You can read more about this event at their website.

Call for Entries: Illustrators 52!

SOI 52

ILLUSTRATORS 52 is now accepting entries online and Nora Krug, Associate Professor of Illustration, is Chair of the competition this year!

To upload your entries, please format your artwork to these specs:

72 dpi, RGB, JPEG file, 700 pixels on the longest side.

Please provide all of the appropriate credit information for each entry. THIS INFORMATION MUST BE COMPLETED TO BE JUDGED!


Any illustration created or initially published between October 1, 2008 and November 1, 2009 that has not been accepted in the Annual previously, is eligible. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category. Please be certain that the original art will be available for exhibition and can remain at the Society from January through March 2010. High-quality prints will be hung in the case of digitally created art only.


All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 52 Annual. Complete credit will accompany the image, including size, media and artist’s and/or rep’s phone number(s). The Hanging/Publication fee is required for reproduction in the book, whether or not the work was displayed in the exhibition.


Gold and Silver Medals will be presented to the illustrators and art directors whose works are judged the best in each category. Medals will be presented only if original art is available to hang in the exhibition. A high-quality print will qualify in case of digitally created work.


The Sequential Gala will take place on Friday, January 8, 2010.

The Editorial and Book Gala will take place on Friday, February 5, 2010.

The Advertising, Institutional and Uncommissioned Awards Gala will take place on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Ticket information will follow.


Sequential: January 6- January 23, 2010

Editorial and Book: January 27 – February 20, 2010

Advertising, Institutional and Uncommissioned- February 24- March 20, 2010


All work whether published or not, should be entered in one of the first six categories:

Any multi-image project for which a sequence of images is necessary to fully convey an idea or story. Examples: work that has been produced or published as comics, visual journalism or short visual narratives and picture stories, or graphic novels. Individual images from sequential may also be submitted in their respective categories. Self-published projects must be published in a run of at least 500 copies. Children’s book entries should be entered in the Book category only, not Sequential.

Examples: work commissioned by newspapers or magazines, medical and scientific journals or online magazines.

Examples: all illustrations originally commissioned for use inside or on the covers of hardbound and paperback books, including fiction and non-fiction; children’s and young adult literature and comic books. Promotional posters or advertisements depicting book art must be submitted in the book category.

Examples: illustrations for advertisements appearing in newspapers, magazines or on television; video and CD covers; brochures, fashion, point-of-purchase and packaging illustration; movie and theater posters.

Examples: work appearing on merchandise, announcements, annual reports, calendars, corporate projects, government service projects, greeting cards, newsletters, in-house publications, philatelic work and collectibles.

This includes all self-generated work such as portfolio samples, sourcebook ads and uncommissioned stock that are currently unpublished except as promotion for the artist or artist’s representative. Commissioned but un-published work appearing as self-promotion should be entered in the category for which the work was originally created. There will be no art directors or clients credited for uncommissioned works.


$30 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.

$20 for members of the Society of Illustrators entering their own illustrations.

$35 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators entering Comics/Sequential

$30 for members of the Society of Illustrators entering their own Comics/Sequential

Art directors and designers pay the non-member fees.

Deadline for entry is October 30th!

Illustration by Lorenzo Mattato. Design by Arem Duplessis. Chair: Nora Krug. Co-Chair: Edel Rodriguez

Silent Pictures on Fifth Avenue


Silent Pictures
Through October 11, 2009

“Silent Pictures” is inspired by artist Art Spiegelman’s collection of wordless books – mostly black and white artist books from the 1930s. The exhibition features these books, as well as more recent “abstract comics,” and a related film program, which investigates essential qualities and aesthetics of this hugely popular medium.

The abstract comics, compiled by Andrei Molotiu for Abstract Comics, Fantagraphics Books, 2009, call attention to formal mechanisms that underlie all comics. Where the earlier art collected by Spiegelman retains a narrative thrust, the comics gathered by Molotiu emphasize dynamic graphics that lead the eye and mind from panel to panel, suggesting that these structural elements are fundamental to the emotional register of the medium.

The exhibition includes a wall drawing by Renee French, an animation by Rachel Cattle and Steve Richards, and a project for the Fifth Avenue lobby windows by Gail Fitzgerald and Carl Ostendarp. “Comic-Film-Strips,” a related film program featuring mostly wordless, animated, historic films, is curated by Columbia University art historian Noam Elcott.

Book Signing

Thursday September 10, 56 PM
Jim Hanley’s Universe, 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY
Editor Andrei Molotiu and some of the contributing artists will sign copies of Abstract Comics: The Anthology.

Curator Walk-through

Friday September 11, 6 PM
With Andrei Molotiu

Abstract Comics: A Panel Discussion

Saturday September 12, 4 PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York

Comic-Film-Strips: Noam Elcott in Conversation

Friday September 25, 67:30 PM
The Graduate Center Skylight Lounge (9th Floor)
Art historian Noam Elcott will discuss the exhibition’s animated film program, which he curated as part of the “Silent Pictures” exhibition, in the context of twentieth-century avant-garde cinema.

Mark Your Calendars: Understanding Dutch & Flemish Comics event

gert jan pos

Understanding Dutch & Flemish Comics

A slideshow presentation by comic-strip promotor Gert Jan Pos from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and Els Aerts, Grants Manager for Graphic Novels at the Flemish Literature Fund.

Followed by a discussion with Ben Katchor, Associate Professor, Illustration Program, Parsons The New School for Design.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 6 pm
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, NYC
in the Orientation Room (“the bark room”)
Lobby of the Sheila Johnson Design Center

Facebook Event page: http://tinyurl.com/dutchflemishcomics

From Adaptation To Mutation: Contemporary Narrative Artists Remix Popular Culture


From Adaptation To Mutation: Contemporary Narrative Artists Remix Popular Culture
September 17, 2009 7PM
66 W 12th St./Room 404

A panel discussion with Nora Krug, Isabel Samaras, and R. Sikoryak, introduced and moderated by Bill Kartalopouluos. Presented by the Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design.


Isabel Samaras’ most recent book is On Tender Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras (Chronicle Books).  She is a graduate of the Illustration Program at Parsons.

R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He teaches in the Illustration Program at Parsons and is also a graduate of the Program.

Nora Krug is the author of Red Riding Hood Redux (Bries). She is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at Parsons.

Bill Kartalopoulos teaches classes on comics and illustration at Parsons.



Free; no tickets or reservations required;
seating is first-come first-served.

Don’t miss this amazing event!

[top image created by Noel Claro; middle image by R. Sikoryak; bottom image by Isabel Samaras]