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“Life After Language: 2011 Parsons Illustration Show” reception is Wednesday

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[image by: leslie v. robertson]

“Life After Language: 2011 Parsons Illustration Show” is up now

life after language

2011 parsons illustration senior show

school of art, media and technology

MAY 9-MAY 23








[image by: hazel santino]

Illustration Type/Zine/Animation Pop-Up Shop today!

a pop-up shop featuring zines and animations from TEAM 2070B
Wednesday, MAY 11th 2011
Parsons 55 West  8th floor – Room i803
9:30am – 11:30am
cash only
– refreshments will be served!
– brought to you by the students of Typography – 2070B 

Faculty (and Alumni) Showcase: R. Sikoryak in the New Yorker

Illustration Alum and current Faculty member R. Sikoryak had an illustration in last week’s issue of the New Yorker!  So cool.  You can see more of Bob’s work at this variety of places:




Masterpiece Comics on Facebook:

Go Bob, Go!

Francis Jetter’s “Cry Uncle” on display in the Illustration Program

by Frances Jetter
8th Floor Gallery
Illustration Department
2 West 13th Street L Building

Through April 30, 2011

We are pleased to extend an invitation to visit Parsons Illustration to view CRY UNCLE, by Francis Jetter.

If you are not familiar with the work of Frances Jetter you will find this art engaging in many ways.

The work is a 23 page accordion fold book that Frances wrote, designed and illustrated. The 18″ x 24″ images are impeccably printed from linoleum cuts, on translucent, handmade, Japanese paper. The content is truly compelling; a graphic account describing and addressing the horror of torture through a political lens. By all accounts, and certainly in my humble opinion, it is an aesthetically stunning and impassioned piece. It challenges us on an intellectual and visceral level and shares the beautiful tactile mastery of her medium.

Given the recent interest and proliferation of exhibitions throughout the New School University and the city offering variations on sequential narrative straddling both the fine art and the communications fields, this work has the exceptional qualities that enable it to rest comfortably in both realms.

Editions of this book (limited to 15) have been acquired by various notable institutions, among them, The New York Public Library.

Frances Jetter is an alumna from Parsons and has maintained a highly distinguished profile in the communications field for three decades.

Please find an opportunity to visit the 8th floor of 2 West 13th L building to the Illustration Department gallery, to see this exceptional piece of art.

The exhibition will be up through the end of April.

I encourage you to visit her website as well. www.Francesjetter.com.

–Wendy Popp, Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty Member

Zine and Cookie Hoedown during Parsons Fest!

Come on up to the 8th floor on May 10th
(during the amazing Parsons Festival)
to indulge on tasty treats and zany zines!

The Parsons Illustration Department
is partnering with Moleskine® to host

the Ultimate Zine & Cookie Hoedown!

Featuring rad activities such as:

Zine tradin’
Sketchbook swappin’
How-to workshops
Cookies galore
and much, much more!

So grab your friends (and maybe a napkin) and
join us in this fantastic hands-on experience
into the wild world of zine culture!

Tuesday, May 10th
2 W. 13th, 8th Floor, Room 809
12-2:40 p.m.

Did we mention there’d be cookies?

Cahiers, albums and drawing tools provided by Moleskine®!

Attendance is limited,
so you MUST RSVP by May 3rd to


if you want to be part of the rad zaniness!

Seeing Stories: Fiction, Manga & Graphic Novels at Japan Society

© The Brother and Sister Nishioka.

American and Japanese artists have been inspiring each other for decades. Tonight, authors Hideo Furukawa and Steve Erickson share their strong apocalyptic imaginations, and Roland Kelts, half-Japanese author of Japanamerica, will discuss the mutual influences in narrative visual art. Haruki Murakami’s love of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver is well known; Susan Sontag and Paul Auster have professed their love of the filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, and Ozu’s seemingly quintessentially Japanese films were created after he immersed himself in Hollywood movies during the war. American comics and animation by Walt Disney, Max Fleischer and others were transformed by Japanese artists into manga and anime, which now enjoy an enormous following among American youth. The panelists discuss how and why as they launch Monkey Business International, the first trans-national literary journal with fiction, poetry and manga from both nations. The influence has entirely been mutual, and they will discuss and contextualize contemporary Japanese visual and narrative culture.

Followed by a reception.

$12/$8 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

Guest Entry: From Norway to NYC

We’re really delighted to share a guest entry from Parsons Illustration student, Vilde Kleppe Braanaas:
When I was 21 it was a very good year; I’ll never forget it. Fall 2010 I came to New York City to study illustration at Parsons with little experience from that specific field. I am a Norwegian woman currently finishing my Bachelor degree in Visual Communication at The National Academy of the Arts and Design in Bergen. I had never before explored illustration in the depth that I felt it deserved, and my fear of ruining blank pages was one that I had to confront. My school in Norway encourages going abroad and for me New York was a natural choice as a cultural Mecca.
Although I was in the illustration program I also took classes in Fine Arts and Design and Management. Working with different professors and students from all over the planet in a dynamic and supportive atmosphere was truly inspiring and broadened my perspective on designing for the global village the world has become.
On the critical side I had expected a greater focus on environmental issues, since this is emphasized in the schools profile. I thought this would be embedded in every process. Parsons has a lot of power, and above all the institution should produce thoughts. We can set norms instead of trends, change minds and affect how we relate to each other and our surroundings.
The Dean, Sven, told all of us in a meeting in August that during our education we had to travel somewhere fundamentally different from what we were used to and explore it in order to grow as designers. Coming from a tiny organic farm on a Norwegian mountain, Parsons, New York and everyone in it, gave me impulses I know I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I hope to return to the city soon, because there is yet so much to experience, share and create.
Links to Vilde’s blog and portfolio:

Upcoming Ben Katchor Events

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7pm
Reading with slideshow
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 639-1700
Tickets: $15.00

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2pm
A Checkroom Romance
libretto by Ben Katchor
music by Mark Mulcahy
with Ken Maiuri, Flora Reed, Dave Trenholm and Mark Mulcahy
The New School Arts Festival Presents: Noir
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
New York, NY
with Ken Maiuri, Flora Reed, Dave Trenholm and Mark Mulcahy
Free, but reservations suggested. Follow this link:

April 8, 2011 at 2:30pm
First Annual STRANDICON – book signing
Strand Bookstore
Broadway at 12th Street
New York, NY

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Fest 2011
Signing at Pantheon Books table and panel discussion with Parsons Illustration Associate Professor Lauren Redniss, Stephen DeStefano and Mark Newgarden at 1:30pm
Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave (Between 25th &26th Streets)
New York City

Sunday, April 10. 2011 at 2pm
Lecture: Halftone Printing in the Yiddish Press and Other Objects of Idol Worship
Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY

Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7pm
Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore
211 Bernard Ouest.
Montreal, Quebec

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:30pm
Reading and discussion with Daniel Clowes
Free Library of Philadelphia
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

May 6- 29, 2011
Exhibition and readings
Périscopages festival
Recontres de lat Bande Dessinée d’Autheur et de l”Édition Indépendante
Franco-American Institute
7 Quai Châteaubriand
Rennes, France 35000