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Lulu Wolf, Solo Show in Bushwick

Positive Forward, a solo show of collages and drawings by Parsons Illustration Alum Lulu Wolf (Class of ’10), opens this Friday, August 12th at Youth Group Gallery, in Bushwick.

Eclipse, by Lulu Wolf

Opening Reception Friday August 12th, 6-9pm,
Youth Group Gallery, 407 Johnson (at Morgan) – off the Morgan stop on the L. (map)
Brooklyn, NY

Sophia Chang (’10) Making Posters for Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations

Parsons Illustration Alum Sophia Chang (’10) is collaborating with Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations to create a series of limited edition — and signed — posters promoting the new season of the show.

Sophia previously made a poster for No Reservations’ Boston episode (above), but now she’ll be making an original poster for each episode this season.  Five autographed posters will be given away each week, and you can enter the sweepstakes here.

Watch an interview with Sophia, where she talks about her creative process.

Masterpiece Comics wins an Ignatz Award!

Congratulations, R. Sikoryak!

Winner of the 2010 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection
 — Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Ignatz Awards, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is a festival prize that recognizes outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is then voted on by the attendees at the Small Press Expo, held back in September. This offers a unique reflection of the views the professionals and their fans.  You can read a complete list of the winners here.

Illustration Alums and Faculty fundraise for Haiti!

Parsons Illustration Alum and current Adjunct Faculty member Veronica Lawlor passed along the following information about Studio 1482‘s fundraising efforts to help the people of Haiti.  Here’s the scoop:

In response to the recent terrible earthquake in Haiti, the illustrators of Studio 1482 have each created a piece of art to raise  money on behalf of the victims. It is our effort to support the international appeal for funds by CARE, a leading humanitarian relief organization. We’ve selected CARE because we believe in their commitment.

For each donation of $50 or more to CARE, you will receive a hand-signed 13″ x 19″ limited edition print from one of the Studio 1482 illustrators.

See all the beautiful illustrations available and get more information about Studio 1482 here.

Associate Professor Nora Krug is working with the Poster Cause Project and has created an open-edition poster which is being sold to support in the relief efforts.  ALL 100% OF PROFITS from this print will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.  You can get Nora’s poster here.

Parsons Illustration Alum and current Adjunct Faculty member Trey Hoyumpa is pitching in with her own humanitarian effort–hand-pulled silkscreen cards with the proceeds benefitting Haiti.  You can grab your own at Trey’s Etsy shop, located here.

[top image by Veronica Lawlor; middle image by Nora Krug; bottom image by Trey Hoyumpa]

Abby Denson’s Dolltopia hits NYC!


Saturday, October 3, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

Giant Robot is proud to celebrate the release of Dolltopia with a signing by writer and artist Abby Denson (Parsons Illustration Alum!).

A natural follow-up to Denson’s critically acclaimed, self-published, yaoi-influenced comic zine about high-school love, Tough Love (which became a Lulu Award-winning anthology in 2007), Dolltopia is a highly stylized depiction of dolls trying to bust out of the stereotypical boxes that they are packaged in. Will the protagonists, who resemble Barbie and G.I. Joe, liberate themselves from their suburban and he-man trappings? The art is disarmingly simple and the raw storytelling has the rare quality of being able to tap into a reader’s recollections of youthful confusion and feel genuine to young people themselves.

In addition to Denson signing copies of her work, there will be cupcakes and a doll makeover contest. Whoever brings the best made-over doll will receive a signed copy of Dolltopia!

Denson will be signing the long-awaited graphic novel from 6:00 to 8:00 on Saturday, October 3.

Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave.& Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY(4769) | grny.net

Alum Brian Ajhar illustrates new book: Gone with the Wand


Parsons Illustration Alum Brian Ajhar (’80) has a new book coming out in April called Gone with the Wand. Brian contributed the illustrations while Margie Palatini wrote the story. Here’s a snippet of the Kirkus review:

When a fairy godmother’s wand gets that burnt look, and she doesn’t even have enough “bippidy left in her to salacadoo one more pumpkin,” it just may be time for a change of specialty. Or so advises Tooth Fairy Second Class Edith B. Cuspid, dismayed to see the legendary Bernice Sparkelstein sinking into a funk. Unfortunately, experiments with fairy dust, snowflakes and especially sugarplums don’t work out for Bernice at all. It’s time for something less traditional. In a flash of inspiration Edith comes up with just the thing. Tucking occasional bits of funny business into the backgrounds, Ajhar matches Palatini’s typically twinkly, playful prose with offhandedly baroque scenes of the two middle-aged fairies-one short and round in apron and pinafore, the other tall, skinny and sporting a feathered boa beneath a mane of frizzy red ringlets-flitting hither, yon and into the bedrooms of sleeping young royals. [Emphasis added]

You can pre-order your copy here and see more of Brian’s work at his official website.

Congrats, Brian!

Quick Hit: Sylvia Park in Time Out


Check out these great illustrations by Parsons Illustration Alum Sylvia Park.  They were created for and published in Time Out magazine this past January.  Her work has also been featured in the March ’09 issue of O magazine.  Keep up with her work by reading her blog or see her entire portfolio by visiting her official website

Great work, Sylvia.


From the Inbox: Louisa Bertman’s work sold at auction!


Illustrator Louisa Bertman’s (BFA illustration ‘ 92) portraits were recently signed by Ringo Starr and Cyndi Lauper.  Both Portraits are 40″ x 40″ pen/ink/watercolor on canvas and were sold at the Rock & Art 2008 Charity Auction sponsored by Live Nation.  

Congratulations, Louisa!