Illustration adjunct faculty Bob Sikoryak will be part of tonight’s edition of COMIC BOOK CLUB at the People’s Improv Theater. Named as part of the Best New York Press 2007, Comic Book Club is a live weekly talk show about comic books, hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. Here’s an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times:
The show, held in the People’s Improv black-box theater, has a minimal set: Two couches that look as if they were rescued from a 1970s rec room flank a screen displaying computer graphics. An audiovisual booth is situated at stage left and is run by Booth Man (Michael Solis, 26), the self-described supervillain of the troupe because he doesn’t read comics.
Each show is divided into segments including “The Stack,” in which the hosts and guests discuss the previous week’s notable comic books; “The Week in Geek,” about industry news, like, say, a creator’s signing of an exclusive contract, or the new trailer for “Speed Racer”; and trivia, in which an audience member tries to win a $25 gift certificate to Midtown Comics, a sponsor of the show. It’s a friendly quiz, and Mr. LePage supplies obvious hints to stumped contestants. There is also often a musical act.
The heart of the show is the chemistry among the three men, all aspiring comedians, whether discussing the annual, a comic book series’s larger, bonus issue, traditionally published in the summer (Mr. Zalben: “I miss annuals. You don’t get them anymore. You used to expect them every year.” Mr. Tyler: “Hence the word annual.”) or their recollections of a particular fan who has attended nearly every show.
Read the rest of the article here and try to catch the show tonight if you can. Tickets are only $5!
Tuesday, January 8th @ 8:00 PM
Featuring: Kyle Baker (Plastic Man, Special Forces) & R. Sikoryak (Nickelodeon, Drawn & Quarterly)
The People’s Improv Theater
154 West 29th Street, 2nd Floor
Between 6th and 7th Aves.