NYC – The Craft of Comics Writing

December 1, 2010 by  
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PAUL LEVITZ leads a discussion of how to construct plots to suit story structures long and short, building ideas from character, and tools for analyzing the form to develop your goals. Everything you ever wanted to know about plotting comics but were afraid to ask!

Q & A to follow.

MASTER CLASS: THE CRAFT OF COMICS WRITING: THE LONG AND SHORT OF PLOTTING with PAUL LEVITZ
Monday, December 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Admission $40 | $35 for MoCCA Members

PAUL LEVITZ was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling’s legendary New York Comic Art Conventions. He received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002 and the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society and Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he’s recently returned to write. Readers of The Buyers’ Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site comicbookresources.com selected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time.

Cumulatively, Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company’s youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. He continues as a Contributing Editor, but is now concentrating on his writing.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012
(btwn. Houston and Prince)

Exhibitor Registration Open for MoCCA Festival 2011

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is pleased to announce that Exhibitor Tables are now available for the MoCCA Festival 2011!

The 2011 Festival will take place over April 9 and 10. The annual two-day event attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate one of the world’s most popular art forms in the heart of New York City. MoCCA Fest 2011 will again take place at the historic 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.

Since 2002 the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, minicomics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. Past exhibitors include Abrams ComicArts, ACT-I-VATE, Ad House, Bill Plympton, Bries, Candle Light Press, Center for Cartoon Studies, Comics Bakery, Drawn & Quarterly, Evil Twin Comics, Fantagraphics, Hope Larson, Liz Baille, Pantheon, Rick Parker, School for Visual Arts, TopatoCo, Top Shelf, Tug Boat Press, World War III, and many, many more.

For the 2011 Festival MoCCA is offering special prices for student exhibitors: $295 for a full table, and just $177 for a half table. Students must include a copy of their valid student ID to be eligible for the special price. There are only a limited number of these student spaces available, so act fast!

Exhibitor Tables are now available for the MoCCA Festival 2011!
Now through December 31st exhibitor table prices are:
MoCCA Member Full Table: $360
General Full Table: $399
MoCCA Member 1/2 Table: $210
General 1/2 Table: $250
Student Full Table: $295
Student 1/2 Table: $177
(students must submit valid student ID with application)

Reserve your space now, as prices are guaranteed to go up after December 31st, 2010!

Registration forms are available on the MoCCA website at here!

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning August 10th by fax (212-254-3590), mail (594 Broadway, ste. 401, New York, NY 10012), email (exhibitors@moccany.org), and in person only.

NYC – TV Funhouse at MoCCA

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J.J. Sedelmaier and Joe Strike speak on Thursday, July 29, 7 PM

Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Ambiguously Gay Duo (c) NBCUni/SNL

You may not be familiar with the name, but if you’ve seen MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, Saturday Night Live’s “Saturday TV Funhouse,” [adult swim’s] Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law or Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen/Alpha Squad Seven, you’ve seen the work of J.J. Sedelmaier.

Since opening up his White Plains animation studio in 1990, J.J. and his studio have created hundreds of TV productions in an amazing variety of animation styles, from retro-1950’s TV commercials to transforming Garry Trudeau, Don Martin or Al Hirschfeld’s art into animated film form.

After screening samples of his studio’s work, J.J. and animation journalist and author Joe Strike will discuss his influences, career anecdotes and some of his best known and high-profile cartoons. In addition, J.J. talks about the forgotten history of the animation industry’s early 20th century New York origins.

For more about J.J. Sedelmaier please visit his website…

For more about Joe Strike please visit www.joestrike.com and www.animatorinterviews.com

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Masterpiece Comics

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R. Sikoryak and Bill Kartalopoulos in Conversation at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

Thursday, July 15, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Join MoCCA for a special conversation between Masterpiece Comics author R. Sikoryak, and Bill Kartalopoulos, curator of the current exhibit R. Sikoryak: How Classics and Cartoons Collide. Sikoryak will reveal his intensive working process and will discuss the history of parody and adaptation in comics. This live conversation, illustrated with slides, will be followed by a reception to celebrate the exhibit.

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, 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. These works have been collected in his 2009 book Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly) and are the subject of R. Sikoryak: How Classics and Cartoons Collide.

About R. Sikoryak
R. Sikoryak’s 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. 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 for Publishers 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. 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.

R. Sikoryak: How Classics and Cartoons Collide
June 15 through August 29, 2010

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

212-254-3511

NYC – City of Spies Signing

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Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Pascal Dizin sign on Thursday, June 3 at 7 PM.

Admission is Free for this event

Join MoCCA for this reception and signing for City of Spies, the new graphic novel from First Second Books!

1942. The height of World War Two. New York City is crawling with Nazi spies. Over one incredible summer, ten-year-old Evelyn Weiss will grow up, find a new family, and, in the process, save the world.

The creators of City of Spies, writers Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan and illustrator Pascal Dizin, will sign copies of the graphic novel critics are calling “Tintin directed by Hitchcock” (Kirkus Reviews) and “rip-roaring fun” (Publishers Weekly).

Refreshments will be available. Spies and heroes welcome. No Nazis, please.

about the creators
SUSAN KIM has written for more than three dozen children’s TV series, including “Wonder Pets!”, “Arthur,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” and “Speed Racer,” and has been nominated for both the Emmy and Writers Guild award four times. She has also written and produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, HBO and AMC. Her stage plays have been produced in LA and NYC and are published by Dramatists Play Service and Smith & Krauss. She co-wrote the non-fiction book, “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” (St. Martins Griffin) with Elissa Stein. “City of Spies” is her first graphic novel.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” both published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of the musical, “Bed and Sofa,” which was produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and elsewhere. This is his first graphic novel, as well. His website is LaurenceKlavan.com.

PASCAL DIZIN studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts, where on graduating he received the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cartooning. He continues to draw comics and you can find him on the web at dizin-art.com. “City of Spies” is his first book.

 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Making The Abyss

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Join MoCCA for a conversation between Dash Shaw and artist Keith Mayerson about their art, working methods and more.

Tuesday, May 25, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Dash Shaw is the focus of MoCCA’s current exhibition Making The Abyss and is the creator of BodyWorld, Bottomless Belly Button and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century. Shaw’s recent works connect an interest with the human body, informed by figure drawing, with humorous character-driven narratives.

Keith Mayerson is a painter who has exhibited widely throughout the world. He is the Cartooning Coordinator at the School of Visual Arts and teaches fine art at New York University. Mayerson is curator of the current MoCCA exhibition NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition and is on MoCCA’s Board of Trustees. He is the co-creator with Dennis Cooper of the graphic novel Horror Hospital Unplugged to be pulished next year by Harper-Perennial.

MoCCA Thursdays are made possible in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support comes from and the members of MoCCA.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

212-254-3511

NYC – Go Team Venture!

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Jackson Publick speaks at MoCCA on April 22, 2010

The Brothers’ Keeper: An Evening with Jackson Publick and The Venture Bros.
Thursday, April 22, 7 PM

Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

Animation journalist Joe Strike sits down with Jackson Publick III, creator of Cartoon Network’s hit [adult swim] series The Venture Bros. for the first in a series of “Interview with an Animator” conversations. After screening scenes from the show, Joe and Jackson discuss Venture’s creation and evolution, Jackson’s career, and his perspective on alternative/adult animation, followed by an audience Q&A session.

MoCCA, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, (btwn. Houston and Prince) New York, NY 10012

NYC – Hotwire Carousel

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Thursday, March 25, 7 PM at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art  

Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Get ready for the HOTWIRE comics slide show! That’s right, the Eisner and Harvey nominated anthology comic is about to chew up the scenery live. Presented by HOTWIRE editor Glenn Head and Carousel host R. Sikoryak.

Featuring these great artists performing their comics for your delectation: Danny Hellman, Sam Henderson, Michael Kupperman, Tim Lane, Jayr Pulga, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, plus Head and Sikoryak. This show is sure to offer both spontaneous cartoon funk and the slickest of production values. Live comic entertainment at its best!

MoCCA Thursdays are made possible in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum’s Website (www.moccany.org).

NYC – Backing Into Forward Signing

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Jules Feiffer speaks with Danny Fingeroth at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PMFeiffer will be discussing his new autobiography Backing Into Forward: A Memoir.

About Backing Into Forward: A Memoir:
The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts. A gifted storyteller who has delighted readers and theater audiences for decades, Jules Feiffer now turns his talents to the tale of his own life.

Plagued by learning problems, a controlling mother, and a debilitating sense of fear, Feiffer embarked on his first cartoon apprenticeship at the age of seventeen, emboldened only by a passion for success and an aptitude for failure. He vividly recalls those transformative years working under the legendary Will Eisner, and later, after he was drafted into the army, his evolution from “smart-ass kid into an enraged satirist.” Backing into Forward also traces Feiffer’s love life, from a doomed hitchhiking trip to reclaim his high-school sweetheart to losing his virginity in Greenwich Village, and his road to marriage and fatherhood.

At the center of this journey is Feiffer’s prolific creativity. In dazzling detail, he recounts the birth of his subversive graphic novella Munro, his entrée into New York’s literary salons, collaborations with film greats Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Jack Nicholson, and other major turning points. Brimming with wry punch lines, slices of Americana, and pithy social commentary, Backing into Forward charts Feiffer’s rise as an unlikely and incisive provocateur during the conformist fifties and the Vietnam and Civil Rights sixties and seventies.

Danny Fingeroth is MoCCA’s Senior Vice President of Education. He was the longtime group editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and the writer of comics including Darkhawk and Deadly Foes of Spider-Man. He has taught comics writing at NYU, The New School, and Media Bistro. Danny created and edited Write Now magazine, the only how-to publication dedicated to comics writing and writers. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and co-author (with artist Mike Manley) of How to Create Comics from Script to Print.



Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

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NYC – The Streets Exhibition

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Ralph Bakshi will return to Animazing Gallery in SoHo for a reception where his altogether new series of fine art paintings will be debuted in an exhibition entitled The Streets. This bold series of mixed-media construction/paintings was inspired by the gritty and colorful neighborhoods of Bakshi’s youth in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

MoCCA, New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and Bill Plympton will present a lifetime achievement award to Mr. Bakshi at the opening reception on Friday, March 19th, from 6-9PM (by invitation). A public meet and greet reception takes place on Saturday March 20th, 2-5PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through May 15th. Animazing Gallery is located at 54 Greene Street at Broome in SoHo. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM and Sun 11AM-6PM. For more information log onto www.animazing.com or call 212-226-7374.

Throughout an artistic career spanning more than half a century, Ralph Bakshi’s secret passion has always been fine art. Although he has become a renowned film director, Bakshi has remained a sedulously dedicated self-taught painter, and this body of work is as sophisticated as his films are outrageous. The Artist has created multi-media pieces that are emotionally layered works, and clearly a departure from his past figurative works. Bakshi builds up his surfaces with elements of wood, nails, and other found objects. The artist deconstructs the sculptural elements at some point during the process, and then uses the ravaged sculpture as a canvas, continuing to paint and repaint the accumulating textures, going deeper and deeper into what he thinks he sees. In this ongoing process of building up and taking away, Ralph transforms his reality into sculptured abstraction. Inspired by every single memory of his life in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Artist produces work that is as gritty, colorful, and dynamic as New York. Bakshi’s paintings are derived from a lifetime of loving the artistic peeling of the paint on old Brownsville walls; the play of sunlight on their surfaces that changed them every few minutes. These paintings are the closest thing to realism that Ralph can imagine, although they appear to be abstract.

Ralph Bakshi is a legend in the world animation. His controversial and cutting edge films have secured a place in the historical archives of many museums, including the Whitney and MoMA, because they raised a generation’s social consciousness with the raw, creative and artistic genius that was larger than life on the big screen. Bakshi was raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, and displayed artistic talent before he was old enough to go to school. Graduating high school with an unprecedented “Award in Cartooning,” at eighteen years old Bakshi was given an entry level position at the Terrytoons animation studio. He promoted himself quickly to animator by commandeering an empty desk, and by the time he was 28, Bakshi was Creative Director of the studio. He created shows like Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, Deputy Dawg, and later Spider-Man for Paramount Studios. After this, Bakshi produced his first theatrical animated feature, a down-and-dirty X-rated adaptation of Robert Crumb’s “underground” comic strip Fritz the Cat. Bakshi’s next feature, Heavy Traffic was even more outrageous, but won acclaim from both film and art critics. Next was Coonskin, a savage attack on Hollywood racial stereotypes. In 1977, Bakshi released Wizards, then Lord of the Rings. In 1980 he animated jazz music with American Pop, and afterwards Hey, Good Lookin’; a nostalgic glance at 1950s street gangs. After Fire and Ice in 1983, Bakshi retreated to his studio, painting every day for nearly 10 years, before resurfacing in 1987 with the brilliant TV series of Mighty Mouse, directed by Bakshi’s protégé, John Kricfalusi (of Ren & Stimpy fame). In 1992, Bakshi returned to the Big Screen with Cool World, a combination of animation and live action starring Brad Pitt and the voice of Kim Basinger, among others.

ABOUT ANIMAZING GALLERY | Since 1984, Animazing Gallery has showcased a unique collection of original and limited edition works, including animation, great American illustration art & fine art that indulges the senses and emotions with color, playfulness and beauty. For more information about Animazing in New York or France visit animazing.com

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