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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 BrontÃ«’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
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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).
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Mary Fleener, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Sam Henderson, Tim Lane, Mats!?, Jayr Pulga, David Sandlin, R. Sikoryak, Mark Dean Veca, Chadwick Whitehead, Karl Wills
Friday, Feb. 12th, 6 – 9 PM
Scott Eder Gallery, 18 Bridge St. #2i, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Please visit scottedergallery.com to view all the exhibition artwork (soon!) and to get more information (and directions!).
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R. Sikoryak and R.O. Blechman
September 24 07:00PM – 08:00PM
R.O. Blechman and R. Sikoryak are two multifaceted artists who have achieved international acclaim in the fields of animation, illustration and cartooning. Their literary comics have been featured in The New Yorker, RAW and Humbug, among others. Talking Lines collects a decade’s worth of Blechman’s comics, including The Juggler of Our Lady(1953), which was the first full-length graphic novel by a contemporary cartoonist. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics collects 20 years of his comic adaptations of the classics, culled from anthologies such as Drawn & Quarterly, RAW and Hotwire.
The Strand, 828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY. 10003-4805
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Guy Delisle, R. Sikoryak, R.O. Blechman, Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell and Ron Rege Jr!
Saturday, September 12th at 7pm!
“For the third year in a row, D+Q will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival has kindly invited Guy Delisle (Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang, Shenzhen) to be a special guest on the festival’s international stage, which will mark Delisle’s first-ever NYC event. D+Q cartoonists in attendance will be R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), R. O. Blechman (Talking Lines), Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings), Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan In New York) and Ron Rege Jr. (Skibber Bee Bye, Against Pain). To celebrate such a momentous gathering of D+Q cartoonists as well as toast to the company’s 20th Anniversary, please join us for cocktails at the Brooklyn purveyor of fine comics, Rocketship, on Saturday evening.”
Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-6437
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Name: R. Sikoryak, Todd Alcott, Michael Kupperman, Megan Montague Cash, Neil Numberman, Sabrina Jones, Danny Hellman
Date(s): May 28, 2009
Description: Thursday, May 28
New York, NY, 8 PM – “Carousel” slide show at Dixon Place
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak presents “Carousel,” a cartoon slide show, which he has hosted for over a decade, featuring Todd Alcott, Michael Kupperman, Megan Montague Cash, Neil Numberman, Sabrina Jones, Danny Hellman and more. Admission is $15.
Location: Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002