Carousel & more at TCAF: May 10, 2015

Two events at TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, this Sunday:

TCAF Carousel 2015 draftCarousel returns to TCAF with live comics readings & performances by Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Dakota McFadzean (Don’t Get Eaten By Anything), Marguerite Van Cook & James Romberger (The Late Child and Other Animals) Sophia Wiedeman (The Lettuce Girl), and more.  Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).

Sunday, May 10, 2015 4 pm at The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street (across the street from the Toronto Reference Library).

And earlier the same afternoon:

Lutes Nilsen SIkoryak promo TCAF2015Jason Lutes and Anders Nilsen in Conversation with R. Sikoryak

R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) animates a conversation between Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) about the pressures and pleasures of negotiating careers as artists while also teaching art to new generations. This wide-ranging conversation will offer new perspectives on their work, and reveal how generous and thoughtful Anders Nilsen, Jason Lutes, and R Sikoryak are about their craft.  Part of Drawn & Quarterly‘s programming at the festival.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 1 pm at Hinton Learning Theatre, Ref. Library (789 Yonge St.) 3rd floor

Plus much, much more at the TCAF website.

Photos from Carousel: April 30, 2015

Thanks to everyone for coming to the CAROUSEL on April 30!  Here are a few photos from the show.

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R. Sikoryak introduces the guests.

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Sam Gross explains how to stage a booger cartoon.

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Jason Little presents his new graphic novel Borb. 

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Patrice Miller dances to the comics of Marion Fayolle.

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Carolita Johnson shares her “female-y cartoons.”

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Eric Drysdale tells a loose narrative with his vast collection of 1950s 3D photography (glasses required).

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Marguerite Van Cook & James Romberger read from The Late Child and Other Animals (Fantagraphics).

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Sasha Velour takes us out with a song by Shirley Bassey.

All photos by John Beaman.

Carousel: April 30, 2015 at Dixon Place

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Dixon Place presents

CAROUSEL
Cartoon Slide Shows and Picture Performances, hosted by R. Sikoryak

Featuring Eric DrysdaleSam GrossCarolita JohnsonJason Little,
Patrice MillerMarguerite Van Cook & James Romberger,
and Sasha Velour.
With gag cartoons, graphic stories, 3D projections, song and dance, and more.

Thursday, April 30, 2015  at 7:30 pm

At Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets:  $12 (advance)    $15 (at the door)    $10 (students/seniors)   or TDF
Advance tickets & info:  www.dixonplace.org   (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)

Carousel for Kids! MoCCA Fest, April 12, 2015

carousel-for-kidsMoCCA_2015At MoCCA Arts Festival 2015: CAROUSEL for KIDS!

Live comics readings and other projected pictures, hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman.

Featuring: Jon Chad (Leo Geo),  Sam Henderson (Nickelodeon Magazine’s Scene But Not Heard), Kevin McCloskey (We Dig Worms!), Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash (Bow Wow’s Nightmare Neighbor), Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio García Sánchez (Lost in NYC), Raina Telgemeier (DramaSisters) and more!  Stories, gags, and audience participation, for kids of all ages.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm.

MoCCA Fest is held in Manhattan. Programming will take place at The High Line Hotel at 180 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street, mere steps from the exhibitor hall of Center 548.

Admission to the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival is $5 per day. Tickets are available online now or at the door at Center 548 the weekend of the Fest, and on-site at The High Line Hotel during programming.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by Bill Kartalopoulos.

Tickets and more info: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Special-Events/2015/MoCCA-Fest-2015/MoCCA-Fest.aspx

Little Nemo meets Carousel, March 14, 2015

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LITTLE NEMO meets CAROUSEL

A performance and tribute to cartoonist Winsor McCay

At The Society of Illustrators on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2 pm.

Carousel, the comics reading & performance series, presents a tribute to Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo. The show features cartoonists from the Locust Moon Press anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, plus a special presentation by animation historian and Oscar-winning filmmaker John Canemaker.

Besides being one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, Winsor McCay was also a popular and innovative vaudeville performer, so this show is a perfect way to honor his amazing legacy.

With readings, animations, and performances by: John CanemakerMaëlle DoliveuxMaria HoeyAdriano MoraesDave ProchAndrea TsurumiRonald Wimberlyand special guests. Plus a slide show drawn by Dean Haspiel (not appearing in person).  Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (btwn Park & Lexington Avenues), New York City.

Admission: $15 Non-members, $10 members, $7 seniors/students.

Also on display: an exhibit with original art from the Locust Moon Press anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. The exhibition runs through March 28, 2015.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Animation historian and Oscar-winning filmmaker John Canemaker presents animation’s first female personality: the spunky dinosaur Gertie, who celebrated her 100th birthday last year.  Winsor McCay’s breakthrough film is a masterpiece of early character animation, a type of individualization in animation whose legacy is the pantheon of Walt Disney.  Canemaker is the author of twelve acclaimed books on animation history, including the only biography of Winsor McCay. He is a tenured professor and head of the animation program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and his short The Moon and the Son won a 2005 Academy Award as Best Animated Short. JohnCanemaker.com

Maëlle Doliveux is a French and Swiss illustrator, cartoonist and animator who’s clients include Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Motorola. She graduated from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in 2013, has received recognition from the Society of Illustrators, the Art Director’s Club and American Illustration as well as having been a jury member for the Society of Illustrators in 2015. www.maelledoliveux.com

Emmy award winner and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel created BILLY DOGMA, illustrated for HBO’s “Bored To Death,” was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions. Dino has written, drawn, and collaborated on many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix and graphic novels. www.deanhaspiel.com

Maria Hoey is 1/2 of Coin-Op. A studio started with her brother Peter in 1998. Together they create illustrations, animations, and comic stories. The best possible job on the planet.  Coin-Op studio is at www.peterhoey.com.

Adriano Moraes is a Brazillian born cartoonist working as freelancer in NY on almost all mediums from theater to film, illustration, animation, puppetry, burlesque shows, graphic design and advertising. He sucks at singing and dancing but that never stopped him. facebook.com/theadriano

Dave Proch is a Philadelphia based cartoonist and the creator of the ongoing serial book, “Mango Lizard”. He can be reached at www.daveproch.com.

Andrea Tsurumi is an illustrator and cartoonist who likes history, absurdity, dogs and monsters (in no particular order). Comics of hers have appeared in The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature, Flashed: Sudden Stories in Prose and Comics, The Nib and Quarter Moon. Her work has been described as “strange and emotive.” She likes funny stories, lives in New York City, and you can see her work at www.andreatsurumi.com

Ronald Wimberly is an artist who works primarily in design and narrative. He is an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist, having designed several graphic novels as well as shorter works for DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, and Dark Horse. His last work was the critically acclaimed Prince of Cats for DC/Vertigo. http://ronwimberly.com/

R. Sikoryak is the cartoonist behind Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly).  He’s also recently drawn for The New York Times Book Review, The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature, SpongeBob Comics, Hellboy, and more. www.rsikoryak.com

For more info: societyillustrators.org

Carousel returns this March!

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Photo by Tom Henning.

Carousel & Dance Party on Dec. 6, 2014

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Dixon Place presents:

R. Sikoryak’s 50th Birthday Spectacular with a Carousel & a dance party!

The Carousel at 10 pm features slide shows and performances by Brian Dewan, James Godwin, Sophie GoldsteinJason Little, Neil NumbermanJim TorokMatthew Thurber, Lauren R. Weinstein, Kriota WillbergR. S., & more.

Followed at 11:30 pm by a dance party with DJ McBoing Boing.

At Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington & Delancey), New York, NY 10002

Tickets for the Carousel are:   $12 (advance),   $15 (at the door),   $10 (students/seniors),  or TDF

Carousel tickets get you a free drink. The dance party is free with a cash bar, and the lounge is open all night.

Advance tickets & info:   www.dixonplace.org   (212) 219-0736

Carousel for Kids! Nov. 15, 2014

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CAROUSEL for KIDS!
Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures
Hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman
Stories, gags, & live drawing!  For kids of all ages.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014  at 2 pm

Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYCTickets:  $8 kids, $12 (advance), $15 (at the door), $10 (students/seniors)
Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org  (212) 219-0736

Carousel on October 8, 2014

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CAROUSEL
Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures, hosted by R. Sikoryak
With songs, stories, a sasquatch, a trip to India, and much more.
Featuring:  Jeffrey LewisJeff LewonczykMac McGill & his band (Steve Wishnia, On Davis, Met Metzger, and Breeze Godfrey), Roxanne PalmerLauren R. WeinsteinSophia WiedemanJess Worby, and R.S.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014  at 7:30 pm
At Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets:  $12 (advance)    $15 (at the door)    $10 (students/seniors)   or TDF
Advance tickets & info:  www.dixonplace.org   (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)

Live Painting Video from Carousel, Sept. 3, 2014

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A video of R. Sikoryak‘s live painting from the Carousel performance on September 3, 2014.  The finished painting is on display at the Dixon Place gallery, part of the Carousel Comic Art Exhibit, through October 3.

Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Thanks to M. Sweeney Lawless for spontaneously shooting the video!