Since 1997, R. Sikoryak has hosted Carousel, a series of slide show readings and performances by cartoonists and theater artists.

Past shows have been presented around New York City at Dixon Place, the Brooklyn Museum, The Brick TheaterThe General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Makor/Steinhard Center of 92Y, MoCCA, the New York Public Library, Parsons the New School for Design, Rubulad Home Base, SolowayUnion HallUnion Pool, and NY Comic Con, as well as at the Newark Museum, Asbury Park Comicon, the San Diego Comic-Con, the Small Press Expo, MeCAF: The Maine Comics Arts FestivalRE/Mixed Media Festival, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, and Montreal’s Blue Met Festival.

Artists have included Todd Alcott, Donna AlmendralaJonathan Ames, Americans UK, Nine AnticoAndrew Arnold, Ron Barrett, Kate Beaton, Gabrielle Bell, Nick BertozziRuben Bolling, Paul Boocock, Jon Keith BrunelleJeffrey BurandtRobbie Busch, Megan Montague Cash, Christa CassanoHoward Chackowicz, Jon ChadDomitille CollardeyLeela Corman, Kim Deitch, Julie DelporteBrian Dewan, Aaron Diaz, Liza Donnelly, Eric DrysdaleChris DuffyJess Fink, Emily Flake, Alexis Frederick-FrostPascal Girard, James GodwinMyla Goldberg, Sophie GoldsteinDale Goodson, Sam GrossPatrick Hambrecht, Charise Mericle HarperLisa Hanawalt, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Sam HendersonAmy HerzogLizz HickeyK. Thor Jensen, Bill KartalopoulosBen Katchor, Miriam Katin
, Kaz, J. Keen, Susan KimJulie Klausner, James KochalkaJohn KovaleskiTim Kreider, Peter KuperMichael Kupperman, Seth KushnerMiss Lasko-Gross, The Late Bloomers, M. Sweeney Lawless, Leah Yael LevyJeffrey Lewis, Jeff Lewonczyk,  Jason Little, Trade LoefflerKevin Maher, Gerald Marks, Billy Mavreas, Mac McGillMelissa MendesDyna Moe, Brian Musikoff, Anders Nilsen, Neil Numberman, Tao NyeuMolly Colleen O’Connell, George O’Connor, Joe Ollmann, Roxanne Palmer, K. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki, John PorcellinoMK ReedDavid ReesMichael Rex, Jason Roeder, Dave Roman, Crosby & James Romberger
, Iris Rose, Flash Rosenberg, Laurie Rosenwald, Johnny RyanLaurie SandellDavid Sandlin, Ariel SchragArlen Schumer, Anne Shapiro, Ryan SiasAllison SilvermanKatie SkellyDoug Skinner, Karen Sneider Nadja SpiegelmanTed StearnLeslie SteinJames Sturm, Connie Sun, Raina TelgemeierMatthew ThurberJim Torok, Ted TravelsteadMeghan TurbittColleen AF Venable, Brian Michael Weaver, Lauren R. Weinstein, Steve Weisman, Jacqueline Preiss WeitzmanDavid Wells, Julia WertzShannon WheelerAdam WhittierSophia WiedemanKriota Willberg, Jess WorbyZEESand more.

Special guest voices have been provided by Scott Adsit, Sara Benincasa, Paul Boocock, Adam ConoverShae D’lyn, Ralph Hamperian, Dave Hill, Lisa Hirschfield, McKenna Kerrigan, Julie KlausnerJackson Publick, Steven Rattazzi, and James Urbaniak, among many others.

Carousel has also joined forces with The Center for Cartoon StudiesNickelodeon Magazine, and various comics anthologies (including Hotwire and Typhon) to produce special theme shows.  There have been collaborations on music shows with The Walking Hellos and other bands.

The presentations are a hybrid, somewhat reminiscent of a radio show (usually with live narration, often with music and sound effects) combined with wildly creative imagery. From stick figures, to lush illustrations, to the occasional photograph, Carousel embraces all forms of visual storytelling. Some performers have also incorporated live drawing, shadow puppets, and illustrated scrolls into the show. While many presentations have a sense of humor, the stories vary greatly in theme; some are autobiographical, some historical or educational, and others are philosophical or fanciful.

To get on the Carousel email list, please contact “rsikoryak(at)mac(dot)com”.

(Photo by John Beaman.)

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