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

Past shows have been presented in New York City at Dixon Place, the Brooklyn MuseumThe Brick TheaterThe General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, Makor/Steinhard Center of 92Y, MoCCA, the New York Public LibraryParsons the New School for Design, Rubulad Home Base, SolowayThe Society of IllustratorsUnion HallUnion Pool, and NY Comic Con, as well as around the U.S. and Canada at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, the Newark MuseumAsbury Park ComiconMeCAF: The Maine Comics Arts FestivalMICE: The Massachusetts Independent Comics ExpoRE/Mixed Media Festival, the San Diego Comic-Con, the Small Press Expo, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Montreal’s Blue Met Festival.

Artists have included Todd AlcottDonna AlmendralaJonathan AmesAmericans UK, Nine AnticoAndrew ArnoldRon BarrettKate BeatonGabrielle BellGregory BentonNick BertozziRuben Bolling, Paul Boocock, Jon Keith BrunelleJeffrey BurandtRobbie BuschJohn CanemakerMegan Montague CashChrista CassanoHoward ChackowiczJon ChadDomitille CollardeyLeela Corman, Kim Deitch, Julie DelporteBrian DewanAaron DiazLiza DonnellyMaëlle DoliveuxEric DrysdaleChris DuffyLiana FinckJess FinkEmily FlakeAlexis Frederick-FrostPascal GirardJames GodwinMyla Goldberg, Sophie GoldsteinDale GoodsonSam Gross, Patrick Hambrecht, Charise Mericle HarperLisa HanawaltTom HartDean HaspielGlenn HeadDanny HellmanSam HendersonAmy HerzogLizz HickeyMaria HoeyK. Thor JensenCarolita JohnsonCynthia KaplanBill KartalopoulosBen KatchorMiriam Katin
, Kaz, J. Keen, John KerschbaumSusan KimJulie KlausnerJames KochalkaJohn KovaleskiTim KreiderPeter KuperMichael KuppermanSeth KushnerMiss Lasko-Gross, The Late Bloomers, M. Sweeney LawlessLeah Yael LevyJeffrey LewisJeff Lewonczyk,  Jason LittleTrade LoefflerKevin MaherGerald MarksBilly MavreasKevin McCloskeyMac McGillMelissa MendesPatrice MillerDyna MoeAdriano MoraesVictor Morales, Brian Musikoff, Mark NewgardenAnders NilsenNeil NumbermanTao NyeuMolly Colleen O’ConnellGeorge O’ConnorJoe OllmannRoxanne PalmerK. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki, John PorcellinoDave ProchMK ReedDavid ReesMichael Rex, Jason Roeder, Dave RomanCrosby & James Romberger
, Iris Rose, Flash RosenbergLaurie RosenwaldJohnny RyanSergio García SánchezLaurie SandellDavid SandlinAriel SchragArlen Schumer, Anne Shapiro, Ryan SiasAllison SilvermanKatie SkellyDoug SkinnerKaren Sneider,  Nadja SpiegelmanTed StearnLeslie SteinJames SturmConnie SunWhit TaylorRaina TelgemeierMatthew ThurberJim TorokTed TravelsteadAndrea TsurumiMeghan TurbittMarguerite Van CookSasha VelourColleen AF Venable, Brian Michael Weaver, Lauren R. WeinsteinSteve WeismanJacqueline Preiss Weitzman, David Wells, Julia WertzShannon WheelerAdam WhittierSophia WiedemanKriota WillbergRonald WimberlyJess WorbyZEES, and 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 Klausner, Catherine PorterJackson Publick, Steven Rattazzi, James Urbaniak, and Zero Boy, among many others.

Carousel has also joined forces with The Center for Cartoon StudiesNickelodeon Magazine, and various comics anthologies (including Little Nemo: Dream Another DreamHotwire, and Typhon) to produce special theme shows.  There have been collaborations on music shows with The Walking Hellos and other bands. Kids shows, co-hosted with Neil Numberman, are part of the mix, too.

The presentations are a hybrid, sometimes 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 and painting, shadow puppets, video game environments, illustrated scrolls, and dance 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.)