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

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, Union HallUnion Pool, and NY Comic Con, as well as at the Newark Museum, the San Diego Comic-Con, the Small Press Expo, MeCAF: The Maine Comics Arts Festival, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, and Montreal’s Blue Met Festival.

Artists have included Todd Alcott, Donna AlmendralaJonathan Ames, Nine AnticoKate Beaton, Gabrielle Bell, Nick BertozziRuben Bolling, Paul Boocock, Jon Keith BrunelleRobbie Busch, Megan Montague Cash, Howard Chackowicz, Domitille CollardeyLeela Corman, Kim Deitch, Julie DelporteBrian Dewan, Aaron Diaz, Eric DrysdaleChris DuffyJess Fink, Emily Flake, Pascal Girard, James GodwinMyla Goldberg, Dale Goodson, Patrick Hambrecht, Lisa 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, Miss Lasko-Gross, The Late Bloomers, M. Sweeney Lawless, Leah Yael LevyJeffrey Lewis, Jason Little,  Trade LoefflerKevin Maher, Gerald Marks, Billy Mavreas, Melissa MendesDyna Moe, Brian Musikoff, Neil Numberman, Tao NyeuMolly Colleen O’Connell, George O’Connor, Joe Ollmann, Roxanne Palmer, K. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki, John Porcellino, Steven Rattazzi, MK ReedDavid ReesMichael Rex, Jason Roeder, Dave Roman, Crosby & James Romberger
, Iris Rose, Flash Rosenberg, Laurie Rosenwald, Johnny RyanLaurie SandellDavid Sandlin, Arlen Schumer, Anne Shapiro, Ryan SiasAllison SilvermanDoug Skinner, Karen SneiderTed StearnLeslie SteinJames Sturm, Raina TelgemeierMatthew ThurberJim Torok, Ted TravelsteadMeghan TurbittJames Urbaniak, Colleen AF Venable, Brian Michael Weaver, Lauren R. Weinstein, Steve Weisman, David Wells, Julia WertzShannon WheelerAdam WhittierKriota Willberg, and more.  Special guest voices have been provided by Scott Adsit, Sara Benincasa, Adam ConoverDave Hill, Lisa Hirschfield, and Jackson Publick, 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.

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. While many presentations share 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”.

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