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 Theater, The 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, Soloway, Union Hall, Union 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 Festival, RE/Mixed Media Festival, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, and Montreal’s Blue Met Festival.
Artists have included Todd Alcott, Donna Almendrala, Jonathan Ames, Americans UK, Nine Antico, Andrew Arnold, Ron Barrett, Kate Beaton, Gabrielle Bell, Nick Bertozzi, Ruben Bolling, Paul Boocock, Jon Keith Brunelle, Jeffrey Burandt, Robbie Busch, Megan Montague Cash, Christa Cassano, Howard Chackowicz, Jon Chad, Domitille Collardey, Leela Corman, Kim Deitch, Julie Delporte, Brian Dewan, Aaron Diaz, Liza Donnelly, Eric Drysdale, Chris Duffy, Jess Fink, Emily Flake, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Pascal Girard, James Godwin, Myla Goldberg, Sophie Goldstein, Dale Goodson, Sam Gross, Patrick Hambrecht, Charise Mericle Harper, Lisa Hanawalt, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Sam Henderson, Amy Herzog, Lizz Hickey, K. Thor Jensen, Bill Kartalopoulos, Ben Katchor, Miriam Katin , Kaz, J. Keen, Susan Kim, Julie Klausner, James Kochalka, John Kovaleski, Tim Kreider, Peter Kuper, Michael Kupperman, Seth Kushner, Miss Lasko-Gross, The Late Bloomers, M. Sweeney Lawless, Leah Yael Levy, Jeffrey Lewis, Jeff Lewonczyk, Jason Little, Trade Loeffler, Kevin Maher, Gerald Marks, Billy Mavreas, Mac McGill, Melissa Mendes, Dyna Moe, Brian Musikoff, Anders Nilsen, Neil Numberman, Tao Nyeu, Molly Colleen O’Connell, George O’Connor, Joe Ollmann, Roxanne Palmer, K. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki, John Porcellino, MK Reed, David Rees, Michael Rex, Jason Roeder, Dave Roman, Crosby & James Romberger , Iris Rose, Flash Rosenberg, Laurie Rosenwald, Johnny Ryan, Laurie Sandell, David Sandlin, Ariel Schrag, Arlen Schumer, Anne Shapiro, Ryan Sias, Allison Silverman, Katie Skelly, Doug Skinner, Karen Sneider, Nadja Spiegelman, Ted Stearn, Leslie Stein, James Sturm, Connie Sun, Raina Telgemeier, Matthew Thurber, Jim Torok, Ted Travelstead, Meghan Turbitt, Colleen AF Venable, Brian Michael Weaver, Lauren R. Weinstein, Steve Weisman, Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, David Wells, Julia Wertz, Shannon Wheeler, Adam Whittier, Sophia Wiedeman, Kriota Willberg, Jess Worby, ZEES, and more.
Special guest voices have been provided by Scott Adsit, Sara Benincasa, Paul Boocock, Adam Conover, Shae D’lyn, Ralph Hamperian, Dave Hill, Lisa Hirschfield, McKenna Kerrigan, Julie Klausner, Jackson Publick, Steven Rattazzi, and James Urbaniak, among many others.
Carousel has also joined forces with The Center for Cartoon Studies, Nickelodeon 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.)