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 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, Union Hall, Union 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 Almendrala, Jonathan Ames, Nine Antico, Kate Beaton, Gabrielle Bell, Nick Bertozzi, Ruben Bolling, Paul Boocock, Jon Keith Brunelle, Robbie Busch, Megan Montague Cash, Howard Chackowicz, Domitille Collardey, Leela Corman, Kim Deitch, Julie Delporte, Brian Dewan, Aaron Diaz, Eric Drysdale, Chris Duffy, Jess Fink, Emily Flake, Pascal Girard, James Godwin, Myla Goldberg, Dale Goodson, Patrick Hambrecht, 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, Miss Lasko-Gross, The Late Bloomers, M. Sweeney Lawless, Leah Yael Levy, Jeffrey Lewis, Jason Little, Trade Loeffler, Kevin Maher, Gerald Marks, Billy Mavreas, Melissa Mendes, Dyna Moe, Brian Musikoff, Neil Numberman, Tao Nyeu, Molly Colleen O’Connell, George O’Connor, Joe Ollmann, Roxanne Palmer, K. A. Polzin & Sean Chiki, John Porcellino, Steven Rattazzi, 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, Arlen Schumer, Anne Shapiro, Ryan Sias, Allison Silverman, Doug Skinner, Karen Sneider, Ted Stearn, Leslie Stein, James Sturm, Raina Telgemeier, Matthew Thurber, Jim Torok, Ted Travelstead, Meghan Turbitt, James Urbaniak, Colleen AF Venable, Brian Michael Weaver, Lauren R. Weinstein, Steve Weisman, David Wells, Julia Wertz, Shannon Wheeler, Adam Whittier, Kriota Willberg, and more. Special guest voices have been provided by Scott Adsit, Sara Benincasa, Adam Conover, Dave Hill, Lisa Hirschfield, and Jackson Publick, among many others.
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”.