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BKBF Carousel @ Society of Illustrators, Sept. 17, 2018

A special Carousel at the Society of Illustrators for the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists:
Jordan Crane (We Are All Me)
Maria Hoey (COIN-OP Comics Anthology)
Paul Levitz & Tim Hamilton (Brooklyn Blood)
Connie Sun (@cartoonconnie)
Ngozi Ukazu  (Check, Please!)
Kriota Willberg  (Draw Stronger)
and more! The event will be followed by a book signing.
Hosted by:
R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump)
Society of Illustrators  128 East 63rd Street NY, NY 10065
Monday, September 17, 2018  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tickets: $10 General Admission
About the Artists:

Jordan Crane began making comics in the middle 1990s, self publishing 5 issues of the era-defining anthology NON. In the early 00s, he started putting out zines and comics of his own work, ranging from graphic novels to children’s books, to a collection of his screenprint work. He is currently working on the 6th issue of his irregularly published comic UPTIGHT, and finishing a lengthy graphic novel titled Keeping Two. Website:

Since 2007, Maria Hoey and her brother Peter have created a comic series called COIN-OP. This summer an anthology of their work was published by Top Shelf Productions: COIN-OP COMICS ANTHOLOGY 1997-2017.  Maria will be reading a story from the new book titled: “Valse Mecanique”.

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, Abrams ComicArts, 2015)) and educator (including the American Graphic Novel at Columbia).  He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro and the Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award from the Hero Initiative.  His latest book is Brooklyn Blood (Dark Horse, 2018), drawn by Tim Hamilton.

Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY and has created humorous cartoons for The New Yorker, Mad Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine. He publishes his own-one man anthology, Rabbit Who Fights and adapted Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 into an Eisner nominated graphic novel.

Connie Sun is a cartoonist and writer, based in New York City. For 8 years, she drew a daily webcomic strip every morning before going to her job at a university, where she ran education programs in conflict resolution.  She has cartooned for The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, GoComics, and Angry Asian Man. For her next project, she hopes to develop full-length stories in comics form and make them into books. Find her cartoons on social media at cartoonconnie. (

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, a massively popular online graphic novel. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master’s in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, history, bioethics, and her career in massage therapy to explore the body/sciences. She teaches artists about injury prevention through workshops and her new book, Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books)Her other comics appear in:, SubCultures, Awesome Possum, Comics For Choice, The Strumpet, The Graphic Canon, and the journals Intima and Broken Pencil.

Carousel: The Graphic Medicine Show, Aug. 17, 2018

Carousel comes to the Comics and Medicine Conference at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

CAROUSEL: The Graphic Medicine Show

Comics Performances and Readings by Cara Bean, Suzy Becker,
MK Czerwiec, Glynnis Fawkes, Ellen Forney, Jennifer Hayden,
Mita Mahato, Marissa Moss, James Sturm with Dave Lloyd,
Whitney Taylor, Kriota Willberg, Ian Williams,
and host R. Sikoryak

Friday, August 17, 2018 Doors open 7:30 pm, show begins 8 pm

The Engine Room 188 S. Main Street White River Junction, VT 05001

More info here: and

Live drawings by Flash Rosenberg (June 2018)

From our June 13, 2018 showFlash Rosenberg‘s live sketches, drawn in real-time, based on advice given by audience members and the performers. See more of Flash’s work here.

Advice given by Samuel Ferri, R. Sikoryak, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Kriota Willberg, Kevin Maher, Josh Bayer, Flash Rosenberg, Carolita Johnson,  Carolita (per Hammie The Dog), and audience members: Miriam, Jerry, Angela, and Amanda.

Carousel: June 13, 2018 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Josh Bayer
Samuel Ferri
Liana Finck
Carolita Johnson
Flash Rosenberg
Kriota Willberg

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC in advance, $15 at the door)
Advance tickets & info: (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)


Josh Bayer is an artist and educator.  He was listed on Art Net’s “Ten Artists the Art World should be paying attention to,” featured in Best American Comics, written articles For IDW’s Full Bleed,and But Is It Comics Aht? magazine . He is the author of Theth, RM, Raw Power, Suspect Device, The Black Hood, and the All Time Comics imprint.

Samuel Ferri is an art guy who attained his sweet skillz in a life or death knife fight against an oddly-shaped hobo named Roy.  His work has been featured in MAD, Time Out New York, The NYPress, Funny Times, The New York Observer, The NY Post, The Brooklyn Rail and other corners of the universe.  Further evidence of his crimes can be found at his Instagram @Samsinkwell,  or on his website

Liana Finck‘s cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker. Her first graphic novel is called A Bintel Brief. Her second, Passing for Human, will be out in September.

Carolita Johnson has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 2003, and also telling stories and illustrating them since forever.

Sears Charm School and University of Delaware graduate, Flash Rosenberg is an “Attention Span for Hire” who draws, animates, photographs, writes, performs…and swims. This Guggenheim Fellow served as the pioneering Artist in Residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library (for 7 years) where she drew discussions in real-time, to innovate animated “Conversation Portraits.” Flash Rosenberg Studio is a full-service cartoon, photography, motion picture, merriment, and mischief factory based in Harlem.

Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, history, bioethics, and her career in massage therapy to explore the body/sciences. She teaches artists about injury prevention through workshops and her new book, Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books)Her other comics appear in:, SubCultures, Awesome Possum, Comics For Choice, The Strumpet, The Graphic Canon, and the journals Intima and Broken Pencil.


Little Nemo Meets Carousel @ TCAF: May 12, 2018

TCAF presents:

A tribute to Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

The show features cartoonists from the Locust Moon Press anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.  Besides being one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, Winsor McCay was also a popular and innovative vaudeville performer, so this show is a perfect way to honor his amazing legacy. With live readings and performances by: Maëlle Doliveux, Josh O’Neill, Alexis Ziritt, and more.  Moderated by R. Sikoryak.

(Plus slide shows and animations created by Winsor McCay, Dean Haspiel, Peter Hoey & Maria Hoey, and Dave Proch, not appearing in person.)

At Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E. (High Park Ballroom)

Saturday  May 12, 2018   12:30 PM

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PEN World Voices Festival: Carousel on April 21, 2018

PEN World Voices Festival presents:
Comics Carousel: Graphic Novels Come to Life 
Saturday, April 21   5pm-6pm
Town Stages, Main Space 221 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

It’s a little bit of theater and a whole lot of art as comics artists Pénélope Bagieu (Brazen), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes), Iasmin Omar Ata (Mi(s)hadra) and Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones) join in a comics Carousel led by R. Sikoryak to showcase their visual talents and unique perspectives—and perform parts from their books! Original and subversive, they share their singular stories from the frontlines of comics that resist clichéd narratives and reimagine our futures. Q&A with the authors to follow.

Tickets and info:

FUNHOUSE: interactive book fair, March 24-25, 2018

Several Carousel artists will be participating in this exciting new book fair:

On the weekend of March 24 – 25, Desert Island and The Drawing Center will present FUNHOUSE, a new, interactive book fair at which guests can make their own books in collaboration with resident cartoonists and illustration artists.

March 24–25, 2018     11am–5pm      Tickets $10 via Eventbrite here

The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street (btwn Broome and Grand St) in SoHo, New York.

FUNHOUSE guests will interact with resident artists to create unique pages for one-of-a-kind books to be assembled at the fair. The resident artists will also have their own publications available for purchase at General Store within the FUNHOUSE fair, with games of chance, author signings, special activities, and giveaways of artists’ books. A SIDESHOW of talks, lectures, and presentations will be organized by FORGE. art magazine’s Matthew James-Wilson. Additional spectacles, like life-size interactive cut-outs and funhouse mirrors will provide wacky fun and photo-ops galore!

FUNHOUSE artists include: Gabrielle Bell, Lilli Carré, Rob Corradetti, Joanna Fields, Laura Perez-Harris, Abby Jame, Jeff Ladouceur, Sarah Lammer, Gary Lieb, Richard McGuire, Walker Mettling, Ben Passmore, Oskars Pavlovskis, Monica Ramos, Jim Schuessler, R. Sikoryak, Whit Taylor, Matthew Thurber, Thu Tran, Mark Wang, Kelsey Wroten, Gina Wynbrandt, and JooHee Yoon. FUNHOUSE is organized by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island and Molly Gross of The Drawing Center.

All sideshow events are included in ticket price, $10 via Eventbrite. Proof of purchase, from either day, is needed.


Saturday at 11:30am
DIY or Die!
(with Xia Gordon, Leslie Lasiter, and Kurt Woerpel) Please RSVP here.
Three creatives discuss the dynamic world of do-it-yourself publishing!

Saturday at 1:30pm
Sideshow Variety Hour
(with Sarah Lammer, John Mejias, and Matthew Thurber) Please RSVP here.
Step right up to a three-part variety show featuring performances by cartoonists Sarah Lammer, John Mejias, and Matthew Thurber!

Saturday at 3:30pm
Police Sketch Game    Please RSVP here.
An interactive drawing game where the audience helps three exhibitors from the show identify the perpetrator of a crime.


Sunday at 11:30am
In the Director’s Chair
(with Steph Davidson, Walter Green, and Hannah K. Lee)   Please RSVP here.
Three art directors discuss the ever-changing illustration industry.

Sunday, March 25 at 1:30pm
Eyeworks Animation Screening    Please RSVP here.
An animation screening organized by the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation.

Sunday at 3:30pm
Police Sketch Game
See description above.

FUNHOUSE special programing

Comic Zine Workshops
Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, 12:30–4:30pm
Tickets $40 via Eventbrite here, include the workshop and access to the fair.
kuš! comic zine workshops, lead by artist Oskars Pavlovskis from Riga, Latvia, will be a collaborative comic drawing experience suited for participants of any age and skill level.

FUNHOUSE image: text art by Richard McGuire, art by Rob Corradetti, design by Peter Ahlberg.

A selection of FUNHOUSE artists from L to R: Thu Tran, Rob Corradetti, JooHee Yoon, Monica Ramos, Jeff Ladouceur. Sarah Lammer, Oskars Pavlovskis, Whit Taylor, and R. Sikoryak. Go to our instagram feed @funhousebookfair to see work by all the FUNHOUSE artist.

Desert Island is a unique illustrated book store in Brooklyn. The modestly sized shop is packed with art from top to bottom and the decor includes an enormous handmade chandelier, painted cartoon cut-outs, elaborate paisley wallpaper, sculptural remnants of former window displays, and piles of Smoke Signal, the free comics tabloid published by the store. Any artist can sell comics or zines at Desert Island, making for a fun mix of unexpected creations from all over the world.

The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan’s SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs.

Cartoonists on Trump @ Montclair Literary Festival, March 17, 2018

Several Carousel artists will be featured at the Montclair Literary Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Engage, Rage, or Both? Cartoonists Respond to Trump”
Cartoonists from the New Yorker and several other publications share and illuminate work inspired by our current president. With R. Sikoryak, Emily Flake and Lauren Weinstein,  moderated by local graphic artist Kevin Pyle.

Montclair Public Library Auditorium, 50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042  March 17, 2018, 12:15–1:15pm

More info:

Carousel: March 2, 2018 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Brian Dewan
Sam Gross
Bishakh Som
Jeremy Sorese
Connie Sun
Matthew Thurber

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)

Brian Dewan is a visual artist and musician living in the town of Catskill, NY. The filmstrip What Will You Do With Your Freedom was first screened at the Tang Museum in Saratoga NY. He has also shown filmstrips at the Whitney Museum of American art, Modern Art Oxford and the Museum Of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, CA.
Sam Gross has been drawing cartoons for a long time.  They have appeared in such diverse publications as Good Housekeeping and The Realist.
Bishakh Som is a comics artist, illustrator and painter from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in several queer comics anthologies (including in the forthcoming collection ‘We’re Still Here’, an all-trans comics compendium), The New Yorker, The Boston Review, VICE, Buzzfeed as well as in several group and solo shows along the east coast. You can see more of her work at
Jeremy Sorese is a cartoonist currently based out of Brooklyn, NYC.  His first book, Curveball, published with Nobrow, came out in 2015 and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Connie Sun is a cartoonist and daily comic strip creator, based in New York City. She was a 2016-2017 Artist in Residence for Brooklyn Boulders and a McSweeney’s Graphic Columnist from 2014-2015. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Upworthy, Climbing Magazine, Book Riot, Tabi Labo, NPR, BBC, AngryAsianMan, The Rumpus, and Audrey Magazine. Find her on social media at cartoonconnie. (
Mrs William Horsley is a research vehicle for investigations into abstract and literal puppetry. The energy contained within hematite refracts into animated film, performance, comics, etc. scattering shards of Delight. Sculpted out of a chunk of feminized hematite discovered in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950’s, it is currently parked in Catskill, NY and is owned and operated by Matthew Thurber.
R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump.  He has drawn for The New Yorker, The Onion, MAD, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.   He has hosted Carousel shows at Dixon Place and around North America since 1997.

Carousel for Kids! Dec. 2, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents:
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Cartoon slide shows drawn and narrated by an array of comic artists, graphic novelists, voice actors, and more.
Featuring stories, gags, live drawings, and audience participation! For kids and cartoon-loving adults.
Saturday, December 2, 2017   11:30 am

Dixon Place,  161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)

Tickets: $10 kids
$15 adults in advance
$18 adults at the door
$12 students/seniors/IDNYC
Tickets & info:  
(212) 219-0736

About the cartoonists:
Jef Czekaj  is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and musician who lives and works in Somerville, MA.
He has written and/or illustrated 12 books with titles like Hip and Hop Don’t Stop!, Cat Secrets, A Call for a New Alphabet, and Austin, Lost in America.
Deb Lucke is the author/illustrator of the Lunch Witch series which is being made into a movie starring Kate McKinnon.
She also does comic journalism and fine art.
Rebecca Mock is a NYC-based comic book artist and illustrator. She is the artist of the NYT best-selling Compass South, a high-seas adventure graphic novel, as well as its sequel Knife’s Edge.
Michael Rex is the writer and illustrator of over 40 books for kids, and the creator of Fangbone! which is now on Netflix. Please, no bright lights, don’t get him wet, and don’t feed him after midnight.
Neil Numberman is the totally tubular illustrator of such groovy graphic novels as the Joey Fly, Private Eye series, and writer of the mondo bodacious picture book Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! His most recent picture books, Flip & Fin: We Rule the School, and Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue, are, like, in stores now. He also is known for illustrating Highlight’s Magazines radically awesome-licious Hidden Pictures! You should totally scope out his work over at FAR OUT!