Author Archives: Diogenes the Cynic

R. Sikoryak at San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23, 2017

R. Sikoryak will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, signing at the Drawn & Quarterly Booth (1629) and participating in seven panels from July 20-23.

Thursday Programming:

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour     Thurs. July 20               1- 2 pm  Room 23ABC

Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de “farce” of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton writers and artists, including Jacob Chabot, R. Sikoryak, and more, who tickle your four-color funny bones and find out what’s in stores in the months to come!

Spotlight on R. Sikoryak     Thurs. July 20   4:30  – 5:30pm     Room 4

R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) is a master of the satirical graphic novel adaptation.Heidi Macdonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly) leads a conversation with Sikoryak about his two most recent projects: Terms & Conditions, which is a 99-page, word-for-word adaptation of the iTunes terms and conditions agreement, and The Unquotable Trump, which sets Donald Trump quotes from the 2016 presidential election in classic comic book covers, employing hero and villain tropes to devastating effect.

The Trump Presidential Library Panel     Thurs. July 20     6:30 – 7:30pm  Room 26AB

Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Says and The Unquotable Trump (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump’s words for comedic effect and insight. There will be slides, a brief history of political satire, and laughter through the tears as they wrestle with an understanding of our current dystopia. Can satire keep up with reality? Shannon Wheeler is the two-time Eisner winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist. Robert Sikoryak started at Raw magazine, is a New Yorkercontributor, and a Comic-Con special guest.

Friday Programming:

Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Adaptations    Fri. July 21    3  – 4pm    Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
How can the graphic novel format enhance prose texts? And how can educators use adaptations to make stories more accessible? If you read the graphic novel instead of the prose novel, does it still “count”? How does the story change if a classic is adapted into graphic novel format? Is something lost? Is something gained? And what if graphic novels are then converted into prose novels, as with the forthcoming Lumberjanes novels? Moderated by Kelly Quinn Chiu (children’s librarian at the Santa Clara City Library), this panel includes Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes), Brook Allen(Lumberjanes), Landis Blair (The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).

Saturday Programming:

Unconventional Comics    Sat. July 22    1:30 – 2:30pm   Room 8

Comics are all about super powers and saving the world, right? Discover the rich and growing market for comics that may lack super-powered heroes but are super all the same. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discusses with panelists R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions), Simon Hanselmann (Megg & Mogg), Gemma Correll (The Worrier’s Guide to Life), and Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) how they were inspired to write their unconventional books and why the comics format was right for their work.

Who’s the Most Neurotic Superhero?      Sat.  July 22    3  – 4 pm  Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Ever since the dawn of Marvel’s “superheroes with real problems,” costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man’s guilt and insecurity, Batman’s tango with trauma, Captain America’s survivor’s guilt, Jessica Jones’s smorgasbord of symptoms, and Star-Lord’s daddy issues are just some of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Dr. Travis Langley(Batman and Psychology), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) hold a lively discussion of the psychological challenges that many heroes (and some villains, too) deal with.

Sunday Programming:

Keeping it Funny    Sun. July 23     1  – 2 pm Room 28DE

Abraham Riesman of Vulture discusses the breadth of humor and satire possible in the medium of comics. He’s joined by Mimi Pond, whose fictionalized memoir The Customer Is Always Wrong is rich with the slang and jokes of 1970s Bay Area counterculture; R. Sikoryak, whose satirical takes on the 2016 presidential election online and tech jargon in Terms and Conditions have delighted readers everywhere; Gemma Correll, whose relatable comics about anxiety and pets appear on The Guardian and are collected in The Worrier’s Guide to Life ; and Simon Hanselmann,whose meticulously watercolored stoner witch comics (published on his tumblr and in books such as Megahex and One More Year) are soaked in a black humor.

More info:

This year, Drawn & Quarterly‘s guests are Mimi Pond who will be debuting The Customer is Always Wrong, French cartooning duo Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim who will be debuting  Poppies of Iraq, R. Sikoryak, with the debut of  The Unquotable Trump, and Sarah Gliddenwith her latest book Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. They’ll also have debuts of Tom Gauld’s Baking with Kafka plus early copies of Seth’s Palookaville 23.

Drawn & Quarterly full signing and programming schedule:

Carousel: May 31, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Last show of the season!
Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & more.
Gabrielle Bell
Jeffrey Burandt
James Godwin
Maria Hoey
Feifei Ruan
Jim Torok
and more!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 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.)


Gabrielle Bell is the author of several books, including Everything is Flammable, Which is out now. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Frontman for the sci-fi rock band Americans UK, Jeffrey Burandt is also the writer of the Maverick Book List Award-winning graphic novel Odd Schnozz & the Odd Squad from Oni Press. His most recent work has appeared in the New York Times Best Selling Love Is Love anthology.

James Godwin is an artist, performer and puppeteer who has worked in film, television and theater. He is a founding member of “Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement” and “The Elementals” and has worked with David Bowie, Dave Chappell and Wyatt Cenak, his recent show “The Flatiron Hex” will be remounted this September at Here theater.

Maria Hoey, along with her brother Peter, make comics and art. Their latest book: Chuck Berry’s Revenge ( An Afro-Futurist Re-Mix) is the subject of her slideshow.
Feifei Ruan is a Chinese illustrator and comic artist based in New York City. Her clients include Penguin Random House, BOOM!Studios, The JimHenson Company, Archaia Entertainment, Cartoon Network, BuzzFeed and Nautilus.

Jim Torok is a fine artist, and a cartoonist too. His work can be seen in New York at Pierogi Gallery.

Carousel @ TCAF, May 13, 2017

R.. Sikoryak at TCAF: Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2017:

The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St., across from the Library)
Saturday, May 13, 2017  4 pm
Carousel, R. Sikoryak’s long running comics performance/reading series, returns to TCAF with shows and readings from a slew of the top talent at the festival this year. Featuring Eleanor Davis, Glynnis Fawkes, Keren Katz, Joe Ollmann, and more!

“Terms and Conditions: Live” photos

Photos from the complete performance of TERMS AND CONDITIONS: LIVE at Dixon Place on April 5, 2017. Projections by R. Sikoryak, music by Brian Dewan, and voices by Paul Boocock, James Godwin, M. Sweeney Lawless, and R. S.   (Photos by Tom Henning.)


Dixon Place presents:


R. Sikoryak has drawn the entire text of the iTunes agreement, Terms and Conditions, as a color graphic novel, in over 90 distinct comics styles. It has just been published by Drawn and Quarterly.

For this performance, Sikoryak will present the entire piece in a marathon three hour show. Accompanied by live music from Brian Dewan and guests, he’ll project the artwork and read the text along with voice actors Paul Boocock, James Godwin, M. Sweeney Lawless, and more.

7 PM  First seating (part 1)
8:30 PM Second seating (part 2)
(Same price for one or both parts.)

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC (between Rivington and Delancey)

General Admission
$12 in advance, $15 at the door.   $10 for Stu./Sen./idNYC

Tickets and more info:

Carousel: Feb. 15, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & music.
Featuring: Todd Alcott,   Maëlle Doliveux,   Felipe Galindo,   Jennifer Hayden,   Lauren R. Weinstein

Special guest voices: M. Sweeney Lawless, Steven Rattazzi, Gary Schwartz, and more!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYCTickets: $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.)

About the artists:
Todd Alcott is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He’s been working on Feeder Birds for sixteen years and flew all the way to New York just to do this show.  He’ll be reading with M. Sweeney Lawless, Steven Rattazzi, and Gary Schwartz.

Maëlle Doliveux is a French and Swiss illustrator, cartoonist and animator whose clients include The New York Times, Newsweek and SpongeBob comics. Her work received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in 2015 and she has recently begun a partnership as designer in a comics and art publication company called Beehive Books. 
Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art.
Jennifer Hayden is the Eisner-nominated author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a graphic memoir about her life and her experience with breast cancer. Her first book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in The Best American Comics of 2013. You can read her daily diary comic Rushes online at
Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, illustrator, painter and avid gardener who lives in scenic New Jersey. She has published three books: Girl Stories, Inside Vineyland and Goddess of War.  Her new strip, Normel Person, appears in The Village Voice.

Carousel: Dec. 14, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & music. 
Pénélope Bagieu
Cynthia Kaplan 
Asterios Kokkinos 
Summer Pierre 
Flash Rosenberg 
Whit Taylor
Kriota Willberg 
and more!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 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.)

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin’.
Cynthia Kaplan is the author of two collections of humorous essays, Why I’m Like This: True Stories and Leave the Building Quickly, among other things, and she is the founder of the band The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal.  You can find her, if you choose, at
Asterios Kokkinos is the writer of the all-new graphic novel, “Toys 4 Cheap!” drawn by Jimmy Hasse. It’s a fake catalogue of dangerous and insane toys like Tickle Me Elmore Leonard, Maus Trap, and Microscopic Machines (the world’s first inhalable toy!) 
Summer Pierre is a cartoonist and illustrator living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life.
As an “Attention-Span-for-Hire” (and plain-clothes clown) Flash Rosenberg uses drawing, animation, photography, writing, and performing to accelerate the levity of awareness. This Guggenheim Fellow was the pioneering Artist in Residence for LIVE from the NY Public Library. She draws FlashThink cartoons, live-draws complex notions for snazzy clients such as IBM, Visa, Unilever, PNC Bank, Amazon, Gatorade, Etsy, Twitter, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations.
Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey.
Kriota Willberg writes, draws, teaches, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. The newest version of her injury prevention comic book for cartoonists will be published this fall by Uncivilized press. She is on the brink of becoming the first ever Artist in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s Historical Collection.


Live drawings by Flash Rosenberg (June 2015)

From our June 10, 2015 showFlash Rosenberg‘s live sketches, drawn in real-time, based on advice given by audience members and each performer.  Flash will return in our Dec 14, 2016 show.

Carousel video from Dixon Place

A promotional Carousel video created by Dixon Place from several of our recent shows:

Carousel: Comics Performances and Picture Shows.
Featuring graphic novelists, cartoonists, and performers.
Hosted by R. Sikoryak, with new guests every show.

Video features work by R. Sikoryak, Marguerite Van Cook & James Romberger, Carolita Johnson, Sam Gross, Glenn Head, John Mejias, Neil Numberman,  Brian Weaver, Sasha Velour, Patrice Miller, Eric Drysdale,  Ruben Bolling, and more.

Music by Wharton Tiers Ensemble.

Carousel for Kids! Nov 12, 2016 @ Dixon Place

carousel-for-kids-nov16-rgbDixon Place presents:
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Featuring these special guest cartoonists, children’s book authors, and graphic novelists:
Megan Brennan
Tom Eaton
Trade Loeffler
George O’Connor
Comic stories, gags, live drawings, audience participation… and more, for kids of all ages!

Saturday, November 12, 2016   2 pm
Dixon Place,  161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)

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

Megan Brennan is a comic artist and writer from New Jersey. She’s published comics on the web like Pencil Pup and School of World, as well as writing the Amazing World of Gumball graphic novels for Boom! Studios.

Tom Eaton is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and animator, and creator of the Bug Zapper, a comic for kids. Past projects include original animated shorts and music videos for Sufjan Stevens and the Danielson Famile.

Trade Loeffler is the artist and writer of the all-ages webcomic adventures, The Upside-Down Me, The Sky Kayak, and The Captain’s Quest. He is also the illustrator for Nadja Spiegelman’s TOON Books’ stories, Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework, and Zig and Wikki In The Cow (a 2013 Eisner award nominee for Best Publication for Early Readers).

George O’Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. OLYMPIANS is his ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, O’Connor has published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow!, Sally and the Some-Thing, and If I Had a Triceratops. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Neil Numberman is an illustrator and animator from bee-yutiful Brooklyn, where he currently resides and works. He created the Joey Fly, Private Eye graphic novel series for kids with New York Times Bestselling author Aaron Reynolds, and the picture book Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! He’s worked for a number of notable clients, including MTV’s Liquid Television and ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. Most recently he’s done dozens of illustrations for Highlights book series and illustrated the FLIP AND FIN picture book series, written by Timothy Gill.