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.
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.
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).
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.
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: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule
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 Glidden, with 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: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/event/2017/02/san-diego-comic-con-2017