Category Archives: Other events

“Struggling Cartoonist” show, Feb. 11, 2014

R. Sikoryak and a few Carousel alumni will be in this performance and exhibit:

An artshow about cartoonists and other mediums
Curated by Adriano Moraes and Christine di Tolvo

Struglling Cartoonist logo

A show about cartoonists and the other mediums they work with. You will see how comic book art influences works of theater, film, set design, sculpture, live performance, music, street art, animation, graphic design, burlesque, origami and more.

The artists in the show are Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Danny Hellman (Legal Action Comics), Mac Mcgill (World War 3), Kurt Christenson (Power Play, Gowanus Pete) , James Romberger (7 Miles A Second), Bill Roundy (the Amazing Adventures of Bill, Anything That Loves), Ken Wong (Origami Comics), Vishavjti Singh (Sikhtoons), Joe Heaps Nelson (Police Brutality Coloring Book), Jared Gwniewek (Scary-Oke), Allan David, Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls), We Paint collective (Muffin Man, Zera and Brane), Hanna Jaeun, Mark Staff Brandl, Mark Lerer (The Little General), Javier Cruz (The Learning Curve), Sharon Ma, Karl Kotas (Transgendered Jesus), Jenny DevilDoll Gonzalez-Blitz (World War 3), Isabella Bannerman (Six Chicks), Adriano Moraes (Baron Munchausen), Forest Allread and Ami Gorgoroso.

The exhibit opens Febuary 11 and runs until March 11, 2014.
It is being produced by Theater for the New City Gallery, 155 First Avenue (corner with 10th street).
The opening and performance is on February 11.
Spoken word by Kurt Christenson, slideshows by R. Sikoryak and Mac McGill, visual presentation by Arlen Schumer, animations by Adriano Moraes, poetry by Vishavjti Singh, electronic music by JennyGonzalez-Blitz, Eric Blitz & La Femme NatalComics, zines, prints and other merch will be sold.

Admission is free.  Wine and food will be served.  More info here.

“Blame It On New York” Comics Panel, April 17


Several Carousel participants will join other great cartoonists for this special live event organized by Danny Fingeroth:

Comic Book Round Table: BLAME IT ON NEW YORK!
How The Big Apple Influences Comics Creators

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art 138 Sullivan St. (between Prince and Houston) New York, NY 10012

Tickets: $10 in advance at, $15 at the door.

The Empire City, the City that Never Sleeps, The Big Apple. By any name (including Gotham City and Metropolis), the variety and diversity of people and places in New York City has had greater influence on comic book storytelling, both words and illustrations, than anyplace else on Earth. Our distinguished panel of NYC-based writers and artists — including AL JAFFEE (MAD Fold-Ins), PETER KUPER (Spy Vs. Spy), DEAN HASPIEL (Bored to Death), R. SIKORYAK (Masterpiece Comics), MIRIAM KATIN (We Are on Our Own), and BOB FINGERMAN (Minimum Wage) – will discuss with moderator DANNY FINGEROTH (Disguised as Clark Kent) how the Naked City inspires and permeates their work.

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“The Comics Crowd” in Brooklyn, Sept. 22

Michael Kupperman has organized this special comics reading with an amazing line-up as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival‘s Bookend Events:

“The Comics Crowd”

Comics fans will delight in this graphics heavy event. Creators read from their work, accompanied by projections. Participants include Gabrielle Bell (When I’m Old), Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You), Aaron Diaz (The Tomorrow Girl) and Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle). Laughter guaranteed!

At Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St. (btwn Flatbush & 5th Ave.), Brooklyn
Saturday, September 22, 8:00 pm
Price: Free

“Comic New York: A Symposium” Videos

On March 24 and 25, the Comic New York Symposium brought together creators and academics to discuss the intertwined histories of American comics and the town where they were born: New York City.

Many Carousel artists participated, including Emily Flake, Dean Haspiel, Ben Katchor, R. Sikoryak, Lauren R. Weinstein, and Julia Wertz.

Videos of all the presentations can be seen here.

Pictures and Performance: A Melodrama

A special satellite performance of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, organized by Bill Kartalopoulos:

Are static, two dimensional picture sequences and live, three dimensional performance pieces irreconcilable media, or are they actually star-crossed lovers, desperately longing for a reunion following centuries of tragic separation?

Join us for a special afternoon of mixed-media pieces by Peter Burr, Juliacks, Bill Kartalopoulos, Ben Katchor, Shana Moulton, R. Sikoryak and Matthew Thurber, presented in a framework suggested by Josef Franz van Goez’s Lenardo und Blandine, an 18th century German melodrama that was visually transcribed to create — the first graphic novel?

Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm at The Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

Comics and Performance at ICAF 2011

This week, the International Comics Arts Forum comes to the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. ICAF 2011 features three days of insightful lectures, discussion and presentations exploring a wide range of topics, from American comic strips to East Asian comics. The conference is free; more info here.

On Friday, R. Sikoryak and Bill Kartalopoulos will discuss “Comics and Performance.” Kartalopoulos will trace some historical relationships between comics and theater, and Sikoryak will discuss the relation between comics and performance as he has experienced and facilitated it, through Carousel and other projects.

Super PEN reading

Several Carousel regulars are joining a slew of equally talented cartoonists to read at this PEN World Voices event, curated and produced by Jeff Newelt. Details below:

Get Super Lit: Comic Books Come Alive on Stage
When: Saturday, April 30
Where: The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Sq., New York City
What time: 12–1:30 p.m.

With Kate BeatonNick BertozziKevin ColdenMike DawsonLudovic Debeurme,Dean HaspielMichael KuppermanBenjamin MarraR. SikoryakJeff Newelt, and Harvey Pekar (RIP)

Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members, students with valid ID. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit

DISCOUNT CODE for $10tix = Pen11

Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union

SAW benefit comics reading

Cartoonist (and Carouseler) Tom Hart has been organizing his own comics slide show series at the KGB Bar for years.  On April 24, he’s hosting a benefit Easter Reading for SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, a new school for cartooning in Gainesville, Florida.

The show will feature Dean Haspiel and Daniel J Kramer, John Kerschbaum, Lizz Hickey, Josh Bayer, Domitille Collardey, Leela Corman, Seth Kushner and readers, Sam Henderson, Leslie Stein, Martha Keavney, and Stephanie Mannheim.   Details below.