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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.

FUNHOUSE Book Fair
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.

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

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

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, MARCH 25

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.

ABOUT DESERT ISLAND
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.

ABOUT THE DRAWING CENTER
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: http://succeed2gether.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Succeed2gether-LiteraryFestival2018-lowres.pdf

Carousel and more @ Miami Book Fair 2017

Carousel and R. Sikoryak are coming to the Miami Book Fair with two events on Nov. 18-19, 2017

“Carousel at Miami Book Fair” on Saturday

For the first time ever, cartoonist R. Sikoryak brings Carousel to Miami. Join comics creators Nicole J. GeorgesMimi PondJason ShigaTillie Walden, and R. S. as they present and read from their new graphic novels.

Saturday, November 18 @ 4:00 pm

MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor), 300 NE Second Ave.,  Miami,  Fl

More info: https://www.miamibookfair.com/event/robert-sikoryak-presents-carousel-comics-performances-and-picture-shows/

“The Trump Presidential Library” on Sunday

The Los Angeles Times called it a “must-see panel of Comic-Con 2017”, and now it’s coming to Miami! Political satire has reached new heights since the election of President Trump; Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says) and R. Sikoryak (The Unquotable Trump) promise laughter and tears (and a presentation with slides) as they work through the nation’s current political reality.

Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00 pm

MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor), 300 NE Second Ave., Miami,  Fl

More info: https://www.miamibookfair.com/event/spotlight-the-trump-presidential-library/

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: 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 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: https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/event/2017/02/san-diego-comic-con-2017

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: LIVE, April 5, 2017

Dixon Place presents:

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: LIVE

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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5  
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:    http://dixonplace.org/performances/carousel-4-5/   https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/terms-and-conditions

Carousel & more @ TCAF, May 14-15, 2016

R.. Sikoryak will be hosting a Carousel and moderating a panel at TCAF: Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016.

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Saturday May 14, 2016  1:30 pm
Abstract Art panel w/ Patrick Kyle, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch, Fiona Smyth, Brian Chippendale. Moderated by R. Sikoryak.

TCAFCarouselMay2016The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St., across from the Library)
Sunday, May 15, 2016  4 pm
Carousel, R. Sikoryak’s long running comics performance/reading series, returns to TCAF with shows by Michael DeForge (Lose, Dressing), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits), Andrea Tsurumi (Why Would You Do That?), Kriota Willberg (No Pain, Pathology Laffs), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics, iTunes).

More info: http://torontocomics.com/programming/

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“Comics: Pushing the Boundaries,” April 23, 2016

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A panel discussion at The Society of Illustrators on Sat., April 23, 2016 at 1 pm.

With the Zap Comix retrospective on display at the Society, this is a perfect time to take a look at how comics artists push the boundaries of taste and subject matter. We’ve gathered a panel of cartoonists and illustrators of diverse backgrounds and interests to discuss provocation and controversy in comics, in history and in contemporary works. There’s been an evolution in the kinds of comics that are being created that will make for a fascinating conversation.

Featuring:
Heather Benjamin
Darryl Ayo Brathwaite
Jennifer Camper 
Annie Mok
Kate Lacour
Moderated by R. Sikoryak.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1 pm.  The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (btwn Park & Lexington Avenues), New York City.

Admission: $15 Non-members, $10 members, $7 seniors/students (Undergrad students with valid I.D.)  * Exhibitors from the 2016 MoCCA Arts Festival receive free admission. Please email RSVP@societyillustrators.org to reserve your seat.

A Reading of “iTunes Terms and Conditions,” Jan. 22, 2016

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A reading of ITUNES TERMS AND CONDITIONS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Featuring R. SikoryakBrian DewanPaul Boocock, and James Godwin.

R. Sikoryak has drawn the entire, unedited text of the iTunes Terms and Conditions as a graphic novel, in over 90 distinct comics styles. It has appeared online at http://itunestandc.tumblr.com.

For this performance, Sikoryak will project the artwork & read from the text, accompanied by live music by Brian Dewan. They will be joined by special guest readers Paul Boocock and James Godwin. You’ll see how far they get in 45 minutes (the show’s running time).

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place Lounge, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Admission is free, but you can make a reservation here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/954334

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during and after the show. Bar proceeds directly support DP’s artists and mission.

“Fable Comics” Show @ Bank Street, Sept. 24, 2015

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Join Carousel host R. Sikoryak for a multimedia screening of famous fables in comics form at Bank Street Book Store on Thursday, September 24.

The show features Chris DuffyGeorge O’ConnorJohn Kerschbaum, Sikoryak, and more reading from the new book, Fable Comics (First Second).

From classics like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” to obscure gems like “The Frogs Who Desired a King,” Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics’ Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.

Contributors to the book include: Graham Annable, Greg Benton, R.O. Blechman, Vera Brosgol, Graham Chaffee, Eleanor Davis, Tom Gauld, Sophie Goldstein, Charise Harper, Jaime Hernandez, John Kerschbaum, James Kochalka, Simone Lia, Liniers, Jennifer Meyer, Corinne Mucha, Mark Newgarden, George O’Connor, Shelly Paroline and Braden Lamb, Israel Sanchez, R. Sikoryak, Maris Wicks, Keny Widjaja

Event date:
Thursday, September 24, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address:
Bank Street Book Store
2780 Broadway
New YorkNY 10025

Carousel & more at TCAF: May 10, 2015

Two events at TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, this Sunday:

TCAF Carousel 2015 draftCarousel returns to TCAF with live comics readings & performances by Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Dakota McFadzean (Don’t Get Eaten By Anything), Marguerite Van Cook & James Romberger (The Late Child and Other Animals) Sophia Wiedeman (The Lettuce Girl), and more.  Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).

Sunday, May 10, 2015 4 pm at The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street (across the street from the Toronto Reference Library).

And earlier the same afternoon:

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R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) animates a conversation between Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) about the pressures and pleasures of negotiating careers as artists while also teaching art to new generations. This wide-ranging conversation will offer new perspectives on their work, and reveal how generous and thoughtful Anders Nilsen, Jason Lutes, and R Sikoryak are about their craft.  Part of Drawn & Quarterly‘s programming at the festival.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 1 pm at Hinton Learning Theatre, Ref. Library (789 Yonge St.) 3rd floor

Plus much, much more at the TCAF website.