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


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:

Lutes Nilsen SIkoryak promo TCAF2015Jason Lutes and Anders Nilsen in Conversation with R. Sikoryak

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.

Carousel & Dance Party on Dec. 6, 2014


Dixon Place presents:

R. Sikoryak’s 50th Birthday Spectacular with a Carousel & a dance party!

The Carousel at 10 pm features slide shows and performances by Brian Dewan, James Godwin, Sophie GoldsteinJason Little, Neil NumbermanJim TorokMatthew Thurber, Lauren R. Weinstein, Kriota WillbergR. S., & more.

Followed at 11:30 pm by a dance party with DJ McBoing Boing.

At Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington & Delancey), New York, NY 10002

Tickets for the Carousel are:   $12 (advance),   $15 (at the door),   $10 (students/seniors),  or TDF

Carousel tickets get you a free drink. The dance party is free with a cash bar, and the lounge is open all night.

Advance tickets & info:   (212) 219-0736

Carousel Comic Art at Dixon Place Gallery

14-09-03-Gallery-photo-Miriam-Katin-Manna-From-Heaven-color-pencil-drawingA show of artwork by Carousel contributors at the Dixon Place Gallery.

R. Sikoryak’s Carousel is Dixon Place’s longest continually running performance series, featuring a wide array of comic strip makers, graphic novelists, visual artists and luminaries from the downtown New York Theater and music worlds presenting work in front of a live audience. It seems only natural to show these artists’ work on Dixon Place’s Gallery walls. The exhibition will feature gag cartoons, graphic novel pages, painted storyboards and more on subjects including autobiography, classic literature, anatomy, and other heady topics.

The opening on September 3 will be followed by the Carousel performance series in the theater at 7:30pm, with live appearances by some of the artists showing work in The Gallery.

Featuring work by :

Brian Dewan (musician, visual artist, filmstrip creator)

Emily Flake (gag cartoonist, “The New Yorker”)

Danny Hellman (illustrator and cartoonist, “Typhon”)

Miriam Katin (graphic novels: “We Are On Our Own” and “Letting It Go”)

Jason Little (graphic novels: “Motel Art Improvement Service” and “Shutterbug Follies“)

Dyna Moe (illustrator: ”MAD MEN: The Illustrated World”)

Doug Skinner (cartoonist, “The Unknown Adjective and Other Stories”)

Jim Torok (painter and cartoonist)

Kriota Willberg (cartoonist, “(NO) PAIN!” and “Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute”)

R. Sikoryak (graphic novel: “Masterpiece Comics”)

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

Opening Reception Wednesday September 3, 2014.  6 pm-7:30 pm

On view: August 29 – October 4, 2014  (Gallery closed on Oct. 5.)

Image by Miriam Katin: “Manna From Heaven,” color pencil drawing.

Bayer & Sikoryak & Rotland Dreadfuls @ Desert Island, Aug. 19, 2014


Cartoonists Josh Bayer and R. Sikoryak will be reading and signing their new Rotland Dreadful comics at Desert Island on Tuesday, August 19.

The ROTLAND DREADFULS: A Bulletin of the Cheap & Sensational, is a new series from ROTLAND PRESS of Detroit, Michigan. Each issue is a nod to the cheaply-produced 19th century English pamphlets known as “Penny Dreadfuls”—so named because the original cost was one penny and each issue contained stories considered shocking and sensational.

Mr. Bayer will unleash installment #9, “Birth of Horror,” and Mr. Sikoryak will serve up installment #10, “Sadistic Comics.”

Other issues in the ROTLAND DREADFULS series, also available for purchase throughout the evening, are by Gregory Jacobsen, Ian Huebert, Cole Closser, Onsmith & Sanya Glisic, and Chris Cilla.

At Desert Island / 540 Metropolitan Ave / Brooklyn NY 11211  (718) 388-5087

Tuesday, August 19
 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

.  The readings begin at 7:30.

Facebook event here.

“Masterpiece Comics Theater” photos

Masterpiece Comics Theater” on June 14 with Ryan Andes, Julie Klausner, M. Sweeney LawlessSteven Rattazzi, & R. Sikoryak at The Brick. Photos by Tom Henning.

Two more shows with rotating casts on June 17 & 21. Info and tickets, visit

For discount tickets at $12, use the code: MPCOMICS

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“Masterpiece Comics Theater” trailer

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For more info, read here and visit

“Masterpiece Comics Theater” at The Brick, June 14-21, 2014

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“Where Classics and Cartoons Collide… on stage!”
A survey of literature, from Homer & Euripides to Kafka & Beckett, with projected visuals inspired by the most popular comics of the 20th century.

This hour long multimedia show adapts R. Sikoryak‘s graphic novel series Masterpiece Comics and features re-tellings of classic literature and popular American comics. Inspired by epic poetry, Gothic romance, and Elizabethan tragedy, as well as superhero stories, cat cartoons, and gum wrappers, Masterpiece Comics Theater uses projections, a rotating cast of voice actors, live drawing, music, and sound effects in the manner of Sikoryak’s long running Carousel Slide Show performance series. 

Voice actors for the run include: Ryan Andes, Paul Boocock, Hope Cartelli, Julie Klausner, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Kevin Maher, and Steven Rattazzi (see below for cast dates and details).

The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Saturday, June 14, 8:15 pm. With Sikoryak, R.Andes, J. Klausner, M. Sweeney Lawless, S. Rattazzi.
Tuesday, June 17, 7 pm. With Sikoryak, P. Boocock, H. Cartelli, M. Sweeney Lawless, K. Maher.
Saturday, June 21, 4:45 pm. With Sikoryak, R. Andes, H. Cartelli, M. Sweeney Lawless, S. Rattazzi.

In The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival, executive producer: Jeff Lewonczyk. For more info and tickets, visit

For discount tickets at $12, use the code: MPCOMICS

Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum.

The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival, June 2014

ComicBookTheaterFestival-imageThe Brick presents: The Comic Book Theater Festival Issue #2

June 3 – 29, 2014    The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211

Featuring shows by Carousel alumni Jason Little (3D Comics Alive!), Dean Haspiel (Switch to Kill), Matthew Thurber (Mining the Moon), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics Theater), plus much, much more.

Comics are sometimes called “sequential art” – stories that unfold across time over the course of multiple images. This definition also applies to the art of theater – and with so much in common, it makes sense that the two should team up. After a successful first installment in 2011, the Comic Book Theater Festival is coming back to The Brick for “Issue #2” in June 2014. Get ready for a new crop of shows that explore the intersection of the panel and the stage, the live and the drawn, the ink and the actor.

Full schedule:

“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

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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.