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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:


“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.

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 to reserve your seat.

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

16-22-01_R.Sikoryak_R.Sikoryak-smallDixon Place presents:


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

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:

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


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

MCTtrailer_vimeoWatch the MASTERPIECE COMICS THEATER trailer here.

For more info, read here and visit