PEN World Voices Festival: Carousel on April 21, 2018

PEN World Voices Festival presents:
Comics Carousel: Graphic Novels Come to Life 
Saturday, April 21   5pm-6pm
Town Stages, Main Space 221 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

It’s a little bit of theater and a whole lot of art as comics artists Pénélope Bagieu (Brazen), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes), Iasmin Omar Ata (Mi(s)hadra) and Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones) join in a comics Carousel led by R. Sikoryak to showcase their visual talents and unique perspectives—and perform parts from their books! Original and subversive, they share their singular stories from the frontlines of comics that resist clichéd narratives and reimagine our futures. Q&A with the authors to follow.

Tickets and info:

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.

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.

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


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 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.

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.

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

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Carousel: March 2, 2018 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Brian Dewan
Sam Gross
Bishakh Som
Jeremy Sorese
Connie Sun
Matthew Thurber

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)

Brian Dewan is a visual artist and musician living in the town of Catskill, NY. The filmstrip What Will You Do With Your Freedom was first screened at the Tang Museum in Saratoga NY. He has also shown filmstrips at the Whitney Museum of American art, Modern Art Oxford and the Museum Of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, CA.
Sam Gross has been drawing cartoons for a long time.  They have appeared in such diverse publications as Good Housekeeping and The Realist.
Bishakh Som is a comics artist, illustrator and painter from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in several queer comics anthologies (including in the forthcoming collection ‘We’re Still Here’, an all-trans comics compendium), The New Yorker, The Boston Review, VICE, Buzzfeed as well as in several group and solo shows along the east coast. You can see more of her work at
Jeremy Sorese is a cartoonist currently based out of Brooklyn, NYC.  His first book, Curveball, published with Nobrow, came out in 2015 and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
Connie Sun is a cartoonist and daily comic strip creator, based in New York City. She was a 2016-2017 Artist in Residence for Brooklyn Boulders and a McSweeney’s Graphic Columnist from 2014-2015. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Upworthy, Climbing Magazine, Book Riot, Tabi Labo, NPR, BBC, AngryAsianMan, The Rumpus, and Audrey Magazine. Find her on social media at cartoonconnie. (
Mrs William Horsley is a research vehicle for investigations into abstract and literal puppetry. The energy contained within hematite refracts into animated film, performance, comics, etc. scattering shards of Delight. Sculpted out of a chunk of feminized hematite discovered in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950’s, it is currently parked in Catskill, NY and is owned and operated by Matthew Thurber.
R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump.  He has drawn for The New Yorker, The Onion, MAD, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.   He has hosted Carousel shows at Dixon Place and around North America since 1997.

Carousel for Kids! Dec. 2, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents:
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Cartoon slide shows drawn and narrated by an array of comic artists, graphic novelists, voice actors, and more.
Featuring stories, gags, live drawings, and audience participation! For kids and cartoon-loving adults.
Saturday, December 2, 2017   11:30 am

Dixon Place,  161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)

Tickets: $10 kids
$15 adults in advance
$18 adults at the door
$12 students/seniors/IDNYC
Tickets & info:  
(212) 219-0736

About the cartoonists:
Jef Czekaj  is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and musician who lives and works in Somerville, MA.
He has written and/or illustrated 12 books with titles like Hip and Hop Don’t Stop!, Cat Secrets, A Call for a New Alphabet, and Austin, Lost in America.
Deb Lucke is the author/illustrator of the Lunch Witch series which is being made into a movie starring Kate McKinnon.
She also does comic journalism and fine art.
Rebecca Mock is a NYC-based comic book artist and illustrator. She is the artist of the NYT best-selling Compass South, a high-seas adventure graphic novel, as well as its sequel Knife’s Edge.
Michael Rex is the writer and illustrator of over 40 books for kids, and the creator of Fangbone! which is now on Netflix. Please, no bright lights, don’t get him wet, and don’t feed him after midnight.
Neil Numberman is the totally tubular illustrator of such groovy graphic novels as the Joey Fly, Private Eye series, and writer of the mondo bodacious picture book Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! His most recent picture books, Flip & Fin: We Rule the School, and Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue, are, like, in stores now. He also is known for illustrating Highlight’s Magazines radically awesome-licious Hidden Pictures! You should totally scope out his work over at FAR OUT!

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:

“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:

Carousel: Oct. 19, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Live readings and projected presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and other visual art.
Plus live music and live drawing, too.
Nick Abadzis
Kevin Colden
Katie Fricas
Miss Lasko-Gross
Doug Skinner
M. Sweeney Lawless
and more!
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)

Nick Abadzis is a British, Eisner-award winning, internationally published writer and cartoonist who lives and works in the USA. For more info, drawings, commentary and news updates, please visit:
Kevin Colden is the author of the graphic novels I Rule the Night (MTV’s Webcomic of the Year 2010) and Fishtown (Xeric Grant winner and Eisner Award nominee), and illustrator of numerous comics including the 2012 iteration of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He is a multi-instrumentalist, having played with the bands Heads Up Display, Merit Badge (NY-LA), and currently Fan Man and the//yyx.
Katie Fricas is a cartoonist, illustrator, and library worker in New York City. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Hyperallergic, and her newly self-published compilation of comics essays, Art Fan, is available from Birdcage Bottom Books.
Miss Lasko-Gross is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels; Henni, A Mess Of Everything and Escape From “Special.”  She is the creator/writer of Z2 comics’ scifi series THE SWEETNESS. Her work has also been featured in the New Yorker’s Daily Shouts.
Doug Skinner has been part of Carousel since time began. His latest two books are “The Cocktail Hour” (Corps Reviver Press) and “The Doug Skinner Songbook” (Black Scat Books).
M. Sweeney Lawless is a writer and dramaturg in NYC. Recent work includes writing in the current issues of American Bystander and Lowbrow Reader, and dramaturgy for So…Is This a Date? An Evening with Carmen Cancél and Jean Sophie Kim at the Arclight.   Twitter: @Specky4Eyes
R. Sikoryak is the cartoonist responsible for Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump, to be released at Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday, October 24.  He has drawn for The New Yorker, The Onion, MAD, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He has hosted Carousel shows at Dixon Place and around North America since 1997.

BKBF Carousel @ Union Hall, Sept. 11, 2017

CAROUSEL at Union Hall – Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Book Festival

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists: Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution), Jennifer Camper (“Rude Girls and Dangerous Women,” “subGURLZ”) ,  Teva Harrison  (In-Between Days),  Lisa Lim (Mutha Magazine, Guernica Magazine), Kevin Sacco (The Plane Story,  Josephine).

Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump)


Monday, September 11, 2017    Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall – Brooklyn     702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets: $8.00

Julia Alekseyeva is the author-illustrator of the non-fiction graphic novel Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution, published by Microcosm in January 2017. She also received press for illustrating the first graphic novel legal brief, written by Bob Kohn. Her work has been featured in The Paper Brigade, NPR, The Rumpus, Tablet, and Cleaver Magazine. Alongside her comics work, Julia teaches Cinema Studies at Brooklyn College, and is receiving a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner Brandon and a dog named Leopold Bloom. 
Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include “Rude Girls and Dangerous Women” and “subGURLZ”, and she edited two “Juicy Mother” comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally. She is also the founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference.

Teva Harrison is an artist, writer and cartoonist.  She is the author of the bestselling, critically-acclaimed hybrid graphic memoir, In-Between Days, published by House of Anansi Press. In-Between Days  won the 2017 KOBO Emerging Writer Prize, and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Teva Harrison has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, Canadian Magazine Award and a 2017 Joe Shuster Award for best Cartoonist. In-Between Days was named a best book of the year by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CBC, iBooks, KOBO, Walrus Magazine and The Quill and Quire. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community. Born in Oregon, Teva currently lives in Toronto.    Twitter @robotpilot      Website 

Lisa Lim is both an artist and a writer. Her art and fiction have appeared in Mutha Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Nashville Review, and Pank Magazine. Find more of her storytelling at and

Kevin Sacco is a cartoonist and storyboard illustrator living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He published his First Graphic Novel, The Plane Story about his father and the advertising business in 2011. His new wordless  Graphic Novel Josephine from SLG Publishing is set on the Upper West Side in the early 1960’s.

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.

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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:

Carousel: May 31, 2017 @ Dixon Place

Last show of the season!
Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & more.
Gabrielle Bell
Jeffrey Burandt
James Godwin
Maria Hoey
Feifei Ruan
Jim Torok
and more!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door), 
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP’s mission and artists.)


Gabrielle Bell is the author of several books, including Everything is Flammable, Which is out now. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Frontman for the sci-fi rock band Americans UK, Jeffrey Burandt is also the writer of the Maverick Book List Award-winning graphic novel Odd Schnozz & the Odd Squad from Oni Press. His most recent work has appeared in the New York Times Best Selling Love Is Love anthology.

James Godwin is an artist, performer and puppeteer who has worked in film, television and theater. He is a founding member of “Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement” and “The Elementals” and has worked with David Bowie, Dave Chappell and Wyatt Cenak, his recent show “The Flatiron Hex” will be remounted this September at Here theater.

Maria Hoey, along with her brother Peter, make comics and art. Their latest book: Chuck Berry’s Revenge ( An Afro-Futurist Re-Mix) is the subject of her slideshow.
Feifei Ruan is a Chinese illustrator and comic artist based in New York City. Her clients include Penguin Random House, BOOM!Studios, The JimHenson Company, Archaia Entertainment, Cartoon Network, BuzzFeed and Nautilus.

Jim Torok is a fine artist, and a cartoonist too. His work can be seen in New York at Pierogi Gallery.