“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.

Carousel at Dixon Place: Jan. 8, 2014

carousel_Jan2014Dixon Place presents

CAROUSEL: Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures.
Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Featuring gag cartoons, graphic memoirs, live drawing, and more from:
Jon Keith BrunelleSam GrossJohn KovaleskiLiza DonnellyRoxanne Palmer,
and Ariel Schrag with Valerie Schrag.

Wed. January 8, 2014  7:30 pm

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

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

Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736

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

Carousel for Kids: video clips

Here’s a casual clip of R. Sikoryak drawing, from our last Carousel for Kids show on November 2.  It was spontaneously shot by Brian McLane from the audience!  The audio is a little quiet, particularly the music track, but you can hear the kids popping bubble wrap (a prop from Sam Henderson‘s slide show, earlier in the program).


And here’s another clip of Sam Henderson, from the same show.

We’re planning a number of shows for next year, and the first one will be at Dixon Place on Wednesday, January 8.  Stay tuned for more info.

Carousel for Kids! Nov. 2, 2013


Dixon Place presents

CAROUSEL for KIDS! Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures, hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman.

Featuring: Jacqueline Preiss WeitzmanRon BarrettSam HendersonTrade LoefflerNadja Spiegelman, and more. Stories, gags, audience participation, and live drawing, for kids of all ages.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2 pm. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC.

Tickets: $8 kids, $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 students/seniors. Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org  (212) 219-0736.

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

Carousel at MICE, Sept. 28, 2013

carousel_MICE_2013_promoCarousel comes to MICE, The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, featuring readings and drawings by Jon ChadJess FinkSophie GoldsteinGeorge O’ConnorKriota Willberg, and host R. Sikoryak.

MICE will take place at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. It is free and open to the public.

Carousel is on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2 pm.  The festival goes on all day Saturday and Sunday, and features lots of other fine programming.

Carousel at SPX: Sept. 14, 2013

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Carousel returns to this year’s SPX comics and graphic arts festival, with a great line up of readers and drawers: Lisa Hanawalt (My Dumb Dirty Eyes), Sam Henderson (The Magic Whistle), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Anders Nilsen (Rage of Poseidon), Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature) and Kriota Willberg ((NO) Pain!).  Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

SPX is at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Carousel is on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the White Flint Auditorium.  The festival goes on all day Saturday and Sunday, featuring lots of other fine programming.

Carousel at Dixon Place: September 4, 2013

carousel-Sept2013-RGBDixon Place presents

CAROUSEL: Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures. Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Featuring comic stories, live drawing, medical history, and surreal gags by: Jeffrey Burandt & ZEES, Domitille CollardeyEmily FlakeFlash RosenbergKriota Willberg, and more!

Wed. Sept 4, 2013  7:30 pm

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

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

Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736

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

Three Carousels this September

Carousel will return this fall for shows in three states:  at Dixon Place on September 4, at SPX (the Small Press Expo) on September 14, and at MICE (The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) on the weekend of September 28-9.  Details to follow soon.

Below: a projected live drawing by R. Sikoryak from the June 15 Carousel at The Society of Illustrators.


Carousel at The Society of Illustrators, June 15, 2013

Carousel_SOI_June2013_squareBESTCarousel comes to The Society of Illustrators for a special MoCCA event on Saturday, June 15 at 3 pm.

This episode includes comics readings, illustrated songs, gag cartoons, and live drawing with: Jeffrey LewisJason LittleMatthew ThurberLauren R. Weinstein, and host R. Sikoryak.


Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis is probably most known for his five albums of folk and rock and noise (on the Rough Trade record label), but when he’s not touring the world with his band he makes comic books, like his current self-published series Fuff, as well as sometimes writing, drawing and/or singing various projects for The New York Times, The Mountain Goats, The History Channel and others.

Jason Little is the author of the “Bee” graphic novels Motel Art Improvement Service andShutterbug Follies. He is presently at work on the third volume, entitled The Night Seminar.  

Matthew Thurber lives and works in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. His new book INFOMANIACS will be released by PictureBox in Fall 2013. Thurber was a 2010 NYFA fiction fellow for his graphic novel “1-800-MICE”. He makes films, animation, and music and co-curates Tomato House gallery.

Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist who is still recovering from having a baby and moving to the suburbs of New Jersey.  Her comic books include Girl Stories and The Goddess of War, and her work has been published in Kramer’s Ergot, The Ganzfeld, An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and The Best American Comics of 2007 and 2010.

 R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He’s drawn for The Onion, The New YorkerGQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among many other publications, as well as the TV series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Ugly Americans. He’s hosted Carousel since 1997.

TICKETS General Admission  $10,  $7 students Click here to purchase tickets

Books available to purchase and signing to follow.

“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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/362643, $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.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/272101036258146/