Carousel at House of Independents, Feb. 15, 2016

Carousel_house_of_independents_posterPLACEHOLDERCAROUSEL comes to House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ 

Featuring live comics readings, performance, and music from
Maëlle DoliveuxEmily Flake, Jeffrey LewisNeil Numberman,
and Lauren R. Weinstein.
Plus: “Low tech animations” by Jim Torok
Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

House of Independents  572 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712

Tickets: $10.00
Showtime: 8pm
Doors Open: 7pm
General Admission Seating

Before the audience’s eyes, a series of comic-book illustrations appear on screen, accompanied by live narration, music, and other sound effects. The lush images come together to form a story, be it humorous or philosophical or any other genre. Each presentation is one-of-a-kind, never seen before, and utterly unique. Led by R. Sikoryak, a group of talented comic-book artists builds this hybrid spectacle, suited for both children and adults.

R. Sikoryak has been hosting this spectacle show since the 1990s, and is a wildly talented illustrator who has submitted cartoons to famous sources such as The New Yorker, The Onion, and Nickelodeon, as well as having authored two of his own graphic novels. Dozens of artists have appeared with CAROUSEL SLIDESHOW, all providing their own individual creative talents and unique skills.

Maëlle Doliveux is an illustrator who has received recognition and awards from major sources, and worked with clients such as The New York Times and the Spongebob Squarepants comics.

Emily Flake is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, and has had cartoons published in the New Yorker and MAD Magazine, among others.

Jeffrey Lewis is best known for albums of folk and rock music, but he also makes comic books, including a self-published series called Fuff, and works on projects with organizations such as the History Channel and The New York Times.

Neil Numberman is the illustrator of multiple graphic novels, and has written both picture books and comic books.

Lauren R. Weinstein is a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter who has published three books and has had work included in many others.

This talented crew will be joined by  Jim Torok, an artist from Brooklyn, NY, who will provide “low tech animations” to the show, adding a whole new dimension to the artwork. Together, these artists will combine their talents to create a unique and original spectacle never seen here before.

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.

Carousel: Dec. 9, 2015 @ Dixon Place


Dixon Place presents
Cartoon Slide Shows and Picture Performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Featuring Maëlle Doliveux, Felipe Galindo, James Godwin, Glenn Head,
Carolita Johnson, John Mejias, Andrea Tsurumi, and M. Sweeney Lawless.

With graphic narratives, gag cartoons, shadow puppets, and much more.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 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:    (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 in the news


Carousel contributor Kevin McCloskey wrote an in-depth overview of our November 14th show, Carousel for Kids, on his Illustration Concentration blog. Features lots of photos, too:

Photo by Kevin McCloskey, featuring Neil Numberman and R. Sikoryak.

Carousel for Kids! Nov 14, 2015 @ Dixon Place


Dixon Place presents
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak and Neil Numberman.
Gregory Benton
Ruben Bolling
Chris Duffy
John Kerschbaum
Kevin McCloskey
and more!
Guest voices by Catherine Porter.
Stories, gags, live drawing…and worm racing!
For kids of all ages.
Saturday, November 14, 2015   2 pm
Dixon Place,  161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)
$8 kids
$12 in advance
$15 at the door
$10 students/seniors
Tickets & info:
(212) 219-0736

Carousel: Oct. 7, 2015 @ Dixon Place

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Dixon Place presents
Cartoon Slide Shows and Picture Performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Featuring: Brian Dewan (music and filmstrips), Kevin Maher (Kevin Geeks Out), Dyna Moe (Hipster Animals: A Field Guide), Victor Morales (digital puppetry), Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash (Bow Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors), and Lauren R. Weinstein (Girl Stories, Inside Vineyland).

With live music and drawing, video game storytelling, gag cartoons, graphic narratives, and much more.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

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

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.)

“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: June 10, 2015 at Dixon Place

Dixon Place presents
Cartoon Slide Shows and Picture Performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Liana FinckCynthia Kaplan with Michael Hunter and Tony Salvatore, Flash RosenbergWhit TaylorJulia Wertz, and Kriota Willberg.
With live drawing, music, graphic history, medical humor, and much more.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey)

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

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.)

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.

Photos from Carousel: April 30, 2015

Thanks to everyone for coming to the CAROUSEL on April 30!  Here are a few photos from the show.


R. Sikoryak introduces the guests.


Sam Gross explains how to stage a booger cartoon.


Jason Little presents his new graphic novel Borb. 


Patrice Miller dances to the comics of Marion Fayolle.


Carolita Johnson shares her “female-y cartoons.”


Eric Drysdale tells a loose narrative with his vast collection of 1950s 3D photography (glasses required).


Marguerite Van Cook & James Romberger read from The Late Child and Other Animals (Fantagraphics).


Sasha Velour takes us out with a song by Shirley Bassey.

All photos by John Beaman.