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Carousel @ The City Reliquary, Nov. 5, 2022

Carousel: Comics Performances returns with an outdoor, in-person show at The City Reliquary! 

Presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections.
Jon Allen 
Michael Anthony 
Sharon De La Cruz 
Rebecca Mock 
Brian Michael Weaver 
Lauren Weinstein 

and more!
Hosted by R. Sikoryak 
The show will be followed by a book signing.

This is an all-vaccinated event. 

At The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Times: 7:30pm door   8:00pm show  
Tickets: $12

There’s also a “Wonder Women” exhibit at the City Reliquary, which you can see before the show:

Jon Allen is the author of the graphic novels The Lonesome Era and Julian in Purgatory, published by Iron Circus, and Ohio Is For Sale, published by Alternative Comics. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Michael Anthony is the author of the graphic memoir Just Another Meat-Eating Dirtbag: A Memoir, and the award-winning and acclaimed memoirs: Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir, and Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq.

Sharon De La Cruz is a storyteller, educator, and activist from NYC. Her research and practice are rooted at the intersection of STEM pedagogy, art, and social justice. She is an Assistant Professor at ITP-NYU.

Rebecca Mock is a former gifted kid and recovering anime club president. They draw comics for kids and adults in Brooklyn NY.

Brian Michael Weaver is the totally tubular illustrator of groovy graphic novels (the Joey Fly, Private Eye series) and writer of mondo bodacious picture books (Do NOT Build a Frankenstein!) His most recent picture books, the Flip & Fin series, are, like, in stores now. He’s also known for illustrating Highlights Magazine’s radically awesome-licious Hidden Pictures and magazine covers! FAR OUT!  

Lauren Weinstein is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Village Voice, Guardian and Slate. Currently she is the artist-in-residence at Town Clock CDC, working with the survivors of domestic violence who live there.


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BKBF Carousel @ The City Reliquary, Sept. 27, 2022


Presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections.
Followed by a book signing.carousel

Abby Denson (Uniquely Japan, Kitty Sweet Tooth) 
Katie Fricas (Checked Out)
Elizabeth Pich (Fungirl)
Matthew Thurber (Mr. Colostomy)
Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World)
Victor Varnado (The New Yorker)
and more!

Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

At The City Reliquary: 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022


This is an all-vax event.

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm-10:00pm

Pre-Sale: $10
Day-Of: $12


Katie Fricas is a cartoonist and comics editor in New York City. Her first graphic novel, Checked Out, is forthcoming from Drawn & Quarterly.

Abby Denson is the author of Uniquely Japan, the Kitty Sweet Tooth series (illustrated by Utomaru), Cool Tokyo Guide, Cool Japan Guide, Dolltopia, and Tough Love: High School Confidential. Her work has garnered the International Manga Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and IPPY Award, among others.

Elizabeth Pich is a flesh covered comic machine, making Fungirl, co-making War and Peas and more. She is usually very nice.

Matthew Thurber is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He operates Mrs William Horsley, a studio producing experimental narrative. Mr Colostomy, a graphic novel of improvised daily strips, was published by Drawn + Quarterly in Spring 2022. Thurber has lately been working in 16mm film producing films such as Fleegix and The Sea Masons, which are screened with live sound and narration.

Tom Tomorrow’s long running mostly-political strip, This Modern World, started out in the world of alternative weeklies in the ‘90s, and has now outlived most of them. He is a recipient of various awards, including the RFK Journalism Award (on two occasions) and the Herblock Prize, and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2015. He has published a dozen books, give or take, including a thousand page career retrospective funded through Kickstarter, and once collaborated with Pearl Jam to create the artwork for their album Backspacer.

Victor Varnado is a comedian (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel) a New Yorker Cartoonist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. His biggest fan is his mother.

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Carousel @ The City Reliquary, July 30, 2022

New date: Saturday, July 30!

Carousel: Comics Performances 
returns with an outdoor, in-person show atThe City Reliquary!

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed by the writers/artists with projected slides and music. 
Jennifer Hayden
Lisa Lim
Amy Reeder
Sofia Warren
Kriota Willberg

Yao Xiao
Hosted by R. Sikoryak. 

The show will be followed by a book signing.

This is an all-vaccinated event. 

At The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Times: 7:30pm door   8:00pm show  
Tickets: $10 Pre-Sale and $12 Day-Of

There’s also a “Wonder Women” exhibit at the City Reliquary, which you can see before the show:

Carousel Bios: 

Jennifer Hayden is the author and artist of the Eisner-nominated breast cancer memoir The Story of My Tits.  Having just finished a graphic travel novella about her unhealthy relationship with France, she is currently at work on a graphic anti-cookbook called Where There’s Smoke There’s Dinner.

Lisa Lim is a comic storyteller born and raised in Queens, New York. Her work has been featured in GuernicaPANKThe RumpusPEN America, and Mutha Magazine. Her short illustrated story, “The Hunger” was featured in an anthology edited by Joyce Carol Oates, Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers. Her work can be found at

Amy Reeder hails from the superhero/action world of comics, working with characters including Madame Xanadu, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Moon Girl. You’ll also find her creating independent series like Image’s Rocket Girl…and if you look far back enough, you may even spot a Tokyopop credit in there. She also co-created the new Moon Girl for Marvel, who will soon be starring in her own cartoon series on Disney+. Amy draws interiors and covers, she writes, she colors, and she letters. To her, every part of the process is inextricably linked to relaying her ideas to an audience.

Sofia Warren is a New Yorker cartoonist and author of Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator (Top Shelf Productions, 2022). She lives in Brooklyn.

Kriota Willberg is best known for Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists (Uncivilized Books). Her comic Silver Wire was nominated for a 2019 Ignatz Award. Once the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library, she’s now the AIR in The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Yao Xiao is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer from Tianjin, China based in New York City. She writes about home, memory and belonging with a dash of humor.


Carousel will return

Our June 30th Carousel has been postponed!

Sorry for the very short notice.

We will schedule another show later in the summer.
Details to follow soon!

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Carousel @ The City Reliquary, May 12, 2022

Carousel: Comics Performances returns with an outdoor, in-person show atThe City Reliquary!

Live readings and projections of graphic novels, cartoons, and more from a wide range of authors and artists.

Todd Alcott
Julia Alekseyeva
Maria Hoey
Michael Kupperman
Jeremy Nguyen
Sanika Phawde 

Hosted by R. Sikoryak

The show will be followed by a book signing.

This is an all-vaccinated event. 

At The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Times: 7:30pm door   8:00pm show  
Tickets: $10 Pre-Sale and $12 Day-Of

Todd Alcott was a screenwriter for many years, and now works as a graphic artist. He has designed and published a tarot deck, The Pulp Tarot, and has a new book titled Ephemera: The Cultural Mashups of Todd Alcott. He is now working on a “graphic memoir” of his life with his abusive father. Instagram: @toddalcott

Dr. Julia Alekseyeva is an assistant professor at UPenn and the author-illustrator of the award-winning Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution(Microcosm, 2017). She publishes graphic essays on themes as varied as philosopher Walter Benjamin, the George Floyd protests, Jews with Christmas trees, 1968 protest movements, and Russian formalism in Jewish Currents, The Nib, World Literature Today, Lilith, The Paper Brigade, and elsewhere.

Maria Hoey along with her brother Peter create the Eisner-nominated comic series, Coin-Op. Their first graphic novel, Animal Stories, a 6-story collection of inter-connected stories about animals and people, was published by Top Shelf Productions in March, 2022.

Michael Kupperman is an award-winning artist and writer whose work has appeared in outlets such as The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Playboy, Heavy Metal, McSweeney’s, DC, Marvel, Vice, Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, and five of his own books. His most recent was All the Answers, published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Muire and son Ulysses.

Jeremy Nguyen is cartoonist and illustrator, whose cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker magazine.

Sanika Phawde is an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist based in Jersey City. Sanika makes comics to process her life and document instances of emotional connection, and conversations people have over meals.

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Carousel @ The City Reliquary, Nov. 12, 2021

Carousel returns with an outdoor, in-person comics show at The City Reliquary.

Live readings, music, and projections of graphic novels, cartoons, and more. 

Featuring: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Yinfan Huang, Cynthia Kaplan, Mattie Lubchansky, Joe Dator & Kevin Maher, and Bishakh Som. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. 

The show will be followed by a book signing.

This is an all-vaccinated event. Please bring proof of vaccination for entry.

At The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Friday, November 12, 2021

Tickets: $10

Time: 7:30pm door   8:00pm show  


Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is first and foremost a Law and Order enthusiast, and only second a comedian and New Yorker cartoonist. Murder Book is her debut graphic memoir out this November 9th in bookstores near you. Instagram: @cartoonsbyhilary

Born and raised in China, Yinfan Huang is a NY-based illustrator and cartoonist who creates joyful, whimsical work for children’s books, magazines, brands, and institutions around the world. She is the first Asian cartoonist published in The New Yorker in print without growing up in the West. She is the illustrator of the children’s book The Couch Potato and is working on her first graphic memoir, Yellow Singing Sail (Kids Can Press, 2024). You can find her at: and Instagram @yinfanhuang and @infuncomic

Cynthia Kaplan is the author of two books of humorous personal essays, Why I’m Like This: True Stories and Leave the Building Quickly, and is founder of the comedy rock band The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal. Her writing and music can be found at

Mattie Lubchansky is the Associate Editor of The Nib and a cartoonist and illustrator living in Queens, NY. They are the author of The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook (Silver Sprocket, 2020) and the upcoming Boys Weekend (Pantheon, 2023) Instagram: @mattielubchansky

Joe Dator has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 2006. He is a winner of The National Cartoonists Society’s 2018 Silver Reuben Award, and is the author of Inked: Cartoons, Confessions, Rejected ideas And Secret Sketches. 

Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer and an award-winning filmmaker. His long-running variety show “Kevin Geeks Out” returns this December.

Bishakh Som is an Indian-American trans femme visual artist, author, and ex-architect. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Boston Review, and many queer and not necessarily queer comix anthologies. Her graphic novel Apsara Engine (The Feminist Press) is the winner of a 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best LGBTQ Comics. Her graphic memoir Spellbound (Street Noise Books) was also a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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BKBF Carousel @ The City Reliquary, Sept. 27, 2021

Carousel returns with an outdoor, in-person show with the Brooklyn Book Festival:

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed by the artists: Emily Flake, R. Kikuo Johnson, Arielle Jovellanos & Emily Borromeo, Matt Madden, Robyn Smith, and Jeremy Sorese. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. The event will be followed by a book signing.


At The City Reliquary: 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Monday, Sept 27, 2021


$10 pre-sale
$12 at-the-door

7:00pm doors
8:00pm show
10:00pm end

This is an ALL-VACCINATED EVENT! A vaccination card or Excelsior pass with matching photo ID is REQUIRED for entry to this event. Masks are required for all inside the building of The City Reliquary, but may be taken off outside in the backyard, where you will have ample room to social distance if you choose.

Please remember to BRING CASH for a bar stocked with drinks, sweets, and snacks.


Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work appears regularly in the New Yorker, the Nib, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. She is the author of “That Was Awkward: the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug.” She is also the founder of St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency, a residency for women and NB people working in humor-related fields. You can find her at and Twitter: @EmilyFlake

R. Kikuo Johnson was born on Maui in 1981. His books include the graphic novels No One Else, Night Fisher, and the all-ages tale, The Shark King. Since 2006, his comics and illustrations have regularly appeared on the cover and in the pages of The New Yorker. He divides his time living and working in Brooklyn, NY, teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, and playing the ukulele with his family on Maui. Instagram: @r_kikuo_johnson

Arielle Jovellanos is a NY based freelance illustrator, writer, and comic artist. Her work has been featured in the Eisner & Harvey nominated anthology FRESH ROMANCE and in magazines, comics, books, and branded social media campaigns. Recently, she illustrated BLACK STAR, an original graphic novel written by Eric Anthony Glover (Abrams Megascope). Her next graphic novel EVIL THING, adapted from Serena Valentino’s bestselling Cruella De Vil novel, will be out this fall from Disney-Hyperion. Arielle will be joined this evening by Broadway and TV actress Emily Borromeo for a live musical performance. Instagram: @ joviellety

Matt Madden is a cartoonist. His best-known book is 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin). In 2013 he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. He wrote two comics textbooks in collaboration with his wife, Jessica Abel, and the couple were series editors for The Best American Comics from Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt for six years. His newest book, Ex Libris, is coming out in October 2021 from Uncivilized Books. Instagram @mmaddencomics

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town, illustrating DC Comics’ Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and Black Josei Press’ Wash Day (written by Jamila Rowser). She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has also worked on comics for College Humor, Nike, and The Nib. Instagram: @robrosmo

After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Jeremy Sorese was accepted to La Maison des Auteurs, a residency program in Angoulême, France. His first book Curveball, published with Nobrow in 2015, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A sequel, The Short While, will be published with Archaia in November 2021. He’s been teaching art for eleven years. Instagram: @jeremy_sorese

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and the author of Constitution Illustrated, Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly). Instagram: @rsikoryak

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The History of Bazooka Joe @ The City Reliquary: June 10, 2021

Our first in-person show since 2019!

The History of Bazooka Joe

At The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave,  Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thursday, June 10 – Presentation at 8pm – Doors at 7pm

$7 General Admission – Free for City Reliquary Members (tickets required)

The City Reliquary is proud to present a very special event celebrating America’s favorite eyepatched rascal Bazooka Joe! A distinguished panel of candy and comics experts will discuss the history of the iconic character and his lasting impact on marketing and design.

Also featuring a live reading of classic Bazooka comics.

Our guests include:
Ira Friedman has spent his career on the merchandising side of pop culture. Since his early days at Starlog and Fangoria magazines, to a stint at Lucasfilm during the original release of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ira landed at Topps in 1988 as the director of new product development. Since that time, Ira has been a fixture at the famed bubble gum and trading card company involved in hundreds of different projects, publishing, and confectionery products – ‘homegrown’ and licensed.
Charles Kochman is the Editorial Director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the #1 bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. For thirty-five years, Kochman has edited several hundred books for all age groups, including award-winning picture books, middle-grade novels, retrospectives, monographs, graphic novels, and art book collections published by Abrams, DC Comics, MADmagazine, Bantam Books, and Putnam. He is a recipient of the Inkpot Award, presented by Comic-Con International for achievement in comics.
Jason Liebig is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on candy and snack food brand history and is considered an arbiter of candy as pop culture and nostalgia.  As such, he has written hundreds of articles on the subject matter and has served as a brand consultant as well as period television consultant for shows such as Stranger Things, Young Sheldon, Mad Men, and more.  His unique perspective and expert knowledge have led him to become an occasional television host and frequent guest, sharing his love of the candy and snack worlds he loves.  Blog:
R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and author of the graphic novels Constitution Illustrated, The Unquotable Trump, Masterpiece Comics, and Terms and Conditions (Drawn & Quarterly). His comics and illustrations have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewThe NationThe Onion, and more. Sikoryak presents his live comics performance series, Carousel, around the U.S. and Canada. 
Special guest voices by M. Sweeney Lawless, writer of ill repute. Twitter: @Specky4Eyes

Bazooka Joe and his Gang appeared in mini-comics on Bazooka bubble gum wrappers starting in 1954. The comic concept was the brainchild of Woody Gelman and Ben Solomon, heads of product development at Topps, and the original comic artist was Wesley Morse. Topps, the king of trading card companies, has been based in NYC since 1947.

Admission to the Museum and The Call of Candy exhibit included – come early to check out vintage Topps and Bazooka Joe ephemera as well as that of other NYC candy manufacturers from the 1800s to today!

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Carousel & Sikoryak events at TCAF: May 2021

The 2021 virtual Toronto Comics Arts Festival runs from May 7- 16, with a wide range of events.

Carousel: Comics Performances at TCAF 

Friday, May 14.  7 pm ET

Carousel returns with live readings and images from Abby Denson (Kitty Sweet Tooth)Decur (When You Look Up), and John Jennings (After the Rain). Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

These creators will offer an illuminating intersection of comics of the moment.  Take a spin and stay to ask some questions about the varied and wonderful world of comics! Lorena Torres Loaiza joins as Spanish interpreter.  

Register here:

Full TCAF Program schedule:

TCAF Marketplace

May 8 – May 16. 

You can also peruse and purchase from the TCAF exhibitors, Spring Canzine vendors, and check out some amazing indie games from Comics x Games. Sikoryak link:

Link to all:

TCAF Zoom Exhibitor Room

A virtual space for creators, publishers, and TCAF attendees to meet each other.  R. Sikoryak will be participating on Sunday, May 9.  8-10pm ET. Scroll down to the time for the Zoom link:

Many artists will also have rooms during the week, and you can jump from one room to the next. More info:

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Illustrator Sprint: Thurs. Feb. 25, 2021

Several cartoonists are taking part in this Fall for the Book live drawing event hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Illustrator Sprint
February 25, 2021, 7 p.m. via Crowdcast

Ready, set, draw! In this fast-paced, hilarious sketch showdown, four illustrators (Ursula Murray Husted, Brian Michael Weaver, Andrea Tsurumi, and Ann Xu) compete for audience votes as they complete wacky prompts given to them by host R. Sikoryak. This event is brought to you by Fall for the Book.

Reserve your spot and watch the event here.

Meet the creative competitors: 

Brian Michael Weaver 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! 

Ann Xu is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and illustrator working in Baltimore. She is the illustrator of Measuring Up and upcoming graphic novel Shadow Life.

Ursula Murray Husted holds an MFA in comics from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a PhD in Design Communication/Visual Ethnography from the University of Minnesota. She makes comics and lives in Minneapolis with her partner, their daughter, three cats, and many, many books. You can learn more at

Andrea Tsurumi is an author, illustrator and cartoonist originally from New York who now lives with her spouse and their dog in Philadelphia. She’s the creator of Accident!, Crab Cake, and I’m on It: an Elephant and Piggie Like Reading book and the illustrator of David Goodner’s Kondo & Kezumi  series. Find out more at

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and author of the graphic novels Constitution Illustrated, The Unquotable Trump, Masterpiece Comics and Terms and Conditions. 

Buy their books here.