Carousel @ Society of Illustrators, May 22, 2024

Featuring presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed and read by the artists:

Juliette Collet
Emily Flake
Hyesu Lee
Jonah Newman
Daisy Ruiz
Bishakh Som 

Hosted by: R. Sikoryak 

The event will be followed by a book signing.

Wednesday, May 22  at  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

$15 general, $10 members, $7 seniors/students 
Tickets and details:

Artist bios:

Juliette Collet is the creator of the comics seriesBlah Blah Blah and is part of the exhibit “Made In New York” at the Society of Illustrators.

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 “Joke in a Box: How to Write and Draw Jokes.” 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

Jonah Newman is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and editor. He is the debut author-illustrator of Out Of Left Field, one of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 most anticipated young adult graphic novels for Spring 2024.

Daisy Ruiz is the IGNATZ 2023 winner for outstanding comic, “Gordita: Built Like This”. Ruiz uses comics to tell stories of nuanced moments of her upbringing. Ruiz exhibited “Gordita” for her first solo show at Casita Maria. Ruiz exhibited her second show in collaboration with the students at Girls Club, “Chibi Paper Dolls: Friends & Fam”. Her comics have been exhibited at Latinx Project NYU And has received numerous grants including the BRIO & The Enfoco Media Arts Fund. She’s been featured on Telemundo, Bronxnet.TV, and the Mott Haven News.

Hyesu Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist originally from South Korea and now living and working in Brooklyn. “My art is driven by a curiosity about how people connect. Growing up, I never knew how best to communicate with those around me. But drawing people—observing and learning about them—is my way of connecting. Art, after all, has no language barrier. I believe that anything warm and cheerful is contagious.”

Bishakh Som is an Indian-American trans femme visual artist, author, and ex-architect. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, MoMA.orgThe 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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