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Two Shows at TCAF

There are two Carousels at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend:  one for kids and one for adults.  Details below.

Saturday, May 7, at 4 pm

Carousel for Kids! Cartoon slide shows by Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Colleen AF Venable, and host R. Sikoryak.

Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor, in The Appel Salon–Novella Room.

The creators will read their work with music, sound effects, and audience participation!  Plus a 3D comic presentation!  (With glasses, of course.)

Sunday, May 8, at 4:10 pm

Carousel (for Adults). Cartoon slide shows by Kate Beaton, Jess Fink, Jason Little, Jeffrey Lewis, and host R. Sikoryak.

The Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Street (Across the street from Toronto Reference Library).

R. Sikoryak’s long-running series comes to TCAF, featuring live readings and music.

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Super PEN reading

Several Carousel regulars are joining a slew of equally talented cartoonists to read at this PEN World Voices event, curated and produced by Jeff Newelt. Details below:

Get Super Lit: Comic Books Come Alive on Stage
When: Saturday, April 30
Where: The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Sq., New York City
What time: 12–1:30 p.m.

With Kate BeatonNick BertozziKevin ColdenMike DawsonLudovic Debeurme,Dean HaspielMichael KuppermanBenjamin MarraR. SikoryakJeff Newelt, and Harvey Pekar (RIP)

Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members, students with valid ID. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit

DISCOUNT CODE for $10tix = Pen11

Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union

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SAW benefit comics reading

Cartoonist (and Carouseler) Tom Hart has been organizing his own comics slide show series at the KGB Bar for years.  On April 24, he’s hosting a benefit Easter Reading for SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, a new school for cartooning in Gainesville, Florida.

The show will feature Dean Haspiel and Daniel J Kramer, John Kerschbaum, Lizz Hickey, Josh Bayer, Domitille Collardey, Leela Corman, Seth Kushner and readers, Sam Henderson, Leslie Stein, Martha Keavney, and Stephanie Mannheim.   Details below.

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MoCCA show on April 9

MoCCA Presents

Cartoon slide shows presented by: Kate Beaton, Lisa Hanawalt, Michael Kupperman, Jeffrey Lewis, Ted Stearn, and host R. Sikoryak

Plus special guest voices: Adam Conover, Julie Klausner, and Jackson Publick

Saturday, April 9, 5:30 pm

At MoCCA Fest 2011: The Lexington Avenue Armory,  68 Lexington Ave. (Between 25 & 26 St.), Panel Room A

Big thanks to Brian Heater!

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At the 2011 MoCCA Arts Festival

The Daily Cross Hatch’s Brian Heater has organized all the panels for this year’s MoCCA fest, and a special Carousel is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at 5:30 pm. More details to come soon…

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March 21 show at Parsons

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center presents
Cartoon slide shows and other projected pictures.

Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Jason Little, Matthew Thurber, and Lauren R. Weinstein. Hosted by R. Sikoryak and Bill Kartalopoulos.

A special edition of the Carousel multimedia show at Parsons, in conjunction with the Cartoon Polymaths exhibition, curated by Bill Kartalopoulos. A bevy of cartoonists will read from their work and discuss the relationship between comics and performance.

Monday, March 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Parsons East, 25 E. 13th Street, 2nd floor  — Glass Corner (E206)

Admission is free  (Seating is limited to 50 people.  Please arrive between 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)


R. & R.O.

New York’s great Strand Book Store has frequently featured cartoonists reading their work – including Carousel stalwarts such as Michael Kupperman, Kim Deitch, and Tim Kreider.  Their presentations and many, many more can be seen here.

On the release of their Drawn & Quarterly books in 2009, R.O. Blechman and R. Sikoryak spoke as well.  Their 5-part talk can be found here.

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February 16 show

Dixon Place presents…

Slide shows presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.  Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

This month: Glenn HeadM. Sweeney Lawless, Allison Silverman, Doug SkinnerLauren R. WeinsteinJulia Wertz, and more!

Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 pm

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

Tickets: $15 each or TDF;  or $12 student/senior
Advance tickets & more info:
(212) 219-0736


Clips from 2010

Brian McLane shot this video from our September 15, 201o show at Dixon Place.  It features excerpts from Dale Goodson, Laurie Sandell, Danny Hellman, John KovaleskiJason Roeder & Ted Travelstead (of The Association for the Betterment of Sex), Emily Flake, and me.  Thanks, Brian!

Note: for mature audiences. Parental discretion advised.


When Nick met Carousel

Dave Roman has posted a short history of the slide shows that he, Chris Duffy, and I organized for Nickelodeon Magazine over the years.   Here’s our promo card from the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con: