Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Comics History/New York History" Begins on October 20th, 2009

This looks like it's going to be great. I hope I can make it down to at least some of these events...

"Comics History/New York History"
begins on October 20th, 2009!

New York City was the birthplace of the modern comic book, and the city has had a starring role in some of the greatest and most influential work the medium has produced. The New York Center for Independent Publishing and General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen will be presenting a series of events looking at the rich history of Comics and the City. Join us at our historic building at 20 West 44th Street as we explore the city through comics, from Riverdale to the Baxter Building, from Dropsie Avenue to Forest Hills, to untangle the relationship between the world's greatest city and the comics that chronicle its history. Visit our website at for more information!

New York Comics as New York History
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm

Comics historian Kent Worcester will explore the connection between the city's familiar streetscapes and the development of the comic book from the 1930s and 1940s to the post 9/11 era - looking at the ways comics history has mirrored the ups and downs of the quintessential American metropolis.

Cartooning and New York City Politics
Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm

Boss Tweed may have been the most powerful man in the City, but he was still tormented by Thomas Nast's biting cartoons. Parsons faculty member Bill Kartalopoulos will host a panel exploring the interaction between political cartoons, New York City politicians, and the public.

New York, the Super-City
Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30 pm

New York served as the model for Gotham City, inspired Will Eisner as he created the noirish adventures of The Spirit, and became a recurring character during the 1960s resurgence of Marvel in comics such as Spider-Man and Iron Man. ForeWord Magazine contributing editor Peter Gutiérrez will moderate a talk on the relationship between superheroes and their favorite hometown... and on how comics culture has promoted potent and memorable images of New York to readers worldwide.

"Carousel" in New York
Tuesday, April 20th, 6:30 pm

The series closes with a multimedia presentation hosted by R. Sikoryak, Parsons faculty member and author of Masterpiece Comics. This event will feature work and performances from some the of the top comics artists working in New York.

Admission is $15, $10 for Members, and $5 for students. Tickets are available here - just scroll down to register for lectures.

Please email us at or call 212-764-7021 for more information!

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