Late Singapore Report

A month passed since the SWF Singapore Writers Festival and it is time to move on.
Still, before I let go, here are a few images of this great annual International happening.
My impression of the city is: Comfort, Culture and Cleanliness. Not bad.

The festival is held in the old Colonial government buildings, all of them are now housing museums, theaters and cultural events.

Old and new, way back there our hotel towering above all.

My host Lim Cheng Tju who’s idea was to invite me.
Lim Cheng Tju writes about history and popular culture in Singapore.
With us was Indonesian graphic novelist Tita Larasati. Her beautiful
autobiographical diary like work is a must see.

Here, in panel with the 2014 Pulitzer Price Winner poet Vijay Seshadri.

With artist Troy Chin author of The Resident Tourist discussing Visual Storytelling: Autobiography. The moderator, graphic artist and literary critic, Gwee Li Sui.

It was also nice to catch up with my friend Suat Ng Tong who has written reviews for The Comics Journal since 1993 and was the editor of the Eisner and Harvey nominated Rosetta anthologies. Here at dinner with his wife May Ling.

It was all in a gentle genteel vein.

February 3, 2017

Comics & Sacred Texts Exhibition

Exhibit in Holon, Israel

This just in. If you love the Bible and comics (you might if you regularly visit this page) this is a most interesting
program which comes out of the Exhibit of Bible in Comics in Israel where I was happily teamed up with Chris Ware and other giants. Of course getting there is most inconvenient but we will go.

As part of the exhibition there will be a symposium and I am most interested to hear Assaf Gamzu, Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer Sherman whom I never met but he wrote about my work a number of times. The campus, a Quaker establishment is something one must visit.

You can find all the information about the exhibit and the symposium on the Haverford website.

April 30, 2016

Exhibit at the Society Of Illustrators

A Particular Hunger'

From ‘A Particular Hunger’, Page 8.

I am honored that a page from my short comic “A Particular Hunger” is accepted into the juried Comic & Cartoon Art Annual exhibit at the Society Of Illustrators.

The nine page story was published in Drawn & Quarterly‘s 25th Anniversary book. It is in the Short Form category and the exhibit will be up from July 19th through August 20th.

April 11, 2016

April is Conference month?

The following is entirely written by my Mom:

Did everybody know that April is Conference month? It is what I came to know when I noticed that I am spending much time on “planes, cars and trains and other things that move” and meeting wonderful people and eating fabulous foods that someone explained to me that April is Conference month.

Well, glad to be part of the movement. Princeton was awesome, I sketched a lot but don’t have the time yet to organize it while getting ready for the talk in Williams Paterson college today along with Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton and Crista Cassano. Then to Columbus Ohio, the Graphic Details exhibit is there now in the fabulous Comic museum they have.

In a few days I will be the key-note speaker at this conference in Israel:

“Anti-Semitism and Hatred of ‘The Other’ in Caricatures Conference” Collaboration between the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, CSEP in Beer Sheva University and the Israeli Cartoon Museum. This conference was supposed to be about “The Rising Antisemitism in Europe” but after the tragedy in Paris and also in Copenhagen it is taking up a whole other meaning.

I am both greatly honored but also a bit scared. More about all this later.

Meanwhile these pictures I love, Rutu Modan, Geoff and Ester Szep, from the Eotvos Lorand University all the way from Budapest and Rutu with Liana Finck.

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Much more in May.

April 21, 2015

Talk at West Virginia University

After conducting a number of Skype talks for Dr Lisa Di Bartolomeo’s classes on the subject of Holocaust studies through literature, films and comics I accepted her gracious invitation to visit, talk to the class and also give a public presentation on my books. This visit was full of surprises for us (Geoff agreed to come along) we did not realize how big the University is. Actually it is spread all over Morgantown, its picturesque hills and valleys. In fact there is a cute monorail to help students to move around.

Monorail!

West Virginia University

Here a pair of students are talking us around the campus. The program was organized by the Slavic and East European Studies Program and the Department of World Languages.

The office

We arrived to her crowded office, full of Vampire related items as she loves the subject and many souvenirs of her extensive travels through Eastern Europe and Russia.

Lecture

The class talk was wonderful. Such enthusiasm with the young people. Some students who attended the Skype classes came to meet me and have their book signed. About 300 people showed up for the public talk. It was very touching. The photo is showing a fourth of the crowd.

Dr Lisa

We had a chance to have the local breakfast speciality, biscuits. They are grand. 

Our gracious host

Dr. Di Bartolomeo hosted us in her beautiful Victorian home and a good time was had by all. 

Not only Dr D’ has a formidable title and scholarship:

Teaching Associate Professor
Russian Program Coordinator (RUST)
Slavic and East European Studies (SEES) Coordinator
Department of World Languages, Literatures & Linguistics

Dr Lisa's shoes

… but she is also a charming and truly elegant woman.
Move over Cinderella!

March 18, 2015

Polish edition of “We Are On Our Own”

Polish edition
The Polish edition of “We Are On Our Own” is out.

My mom writes:

“It is very beautiful, great printing, slight change of the layout.
They made the pictures bigger and it is on glossy paper.
I am very proud of this and I hope it will do well.
The publisher is Gildia from Warsaw Poland.”

February 12, 2015

London calling!

london
My Mom is going to London next month for some exciting events related to the Graphic Details exhibition currently on display there. The first is a guided tour of the exhibit and then a symposium the following day at Jewish Community Center.

Here is the exact information:

Tour of Graphic Details
Guided by Sarah Lightman and Dr Heike Bauer
November 11th, 18.00 – 19.30
SpaceStationSixty Gallery
Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS

This event is free and open to the general public. But there is also a Facebook event page.

Graphic Details: Communities of Experience
Symposium including Dr David Brauner (University of Reading), Dr Ariela Freedman (Concordia University), Ariel Kahn (University of Roehampton), Dr Pnina Rosenberg (Israel) and Graphic Details artist Corinne Pearlman (Playing the Jewish Card).
November 12th, 10.00
341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

According to the SpaceStationSixty site this event is free and open to the general public, but then there is a button for booking tickets? Maybe just show up and see what happens.

For both events my Mom will be joined by some of the other artists from the exhibition: Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Ariel Schrag and Ilana Zeffren.

Of much less importance, I will be in attendance as well seeing as how I don’t make it to London very often, and it is so close to Berlin etc. Yeah, basically it’s always great to hang out with the folks in a town that is not the home town.

October 28, 2014

Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

Broolyn Book Festival 2014

My Mom was in the Drawn & Quarterly booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival two weeks ago, signing copies of Letting It Go. She reports that by the end of the festival all copies were sold!

September 29, 2014

“We Are On Our Own” in top 100 anti-fascist books!

Literatur Magazine | Sweden

Tinet Elmgren sent this to me. A Literature Magazine in Sweden compiled the their top 100 books about anti-fascism. Her first book, “We Are On Our Own” ranks #38! And she’s in really good company as well.

September 29, 2014

Opening at Dixon Place Gallery, Sept. 3rd 2014

Carousel Comic Art

My Mom’s work is included in a show at Dixon Place Gallery that will open this Tuesday. The following text is from the press release:

“Carousel Comic Art” at Dixon Place Gallery, opening Sept 3

A show of artwork by Carousel contributors at the Dixon Place Gallery.

R. Sikoryak’s Carousel is Dixon Place’s longest continually running performance series, featuring a wide array of comic strip makers, graphic novelists, visual artists and luminaries from the downtown New York Theater and music worlds presenting work in front of a live audience. It seems only natural to show these artists’ work on Dixon Place’s Gallery walls. The exhibition will feature gag cartoons, graphic novel pages, painted storyboards and more.

The opening on September 3 will be followed by the Carousel performance series in the theater at 7:30 pm, with live appearances by some of the artists showing work in The Gallery.

Featuring work by :

Brian Dewan (musician, visual artist, filmstrip creator)

Emily Flake (gag cartoonist, “The New Yorker”)

Danny Hellman (illustrator and cartoonist, “Typhon”)

Miriam Katin (graphic novels: “We Are On Our Own” and “Letting It Go”)

Jason Little (graphic novels: “Motel Art Improvement Service” and “Shutterbug Follies“)

Dyna Moe (illustrator: ”MAD MEN: The Illustrated World” and “Hipster Animals”)

Doug Skinner (cartoonist, “The Unknown Adjective and Other Stories”)

Jim Torok (painter and cartoonist)

Kriota Willberg (cartoonist, “(NO) PAIN!” and “Pictorial Anatomy of the Cute”)

R. Sikoryak (graphic novel: “Masterpiece Comics”)

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

Opening Reception Wednesday September 3, 2014. 6 pm-7:30 pm

On view: September 3 – October 3, 2014

September 1, 2014

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