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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a chance to have the local breakfast speciality, biscuits. They are grand.
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
… but she is also a charming and truly elegant woman.
Move over Cinderella!
March 18, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
My Mom was invited to visit the Comics and Cartoon Museum in Holon, Israel. Added to this event is the fact that she has not been to Israel since we moved back the U.S. in the beginning of the 90′s. Unfortunately the link for their website that I found is not working.
Pictured above is my Mom with the curator Assaf Gamzu. In the words of my Mom “it is a small place with great achievements.”
They were also joined by an Israeli comic book artist that my Mom met in New York, Keren Katz.
They provided bare walls for the artists to draw whatever they wanted on them and the museum saved a special section for my Mom to draw on.
August 15, 2014
During my most recent visit to New York my Mom was interviewed for a documentary about Ray Favata, a former co-worker of hers from her days at Jumbo Pictures. The interviewee was a woman by the name of Deko who maintains a farm called Stone Meadow with her family in upstate New York, where they raise Irish Dexter Cattle.
Just a few days ago my Mom received a message that a recently arrived calf at the farm had been named after her. Meet Miriam, aka #5. Perhaps she will be featured somehow in a future comic?
May 4, 2014
Last weekend my Mom was invited by Bill Kartalapoulos, director of programming for MoCCA, to perform a live drawing set. This is a first for New York (from first hand experience it is quite common in Europe).
For the occasion a group from Finland called Comics In Concert comprised of Ville Ranta (a visual artist), Aleksi Ranta (his brother who plays guitar and Nico Kumpavaara, provided musical backing for Scott Campbell and my Mom. Drawings were improvised on the spot to the music. Later they were joined by saxophonist Time Ries who added a fiery klezmer element.
My Mom was skeptical about this, but discovered she really had a talent for it. Probably a result of being married to a musician for so many years.
This all took place at the Lexington Avenue Armory. Check out those murals in the background!
April 12, 2014
Last week my Mom received an invitation from XXI Magazine Online to contribute a drawing to the Monday Drawing section of their site. The above is her contribution and you can view it in situ on the XXI website. According to invitation message XXI is a sort of New Yorker Magazine in France. As I posted earlier, the French translation of ‘LETTING IT GO’ was published recently and has been garnering much praise in France. As part of this, my Mom has decided to take a French class, so I guess next time I see her we’ll be speaking to each other in our respective abilities with that language.
March 27, 2014