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
So we have a new year, and some new French editions of my Mom’s books! Oh, those French. They just love to make everything so specially theirs, and they have adorned these editions with unique covers. So touched by this, my mother has recently decided to study French. Now that I have written this, she will have to learn.
January 10, 2014
A sneak shot of the up and coming French translation of Letting It Go. Just in time for the holidays?
December 11, 2013
My mom attended a talk with Art Spiegelman and Tony Kushner at the Jewish Museum in New York. She loves drawing on the unfolding events on the programs of the events. Fun to see the general impression through all these crazy lines, and through it all its clear that Art loves to smoke.
December 11, 2013
Next weekend my Mom will be at the International Miami Book Fair. Along with book signing she will partake in a panel entitled ‘Graphic Details: Confessional‘ along with some other great artists,
one of whom I had not realized worked in the Graphic Novel format, Vanessa Davis, as she occasionally appears on The Daily Show with John Stewart with bitingly witty commentary.
***Update… I was totally wrong about that. Upparently she has a doppleganger.***
Here are the details for the time and location of the panel:
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)
If you are already in Miami getting there should not be such a stretch, and if you are an avid fan of my Mom, graphic novels in general and need a break from the cold then this book fair is sure to warm body, from brains to bones.
November 16, 2013
If you are within the reaches of the CBS airwaves you can listen to an interview with my mom talking about Letting It Go! on Tapestry with Mary Hynes. A podcast is also available for more internet time based listening.
October 6, 2013
A drawing my Mom asked me to make of her that is based on a sketch of hers that I used for an earlier post. Only I got the coffee cup size wrong, so it looks like a mug. Something she refers to as ‘barbaric’. She prefers smaller cups. I usually agree with this but my method of drawing has a barbaric quality to it in relation to imbibing coffee.
On to more pressing things…
My Mom will be participating in a panel at Parsons on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The symposium will take place at 2 West 13th Street.
NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium is a weekly series for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.
As usual she is always pleased when fans show up!
Me? I am off to Bulgaria.
September 21, 2013
My mom will be at The Brooklyn Book Festival this coming Sunday, signing copies of Letting It Go as well as paricipating on a panel entitled Mundane/Profane/Profound. Following are the details, booth numbers, times as well as a full description about the panel.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND:
11 am – 12 pm Miriam Katin signing at D+Q booths 141 + 142
1 – 2 pm “Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics” panel in the Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont Street), featuring Lisa Hanawalt and Miriam Katin
3pm – 4 pm Miriam Katin signing at D&Q booths.
Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics. Gag cartoonists and graphic novelists talk about the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking choices they make in their craft. Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) offers urban fables where daily details lead to socio/political revelations. Lisa Hanawalt’s sexy/snarky one-pagers in My Dirty Dumb Eyes hinge on the vulnerability of showing it all. Miriam Katin’s thoughtful, witty memoir Letting it Go explores profound loss and forgiveness in the context of teeth whitening and stomach troubles. Ulli Lust’s punk travelogue This is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life lays bare body and soul. Moderated by Anne Ishii, translator, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. Featuring screen projection.
Special thanks to Goethe-Institut New York.
3 – 4 pm Lisa Hanawalt and Miriam Katin signing at D+Q booths 141 + 142
September 16, 2013