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

Exhibition in Holon, Israel

Assaf Gamzu & Miriam Katin
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.”

Keren Katz, Assaf Gamzu and Miriam Katin
They were also joined by an Israeli comic book artist that my Mom met in New York, Keren Katz.

Wall drawing
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

Calf named Miriam

Newborn calf named after my Mom

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.

Newborn calf named after my Mom

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

Live drawing at MoCCA 2014

MOCCA 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.
MOCCA 2014
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

Sketch fo XXI Magazine online in France

XXI Magazine sketch
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

French editions

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

Letting it Go en Français

French edition of Letting it Go
A sneak shot of the up and coming French translation of Letting It Go. Just in time for the holidays?

December 11, 2013

Sketches of Art (Spiegelman)

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

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