Masterpiece Comics: Looking at Literature through Cartoons

rsikoryakAn Illustrated Lecture with Cartoonist R. Sikoryak
Date: Thursday, September 23rd
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5
Part of the Oxberry Pegs Presents series
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak adapts classic literature using the styles and characters of American comics and animated cartoons. His stories have been collected in the 2009 book Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). In tonight’s illustrated slide show, Sikoryak will discuss the long history of adapting literature into cartoons (from the 1940’s “Classics illustrated” series to today’s “Manga Shakespeare”), read from his work, and detail his own intensive working process.Through the last century, many cartoonists have adapted a variety of classic novels and plays; their approaches range from the respectful to the hilarious to the revelatory. Sikoryak will demonstrate the wide range of visual styles and narrative strategies employed by cartoonists when they collaborate with a great author.

R. Sikoryak is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The Onion, The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad, Fortune, and many other publications; he’s drawn for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Ugly Americans. Sikoryak teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada. You can find out more about him at

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