No, he’s not secretly Edward Scissorhands, but if he were, that might make his job a lot easier. The New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium hosted a talk by award-winning illustrator and photo-collage artist Stephen Kroninger on the 22nd of October at Parsons The New School, moderated by Columbia University’s Ancient and Medieval, as well as graphic novels librarian, Karen Green.
Kroninger, who has been working in New York since 1978 is the author/illustrator of several children’s books, but is perhaps best known these days for his photo-collage illustrations that have appeared in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as featuring in a one-man show at MOMA in 2007. His earliest work as a cartoonist and illustrator for the Village Voice, among other newspapers, belies his comics roots, roots which continue to influence his oeuvre. Kroninger’s collage art, which he describes as “drawing with scissors” is innovative and distinctive, and he has recently completed a large work featuring Grand Central Station. His presentation on the 22nd took his audience behind the scenes of his production process and the highly personal brand of “storytelling” that he pursues.