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We are very remiss in not having previously posted this schedule of events in connection with the MASTERS OF AMERICAN COMICS exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum and the Newark Museum of art. It kicks off tonight with Matt Groening and Gary Panter.

AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC (unless otherwise noted)

ADULT PROGRAMS

Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 pm

Comic Conversation:

MATT GROENING AND GARY PANTER

This program will take place at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC

Co-presented with the 92nd Street Y

Matt Groening is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning series, The Simpsons and Futurama. He is the creator of the Life in Hell comic strip and founder of Bongo Comics, publisher of Simpsons Comics and Futurama Comics. Gary Panter is an artist whose graphic novels include Invasion of the Elvis Zombies, Jimbo in Purgatory, and Dal Tokyo. He is a three-time Emmy winner for his production design on the television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

Tickets: $30

Price includes admission to Masters of American Comics at The Jewish Museum, with ticket stub. The public can order tickets to this program online and save 50% on service fees at www.92Y.org or 212.415.5500.

Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm

Comic Conversation:

STANLEY CROUCH AND JOHN CARLIN

Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, critic, and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant. John Carlin is co-curator of the Masters of American Comics exhibition and several other exhibitions.

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 Students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members



Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm

Film Screening

COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL

Directed by Ron Mann; Canada, 1989, 85 min., DVD

The Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Media Program

Comic Book Confidential traces the development of the comic book from its golden age in the 1930s, through the emergence of the counterculture comics scene in the 1960s and 1970s and the comic book revival of the 1980s. The film includes historical footage, animation, montages of comic book art, and interviews with notable comic artists such as R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, and Stan Lee. Introduction and post-screening remarks by director Ron Mann.

Ron Mann is the director of several documentaries, including Go Further (2003), which follows actor and activist Woody Harrelson as he takes to the open road on his “Simple Organic Living Tour.”

Tickets: $12 general public; $10 students/over 65; $9 Jewish Museum members

Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS

Jules Feiffer, editorial cartoonist, playwright, and novelist; Irwin Hasen, one of the great golden age cover artists for the Green Lantern comic book series and co-creator of the newspaper strip Dondi; Jerry Robinson guest curator of the Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics exhibition (on view at The Jewish Museum during the same time period as Masters of American Comics) and creator of the Joker; and moderator Gerard Jones, author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book speak about an extraordinary period in American popular culture, from 1938 to 1950, when Superman and Batman first appeared.

Tickets: $11 general public; $9 students/over 65; $5 Jewish Museum members

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

IN FOCUS: WOMEN COMIC ARTISTS

The Mildred and George Weissman Program

Jessica Abel, author of the graphic novel La Perdida, and Soundtrack and Mirror, Window, two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book Artbabe; Trina Robbins, writer, pop-culture historian and author of The Great Women Cartoonists; and moderator Laura Hoptman, Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, explore the contributions of women to the comic medium.

Tickets: $11 general public; $9 students/over 65; $5 Jewish Museum members

Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 pm

Comic Conversation:

CHRIS WARE AND TIMOTHY SAMUELSON

Though the history of American newspaper comics generally focuses on New York and the West Coast as its centers of development, the city of Chicago (with its inherent geographical inferiority complex) not only added to, but essentially codified what is thought of as the modern comic strip. City of Chicago Cultural Historian Timothy Samuelson and cartoonist Chris Ware, both Chicagoans, discuss these influences and confluences in terms of the cartoonists presented in Masters of American Comics from the turn of the century to the present day.

Chris Ware is the award-winning artist and author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. He is also the author of The Acme Novelty Datebook, Quimby the Mouse, and editor of the 13th issue of McSweeney’s. Timothy Samuelson, former curator of architecture and design at the Chicago Historical Society and now the Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago, is an eminent architectural historian who specializes in the work of Louis Sullivan.

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 Students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Sunday, October 22 from 12 noon to 4 pm

COMIC ART FAMILY DAY

Ages 3 and up

On this special day inspired by the exhibitions, Masters of American Comics and Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics, children can design their own comics, create a giant comic book mural, and enjoy award-winning kids’ musician Rebecca Frezza singing songs about Superman.

Free with Museum admission

Sunday, November 12 from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY GALLERY TOUR: COMICS AND CHARACTERS

Ages 5 to 12

Children can view comic art in the exhibitions Masters of American Comics and Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics. A sketching activity is included.

Free with Museum admission

Sunday, December 17 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

ART WORKSHOP AND GALLERY TOUR

HEROES AND HEROINES: COMIC ART & BEYOND

Ages 9 to 12

Illustrator Jeff Hopkins will lead participants on a tour of the exhibitions, Masters of American Comics and Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics, after which children can create their own comic strips.

Tickets: $12 per adult; $10 per child; $10 adult Jewish Museum family level member; $8 child Jewish Museum family level member

The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, NYC. For further information regarding programs at The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets for programs at The Jewish Museum can be purchased online at the Museum’s Web site, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

An infrared assistive listening system for the hearing impaired is available for programs in The Jewish Museum’s S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Auditorium.

Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency. The Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Media Program has been endowed by the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation. The Mildred and George Weissman Program has been endowed by Paul, Ellen, and Dan Weissman in honor of their parents. Pay What You Wish evenings at The Jewish Museum are made possible by Mildred and George Weissman. The audio-visual system has been funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.

AT THE NEWARK MUSEUM

49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

ADULT PROGRAMS

Sundays, October 22 and 29, 2:30 to 5 pm

CRAZY ABOUT COMICS

Sunday Afternoon Program Series:

Members: $5.00; Non-Members: $10.00

Pre-registration is required, call 973-596-6613.

A reception in the Engelhard Court and informal viewing will follow each program.

October 22

Panel Discussion

HEROES OF AMERICAN COMIC ART: A CONVERSATION WITH JULES FEIFFER, JERRY ROBINSON AND PETE HAMILL

Speakers: Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter., whose cartoons have appeared in The New York Times The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and The Nation, among others; Jerry Robinson, a comic book artist best known as one of the creators of “Jokerâ€? and “Robinâ€? in the original Batman series; Pete Hamill, staff writer for The New Yorker, contributing editor of The New York Times Magazine, former editor-in-chief of the New York Post and the New York Daily News, author of eight novels, two collections of short stories, two anthologies of journalism and the best-selling memoir, A Drinking Life. Moderator: Jim Willse, Editor-in-Chief, The Star Ledger.

October 29

Panel Discussion

STILL KRAZY: GEORGE HERRIMAN AND THE 21ST CENTURY

Speakers: Stanley Crouch, columnist, novelist, essayist, critic and television commentator, served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of the Jazz department at Lincoln Center; Patrick McDonnell, creator of comic strips, Mutts and Bad Baby ,co-author of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman (1986), illustrator for Russell Baker’s Sunday Observer column in The New York Times Magazine. Sarah Boxer, comic artist, critic and former reporter at The New York Times, author of In the Floyd Archives. Moderator: Steven Guarnaccia, illustrator, Chair of the Illustration Department, Parsons New School of Design, founding faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program,.formerly Art Director for the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.

Friday, November 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Panel Discussion

EAST COAST ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS MEET THE MASTERS

Cutting-edge cartoonists read from their own work and discuss new opportunities in web comics and graphic novels. They also explore the achievements of master comic artists and how they inspired a new generation.

Speakers: James Sturm, creator of the comic book series, The Cereal Killings and the graphic novel, The Golem’s Mighty Swing, co-founder of the alternative weekly, The Stranger, co-creator with Dan Savage of the comic book, Savage Love, and the founder of The National Association of Comics Art Educators; Lauren R. Weinstein, cartoonist, whose work has appeared in Glamour, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, LA Weekly and The Chicago Reader, teacher, and author of Girl Stories, Inside Vineyland, and The Goddess of War; Jason Little, writer and illustrator of Jack’s Luck Runs Out and Shutterbug Follies, with short works published by Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics and Top Shelf; Michael Kupperman, whose cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The Believer, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Fortune, LA Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and Heavy Metal, as well as on Comedy Central’s TV Funhouse, author of the book, Snake ‘N’ Bacons’ Cartoon Cabaret and comic book series, Tales Designed to Thrizzle. Moderator: Robert Sikoryak,, co-author, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike, and comic book artist whose cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The

New Yorker, Nickelodeon magazine, and Drawn and Quarterly, is a regular contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

FREE with suggested Museum Admission

Saturday, November 25, 2 – 4 pm

Film Screening

WILL EISNER, SPIRIT OF AN ARTISTIC PIONEER

Speakers: Jon and Andrew Cooke, Co-Directors

This documentary by Jon and Andrew Cooke chronicles Will Eisner’s groundbreaking accomplishments – the original comic series, Lady Luck and The Spirit, as well as the first experiment with the graphic novel. Recognized internationally as a legend in the field of “sequential art,â€? Eisner’s career spanned nearly seventy years.

FREE with suggested Museum Admission

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Saturday, October 28, 10 am – 2:30 pm

COMICS COSTUME CONTEST

Comics enthusiasts and kids of all ages are invited to display their artistic flair and passion for the genre by creating a costume portraying their favorite comic strip or comic book character. There will be a Parade of Costumes, with prizes awarded in a number of categories.

Saturdays in November, 1 to 4 pm
COMICS CRASH COURSE: COMIC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
All facets of the craft of this art will be explored, with tips and tricks from real comic artists.

Workshop class size is limited. Participation is on a first-come basis.

FREE with Suggested Museum Admission.

Saturday, November 4, 1, 2 and 3 pm

CREATE YOUR OWN CARTOON STRIP

Visitors create and publish their own cartoon strips. Former Marvel and DC Comics artist, Rick Parker, reveals the tricks of the trade from fifty years of drawing funny pictures.

Sunday, November 5 and 12; Saturday and Sunday, November 18, 19 & 25, 26,

11 am to 4 pm

Gallery/Art Activity

COMICS CRASH COURSE: OPEN STUDIO

Visitors learn how word and image work together to create a comic book.

Saturday, November 11, 2 pm

ARTS WORKSHOP: BUILD A MONSTER

Artist Dave Devries teaches visitors how to sketch those scary monsters under the bed.

Saturday, November 11, 3:30 pm

The Monster Engine

Artist Dave Devries turns drawings of monsters into ‘monster’ous paintings!

Saturday, November 11, 10 am to 1 pm

MASTER CLASS WITH COMIC ARTIST HY EISMAN

Hy Eisman, who draws the Sunday strips for the legendary Popeye also writes and draws The Katzenjammer Kids, the world’s oldest continuing comic strip. Students of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Pre-registration is required – call 973-596-6607.

Friday, November 24, 1 pm to 4 pm

THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL: UNLEASHING THE HERO IN YOU

Visitors participate in activities that will launch them into the fantasy world of comics. They can act as their favorite hero or villain, show off their artistic skills in the Museum’s ‘hall of comics,’explore the Museum in the Heroes/Villains scavenger hunt, and meet a real DC comic artist.

Free with suggested Museum admission

Tales from the Kids

Award-winning artist David G. Brown inspires visitors to develop a comic book from illustration to storyline.

Graphic Novel Workshop

“The Godfather of the Graphic Novel,â€? Phil Yeh, creator of Theo the Dinosaur and The Winged Tiger, will teach literacy through comic books.

Comics to Cartoons

Visitors create a series of simple toys, such as a zoetrope or flip-book, to learn how the science of animation works.

Dick Tracy Science

Visitors will learn the science of fingerprint identification, taking their own fingerprints, examining and classifying them, and also dusting for fingerprints at the scene of a crime.

  1. Saw this exhibit — twice — in it’s full glory (single location, Spiegelman included) at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Worth it, worth it, worth it. Not that you needed my endorsement; you were going anyway.

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