Things To Do In New York And Philadelphia This Week If You Like Comics (UPDATE)

Tuesday, January 28th

vip-talk-image The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. [PLEASE NOTE: Events this semester will take place on Tuesday evenings rather than Mondays].

The presentation will be by Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. This will be an in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch's life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared.

Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director. He recently wrote, edited, and designed a book on the renowned cartoonist Virgil Partch, and will be taking on a role as Creative Director of Fantagraphics Fine Arts. He has done design work for Fantagraphics Books, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Ron Garofalo Photography and others.

Wednesday, January 29th

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H-D of NYC Presents: Model and Machine, Drink and Draw NYC Life Drawing Event!  Model and Machine Drink and Draw say:

"Drawing models sitting on Motorcycles? Yes Please! Passenger Bar is Hosting and they're offering up some awesome drink specials just for us!  Modeling for us will be the beautiful Sweet Lorraine and Nina La Voix posing on and next to a Harley-Davidson of NYC Custom motorcycle. The event is free, open to spectators and artists alike. You don't have to draw or ride to hang out! Let's get this winter heated up some, huh? ". The event will be held at Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, New York from 7-10PM. For more information on Drink & Draw NYC, click here.

Wednesday, January 29th


The Philly Comix Jam is meeting on a "new Jam Day", a Wednesday, at 8:00 PM in their usual location of Bierstube German Biergarten at 206 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. They say, "Bring a pen & pencil, Paper is provided!".  Philly Comix Jam is "the monthly meeting of a loose gathering of greater Philadelphian Comickers who draw jam comix & kibitz. The resulting katzenjammer goes on-line.Comix are drawn in an Exquisite Corpse style. One artist starts on a panel and hands it to the next!".

Thursday, January 30th

1524770_654068811297942_1467808754_n Dare2Draw returns this week with Special Mentoring Guest Artists Ray Alma and Victor Charles Juhasz, hosted By Simon Fraser from 6PM to 9:30PM at the Society of Illustrators at 128 East 63rd St, Between Park and Lexington. Cover costs are $15 Online ($20 at the door). Dare2Draw says:

~Bring your sketchbooks for an evening of live drawing with Dynamic Action Models.
~Contests & Give-aways
~Demonstrations, Q&A and mingling with other cartoonists
~Our signature "Quick Draw" Contest and "The Re-Load"
~At the beautiful Society of Illustrators, NYC

Featuring 90 minutes of dynamic figure drawing, with live-action models & props and our signature Dare2Draw "Quick Draw" Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards. The pro art is auctioned for artists-in-need. The first 50 attendees will receive a FREE 7" Dynamic Action Figure, provided by Dare2Draw Studios, NYC.

Dare2Draw events include:
* 2 Dynamic Action Models
* Good lighting and plenty of table space
* Special guest artists
* Low drink/snack prices
* Artist demos
* Networking with other artists and artist groups
* 30-Minute Quick Draw
* New "Quick Draw" Sketchbook Re-load
* Contests and prizes
* Discounts from sponsors
* Art posted on Dare2Draw Website
* Portfolio reviews
* Free Wi-Fi
* Opportunity to promote your own work and websites
…and much, much more…

Characters for The "Quick Draw" Contest will be revealed 24 hrs. before the D2D event on twitter:   For more information go to:

Saturday, February 1st

996100_10203019487632185_538264908_nCharacters: Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists At Launchpad: For one night only at the Launchpad Gallery, located at 721 Franklin Avenue, in Brooklyn, New York, from 6 to 9PM, come see One Hundred portraits of your favorite contemporary cartoonists by Jess Ruliffson. They say: "The evening promises to be a great networking event outside of the confines of the usual post-convention stupor. Bring your friends, R.S.V.P. to ensure abundant edibles".

Saturday, February 1st


At St. Mark's Comics at 11 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan, New York, the One Shot Gallery presents Great Villains of Gotham: A Cowardly and Superstitious Lot opening this Saturday. The micro-gallery exhibit will feature original artwork themed on Gotham's villains.  They say:  "A great city demands a better class of criminal and Batman's backyard does not disappoint. Whether you're looking for a cat, a croc or a portly penguin; crazy funny, crazy with fear or just crazy for hats; freeze rays or flamethrowers; trick coins or tricky riddles; men that are bats, men made of muck or men that just won't die; Gotham has them all. It's got tree huggers and back breakers and every breed of baddie in between. This show aims to give these devils their due, a spotlight on the dark minds forever thwarted by a dark knight".

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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