Acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Ben Katchor has run the now well-known weekly lecture series, The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium, since 2012 at Parsons, explains Oksman. “He invites artists, researchers, and others in the industry to talk about their work.” Oksman first gave a lecture there in 2013, on the topic of what later became her first book, which was then still a dissertation. “I’m looking forward to going back to discuss comics memoirs that are about experiences of grief and loss–my current book project.”
In addition to her lecture at The New School, Oksman will moderate a panel in early June at the New York Public Library on LGBTQ coming-of-age comics. Despite a trending decline in book publishing, the interest and investment in comics, graphic novels, and graphic memoirs in colleges, by the public at large, and for people of all ages, Oksman notes, has been steadily on the rise. “I’m proud to be part of that.”
Presented by The New School’s Parsons School of Design and The School of Art, Media, and Technology, the symposium will feature Oksman and Concordia University’s Ariela Freedman.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 7:00pm
From Fun Home to Flocks, a new wave of comics harness the form to tell stories about youth, sexuality, and gender identity. A panel of artists and creators discuss the medium’s power to explore coming of age as an LGBTQ youth.
Monday, June 3, 2019 | 6:30pm