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Under The Influence of Comics: A Look Back with Paul Karasik

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Time & Date

Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30 pm

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps


There are many ways to be a cartoonist in the 21st Century. Paul Karasik is an educator, editor, memoirist, scholar and cartoonist whose gag cartoons appear in The New Yorker. In this illustrated lecture, Karasik, will reveal the secret language of comics through a fun, survey of his work showing how his reading of comics shaped his making of comics.

“Paul has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.”

- Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale"

More on Paul Karasik

Paul Karasik is an internationally recognized cartoonist and teacher.

He was the Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s seminal international comics and graphics review, RAW magazine.

Mr. Karsik co-created (with David Mazzuchelli), “City of Glass”, the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s book. It was named by The Comics Journal as one of the “Best Comics of the 20th Century” and has been translated in over 20 editions worldwide.

With his sister, Judy, Mr. Karasik created,  “The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family”, winner of the Autism Society of America’s “Best Literary Work of the Year”.

He was the co-editor of “Masters of American Comics”, the coffee-table companion catalogue to the first major American exhibition of comics co-sponsored by the Hammer and MOCCA Museums.

His anthology celebrating forgotten comics visionary, Fletcher Hanks, received an Eisner Award, the highest honor in the field. His second Eisner Award was earned for “How To Read Nancy”, a scholarly book about the language of comics co-written with Mark Newgarden.

Mr. Karasik teaches at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design and has regular teaching positions at schools in Denmark, Fance, and Italy.

His cartoons appear in The New Yorker.

WBUR Members save 10% on this event online or at the door. Event in partnership with Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts.

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