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José Muñoz in Conversation with Peter Kuper - Special NY Comics and Picture Story Symposium

José Muñoz in Conversation with Peter Kuper - Special NY Comics and Picture Story Symposium

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center
General Public 

"Historietas, A Constellation of Meanings"
José Muñoz in conversation with Peter Kuper

Join us to celebrate the first American exhibition of the beloved Argentine artist’s iconic black-and-white illustrations that have influenced generations of comic-book artists. The event also celebrates the collected reprinting of Muñoz’ Alack Sinner series (IDW) and Billy Holiday (NBM).

A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Thursday,  Nov. 30, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, The New School, University Center, 65 Fifth Ave., corner 13th Street, Room UL105 (lower level) Free and open to the public. Please note: This is a Thursday night event!

José Muñoz was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He attended the “Escuela Panamericana de Arte” in the same city, where he was a pupil of Alberto Breccia and Hugo Pratt. He studied drawing, painting and sculpture in the atelier of Humberto Cerantonio. He made his debut in comics as an assistant to Francisco Solano Lopez, and then illustrating stories written by Héctor Oesterheld for magazines Hora Cero and Frontera. In the spotlight in 1963 drawing 56 ” Precinto 56″ on Eugenio Zappietro lyrics for the magazine Misterix.
In 1972 he left for Europe and was based in London and later in Milan. In 1974 he met the Argentine writer Carlos Sampayo, a fundamental event in his life. The desire to collaborate was instantaneous and resulted in, among other things,  Alack Sinner (1975), the Bar at Joe (1981), Billie Holiday (1991), and Carlos Gardel (2008-2010). In collaboration with the American novelist Jerome Charyn, he also published in 1997 The Fang of the snake, then Panna Maria (1999).
Since 1989 his gouaches, pastels and chine are shown in the Gallery Nuages in Milan.
Nuages published in 2006 La Pampa y Buenos Aires, in 2010 Carlos Gardel and in 2012 Encres, three importants books of José Muñoz. Nuages is republishing the entire series of Alack Sinner.
In 2007 he received the Grand Prix de Angoulême.
In 2012, for editions Gallimard, Muñoz illustrated L’Etranger by Albert Camus and in 2013, again for Gallimard, he illustrated another novel by Camus, Le premier homme.
In 2017, the album Billie Holiday, was released in the United States by NBM Edition.
Also in 2017 the first volume of Alack Sinner The age of innocence was published by IDW.
His books have been published in French, English, Finnish, Greek, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Serbian, Danish, German, and Spanish. The current José Muñoz exhibition will take place at Scott Eder Gallery on Friday, Dec. 1st , 5-9 PM at Mana Contemporary, Suite 525888 Newark Ave., Jersey City NJ (PATH to Journal Sq) For more info: 201-630-4931

Peter Kuper‘s illustrations and comics have appeared in publications around the world including The New Yorker and MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine and has produced over two dozen books including and adaptation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Ruins which won the 2016 Eisner award for best graphic novel. He has taught comics and illustration courses at Parsons, FIT, The School of Visual Arts and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

The New York Comic and Picture Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.  The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. We will re-examine the relationship between readers and autographic writers. Emphasis will be placed on self-initiated work and the development of a self-sustaining economic model for such work.  Meetings will be facilitated by a rotating group of practitioners and guest speakers.  The symposium will offer an ongoing place to learn and think about the traditions and future of text-image work.

We meet at The New School's Parsons School of Design in New York City. All events are free and open to the public.

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