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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Featuring Kelsey Wroten

April 23, 2019, 11:00 PM

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Featuring Kelsey Wroten

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

The 245th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held at Parsons School of Design, University Center. Free and open to the public.

Kelsey Wroten on The Queer Tortured Genius.

Kelsey Wroten’s debut graphic novel, Cannonball, explores the fears and anxieties of young adulthood through the lens of Caroline Bertram, aspiring writer, art school graduate, near-alcoholic and self-proclaimed tortured genius. Throughout the novel Caroline labors over what it means to be “successful” in her post-college career, as she absorbs everyone’s opinion accept her own self-worth. Wroten will discuss the freedom and challenges of being a queer comic artist in the age of Instagram and other social media platforms that inform, instigate, and at times sadly yet comically disrupt many of her day-to-day endeavors. Wroten will also investigate the way in which the medium of comics helps to create fully-fleshed out queer characters in a culture that frequently tries to tokenize them.

Kelsey Wroten works as a freelance illustrator and comics artist. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, NPR, and many more. She’s a Kansas City native living in Brooklyn, NY.

Presented by Parsons School of Design and The School of Art, Media, and Technology.



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