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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium Presents: The American Bystander

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

The 244th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held at Parsons School of Design.

Is The American Bystander “The Last Great Print Humor Magazine”?

Editor & Publisher Michael Gerber and a panel of contributing cartoonists and writers discuss The American Bystander and its place in the tradition of print humor magazines in the US and internationally.

Michael Gerber has been called “the world’s only expert on print humor magazines,” and launched The American Bystander in October 2015. After beginning his career as a magazine consultant for places like SPY and The National Lampoon, he spent the Nineties writing humor for every major American venue, from The New Yorker to NPR to Saturday Night Live. In 2002, he stared down Warner Bros to publish the first Harry Potter parody, Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody; this book became one of the biggest-selling parodies in history, causing J.K. Rowling to sprinkle shout-outs throughout her series. While an undergraduate, Gerber restarted The Yale Record, America’s oldest humor magazine; since then, he has assisted student humor magazines at universities throughout the US and Great Britain.

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

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