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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium Presents: Will Eisner Week

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium Presents: Will Eisner Week

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

The 239th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held at Parsons School of Design. Free and open to the public.

MEMORIES OF ME:  Creating the Autobiographical Graphic Novel

Graphic novelists working in the autobiography/memoir subgenre are regularly asked: “Did these traumatic things really happen to you? And if they did, why did you choose to reveal such personal information?” Tonight, using Will Eisner’s autobiographical work, such as To The Heart of the Storm and The Dreamer, as a touchstone, JENNFIER HAYDEN (The Story of My Tits), PETER KUPER (Stop Forgetting to Remember), SARA WOOLEY (Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez) and LIANA FINCK (Passing For Human) join moderator DANNY FINGEROTH (author of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE) to discuss the challenges and rewards of doing such personal work.


JENNIFER HAYDEN is the Eisner-nominated author and artist of The Story of My Tits, a graphic memoir about her life and her experience with breast cancer. Her first book, the autobiographical collection Underwire, was excerpted in The Best American Comics of 2013. She is currently working on a graphic anti-cookbook for Top Shelf/IDW called Where There’s Smoke There’s Dinner. You can find her online at

PETER KUPER’s cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker, the Nation, The Nib and MAD. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and has produced over two dozen books including Ruins which won a 2016 Eisner award and most recently, Kafkaesque. He has taught comics courses at SVA, Parsons and Harvard University.

SARA GOMEZ WOOLLEY is an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on projects for clients including DC comics, Image comics, Scholastic, Random House, and Parallax Press. Sara’s ongoing personal project, a fictionalized graphic memoir (written collaboratively with her mother and art partner Leila Gómez Woolley), Los Pirineos: the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, was singled out for award by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Sara is current Illustration faculty for the Communications Design Department at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.


DANNY FINGEROTH, chair of Will Eisner Week, was a longtime editor and writer at Marvel Comics and was director of education at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA). He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and of an upcoming biography of STAN LEE, due from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press in 2019.

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

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WILL EISNER (1917-2005) grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “golden age” of comics of the 1930s and ‘40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Mike Ploog and others. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself—and the medium—with his graphic novel, A Contract with God. Other notable graphic novels include To The Heart of the Storm, A Life Force, Last Day In Vietnam, Fagin The Jew, and The Plot. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the Comics Industry, are presented every July at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s largest comics conventions.

WILL EISNER WEEK is a worldwide series of events held each March, with events focusing on graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the incredible legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative and influential figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. Will Eisner Week’s central theme, “Read a Graphic Novel!” continues to be the underlying message for all the events. Will Eisner Week events are presented in universities, colleges, art schools, libraries, museums, bookstores, and comic book shops in the weeks around Will Eisner’s March 6th birthday.

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