The Best American Comics 2018

Wednesday October 3: 7:00PM 8:00PM

“I love comics. Comics is (Comics ARE?) a perfect language, robustly evolving and expanding like any other living language,” writes Phoebe Gloeckner in her Introduction to The Best American Comics 2018. This year’s collection includes work selected from the pages of graphic novels, comic books, periodicals, zines, online, and more, highlighting the kaleidoscopic diversity of the comics language today. Join us as panelist Bill Kartalopoulos, Julia Gfrörer, Julian Glander, Kevin Hooyman, and Julia Jacquette talk about this year in comics.

Bill Kartalopoulos is a comics critic, educator, curator and editor. He is the Series Editor for the #1 New York Times best selling Best American Comics series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He teaches courses about comics at Parsons and at the School of Visual Arts and is the programming director for the annual MoCCA Arts Festival in Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn, NY where he is writing a book about comics, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. For more information, please visit

Julia Gfrörer is a writer and cartoonist. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and now lives on Long Island. She has published several hand-made comics under her own imprint, as well as two longer graphic novels, Laid Waste and Black Is the Color, with Fantagraphics. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including Cicada Magazine, Arthur Magazine, and Kramers Ergot 9. She recently translated and illustrated excerpts from a medieval French heraldic text for 2dcloud’s MIRROR MIRROR II anthology, which she co-edited with her partner, writer Sean T. Collins.

Julian Glander is a 3D artist living in New York. His body of work includes animation, illustration, short ?lms, video games, commercials, and uh comics, I guess.

Kevin Hooyman was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in 1974. He grew up in the great Northwest and now lives in New York.

Julia Jacquette is an American artist based in New York City and Amsterdam. Her work has been shown extensively at galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the RISD Museum, among other institutions. Jacquette’s work was featured in solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Wellin Museum in Clinton, New York, publisher of her graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, and a monograph, Unrequited and Acts of Play. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University, and is currently on the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC).

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