Wednesday, April 28, 2021

April 30: comics as the new form of protest art... Discussion

The Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop,
Rice University, Houston, and Printed Matter, NYC,

invite you to join 


for a discussion about comics as the new form of protest art...

and the artist as publishing auteur


For more information, please reply to Anne Edgar,


About the Panelists
The artist Sue Coe has found a way to serve a broad audience through printmaking, disseminating her messages through affordably-priced prints accessible to people of all financial means. Numerous books and visual essays published over the years have served a similar purpose, includingCruel, a critical look at the animal industry, built upon her groundbreaking Dead Meat (1996), and The Animals' Vegan Manifesto, published in 2016, featuring 100 original woodcuts and linocuts. American Fascism Now, published in October 2020 by Rotland Press, presents 16 linocut prints with text by the art historian Stephen F. Eisenman.  Coe's work has been recognized by a number of major awards and her 2018 solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, "Sue Coe: Graphic Resistance," received rave reviews. Since 2016, the artist has focused on documenting the misdeeds of the Trump administration.

Next month, the artist Christopher Sperandio releases his latest graphic novel, GREENIE JOSEPHENIE (Argle Bargle, Ottawa, Canada) about a super heroine who wages war against global conglomerates. He has long addressed issues of labor and class inequality and is an obsessive on comic history and production, having made his first comic strip-inspired font more than 25 years ago and produced/co-produced more than 20 comic books. Sperandio is the founder of CATS, the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop at Rice University, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art.  
Ryan Standfest is an artist, arts writer, and the editor-in-chief and publisher of Rotland Press, which presents satirical publications of a culturally relevant nature, including the recently released THE PLAGUE REVIEW, a digest of pandemic dispatches, humor and musing. His publications and prints are in numerous major collections, and his work has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and abroad. Standfest has penned criticism and essays for the Detroit arts and culture journal Infinite Mile, Detroit Art Review, and Essay'd. He contributed a chapter on André Breton and l'humour noir to the book Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance, edited by Elliott H. King and Abigail Susik, forthcoming from Penn State University Press in 2021. Websites: (studio) and (publishing).

Stanley Wany is a multidisciplinary artist whose main focus is creating graphic novels. His practice also includes experimentation in painting and ink. He holds a degree in arts and design from the Université du Québec en Outaouais where he also founded Trip magazine. In 2016, his first graphic novel, Agalma, was nominated for a Doug Wright Award (Toronto Comics and Arts Festival) for best alternative comic, and for a Prix Expozine (Expozine, independent editors' festival in Montreal). Past trips include the Helsinki Comics Festival (Finland), the Festival de bande dessinée d'Angoulême (France), the Festival de bande dessinée de Colomiers (France), and Amadora BD: International Comics Festival (Portugal). He was an artist in residence at the Arteles Creative Centre in May 2018 and in the latter part the same year, he was awarded a creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for the production of his next graphic novel.

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