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Carousel: Comics Performances and Picture Shows

Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Online tickets not available

Monday, September 27 at 7PM

Carousel: Comics Performances and Picture Shows

370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Online tickets not available
Carousel is a night of comics performances and picture shows. Presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed by the artists: Emily Flake, R. Kikuo Johnson, Arielle Jovellanos, Emily Borromeo, Matt Madden, Robyn Smith, and Jeremy Sorese. Hosted by R. Sikoryak. The event will be followed by a book signing. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT.

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$10 pre-sale
$12 at-the-door

7:00pm doors
8:00pm show
10:00pm end

This is an ALL-VACCINATED EVENT! A vaccination card or Excelsior pass with matching photo ID is REQUIRED for entry to this event. Masks are required for all inside the building of The City Reliquary, but may be taken off outside in the backyard, where you will have ample room to social distance if you choose.

Please remember to BRING CASH for a bar stocked with drinks, sweets, and snacks.

Performer/Writer Bios:

Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work appears regularly in the New Yorker, the Nib, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. She is the author of “That Was Awkward: the Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug.” She is also the founder of St. Nell’s Humor Writing Residency, a residency for women and NB people working in humor-related fields.You can find her at and Twitter: @EmilyFlake

R. Kikuo Johnson was born on Maui in 1981. His books include the graphic novels No One Else, Night Fisher, and the all-ages tale, The Shark King. Since 2006, his comics and illustrations have regularly appeared on the cover and in the pages of The New Yorker. He divides his time living and working in Brooklyn, NY, teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, and playing the ukulele with his family on Maui. Instagram: @r_kikuo_johnson

Arielle Jovellanos is a NY based freelance illustrator, writer, and comic artist. Her work has been featured in the Eisner & Harvey nominated anthology FRESH ROMANCE and in magazines, comics, books, and branded social media campaigns. Recently, she illustrated BLACK STAR, an original graphic novel written by Eric Anthony Glover (Abrams Megascope). Her next graphic novel EVIL THING, adapted from Serena Valentino’s bestselling Cruella De Vil novel, will be out this fall from Disney-Hyperion. Instagram: @ joviellety. Arielle will be joined this evening by Broadway and TV actress Emily Borromeo for a live musical performance.

Matt Madden is a cartoonist. His best-known book is 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin). In 2013 he was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. He wrote two comics textbooks in collaboration with his wife, Jessica Abel, and the couple were series editors for The Best American Comics from Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt for six years. His newest book, Ex Libris, is coming out in October 2021 from Uncivilized Books. Instagram @mmaddencomics

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town, illustrating DC Comics' Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and Black Josei Press' Wash Day (written by Jamila Rowser). She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has also worked on comics for College Humor, Nike, and The Nib. Instagram: @robrosmo

After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, Jeremy Sorese was accepted to La Maison des Auteurs, a residency program in Angoulême, France. His first book Curveball, published with Nobrow in 2015, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A sequel, The Short While, will be published with Archaia in November 2021. He’s been teaching art for eleven years. Instagram: @jeremy_sorese

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and the author of Constitution Illustrated, Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly). Sikoryak’s comics and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and more. He's presented his live comics performance series, Carousel, around the US and Canada. Instagram: @rsikoryak

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Since our founding in an apartment window in 2002, The City Reliquary has been collecting, preserving, and sharing pieces of New York City, for New Yorkers. Now more than ever the stories of every New Yorker need to be told.

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If the cost of the show is keeping you from attending, please email us and we would like to accommodate you the best we can.

The main entrance and indoor museum are entirely flat, but there are 4 steps up and 4 steps down to the backyard. The backyard is uneven but no major steps.

Please email with any questions, requests or concerns.
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