"How To Read Nancy" is the deconstruction of a single Nancy comic strip to reveal the hidden language of comics. It was written in collaboration with Mark Newgarden and will be released fall, 2017.
"Turn Loose Our Death Rays and Kill Them All!" is a collection that I edited of the complete works of golden age cartoonist, Fletcher Hanks, who R.Crumb called, "A twisted dude." My earlier Fletcher Hanks volume was awarded an Eisner Award.
Here is a video link about Fletcher Hanks at the Small Press Expo:
"City of Glass" is an comics adaptation of the novel by Paul Auster created in collaboration with David Mazzuccchelli. It has been cited by The Comics Journal as one of the "Best 100 Comics of the 20th Century."
Here is a video link to the 20th Anniversary panel of: "City of Glass" at Comic Arts Brooklyn:
"A La Recherche du Vineyard Perdu", Martha's Vineyard Magazine
"Interview with Jules Feiffer", Vineyard Gazette
"Meet GARY!", from We Told You So: Comics As Art
Paul Karasik, comics teacher
I gives lectures and workshops about how to make comics and about how to understand comics.
I have had over 25 years of classroom experience: School of Visual Arts in New York, The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, and for over ten years I have been on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. I also have regular annual residencies at the Scuola di Comics Internazionale in Italy, The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and the EESI school in Angouleme, France.
My lecture appearances have included Princeton, Wheaton College, Penn State University, Bennington College and the University of Texas, Austin.
I am available for lectures, workshops, and curriculum development.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned comics professional, I lead workshops in comics tailored to the group. I have taught one-day, two-day, week-long, and two-week-long workshops.
Got an idea for a graphic novel that you have been wanting to work on? This August, I will be conducting workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Check it out:
In addition to full day or week-long workshops on making comics, I am also available to speak on a number of subjects including "Adaptation: The Making of City of Glass," "The Ride Together: Autism in the Family," "The Language of Comics."
Here is a video of me teaching at the Scuola di Comics Internazionale, in Florence, Italy:
January: Solstice Writing Program, Pine Manor College, Boston.
February: University of Texas, Austin and Loyola College, Baltimore.
March: University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
February - May: The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
May - Commencement Speaker, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction.
August - Graphic Novel Workshops, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction.
September - Instructor, Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark.
September - December - Visiting Professor, Penn State.
EESI School, Angouleme, France
The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark
Scuola di Comics, Jesi, Italy
Blurbs about Paul Karasik
Nice things that others have said about me if you need to convince your Department Head, who knows nothing about comics, to have me come to your school:
“Paul has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.” - Art Spiegelman Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”
“As a practicing cartoonist, Paul has vast insight into how we read and interpret visual images, and what’s more he is a whiz at explaining how he and other artists use that knowledge to create tell stories. For all his erudition, he's witty, accessible and fun.”
-Professor Louis A. Waldman, The University of Texas at Austin
“He focuses on helping you find your individual voice as a comics creator rather than driving a bunch of jargon into your brain, and he's a real nice guy on top of that.” – Tom Toye, Cartoonist
“If you ever had any interest in taking a comics class, I recommend THIS ONE. Paul is probably one of the most insightful and all around influential and amazing teachers I’ve ever had...I give this class ten thumbs up, if I only had thumbs for each finger.” – Heather Benjamin, Cartoonist
"Brilliant, funny, and authoritative, Paul Karasik gave energetic, discussion-friendly presentations that engaged both students and faculty." - Michael Wenthe, American University
“From Garry Trudeau to Art Spiegelman, I have had the honor of sharing a classroom with the greatest cartoonists of our time. I can honestly say that Paul Karasik is second to none in cartooning knowledge, passion, insight, and connecting with an audience. He lectures are spellbinding. And he's a pretty fantastic cartoonist too!” - James Sturm, Cartoonist and co-founder the Center for Cartoon Studies
Interviews with Paul Karasik
Here are links to a couple of interviews with me:
"The Daily Crosshatch" I talk about Fletcher Hanks: