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Carousel: Comics Performances

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$7.00 – $15.00

The long-running live comics series returns to the Society with six exciting guest cartoonists!

Featuring presentations of graphic novels and comics as performed and read by the artists:

Juliette Collet
Emily Flake
Hyesu Lee
Jonah Newman
Daisy Ruiz
Bishakh Som 

Hosted by: R. Sikoryak 

The event will be followed by a book signing.

Artist bios:

Juliette Collet is the creator of the comics series Blah Blah Blah and is part of the exhibit “Made In New York” at the Society of Illustrators.

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 “Joke in a Box: How to Write and Draw Jokes.” 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

Jonah Newman is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and editor. He is the debut author-illustrator of Out Of Left Field, one of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 most anticipated young adult graphic novels for Spring 2024.

Daisy Ruiz, better known online as @Draizys, is a Bronx-bred Illustrator, and writer. Ruiz uses illustrations to tell stories of nuanced moments of her upbringing in The Bronx, narrating experiences of body shaming in adolescence and the search for acceptance within white-dominated alternative interests.

Hyesu Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, and muralist originally from South Korea and now living and working in Brooklyn. “My art is driven by a curiosity about how people connect. Growing up, I never knew how best to communicate with those around me. But drawing people—observing and learning about them—is my way of connecting. Art, after all, has no language barrier. I believe that anything warm and cheerful is contagious.”

Bishakh Som is an Indian-American trans femme visual artist, author, and ex-architect. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, MoMA.orgThe Boston Review, and many queer and not necessarily queer comix anthologies. Her graphic novel Apsara Engine (The Feminist Press) is the winner of a 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best LGBTQ Comics. Her graphic memoir Spellbound (Street Noise Books) was also a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is the author of the graphic novel Constitution Illustrated, and he drew the comic books that appear in Tom Hanks’ novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. He’s hosted Carousel since 1997.

$15 general, $10 members, $7 seniors/students

This event will take place in the Main Gallery. Bathrooms are only accessible via stairs.


Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may not be exchanged for another event. If you are unable to use your ticket, tickets may be converted to a donation by emailing


May 22
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$7.00 – $15.00
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At the Society
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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