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Democracy How? Civics in Comics

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R. Sikoryak
Constitution Illustrated


R. Sikoryak is the author of Constitution Illustrated, Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly).     

His comics and illustrations have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Onion, MAD, and SpongeBob Comics. He’s done storyboards and character designs for Augenblick Studios on various animated projects.

Sikoryak teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.

Ally Shwed
Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel


Ally Shwed is a cartoonist, writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design and has worked with The Boston Globe, The Nib, and First Second Books. Together with artist Gerardo Alba, she runs Little Red Bird Press, a visual arts studio specializing in comics and printmaking. Her recent projects include a graphic novel adaptation of Fault Lines in the Constitution (First Second Books) and Votes for Women, a comics anthology celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment (Little Red Bird Press). She currently lives in Belmar, New Jersey, and when she's not creating editorial cartoons, she enjoys drawing cats.

Dan Nott
This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance


Dan is a cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and educator living in Vermont. He was the lead cartoonist on This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance (CCS, 2019), and has done comics and illustrations for a range of publications including The Nib, WBUR, Spotlight PA, and NJ Advance Media. He’s currently writing and drawing a book called Hidden Systems for Random House Graphic, which uses comics to tell stories about history and examine inequality, imagination, and infrastructure. Dan received an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2018, and joined the faculty there in 2020.

(photo by Hannah Cohen)

Silvia Hidalgo
How to Be an American: A Field Guide to Citizenship

Our roles and responsibilities as citizens have never been more fraught than they are today, complicated by the perpetual tsunami of information and interpretation provided by the various media: truths, falsehoods, and the murky grey areas in between. Luckily, there are comics! This panel is a discussion with creators who have used the form to explore, explain and illustrate histories and processes that are vital to the understanding of our institutions, and the performance of our civic duties.

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Panel sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies