Graphic Novels & Goldberg Machines, Tonight

Two options for talks about comics tonight in New York:

Parade (with fireworks) by Mike Cavallaro

Parade (with fireworks), copyright Mike Cavallaro

Tonight at 6:30 at the Society of Illustrators, Mike Cavallaro, vice president of the Manhattan chapter of the National Cartoonist’s Society, discusses the creative renaissance of the American graphic novel since the 1980s, including his own journey through the field and insight into his own comics process.   $10 for non-members, $7 with student ID.

Simple Fly Swatter, by Rube Goldberg

“Simple” Fly Swatter, by Rube Goldberg

Also, at 7pm at the Parsons, there’s the trusty weekly installment of the ever-reliable New York Comic and Picture-Story Symposium, this time about the work of Rube Goldberg in conjunction with a new book on the topic from Charles Kochman and Jennifer George, Goldberg’s granddaughter.

As I just learned, Rube Goldberg is an accepted word in the English language, and here’s the OED definition to prove it:

"Rube Goldberg" in the Oxford English Dictionary

“Rube Goldberg”, Oxford English Dictionary

Not a bad linguistic legacy for a guy who drew funnies…

Here’s just one application of the Rube Goldberg machine, for OK GO‘s “This Too Shall Pass” music video

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