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

Heres Comes Love Again

To raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines, the cast of Here Lies Love, the concept album cum disco musical by David Byrne of Talking Heads and Fatboy Slim, will reconvene for one night this coming Monday, Nov. 25th, at Terminal 5 in New York.  Tickets are $58 (including handling fees) and all proceeds go to Doctors without Borders.

Here Lies Love poster

Here Lies Love poster

The show is about Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and her rise to power and fall from grace, and this reunion benefit concert was apparently suggested by the mostly Philippine cast.  If you missed it the first time, here’s your charitable second chance.

Consider donating to Doctors without Borders or other relief efforts too.

New Opera New York

This article in the New York Times on the joint Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater opera / musical theater commissioning program gives a peek into the future of new opera at the Met, in terms of existing contemporary opera on their way to the Met stage as well as the newest participants in that commissioning program.

It pairs nicely with 3 new Opera News articles on contemporary composers, 2 of whom, Nico Muhly and Ricky Ian Gordon, have created works for the Met under this program.  Muhly’s Two Boys, which premiered in London, will have it’s New York premiere on Monday, Oct. 21st.

Exciting stuff, always love hearing about new opera, and now seems to be a good time for it, with more companies getting in on the commissioning business…


For some more wacky new opera, you can also head over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see War Sum Up a combination manga, noh, & electronic operatic meditation on war by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece and classical glam pop band The Irrepressibles.  Two performances only, Nov. 1st & 2nd.

Ring ma bell, ring ma bell, ring ma bell, ring ma bell

This was the weekend I discovered K-Pop…


… And Two X are my new favorite band.  I feel like this masterpiece of bubbly pop could go under either Opera or Comics…  Comics cuz of the use of comic panels and pop art imagery in the video, and Opera cuz music is used to tell a story so successfully.  Of course, the story’s in Korean, so I don’t understand it.  But still.

My father suggested I should start covering K-Pop in my blog, but I’m not sure I can do it justice…  I think I’ll just stick to Korea Billboard for regular coverage…