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Talking Pictures - The Visual Book Now



Talking Pictures - The Visual Book Now

Talking Pictures, The Visual Book Now is a series of events, organized on the occasion of the New York Rights Fair. While culture becomes increasingly visual, in the publishing industry the visual book flourishes, attracting a large audience. Talking Pictures will discuss contemporary visual books, focusing on the phenomenon of the graphic novel, the extraordinary revival of children’s and adult picture books, both in Europe and United States, the importance of book cover design, new trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object.

Talking Pictures is an initiative conceived and organized by Hamelin Cultural Association and Steven Guarnaccia for the New York Rights Fair. In collaboration with Italian Cultural Institute, Editions Thierry Magnier, Nobrow, Fantagraphics.



May 28, 2019 | Yui Gallery, 131 Eldridge St, New York | 6:00 pm

Fatherland   Steven Guarnaccia’s exhibition opening


May 29, 2019 | Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York | 6:30 pm

An Evening with Manuele Fior

Manuele Fior Italian Comics Artist, author of Red Ultramarine and The interview

Moderator: Chantal McStay writer and Associate Editor of BOMB Magazine

One of the most talented Italian comic artist, Manuele Fior, will introduce his work and discuss his new book Red Ultramarine (Fantagraphics) with the writer Chantal McStay.

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May 30, 2019 | Rizzoli Bookstore  1133 Broadway, New York| 6:00 pm

Talking Pictures. Selected Books

Manuele Fior Comics Artist, author of Red Ultramarine and The Interview

Tom Haugomat Illustrator and Comics Artist, author of Trough A Life

Moderator: Alexandra Zsigmond art director and visual thinker

In celebration of “TALKING PICTURES: Selected Books,” Alexandra Zsigmond, freelance curator and former New York Times editor, will be speaking with Manuele Fior and Tom Haugomat, both young talents from the European comics and illustration scene. They will discuss telling stories through images, their attitudes towards still and moving images, and their particular ways of interpreting the visual book. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.



May 30, 2019 | New York Rights Fair | 3:30 pm

reception | 4:15-5:00 pm

TALKING PICTURES Selected Books 2018

Introductions: Elena Pasoli, BolognaFiere, Project Manager Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Steven Guarnaccia Associate Professor, Illustration, Parsons School of Design

Ilaria Tontardini, Hamelin Associaizone Culturale

Mark Newgarten, Comic Artist, Associate Professor, Illustration, Parsons School of Design

Manuele Fior, winner for Comics 2014 edition with The Interwiew

Jockum Nordstrom, Picture books category’s winner with Fabler och Andra Berattelser

Tom Haugomat, Picture books category’s winner with A travers


Date: Da Tuesday, May 28, 2019 a Thursday, May 30, 2019

Organized by : Associazione Culturale Hamelin - Steven Guarnaccia

In collaboration with : ICI

Entrance : Free