Profile | Paul Karasik

Paul Karasik




Paul Karasik is an internationally recognized cartoonist who teaches in RISD’s Illustration department. With his sister, Judy, Mr. Karasik created, The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family, winner of the Autism Society of America’s Best Literary Work of the Year. He is the editorial coordinator for Lissa a graphic novel collaboration between Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design exploring medical decisions made by two women against contemporary political turmoil. This book will be published winter, 2017 by the University of Toronto Press.

Mr. Karasik was a speaker at Comics in Medicine and Teaching: Rethinking Comics as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool, a symposium at Nebraska State University, Kearney, in 2015 centered on the uses of comics in mental and physical health treatment. In his address, “The Ride Together: Using Comics to Speak about Autism,” Mr. Karasik addressed how the language of comics can be effectively employed to illustrate practical and personal issues surrounding medical procedures and decisions.

Mr. Karasik has taught and lectured at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Princeton University, The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Scuola di Comics Internazionale in Italy, The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and the EESI school in Angouleme, France.

Mr. Karasik co-created (with David Mazzuchelli), City of Glass, the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s book. It was named by The Comics Journal as one of the Best Comics of the 20th Century and has been translated in over 20 editions worldwide. His cartoons appear in The New Yorker, and his anthology celebrating forgotten comics visionary, Fletcher Hanks, received an Eisner Award, the highest honor in the field.



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