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Frankenstein and the Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle, the second edition of NYPL's collections-based app Biblion, shows how the questions we ask ourselves everyday — about technology, prejudice, gender — are all contained in a classic work of literature: Mary Shelley's 200 year old novel Frankenstein.


In Biblion, you'll how the same ideas get remixed over time, and how the classics continue to inspire and inform the world around us. Articles from experts and inspiring thinkers are paired with more than 550 photographs, prints, and maps from the unparalleled collections of The New York Public Library.

Plus, each article is linked to one of more than 750 pages of original source documents including the entire original handwritten draft of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, begun in 1816. We've paired this manuscript with a transcript of the novel's 1831 edition so you can toggle the published transcript over the original draft to see how Shelley changed and developed this classic work over time. 

Biblion: Frankenstein also includes new social reading features that allow you to participate in conversations about big ideas, vote on polls, and create new questions for other readers.

Download the groundbreaking iPad app from The New York Public Library, launching June 7, 2012

Or, browse the edition online

Backstage at LIVE from the NYPL, with The Daily Beast

Go Backstage at LIVE from the NYPL... with The Daily Beast!

September 21, 2009 (All day)
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LIVE Shorts

LIVE from the NYPL programs are long on intellectual content, but these “LIVE Shorts” videos provide short bites suggesting a flavor of the full program.

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LIVE from the NYPL

Flash Rosenberg is a freelance photographer and artist-in-residence for LIVE from the NYPL. She draws discussions in front of live audiences to create real time “Conversation Portraits.” These drawings are an amorphous portrait of what it feels like to translate complex ideas into simple lines. She squeezes 90-minute blabs into five- to eight-minute animations, edited by Sarah Lohman.

LIVE Conversation Portraits

Flash Rosenberg is a freelance photographer and artist-in-residence for LIVE from the NYPL. She draws discussions in front of live audiences to create real time “Conversation Portraits.” These drawings are an amorphous portrait of what it feels like to translate complex ideas into simple lines. She squeezes 90-minute blabs into five- to eight-minute animations, edited by Sarah Lohman.

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Longing

Flights of Fancy: Etchings & Linocuts by Martha Ives

In etchings, lithographs, and vibrantly colored linocuts, the images of Martha Ives depict a world where imagination reigns, where shape and color come together in dynamic movement, forming narratives awaiting interpretation. Martha thinks of herself as a bit of a surrealist, using reality as a jumping off place for a world that exists in her mind. Though she has worked in many mediums, printmaking—with its endless possibilities and unique limitations—seems to free her imagination more than any other medium.

Martha studied art at Antioch College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. She has had solo shows at the Blue Mountain Lake Art Gallery of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, the Suffern Free Library, and the St. Agnes Library.  Her work has appeared in many group shows, most recently at the Salmagundi Club, the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ and the Belskie Museum in Closter, NJ.

She is the recipient of the Audubon Artists 2013 Council of American Artists Society in Memory of Will Barnet Graphics Award, the 2014 Will Barnet Printmaking Grant from the Art Students League, and the 2015 Ruth Katzman Merit Scholarship Award from the Art Students League. Two of the images in the current Flights of Fancy show have been selections appearing in Art in Print magazine, under the category "Selected New Editions."

Martha lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, David Ives.

Open now. Ends December 30th, 2016.

Andrew Heiskell Library is partnering with DIYAbility and the Blind Arduino Project to present hands-on workshops introducing youth and adults to nonvisual and adaptive techniques for coding and physical computing.
Artwork by Kevin Lustik

Kevin Lustik Exhibition

Kevin Lustik's latest pieces will be on display at the 96th Street Branch of NYPL from December 2016 through January 2017.  His original artwork has a 3D effect.  He sews buttons, beads, ribbons and even needles into cloth, paper and photographs.  We hope you'll come take a look.

Open now. Ends January 31st, 2017.

Thank you for checking out the Schomburg's Black Comic Book Festival! We are extremely excited for you to attend our 5th annual program which has expanded to TWO DAYS! New offers are available for comic fans of all ages such as a limited edition 5th anniversary program book, festival t-shirts, and the opportunity to donate samples of your comics to the Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive! All the information you need to get registered is outlined below. If you have any additional questions, email schomburged@nypl.org.

The Schomburg's 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival was co-founded in 2013 by Deirdre Hollman, Schomburg Director of Education and Exhibitions; Jerry Craft, Mama’s Boyz and The Offenders; John Jennings, Black Kirby/UC Riverside; and Jonathan Gayles, University of Georgia.

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE or go to www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com

FOLLOW @schomburgblackcomics on Facebook and Instagram for updates and community engagement!


Schedule of Events (In-Brief):

FRIDAY | JANUARY 13, 2017

 

10:00AM - 6:00PM
Comic Creators Exhibition Tables


10:15AM - 12:00PM
Youth Program: My Creative Life in Comics and Kid Lit
Panelists: Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz and The Offenders), David Miller (Khalil’s Way), Zetta Elliot (A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls), Alex Simmons (Blackjack, Archie, Kids Comic Con), and Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground). Moderated by Deirdre Hollman.


1:30PM - 2:30PM
How to Draw Afrakan Superheroes (Lecture/Demonstration)
Presented by Akinseye Brown, Sokoya Productions


2:30PM - 3:00PM
Tribute to Jackie Ormes, 1st Black Syndicated Comic “Torchy Brown”
Moderated by Jonathan Gayles

 

3:30PM - 4:30PM
Curating Comics: Creating Exhibitions in Galleries and in Digital Spaces
Panelists: William Villalongo (Black Pulp!), Tim Fielder (Black Metropolis), John Jennings and Stacey Robinson (Black Kirby). Moderated by Jonathan Gray

 

5:00PM-6:30PM
Comics are Lit: Graphic Novel Adaptations of Literature
Panelists: John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred), Dawud Anyabwile (Monster), Kyle Baker (Nat Turner), and Andrew Aydin (March Books 1-3). Moderated by Jonathan Gayles.

 

SATURDAY | JANUARY 14, 2017

 

10:00AM - 7:00PM
Comic Creators Exhibition Tables

 

10:15AM - 11:30AM
Black Heroes Matter
Panelists: Mshindo (BlackOps, Indigo, and Anikulapo), Trevor Von Eeden (Black Lightning, Thriller, and Jack Johnson), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), and Dewunmi Roye Okupe (E.X.O.-The Legend of Wale Williams). Moderated by David Walker (Powerman & Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Shaft).

 

12:30PM - 1:45PM
SCREENINGS

 

1:45PM - 2:15PM
COSPLAY SHOW

 

2:30PM - 3:15PM
Tribute to Dawud Anyabwile, Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline
Moderated by Jonathan Gayles

 

3:45PM - 5:00PM
Fierce Femininity & Fandom
Panelists: Maia Crown Williams (MeccaCon and BSAM), Regine Sawyer (Ice Witch, Eating Vampires, Women in Comics), and Micheline Hess (Malice in Ovenland). Moderated by Ja’nell Ajani.

 

5:30PM - 6:45 PM
Comics and Hip-Hop
Panelists: Eric Orr (Max the Robot) and Andre LeRoy Davis (The Last Word). Moderated by Jonathan Gray.
 

Exhibitors List (Alphabetical by Last Name)

Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman: Revelation, Monster); Eric Battle (freelance illustrator); Andre Batts (Urban Style Comics); Karl Bollers (Watson and Holmes); Kurt Bollers; Antuan Broussard (Battlemasterz); Akinseye Brown (Sokoya Productions); William Campbell (Rosarium Publishing); Chuck Collins (Bounce, DSX); Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz); Andre LeRoy Davis (artist); Ray Felix (The Greatest Hero Black Power, Bronx Heroes); Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket, Black Metropolis); Prof. William Foster (comic historian); Robert Garrett (Xmoor Studios); Naseed Gifted (P. B. Soldier); Maya Grant-Richardson (Sheeba Maya artist); Norwood S. Harris (illustrator); Micheline Hess (Malice in Ovenland); John Jennings (Kindred, Black Kirby, Black Comix); Mshindo Kuumba (BlackOps, Indigo, and Anikulapo); Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (DMC, Darryl Makes Comics); Keith Miller (RatRonin Studios); Jamar Nicholas (Leon Protector of the Playground); Yumy Odom (ECBACC); Dewunmi Roye Okupe (E.X.O.-The Legend of Wale Williams); Tony Puryear (Concrete Park); Regine Sawyer (Lockett Down Productions); Alex Simmons (Blackjack); Juliana Smith ( (H)afrocentric: The Comic); Jerome Walford (Nowhere Man, Gwan, Forward Comix); David Walker (Powerman & Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Shaft); Eric Wilkerson (illustrator); Maia Crown Williams (MECCA Con, BSAM); Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs); Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats, Black History in its Own Words); and Abrams Comic Arts.

 

**Please note that the festival schedule and exhibitors are subject to change. Stay tuned to this page or @schomburgblackcomic on facebook and instagram for updates! **

 

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE or go to www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com
 

Donations to Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive

The Schomburg Library is seeking to expand its collection of black independent comic books! Please consider donating single copies of old or new titles from your home collection to the Schomburg Library at the Festival. All donations will become part of the Schomburg’s permanent collection and contribute to a unique and growing archive documenting comics and the black speculative arts movement.

 

Press Inquiries

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least one-week before the day of the Black Comic Book Festival to: Ayofemi Kirby, Schomburg/NYPL Senior Publicist at ayofemikirby@nypl.org. Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent. 

 

Questions?

If you have any additional questions,  email schomburged@nypl.org

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