Bill Kartalopoulos
Bill Kartalopoulos is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator and editor. He is the Series Editor for the #1 New York Times best selling Best American Comics series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He currently teaches classes about graphic novels at Parsons The New School for Design and comics history in the MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA.

A frequent public speaker and event organizer, Kartalopoulos is widely recognizing for raising the level of discourse at public events dedicated to comics. He is the programming director for the MoCCA Arts Festival, co-founded the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, which ran for four years before concluding in 2012, and worked for nine years as the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He has led public conversations with Chris Ware, Paul Auster, Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, Charles Burns, Brooke Gladstone, Chip Kidd, Scott McCloud, Stephin Merritt, and many others. He has written about comics for venues including Publishers Weekly, Print Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, World Literature Today, American Book Review, The Comics Journal, Collection Revue, and others.

He worked as an assistant to Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman for several years and served as a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF). He is the publisher/editor of the small, occasional avant-garde comics publishing imprint Rebus Books. He previously published the comics newsblog EGON and edited Indy Magazine, which was the first online publication to be nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards. He holds a Bachelors Degree in History from Dartmouth College and a Masters Degree in Media Studies from The New School. He is currently writing a book about comics, to be published by Princeton University Press.

"Sun & Moon Comics: Uncovering MoMA’s Hidden Narratives" (Artenol Magazine)
"Ilan Manouach: Defamiliarizing Comics" (World Literature Today)
"Why Comics Are More Important Than Ever" (The Huffington Post)
"The Kim Deitch Universe" (The Search for Smilin' Ed) [pdf]
"R. Crumb Re-Presents the Old, Weird Western Civilization" (Print Magazine)
"The Death-Ray" (The Brooklyn Rail)
"A Landmark in Comics History" (The Comics Journal)

Communication Arts magazine
Publishers Weekly "More to Come" podcast
Paste Magazine
The Comics Reporter


June 25-26, 2017
Fanzines! Festival
Paris, France

April 7-9, 2017
Comicdom Comics Festival
Athens, Greece

April 1-2, 2017
MoCCA Arts Festival
New York, NY

November 18-20, 2016
Miami Book Fair International
Miami, FL

October 29, 2016
Clinton Book Shop
Clinton, NJ

October 9, 2016
New York Comic-Con
"Jaffee & Roth talk Kurtzman and Playboy's Trump Magazine"
The Javits Center
New York, NY

October 5, 2016
Best American Comics Panel at the Strand
with Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Anne Emond and Char Esmé
Strand Books
New York, NY

September 12, 2016
Equinoxes: in conversation with Gabrielle Bell and Cyril Pedrosa
Albertine Books
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy
New York, NY

April 14-16, 2016
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

April 2-3, 2016
MoCCA Arts Festival
Metropolitan West
New York, NY

November 20-22, 2015
Miami Book Fair International
Miami, FL

November 5, 2015
New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium
New York, NY

October 16, 2015
Best American Comics 2015 panel
Chicago, IL

October 6, 2015
Best American Comics 2015 Book Launch
Strand Book Store
New York, NY

September 24, 2015
American Book Review Reading Series
University of Houston-Victoria
Victoria, TX

September 19-20, 2015
SPX: The Small Press Expo
Bethesda, MD

August 8-9, 2015
Minneapolis, MN

May 20, 2015
Jean-Christophe Menu:
Independent Publishing as Art
Albertine, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy
New York, NY

April 16, 2015
Industry Day
The Center for Cartoon Studies
White River Junction, VT

April 10 - 12, 2015
MoCCA Arts Festival
Center 548
New York, NY

January 29 - February 1, 2015
Festival International de la Bande Dessinée
Angoulême, France

November 21-23, 2014
Miami Book Fair International
Miami, FL

November 18, 2014
New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium with Hanneriina Moisseinen
Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY

November 13-15, 2014
International Comic Arts Forum
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

October 11, 2014
Discussing the Essential Kurtzman:
Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book
New York Comic-Con
The Javits Center
New York, NY
5:15 pm

October 8, 2014
Best American Comics 2014 Book Release
The Strand
New York, NY

The Best American Comics 2016
Comicdom, Athens, Greece
Alt-Weekly Comics
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Joost Swarte: Urban and Urbane
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Kim Deitch: Le Secret le mieux gardé de la bande dessinée américaine
Mains d'Œuvres, Formula Bula festival, Saint Ouen, France
R. Sikoryak: La Bande dessinée américaine et son double
Les Rendez-Vous de la Bande Dessinée, Amiens, France
Uncanny Valleys: Blexbolex, Richard McGuire, Olivier Schrauwen
Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn
Ruppert and Mulot 101
Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn
Short Cuts
Les Rendez-Vous de la Bande Dessinée, Amiens, France
Cartoon Polymaths
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
Parsons The New School for Design

R. Sikoryak: How Classics and Cartoons Collide
MoCCA: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
Kim Deitch: A Retrospective
MoCCA: The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art


The Best American Comics 2016
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Series Editor

After Nothing Comes by Aidan Koch
Editor and Designer
(Koyama Press)

World Literature Today
March 2016
Guest Editor

The Best American Comics 2015
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Series Editor

American Book Review
Volume 36, Issue 2
Focus Editor: Comics

The Best American Comics 2014
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Series Editor

Barrel of Monkeys
by Florent Ruppert & Jérôme Mulot
(Rebus Books)

by Art Spiegelman
(Pantheon Books)
Associate Editor for Multimedia
Graphic Production and Image Curation