June 1st was the start of two exciting exhibits in New York. Shipped in from Japan, the "Girl Power! Girls' Comics From Japan" exhibit at the Pratt Institute Media Arts Gallery in Brooklyn featured historic Japanese manga, with a special emphasis on shojo manga--comic books for girls. The exhibit featured 23 renowed creators and more than 200 works ranging from World War II to the present.
Meanwhile, back in Chelsea, the Chelsea Art Museum hosted a symposium on June 1st at their museum on Freight Train Graffiti. Moderated by Wooster Collective founder Mark Shiller, Dalek, Mr. Smith, Sacha Jenkins, Darin Rowland, Roger Gastman and Ian Sattler all contributed to this lively evening followed by a reception and book signing.