Blond Eve, Adam and Eve in the style of Chic Young's 'Blondie'

Robert Sikoryak is an artist from the independent comics scene, originally from New Jersey. Mostly signing his work with "R. Sikoryak", the artist is known for his mash-up parodies of classic comic books and comic strips. He earned his BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1987, and published his early work in publications like Art Spiegelman's Raw (1989-91), Snake Eyes (1990-93), The New Comics Anthology (1991), The New Yorker (1994-99), The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Pulse!, Wired Magazine, Drawn & Quarterly (2000-2001) and Reveal (Dark Horse, 2002).

Candiggy - Voltaire's 'Candide, or Optimism' in the style of Tom Wilson's 'Ziggy'

His most notable creation is the 'Masterpiece Comics' series, in which world literature is translated into cartoon parodies (or as his website calls it "Recombining the DNA of our culture"). The series first appeared in several of aforementioned publications, and were collected in book format in 2009. The work includes Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' to the Batman-parody 'Dostoyevsky Comics' (all in Bob Kane style), Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' to 'Waiting to Go' starring Mike Judge's 'Beavis and Butt-Head', Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights' turned into the EC comic book 'The Crypt of Brontë', and many more.

The Unquotable Trump: pastiche covers of EC's 'The Vault of Horror' and DC's 'Detective Comics'

His book 'The Unquotable Trump' (2017) is collection of parody comic book covers depicting US President Donald Trump, illustrated in the style of iconic comic book covers from the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Modern Age of Comic Books. It was followed later that year by 'Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel', in which Sikoryak adapts the iTunes Terms and Conditions (which nobody ever reads) into a readable comics mash-up, with each page rendered as a page from a classic comic strip.

Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, spoofing Hergé's Tintin

Since 1997, Sikoryak has furthermore taken the stage at venues throughout the USA and Canada with his 'Carousel' series of multimedia comics slide shows, which also feature work by Lauren Weinstein, Michael Kupperman and Jason Little. He has published cartoons and illustrations in Nickelodeon Magazine, World War 3 Illustrated and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is a teacher with the Parsons School, and resides in New York City since 2017.

Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel, spoofing an X-Men page by John Byrne and Chris Claremont

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