Public Speaking and Presentations

A.D. presentation for the Legacy Project, County College of Morris [2015]
A.D. presentation for @ameri-Con, produced by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia [2013]
"Filtering Catastrophe Through Comics" — a presentation for the Villa Gillet/N+1 panel "Catastrophe Practice" [2011]
Sample video of slideshow presentation from the A.D. book tour. [2009]
comics workshop outside Tel Aviv, Israel

TESTIMONIALS

"I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as our students did. A.D. was already our most popular common read, and your visit just increased the energy."
— Academic Advisor, Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"We continue to glow in the memory of our exchanges with you. The students deeply value these memories. "
— Faculty Director, Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin–Madison

"Thank you for making the residency such a great success. Thank you for the time and attention you gave your associates, and your support of the outreach programs and le Salon events."
— Residency and Program Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts

"We are so thankful for your presentation. We will be using this approach in our outreach to other parts of Indonesia."
— Assistant Cultural Attaché, US Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia

I have given lectures and presentations at universities, schools, festivals, cultural centers, libraries, museums, and professional conventions, and have been featured on C-SPAN2's Book TV. As part of the U.S. Department of State's Speaker and Specialist program, I have traveled abroad as a “cultural ambassador,” giving workshops and presentations in such countries as Burma, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Israel/Palestine, and Mexico.

I most often speak about my own work — particularly Hurricane Katrina and comics journalism — but am also prepared to speak about my collaborations with Harvey Pekar and Brooke Gladstone, autobiography and memoir, comics and catastrophe, and the ever-changing media landscape.

I accompany my always evolving lectures with a cascade of images — as many as 90 in a single talk. I always leave time for Q&A, which usually results in engaging conversations.

I have also participated in panels and roundtables with other creators, a very interesting and fruitful format.

Though the majority of my presentations are suited for college-age and older audiences, all can be adapted or redesigned to suit individual circumstances.

For more information on bringing me to your college or community, contact me.

Teaching and workshops

I teach Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I am the Comics & Graphic Novelist faculty mentor for the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. I was a 2014 Master Artist in Graphic Novels at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In addition, I have taught comics-making workshops and classes at the Society of Illustrators, the University of Michigan, the Fine Arts Work Center, the College Media Association, Albion College, and in international locations like Mexico, Burma, Algeria, Bahrain, and Palestine. I have served as a comics thesis advisor, and have also mentored students via phone and Skype. For more information about my availability and rates, contact me.

Testimonials

"Josh Neufeld’s visit with my comics in education graduate course at Teachers College, Columbia University was a great treat and rich learning experience for my students and me! This classroom of educators continually referred back to things they’d learned from talking with Josh throughout the rest of the term. Josh took us on a visual tour of his comics and his process, sharing insights into the development of his work and the growing role of comics journalism. I feel like the warmth and openness with which he engaged my students in conversation, reflects the collaborative approach that defines his work from his The Vagabonds co-authored series to the action research interviews of A.D., to The Influencing Machine with Brooke Gladstone. Extremely good-natured and a consummate professional, Josh is a wonderful guest and one of the most important figures working in comics journalism today."
Nick Sousanis, postdoctoral fellow in Comics Studies at the University of Calgary, author of the graphic novel Unflattening
"A million thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with my students about your work yesterday. It's hard to put into words what this experience means to them—a group of young people who have experienced a lot of disenfranchisement and struggle but who also love this earth as much as it seems that you do. First, in giving them a brilliant work to dig into and connect with, and then in generously giving them an opportunity to discuss it with you, they now hold within them an experience that builds a confidence as thinkers, readers, and writers that cannot be taken from them no matter what future hardness they face in this world. They left my classroom invigorated, curious, and happy. They felt honored that someone would want to talk with them and hear what they thought—to share ideas with them and teach them more about something they now want to shout to the rest of this world."
— English Teacher, Nicolet High School, Glendale, WI
"You taught students and faculty a lot of important lessons today with your interesting, engaging lecture. Contextualizing such an important event, and allowing us to understand your process as an artist and journalist, is so helpful and instructive."
— Legacy Project Co-Chair, County College of Morris
"Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with our students and present your work to our campus community. It was a huge success and we were all so thrilled with all of the events. Your mentoring for the students was an extra special contribution."
— Academic Director, Washington State University–Vancouver