Terms and Conditions by R. Sikoryak: in stores now!
“Mischievous, pastiche-heavy artist Robert Sikoryak…upped the difficulty level for his long-term conceptual project: Instead of abridging a book, he lifted the complete text of Apple’s mind-numbing corporate boilerplate, which users must agree to before accessing iTunes, and mashed it up with art invoking more than a century of comics.”—New York Times
Let's cut to the chase: R. Sikoryak is a master of his craft. The highly-anticipated Terms and Conditions, which is out today, serves not only as a testament to just how talented he is at capturing the essence of an individual cartoon and cartoonist, but showcases his ability as a storyteller. Transforming the dry, bland and virtually un-readable text that is the iTunes Terms and Conditions into something not only readable but enjoyable is no easy feat. Quoting his profile in the New York Times, Sikoryak started this project on the basis that "it seems counterintuitive, and if it’s counterintuitive, it’s probably interesting to do.”
Using illustrated versions of Steve Jobs as the sole traveler through the entirety of the iTunes Terms and Conditions, Sikoryak recreates panels from The Amazing Spider, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, and Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant - to name a few - on his quest to make the material more...digestible. As the Creative Review puts it: "the sheer banality of the text allows [Sikoryak] to play with – and celebrate – comics as a medium for visual storytelling." Check out panels from Terms and Conditions below, and make sure to pick up a copy of the book at your nearest bookseller!
R. Sikoryak will also be on tour this coming spring for Terms and Conditions! See the dates here:
R. Sikoryak will be at Atomic Books on Thursday, March 9th; The Strand Bookstore on Thursday, March 16th (and in conversation with Kenneth Goldsmith); ToonSeum (with Copacetic Books) on Friday, March 17th; the recently announced stop Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Tuesday, March 21st (and in conversation with Carol Tyler); The Cardozo Law Journal Spring Symposium on Friday, March 24th; the recently announced stop at Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday, April 12th; and finally the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) from May 12th to the 14th.