James Romberger

Born: Port Jefferson, NY

CUNY Graduate Center, 2012-present
Columbia University GS   BA,  2011
Borough of Manhattan Community College   AA, 2006
School of Visual Arts, NYC   1981
Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY  1977-79

Acker Award, 2015
Art OMI/Francis J. Greenburger Award, 2005

Selected Collections
Metropolitan Museum of Art   NYC
Museum of Modern Art   NYC
Brooklyn Museum   NYC
Newark Museum   NJ
Philadelphia Museum of Art  PA
Parrish Art Museum   Southhampton, NY
Harvard Business School   Cambridge, Mass.
The Library of Congress   Washington, DC
Fales Library   New York University, NYC
Phoenix House  NYC

Selected Books and References
Best of Times, Worst of Times  (cover) eds. W.  Martin and C. Tichi NYU Press   2011
Quarto  design and graphics w/M. Van Cook   Columbia University 2009
Elements of Literature Third Course Grade 9 Pupil’s Edition   Holt, Rinehart and Winston   2003
The Urban Lifeworld    Grahame Shane   Routledge London  2002
Elle Girl (first issue, illustrations w/M. Van Cook) vol.1#1, 2001
New York, New York: the City in Art and Literature  Metropolitan Museum  2000
New York: The Painted City   Grace Glueck   1997
Introduction to Criminal Justice  7th ed.  West Publishing  1996
Your House Is Mine (silkscreened collaborative book) Bullet Space 1994
Redtape  Ground Zero  w/M. Van Cook and other art 1984-94
Art after Midnight   Steven Hager  1984

Graphic novels and comics
Thought Bubble #3 Melusine (w/M. Van Cook) Image Comics 2015
Ink Brick #3 Perfectly Manicured to the Bone (w/M. Van Cook) 2015
The Late Child and Other Animals graphic novel (w/M. Van Cook) Fantagraphics 2015
7 Miles A Second (2nd Edition) graphic novel (w/ Wojnarowicz & M. Van Cook) Fantagraphics 2013
Post York (w/Crosby, Eisner nomination for Best Single Issue (or one-shot)) Uncivilized Books 2012
Loving Bin Laden MOME #22, Fantagraphics 2011
Aaron and Ahmed (w/Jay Cantor) DC/Vertigo 2011
The Bronx Kill (w/Peter Milligan) DC/Vertigo 2010
Mammoth Book of Best New Manga Vol 3 Robinson Books, UK 2008
Tales From The Crypt (w/ M. Van Cook) various issues Papercutz 2007-10
Blurred Vision 3 You Asked Me about Barbara (w/Steven Lack) Blurred Books 2007
Up Is Up But So Is Down, NY’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, NYU Press 2006
NYC Mech: Beta Love #1 Minimechs (w/M. Van Cook) Image 2006
Hellblazer: Setting Sun Vertigo/DC 2005
20/20 Visions: Renegade (w/ Jamie Delano) Cyberosia Press 2004
Seven Miles A Second (w/ D. Wojnarowicz & M. Van Cook) Vertigo/DC 1996
World War 3 Ripped Witness 4 Walls 8 Windows 1995
World War 3 Jesus In Hell Fantagraphics Books 1989
East Village Eye Ground Zero monthly strip (w/M. Van Cook) 1984-85
World War 3 Illustrated member of collective Art, stories and covers 1983-present

Essays and Criticism
Kirby’s Mentors: Hal Foster & Milton Caniff Study Group Magazine #4 2016
In Reverse: Forensic Cartooning Study Group Magazine #3D 2015
Toxl: Secret Pre-history and Eco-Terror Comic Book Apocalypse: Jack Kirby CSU Northridge 2015
You Killed Me First David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape Aperture 2015
Red Tide: the first modern graphic novel The Drawings of Steranko site 2009
Alex Toth in Hollywood (introduction) Pure Imagination 2009
Eyewash (w/M. Van Cook) and The Lord of Light: Barry Geller Jack Kirby Collector #52 Twomorrows 2009
Undiscovered Particles Jack Kirby Quarterly #13 UK 2009

Reviews and Interviews
This Brighter Path: James Romberger & Marguerite Van Cook; Nicole Rudick, The Comics Journal, 2013
500 Words: James Romberger & Marguerite Van Cook; Nicole Rudick, Artforum, 2013
Remembering David: A Graphic Tribute: James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook;
Grace Bello, Publisher’s Weekly, 2013
Romberger and Van Cook at 7 Miles a Second; Keith Silva, Comics Bulletin, 2013
Romberger Takes Readers to “Post York”; Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources, 2013
David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six years on the Lower East Side, interview by Sylvere Lotringer, Ed. Giancarlo Ambrosino, Semiotext/MIT Press 2006
Art in America  12/02  pg. 114
NY Times   5/7/95   pg H37
David Lives (interview by Walter Robinson) on artnet.com 1996
Art in America  6/94 pg. 104
Village Voice (cover story)  5/14/96
Cover Magazine  (interview by Michael Carter)    Winter  1993
Art in America  10/91   pg. I53
Connoisseur  9/91   pg 131
Art in America  11/89   pg. 197
ARTnews   9/89   pg. 174
Paper Magazine  5/89

Solo and Collaborative Exhibitions

2016 The Nuclear Family Howl Happening NYC (w/ M. Van Cook & ClockWork Cros ) 2015
2015 Dust Dorian Grey Gallery NYC
2014 Dorian Grey Gallery NYC 2014 (w/Rick Prol)
2006 Halo Dinter Fine Art NYC (animation on website Project Room, www.dinterfinearts.com)
2005 FEVA Pantheon Capitale NYC (portraits of Ellen Stewart, Allen Ginsburg et al)
2003 The Proposition NYC
2002 “Tenemental” Prosper Gallery NYC
2002 “Night” Gracie Mansion Gallery NYC
1999 New Museum NYC (w/ D. Wojnarowicz & M. Van Cook)
1999 Max Fish NYC (w/ Marguerite Van Cook)
1998 Max Fish NYC (w/ Marguerite Van Cook)
1994 P.P.O.W. NYC (w/ David Wojnarowicz)
1993 “Euphoria” Grace Borgenicht Gallery NYC
1992 ”The Battleground of Good and Evil” Elston Fine Arts NYC
1991 Grace Borgenicht Gallery NYC
1989 Grace Borgenicht Gallery NYC
1988 Speeltuin J.J. Atelier Antwerp (w/ M. Van Cook)
1988 Beau Bruxelle Brussels (w/ M. Van Cook)
1987 Asylum NYC
1986 E. M. Donahue NYC (collaborative paintings with Marguerite Van Cook)
1986 Ground Zero NYC
1985 E. M. Donahue NYC
1984 Ground Zero NYC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010   Pilot Light  Espace Le Carré, Lille, France
2006   No Straight Lines   Cartoon Art Museum SF
2006   ABC No Rio Benefit  Deitch Projects, NYC
2004   East Village USA   New Museum NYC
2003   American Dreams    Ronald Feldman Gallery   NYC
2003   Benefit for Cabrini Hospital  N.Y. Arts Society  NYC
2000   Open Ends   Museum of Modern Art   NYC
2000   Mumia 911   1199 Hospital Worker’s Union   NYC
2000   NY2K    Charas/ El Bohio   NYC
1996   By Foul Subtraction: Bodybag Project   Art Space, Jersey City
1993   The Plague Years   Gracie Mansion  NYC
1993   Burning in Hell   Franklin Furnace  NYC
1992    Real Life Comics  Longwood Arts Gallery  NYC
1990   Art and the Law   West Publishing   St. Paul  MN
1990   Inside the Beast   Charles Lucien Gallery   NYC
1988   Art on Paper 1988  Weatherspoon Gallery   Greensboro  NC
1988   The Oldest of the Young   Bratton Gallery   NYC
1986   The Changing Scene   Museum of Contemporary Art   Milan
1986   East Village   Neopolitan Gallery  Richmond VA
1986   Cold Hard Facts    B-Side Gallery   NYC
1985   Acid Test   Sensory Evolution   NYC
1984   Hit and Run   Magic Gallery   NYC

Curation, Teaching, other
Teacher of Language & Letterforms, Parsons/The New School Fall 2016
Teacher of Thesis Class, Parsons/The New School Fall 2015 
Teaching Graphic Narrative seminars at Marywood University, Summer, 2015, 2016
Advisor to SVA graduate student, 2011
Producer of panel “Inside Out: Self and Society in Comic Art” at St. Mark’s Church  HOWL! 2008
Producer of The Carl Solomon Book Expo, HOWL! Festival 2007, 2008
Producer and moderator of Comics Thinktank panel at Rapture Café for the HOWL! Festival 2007
Birth of a Salesman, performance at Bowery Poetry Club, 2007
Panelist for moderator Calvin Reid at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 2006 and at the Columbia University School of Journalism, 2007
Co-Curator  “Business Unusual”   Manhattan Borough President’s office, HOWL Festival  2004-05
Co-Curator of Arteries/Art in Tompkins Square Park, Howl Festival NYC  2003, 2004, 2005
Judge of the 2003 Prairie Art Show, Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas
Judged Tompkins Square Park Arts Festival w/ M. Van Cook, 1989
Co-Director/Founder Ground Zero Gallery with Marguerite Van Cook  1984-86  NYC
Co-curated many group shows w/ Marguerite Van Cook at nightclubs Danceteria, Kamikazi and
Le Palace de Beaute and galleries such as Sensory Evolution, Magic Gallery, Nolo Contendre,
Max Fish and others NYC   1984-present