Terms and Conditions
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For his newest project, R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head―each page features an avatar of Apple cofounder and legendary visionary Steve Jobs juxtaposed with a different classic strip such as Mort Walker’s Beatle Bailey, or a contemporary graphic novel such as Craig Thompson’s Blanketsor Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.
Adapting the legalese of the iTunes Terms and Conditions into another medium seems like an unfathomable undertaking, yet Sikoryak creates a surprisingly readable document, far different from its original, purely textual incarnation and thus proving the accessibility and flexibility of comics. When Sikoryak parodies Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant peasant comics with Steve Jobs discussing objectionable material or Homer Simpson as Steve Jobs warning of the penalties of copyright infringement, Terms and Conditions serves as a surreal record of our modern digital age where technology competes with enduringly ironclad mediums.
Terms and Conditions
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Miami Book Fair – Saturday November 18 @ 4:00 pm,
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
For the first time ever, cartoonist Robert Sikoryak brings his famed Carousel event to the Miami Book Fair! What began in NYC in 1997 and has made its home at NYC’s Dixon Place has become a comics cult favorite, popping-up at comics festivals all over the U.S. like TCAF, S.D.C.C. MECAF, MICE and more. Carousel turns the regular ol’ comics presentation on its head using live narration, music, or sound effects combined with stick figures, lush illustrations, live painting or even dance, all curated and hosted by Robert Sikoryak!
Time and again, someone pulls a prank getting consumers to agree to outrageous things that are included in the terms and conditions and without fail consumers rush to claim the benefit without reading the terms.
2010 – Gamestation
In 2010, UK video game e-tailer Gamestation changed its terms and conditions to add the language below as part of an April Fool’s prank.Gamestation reserved the right to tender notice of its intention to exercise the option “in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however, we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act.” To its credit, Gamestation included an opt-out link in which the user could receive a £5 voucher, but only 12 percent of user’s exercised this option. Gamestation stated it has no intention of exercising its rights under their Faustian term (but it did not say whether it will it be listed as an asset on their Q2 financial statements).
2017 – Purple
Earlier this year, UK public Wi-Fi provider Purple pulled a prank by inserting the following in their terms and conditions
The user may be be required, at Purple’s discretion, to carry out 1,000 hours of community service. This may include the following. Cleansing local parks of animal waste. Providing hugs to stray cats and dogs. Manually relieving sewer blockages. Cleaning portable lavatories at local festivals and events. Painting snail shells to brighten up their existence. Scraping chewing gum off the streets.
Over a two week period, only one person flagged the fake terms – out of 22,000 users.
2015 – Jena Kingsley
I just discovered this 2015 prank from comedian Jena Kingsley thanks to Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman who showed this to his internet law class this week. It would be funny if Kingsley recreated the prank in the lobby of an ABA or state bar convention.
Fortunately, Kingsley prank is not quite as extreme as the South Park parody of the Apple iTunes agreement.
About the Author
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is #author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly), “Where Classics and Cartoons Collide.” He continues to adapt the classics for various anthologies, including The Graphic Canon, Fable Comics, Hotwire, and Black Eye.
His comics and illustrations have appeared in theNew Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s done storyboards and character designs for Augenblick Studios on various animated projects.
Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he’s presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.
He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.
The Unquotable Trump
Now in these uncertain times, cartoonist R. Sikoryak draws upon the power of comics and satire to frame President Trump and his controversial declarations as the words and actions of the most notable villains and antagonists in comic book history.
Reimagining the most famous comic covers, Sikoryak transforms Wonder Woman into Nasty Woman; Tubby Tompkins into Trump; Black Panther into the Black Voter; the Fantastic Four into the Hombres Fantasticos and Trump into Magneto fighting the Ex-Men.
In perfect Trumpian fashion, The Unquotable Trump will be a 48-page treasury annual—needlessly oversized and garishly colored; a throw-back to the past when both Comics and America were Great. This will be the hugest comic, truly a great comic. You won’t want to miss this, trust me, you’ll see!
If you’re one of those people who always considered comic book dialogue to be too unrealistic, bombastic, or plain silly, then real life has nothing on art when it comes to the utterances of Donald J. Trump. The Independent