The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a number of international guest artists visiting this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival in addition to previously announced Guest of Honor Blutch. These include visitors from France, Israel and Poland, several of whom will participate in MoCCA’s schedule of programming events.
Currently hanging in the Society of Illustrators’ third floor Hall of Fame Gallery during MoCCA Arts Festival is Fit to Print, an exhibit featuring work by former students of the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR) art school in Strasbourg, France, who have all contributed illustration work to The New York Times in collaboration with art director Alexandra Zsigmond. Exhibiting artists Baptiste Alchourroun, Alexis Beauclair, Fanny Blanc, Quentin Duckit, Juliette Etrivert, Marion Fayolle, Caroline Gamon, Lucie Larousse, Antoine Maillard, Benedicte Muller, Mayumi Otero, Margaux Othats, Eugene Riousse, Marine Rivoal, Simon Roussin, and Raphael Urwiller will all appear at the Festival. In addition to participating in programming, these artists will have work available at a special Fit to Print table, bringing many rare and unique books and zines unavailable outside of France.
Beauclair, representing the Lagon anthology series, and artists Otero and Urwiller, known together as Icinori, will also be exhibiting at their own adjacent tables. The presence of this group offers an exciting opportunity to discover an entire generation of young French artists making some of the most unique comics and graphic art today.
Israeli artists Rutu Modan and David Polonsky are both known for the excellence of their artwork and for their provocative approach to blending historical and current events into their imaginative works. Modan is known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. Both will appear at the Festival and participate in programming. And for the first time, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design spearheaded by Merav Salomon, will be exhibiting at the Festival through the support of the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel and Friends of Bezalel.
Penelope Bagieu is one of France’s most visible young comics authors, redefining and popularizing the online possibilities of “blog comics.” She has already made an impression in North America with her graphic novel Exquisite Corpse, and will appear with First Second Books to debut her new graphic novel, California Dreamin’, about the early life of The Mamas & the Papas vocalist Mama Cass.
Polish comics artist Wojciech Stefaniec has drawn numerous books by other writers including Alveum, Szanowny, and Szelki, and has since then produced several books as an auteur, including Ludzie, którzy nie brudzą sobie rąk and NOIR. His latest book is Come Back to Me Again, a phantasmagoric collaboration with writer Bartosz Sztybor, that will soon be available online in English. He joins us courtesy of Europecomics, and will appear at the Europecomics table.
Others among the many international exhibitors at MoCCA include Keren Katz, visiting from Israel will debut her new book published by Secret Acres, Spanish artist Rosario Villajos, who will appear with Fanfare, and Felipe Muhr, who will represent New Chilean Comics.