MoCCA Art Fest 2016 Announces Guests of Honor

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. They are:

* Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award)

* R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author.

* Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name.

* Sonny Liew, whose graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was censured by the National Arts Council of Singapore and is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.

* Rebecca Sugar, creator of the quietly radical animated cartoon series Steven Universe.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place on April 2 – 3rd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at our brand new location at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave.).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor will be available in future announcements.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

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Cece Bell
Children’s book author and illustrator Cece Bell attended the College of William and Mary where she studied Art History, and later attended Kent State University, earning a graduate degree in illustration and design. Her colorful, fun and quirky drawings can be found in her best-selling books Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Crankee Doodle, Bug Patrol, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, and the Sock Monkey series. In 2015, Bell received the Newbery Medal Honor for her graphic novel El Deafo, a story based on her own experiences growing up deaf.

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R.O. Blechman
R.O. Blechman is a multiple award-winning and influential animator, illustrator, children’s book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist. His many books include the groundbreaking 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady and the forthcoming Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet. His work in animation includes The Soldier’s Tale and unforgettable advertisements for products like Alka Seltzer. He has received multiple recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cartoonists Society in 2011, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2012. His work has been shown at The Norman Rockwell Museum, The School of Visual Arts, and MoMA.

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Phoebe Gloeckner
Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures received notable recognition as well as controversy for its honest portrayal of teenage sexuality with themes of drug use and childhood traumas. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), Malinky Robot and titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his collaborations on The Shadow Hero, Wonderland, and Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

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Rebecca Sugar
Animator, composer and director Rebecca Sugar’s groundbreaking career started as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. She later went on to create the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, and became the first woman to independently create a series for that network. She has received numerous Emmy and Annie Award nominations for her work on both series.

About the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

NYC – William Shatner Signing

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William Shatner appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Monday February 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man.

Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.

Special Instructions
Must provide proof of purchase from this Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9:00AM on the day of the event. No memorabilia. More information coming soon.

Barnes & Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-253-0810

NYC – Was She Pretty? Signing

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Press Release:

Illustrator, author, and publisher Leanne Shapton returns to 192 Books to launch the new Drawn & Quarterly edition of her modern classic Was She Pretty? A work of unsurpassed originality, Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes, complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton is the author of six books, including the art books Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies and the auction catalog Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. She won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her memoir Swimming Studies and most recently, she co-authored 2014’s Women in Clothes alongside Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits.

Leanne Shapton appears in conversation with actress, musician, and writer Zosia Mamet on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 7:00PM.

192 Books
192 10th Ave, New York, New York 10011

MN – Pretty Happy Signing

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Actress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, Kung Fu Panda 3) appears at Mall of America on Sunday February 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign her new book PRETTY HAPPY: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Details at the link…

Mall of America
118 E. Broadway Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
952-854-1455

CA – Sky Lantern Signing

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Author Matt Mikalatos appears at Flying Color Comics on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm to sign SKY LANTERN!

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Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

NYC – Spider-Man/Deadpool Signing

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Writer Joe Kelly appears at Comic Book Jones on Wednesday February 10th from 3:30 till 7:00 PM! It has been a few years since Joe has been to CBJ. Right now he is writing Spider-Man/Deadpool. The day of the signing is when the 2nd printing to #1 and issue #2 come out!

Some other great books that Joe has written are: Big Hero 6, I Kill Giants, Four Eyes, JLA, Amazing Spider-Man, Ben 10, Deadpool, Bad Dog, Action Comics, Green Lantern: Legacy, etc.

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Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
781-448-1234

CA – Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Signing

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Press Release:

Come hear the concept artists of Star Wars: The Force Awakens share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work for the movie at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday February 20, 2016. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the Art of Force Awakens!

Featured Artists:

Ryan Church – Concept Artist
James Clyne – Concept Artist
…more to be announced

Event Schedule:
2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A moderated by Ben Zhu
4:00 – 5:00 pm Signing
5:00 pm Raffle Giveaway

Front Row VIP Reserved Seats available for $20 (does not guarantee availability of book for “seats only” option).
Guaranteed seat in the first 2 rows, only 20 seats available.
No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
Comes with a free bottle of water.
Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Deadpool Sketch Fighter

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Press Release:

The quick-draw game that pairs professional comic book artists with stand-up comedians returns to the COMIC BUG on February 3rd, for a special DEADPOOL edition, in anticipation of the film’s upcoming release.

Hosts TOM FRANCK and TIM POWERS will try and keep order as Deadpool illustrator SCOTT KOBLISH and artists PINGUINO, CARL PETERSON and DEADPOOL himself team up with comedians ASTERIOS KOKKINOS, VANESSA GRITTON, ROBERT RAYMOND and MATT CHAMPAGNE to determine which duo will be crowned Sketch Fighter champion. The event will be live-streamed by THAT HASHTAG SHOW and the stream will be available at the link.

Viewers in both the live audience and the livestream can Tweet clues during the game for the players to use at @sketch_fighter.

All of the art created from the game – as well as one drawing done by each artist beforehand – will be auctioned off at the night’s end, with the money going to THE HERO INITIATIVE.

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

Steel City Con 2016 Announces Guests

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Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 15 – April 17, 2016 with guests including Scott Wilson, Drea de Matteo, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Barbara Eden, Kristanna Loken, David Prowse, Jon Heder, Julie Benz, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace, Shirley Jones, Erik Estrada, Mick Foley, Sandahl Bergman, Terry Kiser, Eddie Deezen, and many more!

The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center.  It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables,  artist alley, and celebrity guests.  At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!

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Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com

ON – Was She Pretty? Signing

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Leanne Shapton appears at Type Books in conversation with Sheila Heti on Saturday February 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

New York-based illustrator, author, and publisher Leanne Shapton returns to Toronto to launch the new Drawn & Quarterly edition of her modern classic Was She Pretty? A work of unsurpassed originality, Was She Pretty?  brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes, complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton is the author of six books, including the art books Native Trees of Canada and Sunday Night Movies. She won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her memoir Swimming Studies and most recently, in 2014 she co-authored Women in Clothes alongside Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits.

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Type Books
883 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G5

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