MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 Programming Announced

Press Release:

Programming for the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 will take place at the beautiful Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Avenue at 48th street), steps away from our primary venue, Metropolitan West at 639 West 46th Street. Organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos, this year’s programming will feature spotlight sessions from distinguished creators and historians. A full schedule of events will be released in the coming months.

To view past MoCCA Arts Festival lectures please visit our youtube channel, which includes videos from past speakers Rebecca Sugar, Cece Bell, Fiona Staple, Robert Williams, Alison Bechdel, Bill Griffith, Jillian Tamaki, and many more!

For directions please visit our Directions and Ticketing page.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
Reading Without Walls: Diversity in Comics
Gene Luen Yang is the National Book Award-nominated author of graphic novels including American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints. When he was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he chose as his theme “Reading Without Walls” to promote diversity in reading. Gene will be joined by a panel including Damian Duffy (Kindred, Black Comix), Hazel Newlevant (Chainmail Bikini), and Whit Taylor (The Nib) in a conversation about issues of diversity in comics. Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray (John Jay College- CUNY).

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Drew Friedman: Heroes of the Comics
In Heroes of the Comics and his new follow-up volume More Heroes of the Comics, illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has produced a series of affectionate, beautifully rendered portraits of important figures from the history of American comic books, accompanied by short informative biographies. Friedman will discuss selected figures from his two books with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, special guest Al Jaffee, who is featured in the first volumeand Karen Green, ‎Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, who provides the second volume’s introduction.

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Blutch in Conversation with David Mazzucchelli
Internationally renowned artist Blutch joins us from France to celebrate the publication of his graphic novel Peplum in an English-language edition by New York Review Comics. His work marries the lush grace of an informed observational artist with a playful and sophisticated approach to form that marks him as a devoted maker of comics. In this special event, he will appear in conversation with his friend and colleague David Mazzucchelli (City of Glass, Asterios Polyp) for a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
Covering Trump: Steve Brodner Edel Rodriguez in Conversation
Illustrators Steve Brodner and Edel Rodriguez have produced some of the most striking and memorable artwork of this past year’s U.S. Presidential election. Brodner’s work has appeared widely in multiple venues, including the covers of the Village Voice and The Nation. Rodriguez’s “Meltdown” and “Total Meltdown” covers for Time captured key moments in the Presidential campaign, and his stark covers for Germany’s Der Spiegel have been among the most widely seen political images since the election. Legendary art director Steven Heller will speak with these two artists about their careers, their election coverage, and the function of art in politically fraught times.

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Fit to Print: French Artists in The New York Times
Art director Alexandra Zsigmond searches widely for artists to commission as illustrators for The New York Times. Over the past several years, she has worked with many artists who graduated from the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), an art school in Strasbourg, France. Zsigmond’s work with more than a dozen of these artists is currently the subject of the exhibit Fit to Print, hanging at the Society of Illustrators and The New York Times Building. At MoCCA, she will speak with artists including Lucie Larousse, Mayumi Otero, Eugène Riousse, Simon Roussin, and Raphael Urwiller to discuss their unique work, the influence of Strasbourg, and how they collaborate to produce work for the Times.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Cliff Chiang Q+A
Comics artist and illustrator Cliff Chiang made his mark working on numerous titles published by DC Comics, including Human Target and Beware the Creeper. He achieved greater prominence with the serial Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality and a long run on Wonder Woman, both written by Brian Azzarello. He currently draws Paper Girls, written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics. He will discuss his work and his career with writer and former President and Publisher of DC Comics Paul Levitz.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
David Lloyd in the Spotlight
British comics artist David Lloyd began his career working for Marvel’s UK division and then gained international fame with his collaboration with Alan Moore, V for Vendetta. A perennial classic of ultimately hopeful dystopian fiction in the comics form, V for Vendetta has not only spawned a successful film adaptation but continues to provide resonant iconography for protest movements including the Anonymous collective. Beyond V, Lloyd’s body of work includes the graphic novel Kickback and the online comics project Aces High. Lloyd will discuss his work and his career with comics scholar Kent Worcester in this rare conversation.

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Teaching Comics Internationally
For much of their history, comics have been a self-taught discipline. Now students are learning how to make comics in a variety of academic environments, from dedicated schools to majors to minors to electives. This panel will bring together a group of international comics educators to discuss the programs they teach in and the different ways in which they approach teaching comics. Bill Kartalopoulos will lead a conversation with Jessica Abel (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, US), Guillaume Dégé (Haute école des arts du Rhin, France), Ben Katchor (Parsons The New School for Design, US), and Merav Solomon (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel).

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Rutu Modan and David Polonsky in Conversation
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 best known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is best known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel based upon the film. Modan and Polonsky will discuss their work with comics scholar and writer Tahneer Oksman (How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?).

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
RESIST!
In the weeks between the 2016 Presidential election and the 2017 inauguration, Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman edited RESIST!, a newsprint anthology of comics and cartoons, mostly by women. 58,000 copies of the newspaper were distributed for free by a grassroots network of volunteers during the Women’s Marches in Washington and across the country. RESIST! used online networks to solicit contributions and in the process became a new kind of hybrid platform: both an ongoing online forum for urgent expression by diverse voices and a print publication that has its roots in the Sixties underground press. In this special session, Mouly and Spiegelman will discuss the development — and the future — of RESIST! 

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Anthologies as Art: Kramers Ergot and Lagon
The great anthologies of comics history — Zap, Weirdo, RAW, and others — have both made an assertion of comics’ aesthetic ambition at a certain time and place while functioning as a personal expression by each series’ editors. Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramers Ergot, the anthology which, since 2003, has generated excitement with each volume as a strong statement about contemporary art comics in North America. Alexis Beauclair is the co-editor of Lagon, which debuted in 2014 as a risographed encapsulation of French avant-garde comics, and has metamorphosed with each volume leading to the latest, Gouffre. They will discuss their work as artists and editors with Bill Kartalopoulos.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Becky Cloonan Q+A
A graduate of SVA, artist and writer Becky Cloonan first made her mark with her collaborations with Brian Wood, Channel Zero: Jennie One and Demo. Her first graphic novel, East Coast Rising, was published in 2006. Her self-published works include Wolves, Demeter and The Mire, which earned her an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created Gotham Academy for DC Comics. She is currently writing the sci-fi horror Southern Cross for Image Comics, and The Punisher for Marvel. She will discuss her career and her work with SVA MFA in Visual Narrative Chair and illustrator Nathan Fox.

MD – Pearls Hogs the Road Tour

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears at The Ivy Bookshop on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 2120
(410) 377-2966

DC – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!

Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.

As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.

More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.

Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

UT – The Stone Heart Signing

Join Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Super-hero Girl, Friends with Boys) and Shannon Hale (Princess Academy, Books of Bayern) on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 PM for a discussion about Faith’s new graphic novel, The Stone Heart, book two in her Nameless City series.

Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself.

To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of The Stone Heart from The King’s English.

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The King’s English
1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100

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Pop culture icon Mike Tyson joins the line-up!
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OR – The Stone Heart Signing

Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys) appears on Thursday, April 6th at 4:00 PM in conversation with Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl) to celebrate the publication of The Stone Heart, the second installment in the Nameless City trilogy from First Second Books.

A Children’s Place Bookstore
1423 NE Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-8294

ME – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang, co-author of the newly released SECRETS AND SEQUENCES: SECRET CODERS, comes to Print: A Bookstore as part of his “Reading Without Walls” tour on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, “Reading Without Walls,” a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April. The program will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, “Reading Without Walls” is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. In addition to speaking about this terrific new program, Mr. Yang will sign copies of his latest book in the “Secret Coders series,” SECRETS AND SEQUENCES!

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-4778

IDW Returns To WonderCon 2017 with Cast Appearances, Must-Have Exclusives & More

Press Release:

IDW and WonderCon head to Anaheim, CA this weekend for the fan-favorite 3-day convention! Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 31st to April 2nd IDW will be set up all weekend long at booth #1109. In addition to big signings and essential panels throughout the weekend, IDW will also be hosting Traveling Stories at their booth, a San Diego-based nonprofit committed to spreading literacy through community engagement.

Be sure to stop by the IDW booth for all of your Convention Exclusive needs, as we’ll be stocked up on all of the must-have variant editions only available at the booth:

  • Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 Kevin Eastman B&W Variant – $10 each
  • Ghostbusters 101 #1 Con Exclusive Photo Variant – $10 each
  • Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Movie Adaptation Tom Scioli Variant – $10 each
  • Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each
  • Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition Variant cover edition, signed & numbered by Joe Sinnott – $150 each
  • Ditko Unleashed special edition with slipcase and additional book (Ditko Index) – $120 each

Throughout the weekend come by for incredible signings featuring amazing talent including cast members from the smash-hit show Wynonna Earp, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator and guest of the show, Kevin Eastman!

Friday March 31st

1:00 – 2:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Chris Ryall, Nyambi Nyambi
2:00 – 3:00 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Arvind Ethan David, Chris Ryall
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles UniverseChris Mowry
3:30 – 4:30 InsufferableMark Waid
4:00 – 5:00 The Biggest Bang D.J. Kirkbride
5:00 – 6:00 Transformers – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
5:00 – 6:00 M.A.S.K. Brandon Easton
6:00 – 7:00 G.I. Joe Aubrey Sitterson
6:00 – 7:00 Star TrekScott Tipton

Saturday April 1st

10:00 – 11:00 Back To The FutureJohn Barber
10:00 – 11:00 Edward Scissorhands – Drew Rausch
11:00 – 12:00 Love is Love HOUR ONE Daniel Beals, Elsa CharretierChristos Gage, Sterling Gates, Marc Guggenheim
12: 00 – 1:00 Love is Love HOUR TWOAmanda Deibert, Cat StaggsJames Tynion IV, Joshua Yehl
1:00 – 3:00 Wynonna EarpKate Drummond, Tim Rozon, Alexandra Zarowny
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott
3:00 – 4:00 ROM Christos Gage, Chris Ryall
4:00 – 5:00 The X-Files: Deviations Amy Chu, Cat Staggs
5:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Tom WaltzBobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

Sunday April 2nd

10:00 – 11:00 God Is Disappointed In YouMark Russell
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris Mowry
12:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom WaltzBobby Curnow (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 Powerpuff Girls Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love Marc Andreyko, Cecil Castellucci, Sina GraceNyambi Nyambi

And join us throughout the weekend at these panels!

FIND YOUR HERO with IDW PUBLISHING’s WonderCon panel! 
Friday, 3/31/17, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 213
On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what’s next from the company that publishes everything from Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek to Back to the Future? Then don’t miss this panel, where Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock, Sarah Gaydos, Aubrey Sitterson, Scott Tipton and some VERY special guests make you an insider.

IDW Entertainment Presents: Spotlight On Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 4/1/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 208
The breakout hit of 2016 returns to WonderCon! Join the cast and crew of the show that Variety named one of 2016’s Best New Shows as they reveal what’s in store for season two!

IDW Portfolio Review
Saturday, 4/1/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 206
An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Shell of a Good Time Panel Bonanza
Saturday, 4/1/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 213
The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles’ past, present and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!

IDW’s Archival Artbooks Panel
Saturday, 4/1/17, 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room: 208
IDW has been blazing the way in Archival collections, from Artist’s Editions to the Marvel Artist’s Select books and beyond! Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein, Chris Ryall, and Scott Dunbier, and more special guests to discuss what’s come so far and, most importantly, what’s coming next!

IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel
Sunday, 4/2/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 213
IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun, and insightful details on all of the many kids comics, courtesy of editors extraordinaire Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow! And don’t forget kids, come with questions for the panel on how to make your VERY OWN COMICS!

Massive Comic Con 2017 Artist Alley is Stacked With Talent

The MASSive Comic Con returns to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday June 24th & Sunday 25th for more comic book and pop culture fun!

Artist Alley is packed with the some of the best talent in the comics industry, including Writers, Artists and Publishers. Our guests will be available for sketches, commissions and autographs, as well as participating on panel discussions and workshops! Guests include:

  • Amanda Conner; artist/writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Jimmy Palmiotti: writer Harley Quinn, SuperZero
  • Stephane Roux; artist Zatanna
  • Megan Hutchison; artist Rockstars
  • Tim Townsend; artist/inker Doctor Strange
  • Dave Johnson; artist DC, Marvel
  • Paul Mounts; artist/colorist DC, Marvel, Image
  • Cully Hamner; artist Blue Beetle, Red
  • Billy Tucci; artist/writer Crusade Fine Arts, Shi
  • Nelson Faro DeCastro; artist DC, Marvel
  • Frank Tieri; writer DC, Marvel
  • Ming Doyle; artist DC, Marvel
  • Jonathan Glapion; artist/inker Reborn
  • John Gallagher; artist The Flash
  • Robert Pope; artist Peanuts
  • Robert Atkins; artist GI Joe
  • Alex Saviuk; artist Spider-Man
  • Agnes Garbowska; artist DC Super Hero Girls
  • Amanda Deibert; writer Wonder Woman ’77
  • Cat Staggs; artist Adventures of Supergirl, Crosswind
  • John Timms; artist Harley Quinn
  • Kenneth Rocafort; artist Superman
  • Mark McKenna; artist Combat Jacks
  • Christy Blanch; writer Aw Yeah Comics
  • Franco; artist Tiny Titans
  • Scoot; artist Aw Yeah Comics
  • Brian Atkins; artist Family Graves
  • Ed Smith; artist Tellos tribute book
  • Ben Bishop; artist The Aggregate
  • Sal Otero; artist TMNT, Until We Sleep
  • Ron Leary; artist Heavy Metal
  • Hyunsung “Creees” Lee; artist Freelance art & Design
  • Scott Hamilton; artist Custom Caricatures
  • Chris Campana; writer/artist First World
  • Bill Walko; artist The Hero Business
  • Bob Salley; writer/creator Salvagers
  • Jeff Kline; writer/producer/publisher Darby Pop Publishing

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Watch the Facebook Page and www.massivecomiccon.com for updates!

Star Wars Celebration 2017 Art Show

Press Release:

For this year’s Star Wars Celebration, which comes to the Orange County Convention Center on April 13-16, more talented Star Wars artists than ever before were considered for inclusion in the Celebration Art Show, one of the event’s most popular features. To qualify, artists must have previously created Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm or for a Lucasfilm licensee. Though each was well-established and highly-regarded in the Star Wars community, a select number had to be chosen to keep the Art Show at Celebration a reasonable size.

To answer the challenge of selecting a limited number of artists from such a large, capable field, Lucasfilm’s Celebration team brought together an A-list of Lucasfilm talent, including experts in Star Wars characters and continuity, to do the judging. While the competition was fierce, a final set of artists were selected to participate in the 2017 Celebration Art Show – a big congratulations to the following artists: 

  • Adrianna Vanderstelt
  • Alex Buechel
  • Brad Hudson
  • Brent Woodside
  • Brent Woodside
  • Brian DeGuire
  • Brian Miller
  • Brian Rood
  • Chris Dee
  • Chris Reiff
  • Chris Trevas
  • Cryssy Cheung
  • Danny Haas
  • Drew Baker
  • Erik Maell
  • Jake Murray
  • Jason Palmer
  • Jason W. Christman
  • Jeff Carlisle
  • Jerry Vanderstelt
  • Joe Corroney
  • Joe Hogan
  • Joshua Smith
  • Katie Cook
  • Lee Kohse
  • Lin Zy Busch
  • Malcolm Tween
  • Matt Busch
  • Randy Martinez
  • Russell Walks
  • Scott Harben
  • Stephen Hayford
  • William O’Neill

Click here to preview and purchase the exclusive art print…

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Pictured art: I Am No Jedi by Danny Haas

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