MoCCA ArtFest Announces International Guests

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York

Press Release:

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.

NYC – All-Star Batman #8 Signing

Writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Swamp Thing, Wytches) will visit Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday March 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM to sign All-Star Batman #8! This is a TICKETED EVENT. Enter the ticket raffle here…

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

NYC – Henchgirl Signing

Comic Book Jones is excited to welcome Kristen Gudsnuk, writer/artist/creator of Henchgirl, for a signing on Wednesday April 5th from 1-8pm.

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

Albany Comic Con (June 2017)

Albany Comic Conventions

Convention Name
Albany Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/04/2017
About This Convention
The Albany Comic Con is the premiere comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital district of upstate New York. Now in it’s 8th year, and growing every year. The show features comic books for collectors of all ages.
The areas best dealers, and professionals all come together to make the show a full blown convention, but with the intimacy you can’t find at the larger national conventions. We promote two shows a year, one in the Spring. and the other in the Fall, close to Halloween. It’s the shows mission to continue to grow the comics medium. Expand audience awareness of comic books, and the fun and excitement they provide.
Venue Name and Address
Radisson Hotel
205 Wolf Rd
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
175
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

Albany comic Con, Sunday, June 4th, 2017

NYC – Rocket & Groot Signing

Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda, Rocket & Groot) signs at Word Bookstore on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM!

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Word Bookstore
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222-2002
(718) 383-0096

NYC – Gail Simone Signing

Writer Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, Secret Six, Batgirl, and more) will visit Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, March 17th from 6-8pm! This is an OPEN signing, so be sure to get in line early!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

NYC – The Big Lie #1 Signing

Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed) appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday March 15th at 6:00 PM to sign Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1!

*Purchase of NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS #1 required to participate in signing event.

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

NYC – LGBTQ Representation in Comics Panel

Phil Jimenez, Jennifer Camper, Ramzi Fawaz, and Margaret Galvan appear at Strand Book Store on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM.

Press Release:

Join a panel of brilliant artists, writers, and academics for a discussion of the changing landscape of comics, including the influence of LGBTQ creators in the medium and the increasing interest in queer comics scholarship. From the radical imaginations that posited new identities and alliances across difference in mainstream superhero comics like The X-Men and The New Mutants, to the underground comix gurus who printed zines that shaped a generation of punks and pioneers, we’ll trace the intersections of LGBTQ culture, queer theory and comics history. Along the way, we’ll consider the creative evolution and outlooks of LGBTQ comics creators themselves. Panelists Ramzi Fawaz (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), Phil Jimenez (pioneering artist and writer at DC Comics), Margaret Galvan (scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture) and Jennifer Camper (cartoonist and founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference) will dive into all this and more for a high-flying and energetic discussion of comics’ queer history and the future of the medium.

Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in queer theory, American cultural studies, and contemporary literature. He recieved his Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. His first book The New Mutants: Superheros and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016) recieved the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for Best First Book Manuscript in LGBT Studies. His writing has been published in a number of academic journals including American Literature, Calalloo, and GLQ. Along with Damon Young (UC Berkeley), he is a co-organizer of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective (SPSP), a working group of early career queer studies scholars developing new directions in the field. He is also currently co-editing a special issue of American Literature with Darieck Scott titled “Queer About Comics,” which will be the first issue the journal has ever dedicated to the comics medium since its inception in 1929.

Margaret Galvan is a scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture at work on In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, a book and digital project under contract with the University of Minnesota Press‘s Manifold Scholarship Series. This project traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s American feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Margaret’s research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, and other image-text media produced by women, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Nan Goldin, Roberta Gregory, and Lee Marrs. She has received nine grants over five years to fund this work, most recently including grants from Duke University and Smith College. She has also recently received an award from NYCDH to develop a digital humanities project out of a portion of her archival research. For this project, she is creating digital networks and maps of Alison Bechdel’s participation in 1980s grassroots periodicals.

Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include “Rude Girls and Dangerous Women” and “subGURLZ”, and she edited two “Juicy Mother” comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally. She is the founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference.

Phil Jimenez is a comic book artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman, as a penciler of the miniseries Infinite Crisis, and for his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles.

*If you’re a student, bring your student ID to the event to enjoy a discounted entry which includes a $10 gift card. This discount will only apply to those who purchase a ticket at the door with proper student ID. All online ticket purchases are full price.

Admission Options:
Buy a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. If you’re a student, bring your ID to the event and purchase a discounted $10 gift card to attend.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

Stan Lee pulls out of Big Apple con, Jim Lee steps in!

News via Big Apple con’s website:

Big Apple Comic Con has just been informed that due to health issues Stan Lee will not be appearing at the convention Saturday March 11th or Sunday March 12th.

 For those wanting to purchase items autographed by Stan, the Stan Lee Collectibles booth will be in hand with a variety of signed items.

Let’s all wish Stan well and party like you know he wants us to!

In his place will be legendary Jim Lee!

Visit bigapplecc.com for more info!

NYC – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Signing

Join Michael DeForge on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM for a live reading and book signing as he introduces the world to Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world.

Michael will be joined by musician Sadie Dupuis (Sad13, Speedy Ortiz) who will play a solo set following the reading. Come out for a celebratory lo-fi comics night!

Author Bio:
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has been nominated for, or won, every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His previous graphic novels with Drawn & Quarterly are Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy. This March he releases Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero.

Sadie Dupuis is a musician, writer and artist who most frequently performs as the frontdemon of the rock group Speedy Ortiz, which has released two critically acclaimed albums for Carpark Records. She also writes politically-geared pop songs under the moniker Sad13. Based in Philadelphia, her writing on music has been published in Spin, New York Magazine, and Nylon, and she earned an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst.

Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, New York 11249
(718) 388-4111

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