Michelle Ruff & Johnny Yong Bosch Added to Anime Boston 2017

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second North American guests of honor today.  Voice actors Michelle Ruff and Johnny Yong Bosch will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Michelle Ruff, originally a midwestern girl from The Motor City Madhouse, now hails from Sunny Los Angeles.  She’s a fan fave for numerous video games and anime titles. Michelle’s an MSU Grad with her Improv and Acting training from Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Player’s Workshop and Improv Olympic.

“Michelle makes her Anime Boston debut in March. Michelle has voiced characters ranging from Rukia from Bleach to Luna from Sailor Moon. Finally, her fans in Boston will get a chance to meet her!” exclaimed Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

You can hear Michelle as some of your favorite anime characters including Sinon from Sword Art Online 2, Young Satoru from Erased, Sakuya Tachibana from God Eater, Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Yuki Nagato from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Anri Sonohara from Durarara, Luna from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon Crystal, Yukari from the Persona 3 & 4 Series, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil Revelations, C-Viper from Street Fighter, Robin from Fire Emblem, Cream the Rabbit From Sonic the Hedgehog and many others.

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

“We are so pleased to welcome Johnny back to Anime Boston. He’s portrayed some of the most iconic characters in anime and super sentai history, from the Black Power Ranger to Vash, Ichigo, Artemis and Jonathan Joestar. I’m sure his fans in Boston, both old and new, are excited to see him!” Victor Lee added.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia” and many more.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox, and OKAMOTO’S.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Emerald City Comicon 2017 Welcomes Favorite Comic Creators

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:

The biggest names in comics join ECCC’s Autographing Area. Meet your favorite comic artists and authors including Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brian Stelfreeze, Scott Snyder, and Gail Simone. Also check out Artist Alley, where you can peruse original art based on your favorite comic book, television and movie characters. Grab a commission or shop prints all four days of Emerald City Comicon!

Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.

Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He’s a New York Times best-selling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.

Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze is a painter, penciller, inker and colorist and has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. He is one of the original members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze began his career as the artist of the sci-fi miniseries CyCops in the mid-1980s. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, most notably of late with the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12 Gauge Comics and occasionally has provided artwork for their series The Ride, and its prequel, Gun Candy. His latest work can be seen on the Walt Simonson-written Demon/Catwoman feature in DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics. Stelfreeze is the artist on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool. Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13 and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Her most recent projects include BATGIRL and THE MOVEMENT.

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Reed Pop and the Emerald City Comic Con Nerdblock

ECCC-NerdblockWe’re excited to announce that Nerd Block has partnered up with ReedPOP once again to bring you the Limited Edition ECCC Block!

Attending Emerald City Comicon and want the hottest, most exclusive collectibles? Can’t make the event, but want to get your hands on epic merch and gear, only available at ECCC? We’ve got just the thing for you! Our ECCC Block has everything you need to become part of the Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention. 2017 marks the con’s 15th year, making this a celebration you don’t want to miss!

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Stan Lee at Boston Comic Con in Final East Coast Appearance

Boston comic con Stan LeeStan Lee, creator of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Iron Man returns to Boston by popular demand!

At 94, the legendary creator has enjoyed an extraordinary career that spans over seven decades. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet the legend himself at #BostonComicCon17 for his final East Coast appearance.

Tickets go on sale March 1st! www.BostonComicCon.com

Win a Trip to Niagara Falls Comic Con 2017

Win the ultimate Niagara Falls Comic Con ‏getaway valued at more than $2500! All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter at the link…

The Niagara Falls Comic Con Getaway Package includes:

• Two deluxe speed pass tickets giving you entry into the event all three days
• Overnight stay in Niagara Falls on Friday & Saturday at the Embassy Suites Fallsview
• Dinner for two on Saturday at the Keg Restaurant Fallsview
• Two Clifton Hill Fun Passes
• Helicopter ride for two over Niagara Falls
• One celebrity meet-and-greet with a guest of your choice

Entry Disclaimer:

By entering into the contest via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, the contestants are providing information to Niagara Falls Comic Con and its e-newsletter mailing list and not to any of the above mentioned platforms.

Rates, Availability, General Hotel Information: 

• Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4 (2 Night Stay)
• Rooms are subject to availability
• Based on double occupancy, two night stay
• Incidentals are paid by guest at checkout
• Check in 4pm, Check out 11am

Voucher Information:

• Keg Restaurant Fallsview Vouchers are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value, cannot be combined (alcohol and gratuity not included) and are dine-in only. Valid with purchase of two adults entrees.
• Clifton Hill Fun Passes are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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ABOUT NFCC 2017:
Niagara Falls Comic Con is set to take place over three days on June 2, 3 and 4, 2017!

The event takes place just steps away from the majestic Falls and will feature more than 200,000 square feet of exhibitors, comic books, movie cars, cosplay contests, celebrity autographs and photo-ops, a video gaming arena, Falls Horror Fest and more.

Celebrities already announced for the 2017 event include: Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie); Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Sting (Wrestling Legend), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Eric Braeden (Young & The Restless), Jason Mewes (Cinema Icon), Seth Gilliam (Walking Dead), Lee Meriwether (1966 Catwoman), Charles Martinet (Voice of Super Mario), and so many more.

Comic guests include: Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), Whilce Portacio (Image co-founder), Colleen Doran (Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee), Tom Grummett (Superman), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Jorge Molina (Star Wars), Rob Guillory (Chew), Ken Lashley (Uncanny X-Men),  Marcus To (Nightwing), and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Nintendo Classic video game tournament, get their picture taken with Optimus Prime, the Mystery Machine, the Flintstones Car, the Munsters Coach and the General Lee. Other attractions include an exact replica of The Walking Dead prison (complete with a 16’ Tower), screen used props and replicas from TV shows like Fraggle Rock and movies such as Dark Crystal and The Little Shop of Hours.

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Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.niagarafallscomiccon.com

Atomic Crush Events Announces Comic Con Revolution for May 2017

Comic Con Revolution

ATOMIC CRUSH EVENTS ANNOUNCES COMIC CON REVOLUTION

The 1 Day Inaugural Event To Take Place At The Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California Saturday May 13, 2017

Comic Con Revolution Will Feature A Full Day of Programming and Cosplay Contest In Addition To Top Comic Talent

Screenwriter Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Scalped), Whilce Portacio (Comic Legend), Paolo Rivera (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Tim Bradstreet (Marvel Covers), Todd Nauck (Spider-Man), Cosplayer and Gamer Raychul Moore and Many More

New York, NY – February 1, 2017  | Atomic Crush Events (ACE) is pleased to announce Comic Con Revolution (CCR).  The Inaugural 1-day event at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  CCR will feature a full day of programming, Cosplay Contest, exhibitors, vendors and a full guest list of top industry talent.

Guests currently scheduled to appear include screenwriter Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Scalped), Whilce Portacio (Comic Legend), Beth Sotelo (Grump), Paolo Rivera (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Tim Bradstreet (Marvel Covers), Mike Kunkel (Herobear), Cosplayer & Gamer Raychul Moore, Todd Nauck (Spider-Man), Travis Hanson (The Bean), Ray-Anthony Height (Midnight Tiger), Scott Lobdell (Redhood and the Outlaws),  Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Scott Koblish (Deadpool), Livio Romandelli (Transformers), Producer Sandy King Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars, Vampires), Actor Tommy Walker (Netflix’s Daredevil), Dave Wagner (Dot Problems), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Life After), Joel Gomez (Ma Muerta) and Mike Collins (ABC’s of Halloween).  Additional announcements will be made as guests continue to confirm and support the show.

“The team at Atomic Crush Events have a combined 60 plus of years of industry experience and have produced or attended more conventions then we can count,” said ACE co-founder Mike Scigliano.  He added, “We are using all this experience and knowledge to put together the strongest event we can.  We’re building this show as both a love letter to the comic creators we admire and the fans who enjoy their work.”

Information about Comic Con Revolution is available at www.comicconrevolution.com

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About Comic Con Revolution

Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles.  We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts.  At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves.  The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love.  Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible.  We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.  Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

About Atomic Crush Events

Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation.  Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event.  Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.

More information is available at www.atomiccrushevents.com

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Anime Boston 2017 Welcomes Okamoto’s

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second Japanese guest of honor today.  Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will perform at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

OKAMOTO’S is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo with Okamoto Sho on vocals, Okamoto Kouki on guitar, Hama Okamoto on bass, and Okamoto Reiji on drums. All band members use “Okamoto” as their last names, paying respect to both the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto and the legendary punk band Ramones. The band made their major debut when they were only 18, and have released nine singles and eight albums to date.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to experience OKAMOTO’S live at Anime Boston. Their hard rocking style is reminiscent of the Ramones, which I listened to in high school! Fans who know them primarily from their anime theme songs will get to hear more of this incredible band,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Famous for their modern take on nostalgic, retro-rock and pop, their danceable tunes make them darlings of the festival circuit in Japan. At the same time, their songs have also been chosen to be theme songs for major TV anime series, such as “Yokubo wo Sakebe!!!!” for Naruto Shippuden, “HEADHUNT” for Durarara!!, and “Beautiful Days” for Gintama.

In 2010, OKAMOTO’S became the youngest Japanese male act to perform at SXSW, followed by a seven-city tour in America, a tour in Australia, and many shows in Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam. They have also toured with The Verbs in Japan, and were tapped to be guest acts of Paul Weller’s Japan tour, garnering rave reviews. Transgressing generations and musical genres, the band collaborates with top-notch artists on recording projects and live sessions, expanding their scope of activities on a worldwide basis.

For more information view their website at www.okamotos.net and their Facebook page.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

HeroesCon 2017 Announces Guests

HeroesCon 2017 takes place June 16-18, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center for the 35th anniversary show!

2017 Guests include

TAMRA BONVILLAINDoom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
NICK BRADSHAWSpidey, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy
CHRIS BURNHAMNameless, Batman, Officer Downe
ERIC CANETENew Avengers: Luke Cage, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man
WES CRAIGDeadly Class, Blackhand Comics, Guardians of the Galaxy
KELLY SUE DECONNICKBitch Planet, Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel
ULISES FARIÑASJudge Dredd, Motro, Star Wars: Where’s the Wookie
MATT FRACTIONSex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, Hawkguy
JOSÉ LUÍS GARCIA-LÓPEZWonder Woman, Batman, Deadman, Twilight, Atari Force
GERHARDCerebus, Little Nemo Dream Another Dream, Heavy Metal
MICHAEL GOLDENThe Nam, Punisher, Micronauts
SANFORD GREENEPower Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
CULLY HAMNERThe Question, Red, Batman
JAMES HARRENRumble, BPRD, Abe Sapien
CLAYTON HENRYIncredible Hercules, Archer and Armstrong, Uncanny X-men, Suicide Squad
GREG HINKLEBlack Clouds, Airboy, The Rattler
KLAUS JANSONBatman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man
JOËLLE JONESLady Killer, Mockingbird, Hellheim
JASON LATOURSouthern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Winter Soldier
MINDY LEEBounty
ANDREW MACLEANHead Lopper, Apocalyptigirl, Laser Wolf Attack
JIM MAHFOODGrrl Scouts, Tank Girl, Visual Funk: the Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book
PAUL MAYBURYValhalla Mad, Captain Victory, Dogs of Mars, Aqua Leung
BOB MCLEODNew Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven’s Last Hunt
CARY NORDConan, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Mutant X, Daredevil
RAMÓN PÉREZHawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man
ANDREW ROBINSONThe Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier
RILEY ROSSMOHellblazer, Batman, Proof, Green Wake, Rasputin, Cowboy Ninja Viking
JIM RUGG |Street Angel, Supermag, Afrodisiac
TIM SALECaptain America, Batman, Spider-Man, Catwoman
MATTEO SCALERABlack Science, Dead Body Road, Ghosted, Hulk, Avengers
BRIAN STELFREEZEBlack Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics, The Ride
TY TEMPLETONBatman, Bun Toons, American Splendor, Simpsons, MAD
CHRIS VISIONSDead Letters, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, Devils on the Levee
SKOTTIE YOUNGI Hate Fairyland, Rocket Racoon, Fortunately the Milk, Oz
MIKE ZECKSecret Wars, Punisher, Captain America

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

Spooky Empire is banging their heads!

We are banging our heads over this latest guest addition!

Meet, RIKI RACHTMAN at Spooky Empire, this April 21-23, 2017 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.

MTV fans will remember RIKI RACHTMAN as the host of “Headbangers Ball” from 1990-95. He’s also known as owner of the legendary “Cathouse” club in Hollywood, a national radio personality, and the host of a rock and Nascar themed radio show called “Racing Rocks”.

Meet RIKI all weekend long at Spooky Empire! He will also be hosting the Q&A with DEE SNIDER.

Advanced tickets and hotel reservations are now available at www.spookyempire.com

Becky Cloonan Provides Official Art for 2017 MoCCA Arts Festival

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The Society of Illustrators is honored to have cartoonist and illustrator Becky Cloonan as this year’s artist for the fifteenth annual MoCCA Arts Festival.

This beautiful image will appear on signage and merchandise at the MoCCA Arts Festival, to be held on April 1st and 2nd, 2017 at the spacious and modern Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project, East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. 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 cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics. Currently she writes The Punisher for Marvel Comics.

About the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

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. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. Programming featuring panels by top artists and speakers focusing on current issues and trends will take place at Ink48 (653 11th Ave), a boutique hotel located on the corner of 10th Avenue and West 48th Street.

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