MoCCA Arts Festival Announces 2018 Programming

Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 7-8. This year’s programming 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 includes spotlight sessions with all of this year’s MoCCA Guests of Honor: New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Argentine cartoonist LiniersMARCH co-creators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and Hellboy comics artist Mike Mignola.

Featured guest Jaime Hernandez will also take the stage in a spotlight session, alongside a pair of focused conversations among our distinguished international guests. Max de Radiguès and Anna Haifisch will discuss the international comics scene, and Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will trace points of connection in their recent work.

Focused panel discussions will address topics including a conversation about comics, community and career hosted by Nicole J. Georges with Jennifer Camper, Kat Fajardo,and Ariel Schrag, as well as a discussion of political cartooning and current events hosted by Marymount Manhattan College professor Kent Worcester with artists Steve Brodner, Mr. Fish, Ann Telnaes, and Eli Valley. Other panels will feature luminaries including Patrick McDonnell, Françoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Mark Siegel, Lauren Weinstein and more.

A programming schedule can be found online for Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, or may be downloaded here. Each programming event will last one hour, with a half hour break between programming events. Admission to programming is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. All seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Price of admission is $7 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 ten are free. More information about the Fest can be found here.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. 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 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

NYC – Jessica Jones Signing

Artist Michael Gaydos appears at Royal Collectibles on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM to sign Jessica Jones!

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Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375

NYC – Herding Cats Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) appears at Strand Book Store on Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 PM to sign her latest collection HERDING CATS!

The iconic, relatable, and lovable author/illustrator is back with a new collection of comics, Herding Cats! This book shares the almost universal struggles of waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an introvert. Weird, awkward, familiar, and funny, this series is endlessly entertaining.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Sarah shares some of her favorite new comics, and answer questions from the audience, and signs copies of her new book.

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Herding Cats or 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.

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

NYC – Comic Book Club w/ Charles Soule

Writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, She-Hulk, Curse Words, Poe Dameron) appears on the Comic Book Club for a live podcast on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:00 PM to speak about his new novel THE ORACLE YEAR!

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The PIT Loft
154 W 29th St, Fl 2nd, New York, New York 10001
(212) 244-1722

Big Apple Comic Con Welcomes Wilson Cruz, Sherilyn Fenn, and Lots More in April 2018

Press Release:

Wilson Cruz, Sherilyn Fenn & More Coming To Big Apple Comic Con April 14-15!

Big AppleMIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE COMIC CON, New York’s longest-running Comic Book Convention, is thrilled to announce the appearance of popular media legends WILSON CRUZ (Star Trek: Discovery) and SHERILYN FENN (Twin Peaks)! Aside from these two incredible talents, BACC will have two incredible days of dozens of media celebrities, top comic book creators, writers, exhibitors, retailers, and cosplayers. All will peaceably but riotously occupy the building to entertain and edify thousands of NYC’s coolest fans!


Our media guest list this year is our finest ever, bringing you a unique, star-studded­ experience! Meet:

WILSON CRUZ (Star Trek: DiscoveryMy So-Called Life)

SHERILYN FENN (Twin PeaksShameless)

JENNIFER CIHI (Sailor MoonPrincess Mononoke)

MICHAEL COPON (Power Rangers Time ForceOne Tree Hill)

JOHN O’HURLEY (SeinfeldArcher)

C.J. RAMONE (The Ramones)

JOHNATHON SCHAECH (DC’s Legends of TomorrowRay Donovan)

LUA STARDUST (Professional Cosplayer, Model)

JÉNEL STEVENS (Black PantherLuke Cage)

LARRY STORCH (The Batman/Superman Hour, F Troop – Saturday only)

TAIMAK (The Last Dragon)


Comic lovers can rejoice as we have a great assortment of writers and artists from Marvel, DC, and every independent in between:

SY BARRY (The Phantom)
BOB CAMP (Ren & Stimpy)
JOHN CASSADAY (Astonishing X-Men)
SEAN CHEN (Iron ManX-O Manowar)
PETER DAVID (The Incredible HulkBabylon 5)
GLENN FABRY (PreacherThe Authority)
RAMONA FRADON (Metamorpho)
MICHAEL GOLDEN (G.I. JoeThe Walking Dead)
BRIAN KONG (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
ELAINE LEE (Starstruck)
TOSHIO MAEDA (Urotsukidōji)
ALEX MALEEV (DaredevilBatman)
JOHN ORLANDO (CybergenGene Roddenberry’s The Universe)
ESAD RIBIC (Thor: God of Thunder)
SCOTT ROBERTS (SpongeBob Comics)
MIKE ROYER (The Demon)
MARK SCHULTZ (Xenozoic TalesPrince Valiant)
JIM SHERMAN (Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes)
J. DAVID SPURLOCK (The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage)
JIM STERANKO (Captain America)
ARTHUR SUYDAM (Heavy MetalNational Lampoon)
TIMOTHY TRUMAN (GrimjackJonah Hex)
BILLY TUCCI (ShiSgt. Rock)
RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (Guardians of the Galaxy)DAN FOGEL (Underground Price & Grading Guide)


Big Apple Comic Con will host an entire Saturday of exclusive programming, including an exclusive panel discussion with WILSON CRUZ (Dr. Hugh Culber, Star Trek: Discovery). Cruz is famous for being part of the Star Trek franchise’s first gay male kiss.

Also on Saturday, Big Apple Comic Con will once again present “Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest.” For the past ten years, Captain Zorikh has brought what is known to be the most fun costume contest on the East Coast, bringing together the most amazing cosplayers and costumers for a fast-paced day of creative excellence. Come as any media character or make up your own! Also present will be professional Cosplayer LUA STARDUST.


Lovers of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and cosplay of all persuasions will find something for everyone while shopping for comic books, toys, posters, videos, original art, clothing & other collectibles, from the rarest as well as the newest and coolest goodies!


Big Apple Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion April 14th & 15th 

Adults: $25 Saturday – $25 Sunday – $40 Weekend

Children 6-13: $14 per day

Children under 5: FREE

Check our website for info on our special Early Admission Package!





Big Apple Convention





NYC – Comic Book History of Comics Signing

Writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey appear at Carmine Street Comics on Friday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM to sign The Comic Book History of Comics!

Fred Van Lente is the co-founder, along with artist Ryan Dunlavey, of Evil Twin Comics, which produces his and Dunlavey’s non-fiction comic books, the first and most famous of which is Action Philosophers. Fred has worked on such books as Incredible Hercules with Greg Pak, Marvel Zombies, Power Man and Iron Fist, and wrote the play King Kirby.

Ryan is the artist of Action Philosophers, Action Presidents, The Comic Book History of Comics, Dirt Candy, Polidiocy, MODOK, G.I.Joe and lots more.

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Carmine Street Comics
34 Carmine Street, New York, New York 10014
(646) 656-1022

NYC – The Oracle Year Launch Party

Writer Charles Soule appears in conversation with Abraham Riesman at the Greenlight Bookstore to present his new novel The Oracle Year on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Bestselling comics franchise writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, She-Hulk, Curse Words) presents his thrilling debut novel of a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the future. In The Oracle Year, an unassuming Manhattan bassist wreaks havoc on the world stage as a modern Nostradamus. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded website that soon draws rabid followers and high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States to an assassin grandmother. Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, The Oracle Year is an audacious debut that keeps readers guessing. Soule presents his novel in conversation with Abraham Riesman, staff writer at New York magazine. A wine reception follows the reading.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

NY – Dark Nights: Metal #6 Signing

Writer Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire, The Wake, Wytches) will be signing copies of Dark Nights: Metal #6 on Tuesday March 27th at 9:30 PM for an early release event at Fourth World Comics!

Fourth World Comics
33 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787

NYC – Weapon H #1 Signing

Writer Greg Pak and artist Cory Smith join us from Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM to celebrate the launch of the brand new Marvel series Weapon H #1! This is an OPEN signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of Weapon H #1 is mandatory, you may get up to 3 items signed. See you there!

Weapon H #1:

The Weapon X Program has done it again! At the cost of their own destruction, they’ve completed their biggest and possibly most dangerous experiment yet… With the strength of the Hulk and the rage and claws of Wolverine comes WEAPON H! It’s been some time since Weapon H escaped and destroyed his creators. Now, our hero is on the run, as he tries to escape his mysterious past and seclude himself from the rest of society. But when a new kind of Wendigo threatens the lives of others, will Weapon H be able to shirk his responsibility? Does any of his humanity remain? Writer Greg Pak and artist Cory Smith tell the tale in Weapon H #1!

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

NY – Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan Screening + Q&A

William Shatner appears at the Kodak Center on Thursday, April 5th at 7:30 PM.

Set your phasers to stun! Prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with William Shatner, live on stage. In this unique evening you will enjoy a screening of the classic film Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan on the big screen. Following the movie, one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, William Shatner, will take to the stage to share fascinating and humorous behind the scenes stories from portraying the original Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television series and movies as well as his career spanning over 50 years as an award winning actor, producer, director and writer. Fans will also have a chance to ask William their question during the audience led Q & A. **VIP seating includes a photo-op only. No autographs**

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Kodak Center
200 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, New York 14615
(585) 588-3530


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