2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

staples-moccaPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 - 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

About the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to www.societyillustrators.org. 

QC – Are You My Mother Signing

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Alison Bechdel appears at the Ukrainian Federation on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Join us at the Ukrainian Federation as Alison Bechdel discusses her creative process and her latest graphic memoir, Are You My Mother? , in a visual presentation. A Q&A and book signing will follow.

Tickets available for $10 at the link.
$5 off all books at the event.

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Vendredi 12 avril à la Fédération Ukrainienne, 5213 Hutchison

Soyez des nôtres à la Fédération Ukrainienne pour une présentation donnée par Alison Bechdel à propos de son processus créatif et de Are You My Mother?, son mémoire graphique le plus récent. Une période de questions-réponse suivra, ainsi qu’une séance de dédicace.

Les billets (10$) seront en vente à la librairie dès ce samedi 2 mars à 10h. Un rabais de 5$ sera en vigueur sur les livres de Bechdel en vente le soir de l’événement.

Ukrainian Federation
5213 Rue Hutchison, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4B4

ON – Alison Bechdel Lecture

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Alison Bechdel is coming back to Toronto this weekend! Not seen since debuting her fantastic memoir Are You My Mother? (the follow-up to the critically acclaimed/best-seller Fun Home) at TCAF this spring! Alison Bechdel is coming back to our fair city to be part of the inaugural Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Memorial Syposium on Childism. Luckily, she also has time in her schedule to swing by our shop for a quick presentation and signing!

On Sunday, December 2nd, at 5:30pm, Alison Bechdel will be giving a presentation on her work, as well as hanging out for a bit after to sign some books and meet with fans. Seating will be limited. Bechdel’s TCAF event was delivered to a packed and delighted house, so next weekend is an evening to surely not be missed!

Originally announced as “At The Beguiling”, this event will be taking place one block south of The Beguiling, at 720 Bathurst Street. It is at The Centre for Social Innovation, in the ING Direct Presentation Space. This will give us much more room to welcome Toronto’s Bechdel fans!

RSVP on Facebook!

About the Author: Alison Bechdel began keeping a journal at the age of ten, and has been assiduously archiving her own life and times with words and pictures ever since. For twenty-five years she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a generational chronicle considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms.) Fun Home is currently taught on several syllabi across North America, including several courses at The University of Toronto. Alison Bechdel’s other various accomplishments include comics drawn for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta, and she recently guest-edited McSweeney’s Best American Comics 2011. Bechdel lives near Burlington, Vermont.
About the Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Memorial Symposium:

The sudden death of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on December 1st, 2011 at age 65 near her home in Toronto has saddened us all immensely. Young-Bruehl wrote fifteen books, & her work as a biographer & psychoanalyst has been enormously influential, touching many lives & shaping the disciplines she worked in. In January 2012 her long-awaited book Childism was published. This December 1st we will honour this great piece of work while remembering Elisabeth with the help of panelists Alison Bechdel, Dominique Browning, Raffi Cavoukian, Donna Orange and Heather Weir. More details and tickets are available at: https://www.cavershambooksellers.com/search/X65412

UK – Are You My Mother? Signing

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Alison Bechdel signs at Gosh! Comics on November 13, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Gosh Comics 
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

NYC – Are You My Mother? Signing

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Alison Bechdel appears at the Strand with Katie Roiphe on Monday October 15, 2012 at 7:00pm.

Press Release:

Graphic illustrator/memoirist Alison Bechdel has quickly moved from a cult hero into the public eye. Her smart, thoughtful, comic and often moving look at family and her funny, open look at lesbian life has made her someone to profile. Even before she became a graphic artist people knew her famed “Bechdel Test” was all over the internet.

Katie Roiphe has written three books of non-fiction including The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism and more recently Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939, as well as a novel. Her provocative work and outspoken position has made her a kind of cultural lightning rod when it comes to women’s issues.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

Are You My Mother? Book Tour

Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel goes on a book tour of North America to promote her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Barnes & Noble, 7pm
2289 Broadway @ 82nd Street, New York City, NY

Wednesday May 2, 2012 
The Brattle Theatre, 6pm
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore
SOLD OUT 

Thursday May 3, 2012 
Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Friday May 4, 2012 
Politics & Prose, 7pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Saturday May 5, 2012 Toronto
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Sunday May 6, 2012 
Left Bank Books, 4pm
321 N. 10th Street, St Louis, MO

Monday May 7, 2012
Boswell Book Co., 7pm
2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday May 8, 2012 
Books Inc, 7pm
1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday May 9, 2012
The Booksmith, 7:30
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

Thursday May 10, 2012 
Los Angeles Public Library, 7pm
Format: On-stage interview with Deborah Vankin
Mark Taper Auditorium—Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA

Friday May 11, 2012 
University Bookstore, 7pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

Saturday May 12, 2012 
The Bagdad Theater, 5pm
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Sponsored by Powell’s

Wednesday May 16, 2012 
Swedish American Museum, 7:30pm
5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Women and Children First Bookstore

DC – Are You My Mother? Signing

Alison Bechdel signs at Politics & Prose on May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

In her acclaimed graphic memoir, Fun Home, Bechdel focused on her father, his secret life, and his death. Now she turns to her talented, emotionally repressed mother, exploring the family psychology and the tentative mother-daughter truce the two achieved via D.W. Winnicott , Dr. Seuss, and Bechdel’s own vivid memories.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

MA – Are You My Mother? Signing

 

Alison Bechdel signs at the Brattle on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM!

Click here for tickets ($5.00)  SOLD OUT

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome acclaimed memoirist and cartoonist ALISON BECHDEL for a discussion of her new memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven.

Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

NYC – Are You My Mother? Signing

Alison Bechdel signs at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

About this Author
ALISON BECHDEL has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. Since 1983 she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized “Dykes to Watch Out For” strip, “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms .). The strip is syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.”

Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
212-362-8835

MA – Drawing the Story

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Daniel Clowes, Seth, and Alison Bechdel appear at Boston Book Festival on Saturday October 15, 2011 at 2:30pm!

Press Release:

Graphic novelists do double duty, telling a story through words and pictures. In this session, three of the biggest names in the business talk about their craft. Daniel Clowes riffs on the superhero genre with The Death-Ray. Seth retells (and in some cases reinvents) comics history in The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. And Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, brings together the top talent in the field as the editor of Best American Comics 2011. Hosted by Brookline YA librarian Robin Brenner. Sponsored by WBUR 90.9 FM.

Although the majority of seats for this event are available for free on a first come, first served basis, a portion of the seats can be reserved in advance for just $10.

 

Trinity Church Sanctuary
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA

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