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 – 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.

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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

NYC – Qu33r Signing

February 18, 2014 by  
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Creators of the new anthology “Qu33r” appear in-store at JHU Comic Books on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, so drop on by to see them and have your copies signed! Come out and party party with our JHU and LGBTQ crews!

Here’s who will be signing:

Jennifer Camper
Ivan Velez, Jr.
Eric Orner
Carlo Quispe
L. Nichols
Sasha Steinberg

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