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.
Cartoonist Michael DeForge signs at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm.
Please join us at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm for the launch of Michael DeForge’s darkly existential graphic novel Ant Colony! In just a few short years, DeForge’s singular, idiosyncratic style has made him an important new voice in alternative comics. Here, he will present a slideshow with a signing to follow.
Ant Colony follows the denizens of a black ant colony under attack from the nearby red ants: from its opening pages, DeForge immerses the reader in a world of false prophets, unjust wars, and corrupt police officers. On the surface, Ant Colony tells the story of this war, the destruction of a civilization, and the ants’ all-too-familiar desire to rebuild. Underneath, though, Ant Colony plumbs the deepest human concerns – loneliness, faith, love, apathy, and more. DeForge’s striking visual sensibility – stark lines, dramatic color choices, and brilliant use of page and panel space – stands out in this volume.
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Cartoonist Michael Deforge signs Ant Colony at Locust Moon Comics on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm!
Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
Michael DeForge signs his new book at Quimby’s on Saturday, February 8th, at 7:00 pm!
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Cartoonist Michael DeForge signs at Star Clipper Comics on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm!
Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110
Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle appear at The Central on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.
All are invited to the official Toronto launch of new work by hometown heroes Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle! The boys will be forced on stage to discuss these new works and their impressive young careers with TCAF’s Christopher Butcher. Books New And Old available at the event!
VERY CASUAL: New from Mr. Michael DeForge after a very successful preview at TCAF. VERY CASUAL is an important new collection of DeForge’s short works, including the Doug Wright Award-winning SPOTTING DEER–it is basically impossible to get everything DeForge does, so get this handy and attractively designed compilation! $15
LOSE #5: The latest installment of Deforge’s one-man anthology, featuring 3 awesome self-contained short and more, you basically absolutely need this, come get it. $8
NEW COMICS #1: 3 all new stories by Patrick Kyle (Black Mass, Distance Mover). Awesome stuff. $8
These works as well as a selection of previous releases by these fine gentlemen will be available for sale at this event.
Presented by Koyama Press, The Beguiling, and TCAF
603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
A Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011 preview video featuring graphic novelists Chester Brown, Michael Comeau, Steve Charles Manale, Vicki Nerino, Michael Cho, Michael DeForge, Seth, Fiona Smyth, and Britt Wilson.
ALL EVENTS FREE TO ATTEND
Presented by Oni Press and The Beguiling With special thanks to The Central, Rocco’s, Butler’s Pantry, Suspect Video, and Mirvish Enterprises. The final volume in the 6-book series, SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 6: SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR will be released at midnight on Monday July 19th and we’re doing the celebration up right!
The Beguiling is proud to be the official location of the Worldwide Premiere of SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 6, and to celebrate author Bryan Lee O’Malley will be on hand to sign copies and meet fans, and a there are a ton of great events for fans to participate in! Here’s a quick line-up:
AT THE BEGUILING, 601 MARKHAM STREET: Open Until 1am – Bryan Lee O’Malley will be signing for fans throughout the evening, and The Beguiling will be selling copies of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1-5, assorted Scott Pilgrim merchandise.
- Poster artist Michael DeForge will be on hand with copies for sale of the awesome Launch Party Poster!
- At MIDNIGHT, exchange your copy of Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour!
- The band SISTER will be giving away copies of their new EP to the first 50 people in line at midnight!
AT THE CENTRAL, 603 MARKHAM STREET: 8pm-2am
- A full-line up of great bands for fans of Scott Pilgrim, starting at 9pm! Featuring HURRY HARD, CHANG-A-LANG (featuring Joel from “Crash and the Boys”), SISTER (featuring Lynette and Carla Gillis, formerly of the band Plumtree, composers of the original song SCOTT PILGRIM!), and SOFT AND WET.
AT ROCCO’S PLUM TOMATO, 585 BLOOR ST. W (at Markham) 8pm-2am
- The Chill-Out space! Rocco’s will be adding a special menu this evening in addition to their regular. In addition, a live DJ will be spinning chill music all evening and maybe some very special music too!
AT (the former) DAVID MIRVISH BOOKS, 596 MARKHAM STREET 11pm
- COSTUME CONTEST! Come dressed as your favourite Scott Pilgrim character! All participants will receive a free prize, grand prize for the best costume!
AT BUTLER’S PANTRY, 591 MARKHAM STREET 8pm-Midnight
- Chill out and relax on the patio or indoors! Preview selected tracks from the Scott Pilgrim Versus The Universe movie soundtrack, and more! Plus special guests including tons of folks in the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, prizes and other events! It’s going to be a really fun evening for all ages, so we hope you’ll come out and enjoy this great event!