NYC – City of Spies Signing

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Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Pascal Dizin sign on Thursday, June 3 at 7 PM.

Admission is Free for this event

Join MoCCA for this reception and signing for City of Spies, the new graphic novel from First Second Books!

1942. The height of World War Two. New York City is crawling with Nazi spies. Over one incredible summer, ten-year-old Evelyn Weiss will grow up, find a new family, and, in the process, save the world.

The creators of City of Spies, writers Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan and illustrator Pascal Dizin, will sign copies of the graphic novel critics are calling “Tintin directed by Hitchcock” (Kirkus Reviews) and “rip-roaring fun” (Publishers Weekly).

Refreshments will be available. Spies and heroes welcome. No Nazis, please.

about the creators
SUSAN KIM has written for more than three dozen children’s TV series, including “Wonder Pets!”, “Arthur,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” and “Speed Racer,” and has been nominated for both the Emmy and Writers Guild award four times. She has also written and produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, HBO and AMC. Her stage plays have been produced in LA and NYC and are published by Dramatists Play Service and Smith & Krauss. She co-wrote the non-fiction book, “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” (St. Martins Griffin) with Elissa Stein. “City of Spies” is her first graphic novel.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” both published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of the musical, “Bed and Sofa,” which was produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and elsewhere. This is his first graphic novel, as well. His website is LaurenceKlavan.com.

PASCAL DIZIN studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts, where on graduating he received the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cartooning. He continues to draw comics and you can find him on the web at dizin-art.com. “City of Spies” is his first book.

 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

NYC – Making The Abyss

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Join MoCCA for a conversation between Dash Shaw and artist Keith Mayerson about their art, working methods and more.

Tuesday, May 25, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Dash Shaw is the focus of MoCCA’s current exhibition Making The Abyss and is the creator of BodyWorld, Bottomless Belly Button and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century. Shaw’s recent works connect an interest with the human body, informed by figure drawing, with humorous character-driven narratives.

Keith Mayerson is a painter who has exhibited widely throughout the world. He is the Cartooning Coordinator at the School of Visual Arts and teaches fine art at New York University. Mayerson is curator of the current MoCCA exhibition NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition and is on MoCCA’s Board of Trustees. He is the co-creator with Dennis Cooper of the graphic novel Horror Hospital Unplugged to be pulished next year by Harper-Perennial.

MoCCA Thursdays are made possible in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support comes from and the members of MoCCA.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

212-254-3511

NYC – Go Team Venture!

Jackson Publick speaks at MoCCA on April 22, 2010

The Brothers’ Keeper: An Evening with Jackson Publick and The Venture Bros.
Thursday, April 22, 7 PM

Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

Animation journalist Joe Strike sits down with Jackson Publick III, creator of Cartoon Network’s hit [adult swim] series The Venture Bros. for the first in a series of “Interview with an Animator” conversations. After screening scenes from the show, Joe and Jackson discuss Venture’s creation and evolution, Jackson’s career, and his perspective on alternative/adult animation, followed by an audience Q&A session.

MoCCA, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, (btwn. Houston and Prince) New York, NY 10012

NYC – Hotwire Carousel

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Thursday, March 25, 7 PM at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art  

Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Get ready for the HOTWIRE comics slide show! That’s right, the Eisner and Harvey nominated anthology comic is about to chew up the scenery live. Presented by HOTWIRE editor Glenn Head and Carousel host R. Sikoryak.

Featuring these great artists performing their comics for your delectation: Danny Hellman, Sam Henderson, Michael Kupperman, Tim Lane, Jayr Pulga, David Sandlin, Chadwick Whitehead, plus Head and Sikoryak. This show is sure to offer both spontaneous cartoon funk and the slickest of production values. Live comic entertainment at its best!

MoCCA Thursdays are made possible in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum’s Website (www.moccany.org).

NYC – Backing Into Forward Signing

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Jules Feiffer speaks with Danny Fingeroth at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PMFeiffer will be discussing his new autobiography Backing Into Forward: A Memoir.

About Backing Into Forward: A Memoir:
The award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author delivers a witty, illustrated rendition of his life, from his childhood as a wimpy kid in the Bronx to his legendary career in the arts. A gifted storyteller who has delighted readers and theater audiences for decades, Jules Feiffer now turns his talents to the tale of his own life.

Plagued by learning problems, a controlling mother, and a debilitating sense of fear, Feiffer embarked on his first cartoon apprenticeship at the age of seventeen, emboldened only by a passion for success and an aptitude for failure. He vividly recalls those transformative years working under the legendary Will Eisner, and later, after he was drafted into the army, his evolution from “smart-ass kid into an enraged satirist.” Backing into Forward also traces Feiffer’s love life, from a doomed hitchhiking trip to reclaim his high-school sweetheart to losing his virginity in Greenwich Village, and his road to marriage and fatherhood.

At the center of this journey is Feiffer’s prolific creativity. In dazzling detail, he recounts the birth of his subversive graphic novella Munro, his entrée into New York’s literary salons, collaborations with film greats Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Jack Nicholson, and other major turning points. Brimming with wry punch lines, slices of Americana, and pithy social commentary, Backing into Forward charts Feiffer’s rise as an unlikely and incisive provocateur during the conformist fifties and the Vietnam and Civil Rights sixties and seventies.

Danny Fingeroth is MoCCA’s Senior Vice President of Education. He was the longtime group editor of Marvel’s Spider-Man line and the writer of comics including Darkhawk and Deadly Foes of Spider-Man. He has taught comics writing at NYU, The New School, and Media Bistro. Danny created and edited Write Now magazine, the only how-to publication dedicated to comics writing and writers. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels and co-author (with artist Mike Manley) of How to Create Comics from Script to Print.



Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

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NYC – The Streets Exhibition

Ralph Bakshi will return to Animazing Gallery in SoHo for a reception where his altogether new series of fine art paintings will be debuted in an exhibition entitled The Streets. This bold series of mixed-media construction/paintings was inspired by the gritty and colorful neighborhoods of Bakshi’s youth in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

MoCCA, New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and Bill Plympton will present a lifetime achievement award to Mr. Bakshi at the opening reception on Friday, March 19th, from 6-9PM (by invitation). A public meet and greet reception takes place on Saturday March 20th, 2-5PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through May 15th. Animazing Gallery is located at 54 Greene Street at Broome in SoHo. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM and Sun 11AM-6PM. For more information log onto www.animazing.com or call 212-226-7374.

Throughout an artistic career spanning more than half a century, Ralph Bakshi’s secret passion has always been fine art. Although he has become a renowned film director, Bakshi has remained a sedulously dedicated self-taught painter, and this body of work is as sophisticated as his films are outrageous. The Artist has created multi-media pieces that are emotionally layered works, and clearly a departure from his past figurative works. Bakshi builds up his surfaces with elements of wood, nails, and other found objects. The artist deconstructs the sculptural elements at some point during the process, and then uses the ravaged sculpture as a canvas, continuing to paint and repaint the accumulating textures, going deeper and deeper into what he thinks he sees. In this ongoing process of building up and taking away, Ralph transforms his reality into sculptured abstraction. Inspired by every single memory of his life in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Artist produces work that is as gritty, colorful, and dynamic as New York. Bakshi’s paintings are derived from a lifetime of loving the artistic peeling of the paint on old Brownsville walls; the play of sunlight on their surfaces that changed them every few minutes. These paintings are the closest thing to realism that Ralph can imagine, although they appear to be abstract.

Ralph Bakshi is a legend in the world animation. His controversial and cutting edge films have secured a place in the historical archives of many museums, including the Whitney and MoMA, because they raised a generation’s social consciousness with the raw, creative and artistic genius that was larger than life on the big screen. Bakshi was raised in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, and displayed artistic talent before he was old enough to go to school. Graduating high school with an unprecedented “Award in Cartooning,” at eighteen years old Bakshi was given an entry level position at the Terrytoons animation studio. He promoted himself quickly to animator by commandeering an empty desk, and by the time he was 28, Bakshi was Creative Director of the studio. He created shows like Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, Deputy Dawg, and later Spider-Man for Paramount Studios. After this, Bakshi produced his first theatrical animated feature, a down-and-dirty X-rated adaptation of Robert Crumb’s “underground” comic strip Fritz the Cat. Bakshi’s next feature, Heavy Traffic was even more outrageous, but won acclaim from both film and art critics. Next was Coonskin, a savage attack on Hollywood racial stereotypes. In 1977, Bakshi released Wizards, then Lord of the Rings. In 1980 he animated jazz music with American Pop, and afterwards Hey, Good Lookin’; a nostalgic glance at 1950s street gangs. After Fire and Ice in 1983, Bakshi retreated to his studio, painting every day for nearly 10 years, before resurfacing in 1987 with the brilliant TV series of Mighty Mouse, directed by Bakshi’s protégé, John Kricfalusi (of Ren & Stimpy fame). In 1992, Bakshi returned to the Big Screen with Cool World, a combination of animation and live action starring Brad Pitt and the voice of Kim Basinger, among others.

ABOUT ANIMAZING GALLERY | Since 1984, Animazing Gallery has showcased a unique collection of original and limited edition works, including animation, great American illustration art & fine art that indulges the senses and emotions with color, playfulness and beauty. For more information about Animazing in New York or France visit animazing.com

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Animazing Gallery, SoHo | 54 Greene St. NY, NY 10013 | 212.226.7374

NYC – Archie Comics & Writers Panel

February 10, 2010 by  
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Paul Castiglia, Angelo DeCesare, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz, Alex Simmons speak on a Panel about Archie Comics moderated by Jim Salicrup.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 @ 7 PM
Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

www.moccany.org

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NYC – Animation Development Lecture

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David Levy and Brown Johnson speak on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 @ 7 PM

Admission: $5
Free for MoCCA Members

There’s so many misconceptions, myths, and madness clouding up the reality of what it really takes to develop, pitch, and sell an animated project. Utilizing his own ten year experience in the pitching world, along with candid advice from successful creators and leading development executives alike, author and animation director David B. Levy has put together a useful book on the subject: Animation Development: From Pitch to Production (Allworth Press). Join us for an intimate industry panel on the ins-and-outs of pitching today and be sure to bring your questions too. Followed immediately by a book signing event.

David B. Levy is the creator of FIONA FINDS OUT, a preschool series optioned for development by the Disney Channel. He is currently under contract with Classic Media and Garan, Inc. to write and develop animated properties. Levy is the author of YOUR CAREER IN ANIMATION: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE (Allworth Press, 2006). Levy’s second book ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT: FROM PITCH TO PRODUCTION, was published in September 2009. Levy has directed Nickelodeon’s BLUE’S CLUES, the Noggin Channel’s PINKY DINKY DOO, and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series, ASSY McGEE. Levy has lectured and taught at Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, NYU and Pratt, and is president of the New York chapter of Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA.)

Brown Johnson, the President of Animation, for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

www.moccany.org

212-254-3511

NYC – 25 Amazing Years of Spider-Man

February 10, 2010 by  
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Axel Alonso, Tom Brevoort, Danny Fingeroth, Jim Salicrup, and Stephen Wacker. Moderated by Fred Van Lente.

Thursday February 11th, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

In honor of our exhibition of original art from the entire issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna, MoCCA presents an unprecedented roundtable discussion of the past quarter-century of all things Peter Parker with the editors who have helmed the title since the Reagan Administration! Axel Alonso (editor of ASM) Tom Brevoort, Danny Fingeroth, and MoCCA Trustee Jim Salicrup join current AMAZING editor Steve Wacker for the panel chat and audience Q&A. Moderated by MoCCA Trustee and current Spidey scribe Fred Van Lente.

AXEL ALONSO is Vice President, Executive Editor at Marvel Comics. He has been the editor on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, PUNISHER and DC’s Vertigo imprint.

TOM BREVOORT has been a part of Marvel Comics since 1989, when he started out as an intern. He served as an assistant editor, associate editor and editor before being promoted to his current position as Executive Editor in 2007. Over the past decade, Tom has overseen the revitalization of the Avengers franchise, presided over major crossover events including Civil War and Secret Invasion, and served as editor on titles including NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, FANTASTIC FOUR and many others.

DANNY FINGEROTH (Sr. VP of Education at MoCCA) was the editor of the SPIDER-MAN line 1983-84 and its Group Editor 1990-95. He wrote WEB OF SPIDER-MAN and several Spider-Man limited series. Danny was a consultant to the FoxKids Spider-Man animated series and to James Cameron’s early version of what would become the 2002 Spider-Man movie. He’s the author of SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH: WHAT SUPERHEROES REALLY TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES AND OUR SOCIETY; DISGUISED AS CLARK KENT: JEWS, COMICS, AND THE CREATION OF THE SUPERHERO; and THE ROUGH GUIDE TO GRAPHIC NOVELS.

JIM SALICRUP is the current Papercutz Editor-in-Chief. Salicrup edited the SPIDER-MAN titles in the late 80s early 90s, and is remembered for Kraven’s Last Hunt (which ran through all the Spider-Man titles, The Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, the introductions of Tombstone and Venom, and launching SPIDER-MAN #1 by Todd McFarlane, the best-selling Spider-Man comic ever. Jim also wrote SPIDEY SUPER-STORIES for many years, and the Child Abuse Prevention comic starring Spider-Man.

FRED VAN LENTE is the New York Times bestselling author of INCREDIBLE HERCULES (with Greg Pak) and MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 & 4, as well as the American Library Association award-winning ACTION PHILOSOPHERS. His other comics include COMIC BOOK COMICS, MODOK’S 11, X MEN NOIR and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

STEPHEN WACKER started editing comics for DC Comics in 2000.Currently he is a Senior Editor at Marvel editing AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and DAREDEVIL. Spider-Man and related characters are (c) and TM Marvel Entertainment, Inc. 2010

MoCCA Thursdays are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

www.moccany.org

212-254-3511

NYC – An Evening with Archie

January 15, 2010 by  
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Victor Gorelick and Arie Kaplan speak on January 21st at MoCCA

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is pleased to present an evening of Archie Comics with Archie Co-President/Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick and Archie writer Arie Kaplan!

Thursday January 21st, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Victor Gorelick (born in Brooklyn) is an American comic book editor and executive. Currently the Editor-in-Chief and Co-President of Archie Comics, the oldest humor comics company in the United States, he has worked for the company for over fifty years in a wide variety of roles.

Victor Gorelick joined Archie Comics as an art assistant, and has served as production coordinator, art director and now as Archie Comic’s Editor-in-Chief and Co-President. Mr. Gorelick has unique knowledge of every facet of the editorial process required to create and publish successful comics. He has done it all from writing to coloring, and everything in between. He has highly regarded artistic skills and an eye for meticulous detail. He also has a well honed sense of the wholesome content of Archie Comics that has been the basis for the bond of trust built with readers by Archie Comics down through the years. He has worked closely with numerous companies designing various custom comic books. For example, he has overseen collaborations between Archie Comics and Kraft General Foods, Radio Shack and even the F.B.I.! He is a moving force on the Comic Magazine Association of America’s Code Authority Guidelines Committee, a  member of the Board of Advisors of the Joe Kubert School where many of today’s comic artists first learned their craft, and he has taught
cartooning as an instructor at the Kingsborough Community College in New York City.

Arie Kaplan is a comedian, MAD Magazine writer, and author of the book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS). He also wrote the comic book miniseries Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing), and he’s written for MTV, Cartoon Network, and PBS Kids. Other comic book credits include the DC title Cartoon Network Action Pack, the Bongo Comics anthology Simpsons Winter Wingding, the Archie Comics title Archie & Friends, and the Papercutz series Tales From the Crypt. Arie will discuss his work as a comic book writer, nonfiction author, and animation scribe.

Arie Kaplan will be signing copies of his award-winning book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books after the talk.

MoCCA Thursdays are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

On view at MoCCA THE ART OF ARCHIE COMICS

now through Februrary 28, 2009

SPIDER-MAN #50, volume 2 by John Romita, Jr., Scott Hanna and J. Michael Straczynski

now through Februrary 28, 2009

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012

www.moccany.org

212-254-3511

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