Klaus Janson and Danny Fingeroth Teach Adult Classes at MoCCA
NEW YORK (Sept 16 2009) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is is proud to announce the new offerings from its Education Department. Organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, DANNY FINGEROTH, the department’s initial offerings will consist of two incredible courses:
HOW TO WRITE COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
8 sessions, Tuesdays Oct. 13 – Dec. 8; no class Nov. 24
$495 tuition | $445 for MoCCA members
DANNY FINGEROTH will lead a hands-on workshop in writing comics and graphic novels. This is an eight-week class whose aim is to teach students, in a supportive atmosphere, how to structure and write comics and graphic novel stories of professional caliber. Combining lectures, assignments in class and at home, and roundtable critiquing, the class will cover writing for all kinds of comics, including autobiographical, historical, “indy” and superheroes. [No drawing skill is required for this class.]
DANNY FINGEROTH 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. Danny serves on MoCCA’s board of advisors and on the board of directors of the Institute for Comics Studies.
STORYTELLING FOR COMICS ARTISTS
3 weekly sessions, Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16
$150 tuition | $125 for MoCCA members
KLAUS JANSON will lead this information-packed three-session lecture and workshop class that will focus on the theory and mechanics of comics storytelling. The lectures start with the philosophy and responsibility of the storyteller, and proceed through the essential topics of page layout and design, the importance of composition, the need for clarity, the benefits of contrast, the creation of a believable environment, and end with a discussion on the merits of the various styles available to the storyteller. The classes will combine lectures, class and at-home assignments, and on-the-spot critiques.
Student participation and questions are encouraged. A rare opportunity to discuss and learn from a master of the art and craft of comics.
After a short stint as assistant to Dick Giordano in the early 1970’s, KLAUS JANSON went freelance, working for several comics publishers as writer, penciler, inker and colorist. He’s worked on projects with John Romita Jr., Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Gil Kane, John Buscema and many more. Klaus’s current projects include: inking several Romita Jr. projects at Marvel; penciling a five-part Daredevil limited series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (to be inked by Bill Sinekiewicz); and penciling and inking a two-part Spider-Man story written by David Morrel. But Klaus is most proud of the course on storytelling that he teaches at The School of Visual Arts and the annual seminars that he holds at Marvel for the editorial staff and their up-and-coming artists.
If you’ve ever wanted to take your ideas for comics and learn to focus them to create actual stories, then these courses are the perfect place to explore and expand your skills! And wait till you see what courses and instructors we have coming up!
For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to
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).
Please join the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA for ABSTRACT COMICS: a panel discussion
Saturday, September 12th, 4 p.m. 2009
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members
Join MoCCA for a discussion about Abstract Comics: what they are, who is making them and why. Abstract Comics explores what is essential to the medium of comics – panel rhythm, page layout, the sequential arrangement of formal elements – and tells us how comics function and where they can go. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Silent Pictures at James Gallery, CUNY, opening on Thursday, September 10th and the new book Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu from Fantagraphics Books.
Peter Kuper is hitting the road with Diario de Oaxaca, a gorgeous and thought provoking multimedia diary of his time in Mexico, during which violence erupted over a teacher’s strike. Dates below:
Sept 13th, 11:00 a.m.
Brooklyn, NY Book festival,
International Stage (Borough Hall Plaza)
The International Graphic Novel. Three acclaimed graphic novelists who tackle big social and political themes in their work discuss what the form can accomplish, from an international and domestic perspective. Featuring Guy Delisle, Peter Kuper and Sarah Glidden.
Moderated by Matt Madden.
Sept 17th, 7PM
Exhibition opening and talk
with a show of original art from Diario de Oaxaca
MOCCA Museum of Comic and Cartoon art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
(btwn. Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Sept 23rd, 4:30pm
George Mason University, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
Free to public
Fall for the Book series
MICA (Maryland Institute of Art )
6-8 Presentation/Booksigning Atomic Books
SPX talk/ signing 3-4
Baltimore Bookfestival (Radical Pavilion)
Sept 30th 6:30-8:30
Society of Illustrators NYC
Lecture presentation and signing
Komikazen Festival , Ravenna,Italy
With Dave McKean and others
Oct 29th 7 PM
University of Michigan
Oct 30 7PM
Toledo Ohio Museum
LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel( Keynote address)
July 16th, 2009 – 7:00 p.m.
David Mazzucchelli and Dan Nadel in Conversation
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members
Artist David Mazzucchelli and exhibition curator Dan Nadel (publisher of Picture Box) will discuss Mazzucchelli’s work and the exhibition, including Mazzucchelli’s new graphic novel Asterios Polyp.
594 Broadway, Suite 401
Between Houston & Prince
New York City, NY 10012
Name: David Mazzucchelli
Date(s): June 6, 2009
Description: Sounds and Pauses
The Comics of David Mazzucchelli
May 19 – August 23
Opening Reception Saturday, June 6th, 7-9pm
In celebration of the release of his highly-anticipated book, Asterios Polyp, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is pleased to present David Mazzucchelli’s first retrospective exhibition in the U.S. Mazzucchelli’s career encompasses early groundbreaking work in Daredevil and Batman: Year One; idiosyncratic short stories in his self-published anthology, Rubber Blanket, and elsewhere; the graphic novel adaptation of City of Glass; and his new graphic novel. For over 25 years, Mazzucchelli has distinguished himself with articulate storytelling and emotive drawings in service to comics in a variety of genres. Sounds and Pauses: The Comics of David Mazzucchelli presents over 80 original comic pages, drawings, prepatory sketches and covers from the artist’s archives, allowing an invaluable look at Mazzucchelli’s artistic journey.
The exhibition is curated by Dan Nadel.
Supprt for MoCCA and Sounds and Pauses: The Comics of David Mazzucchelli comes from Pantheon Books, Picturebox, the Will and Ann Eisner Foundation, and the members of MoCCA.
Location: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012