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  • MoCCA Fest 2012 Programming Schedule

    Press Release:

    MoCCA Fest Programming!
    We’re pleased to announce final times, guests, and agendas for our panels and programs at MoCCA Fest this year. We have two buzzing floors of activity, that include downstairs panel discussions as well as our main exhibitor floor upstairs. Whether you’re perusing the show floor for your favorite finds, catching up on the latest with Gary Panter, or learning to make your very own accordion book, there’s something for everyone.

    -And Families!
    Don’t forget about our Kids Programming on Sunday morning; four devoted programs in a row, designed to be entertaining and fun for the whole family.
    -Sunday April 29th, Kids Programs start at 9:30am. Families arriving to the Fest at 9:30am get a special price; $5 for children 6-12 (under 6 free, over 12 normal) with a paying adult.


    Look below for a complete run of MoCCA Fest programming. Also, be sure to check out moccafest.org for news!

    ROOM A

    11:15 Kids Comics Sarah Couri (NYPL), Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Matt Forsythe,
    Colleen AF Venable
    You know that old cliche about comics not being just for kids anymore? Well, thankfully some of them still are. The New York Public Library’s Sarah Couri talks to cartoonists who have ventured into world of kids comics and books.

    12:15 A History of Comics Censorship
    Alex Cox (CBLDF)
    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Alex Cox takes you on guided tour of censorship in comics, from Frederic Wertham to Friendly Franks.

    1:15 The State of Small Publishing
    Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Box Brown, Craig Yoe, Barry Matthews
    What’s it like running a small publishing company in 2012? The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald talks to an array of publishers about the state of print.

    2:15 Klein Award
    Gary P anter, Bill Kartalopoulos
    Gary Panter receives the 2012 Klein Award.

    3:15 A Nordic Roundtable
    Fredrik Strömberg (SE), Peter Madsen (DK), Kaisa Leka (FI), Bendik Kaltenborn (NO) and Mattias Elftorp (SE)
    The comics culture of northern Europe is brimming with energy, talent and innovation, among other things visible in the new anthology Kolor Klimax from Fantagraphics. Come and meet some of the Nordic artists present at MoCCA.

    4:15 Harvey Pekar’s Final Projects
    Jeff Newelt, Joy ce Brabner, Joseph Remnant , Rick Parker , Sean Pryor, Dean Haspiel, JD Waldman
    Celebrating the life and work of comics pioneer Harvey Pekar with his widow, and writer in her own right, Joyce Brabner, joins a group of his artist collaborators.

    5:15 Carousel
    R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Scott Adsit.
    Live comics brought to life by cartoonists and a team of talented voice actors.

    ROOM A

    11:15 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
    Betsy Bird (NYPL), Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Derek Kirk Kim
    The New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird talks to some of the brightest talents in one of comics’ fastest growing demographics.

    12:15 To Run a Comic Stop
    Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
    Representatives from some of the area’s top comic stores discuss the trials and tribulations of running your own shop.

    1:15 Digital Distribution and the Future of Comics
    David Steinberger (Comixology), Evan Dahm, Leigh Walton, Brian Heater
    A frank discussion about sequential art’s move into the digital age.

    2:15 Memoir
    Calvin Reid, Derf, Peter Kuper, Jennifer Hayden, Mike Dawson
    Maker s of autobio comics discuss filter their lives through sequential art.

    3:15 Daniel Johnston in Conversation
    Daniel Johnston, Brian Heater
    Join the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter for a discussion about his art, including his debut graphic novel, Space Ducks.

    4:15 An Interview with Gary Hallgren
    Gary Hallgren, Danny Fingeroth
    Gary Hallgen, interviewed by Danny Fingeroth, discusses his career from his days as one of the creators of the notorious Air Pirates, through his illustration work for a zillion publications, from the NY Times and MAD through You: The Owners Manual.

    5:15 Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans
    Aaron Augenblick, Devin Clark, R. Sikoryak
    Aaron Augenblick (founder of Augenblick St udios), Devin Clark (creator of “Ugly Americans”), and more show animated clips and shorts from their television, film, and independent projects.

    ROOM B

    12:15 With Nicolas Mahler and Tom Gauld
    Nicolas Mahler, Tom Gauld, Brian Heater
    Brian Heater interviews two artists; Tom Gauld of Scotland, and Nicolas Mahler of Austria.

    1:15 Checklist for a New Comic: A Guide to Getting Started
    Jess Abel, Matt Madden
    In this brief seminar, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will walk you through the many considerations you should keep in mind when you embark on a new comic of any kind. Abel and Madden will help you strategize and come up with a working plan for your next project, and will cover: creative block and coming up with ideas; choosing a format and platform that makes sense; setting goals and scheduling your time so that you can reach them; finding an audience and looking for collaborators and/or publishers. So bring some paper and be ready to take notes on your next big (or small) project!

    3:15 Hans Rickheit in Conversation
    Hans Rickheit, Brian Heater
    Brian Heater takes on Hans Rickheit–musician, performance artist, cartoonist.

    4:15 Big City Dare2Draw
    Hosted by TJ Glenn & Charles D Chenet
    Featuring dynamic figure drawing, with action poses, using props and, then, the signature “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards, for charity. Prizes provided by our sponsors. Dare2Draw is a non-profit, platform organization for artists, providing mentoring, networking and resources for artistic development, while encouraging goo d health and business practices for cartoonists and providing the opportunity to connect with each other, face-to-face.

    ROOM B

    9:30 Kids Program: Comics Are Awesome!
    John Green (Teen Boat!)
    Learn how an idea in your head becomes a comic on a page. John Green and Colleen AF Venable will take you on a collaborative journey through the process of creating characters and stories for comics.

    10:15 Kids Workshop: From Concept to Comic
    John Green (Teen Boat!, Phineas and Ferb), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, First Second Books)
    Kids Program continues!

    11:15 Workshop: Drawing with Rick Parker
    Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead, and Papercutz)
    Join cartoonist Rick Parker for an insightful, funny and hands-on workshop in cartooning! This workshop is great for cartoonists of all ages.

    12:30 CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop
    Robyn Chapman (Center for Cartoon Studies)
    If you think that a comic book is just a bunch of pages between two covers, think again!  There is a wide variety of book making techniques that allow you to fold, flip, and turn your comics in unusual ways. Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, will team up with comics educator Robyn Chapman to introduce three unique book forms. Then the workshop participants will construct and illustrate their own expanding comic books!

    2:00 A Discussion with Josh Neufeld and Shannon Wheeler
    Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water, Too Much Coffee Man)
    These two creators interview one another about their work in comics, especially as it relates to their approaches documenting tragedy on the Gulf Coast.

    4:00 Coming to America
    Emma Hayley (Publishing Director, SelfMadeHero)
    Reporting on the flourishing UK and European comics scenes and the launch of a new graphic novel imprint in the US.

    4:45 Euro comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French Comics Scene
    Doug Wallace, Jose-Louis Bocquet
    Jose-Louis Bocquet (Senior Editor, Dupuis – France / Author, Kiki de Monparnasse) and Doug Wallace (Marketing Director, SelfMadeHero)
    discuss the European comics scene and Catel & Jose-Louis Bocquet’s first US graphic novel Kiki de Montparnasse.

    NYC – Greendale Signing

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    Cliff Chiang signs at Rocketship on June 18th at 8pm. Cliff spent the past two years adapting Neil Young’s concept album to comic form and is showing off the fruits of his labor. Check out original art from the book while you’re there!

    208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    NYC – Smile Release Party

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    RAINA TELGEMEIER signs copies of her new graphic novel, SMILE on Saturday, February 13th.
    *Live visual reading! Perhaps with an embarrassing Valentine’s theme!
    *Braces-friendly food!
    *90s tunes!

    Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-6437



    NYC – Demo II Release Party

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    BRIAN WOOD and BECKY CLOONAN celebrate the release of DEMO VOL II on Friday, February 5th, at 8 pm.
    Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-6437



    NYC – Book Release Party

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    Paul Hornschemeier and Jay Ryan signing and book release event at Rocketship on Sunday, November 15th at 7 pm!

    Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-6437

    NYC – Drawn + Quarterly Anniversary Party

    September 8, 2009 by  
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    Guy Delisle, R. Sikoryak, R.O. Blechman, Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell and Ron Rege Jr!

    Saturday, September 12th at 7pm!

    “For the third year in a row, D+Q will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival has kindly invited Guy Delisle (Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang, Shenzhen) to be a special guest on the festival’s international stage, which will mark Delisle’s first-ever NYC event. D+Q cartoonists in attendance will be R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), R. O. Blechman (Talking Lines), Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings), Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan In New York) and Ron Rege Jr. (Skibber Bee Bye, Against Pain). To celebrate such a momentous gathering of D+Q cartoonists as well as toast to the company’s 20th Anniversary, please join us for cocktails at the Brooklyn purveyor of fine comics, Rocketship, on Saturday evening.”

    Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-6437

    NYC – X-Men: Misfits Launch Party

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    Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman, the authors of the X-Men: Misfits manga series, sign and sketch in copies of the brand-new book! Drinks and snacks will be provided. All ages welcome!
    Date: Friday, August 28, 2009
    Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    Location: Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
    Phone: 7187971348

    NYC – ‘Syncopated’ Launch Party

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    Name: Syncopated

    Date(s): June 5, 2009

    Description: On Friday, June 5th, Rocketship hosts a release party and signing for the newest SYNCOPATED anthology…

    Rocketship will have many of the contributors on hand; a complete and confirmed guest list is on the way.

    This is the Friday night before the annual MoCCA Festival, so it’s a great chance to kick off the weekend right- by having a few beers with some talented cartoonists, buying a great new anthology, and having it signed. Then stepping out onto Smith Street, breathing in the fresh, warm, Brooklyn air, and knowing that all is right with the world.

    More details to come!

    Location: Rocketship, 208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201

    Website: http://rocketshipstore.blogspot.com/