MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 Programming Announced

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Programming for the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 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 will feature spotlight sessions from distinguished creators and historians. A full schedule of events will be released in the coming months.

To view past MoCCA Arts Festival lectures please visit our youtube channel, which includes videos from past speakers Rebecca Sugar, Cece Bell, Fiona Staple, Robert Williams, Alison Bechdel, Bill Griffith, Jillian Tamaki, and many more!

For directions please visit our Directions and Ticketing page.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
Reading Without Walls: Diversity in Comics
Gene Luen Yang is the National Book Award-nominated author of graphic novels including American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints. When he was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, he chose as his theme “Reading Without Walls” to promote diversity in reading. Gene will be joined by a panel including Damian Duffy (Kindred, Black Comix), Hazel Newlevant (Chainmail Bikini), and Whit Taylor (The Nib) in a conversation about issues of diversity in comics. Moderated by Jonathan W. Gray (John Jay College- CUNY).

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Drew Friedman: Heroes of the Comics
In Heroes of the Comics and his new follow-up volume More Heroes of the Comics, illustrator and cartoonist Drew Friedman has produced a series of affectionate, beautifully rendered portraits of important figures from the history of American comic books, accompanied by short informative biographies. Friedman will discuss selected figures from his two books with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, special guest Al Jaffee, who is featured in the first volumeand Karen Green, ‎Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, who provides the second volume’s introduction.

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Blutch in Conversation with David Mazzucchelli
Internationally renowned artist Blutch joins us from France to celebrate the publication of his graphic novel Peplum in an English-language edition by New York Review Comics. His work marries the lush grace of an informed observational artist with a playful and sophisticated approach to form that marks him as a devoted maker of comics. In this special event, he will appear in conversation with his friend and colleague David Mazzucchelli (City of Glass, Asterios Polyp) for a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
Covering Trump: Steve Brodner Edel Rodriguez in Conversation
Illustrators Steve Brodner and Edel Rodriguez have produced some of the most striking and memorable artwork of this past year’s U.S. Presidential election. Brodner’s work has appeared widely in multiple venues, including the covers of the Village Voice and The Nation. Rodriguez’s “Meltdown” and “Total Meltdown” covers for Time captured key moments in the Presidential campaign, and his stark covers for Germany’s Der Spiegel have been among the most widely seen political images since the election. Legendary art director Steven Heller will speak with these two artists about their careers, their election coverage, and the function of art in politically fraught times.

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Fit to Print: French Artists in The New York Times
Art director Alexandra Zsigmond searches widely for artists to commission as illustrators for The New York Times. Over the past several years, she has worked with many artists who graduated from the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR), an art school in Strasbourg, France. Zsigmond’s work with more than a dozen of these artists is currently the subject of the exhibit Fit to Print, hanging at the Society of Illustrators and The New York Times Building. At MoCCA, she will speak with artists including Lucie Larousse, Mayumi Otero, Eugène Riousse, Simon Roussin, and Raphael Urwiller to discuss their unique work, the influence of Strasbourg, and how they collaborate to produce work for the Times.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Cliff Chiang Q+A
Comics artist and illustrator Cliff Chiang made his mark working on numerous titles published by DC Comics, including Human Target and Beware the Creeper. He achieved greater prominence with the serial Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality and a long run on Wonder Woman, both written by Brian Azzarello. He currently draws Paper Girls, written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Image Comics. He will discuss his work and his career with writer and former President and Publisher of DC Comics Paul Levitz.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 PROGRAMMING

12:30PM / Garamond Room
David Lloyd in the Spotlight
British comics artist David Lloyd began his career working for Marvel’s UK division and then gained international fame with his collaboration with Alan Moore, V for Vendetta. A perennial classic of ultimately hopeful dystopian fiction in the comics form, V for Vendetta has not only spawned a successful film adaptation but continues to provide resonant iconography for protest movements including the Anonymous collective. Beyond V, Lloyd’s body of work includes the graphic novel Kickback and the online comics project Aces High. Lloyd will discuss his work and his career with comics scholar Kent Worcester in this rare conversation.

12:30PM / Helvetica Room
Teaching Comics Internationally
For much of their history, comics have been a self-taught discipline. Now students are learning how to make comics in a variety of academic environments, from dedicated schools to majors to minors to electives. This panel will bring together a group of international comics educators to discuss the programs they teach in and the different ways in which they approach teaching comics. Bill Kartalopoulos will lead a conversation with Jessica Abel (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, US), Guillaume Dégé (Haute école des arts du Rhin, France), Ben Katchor (Parsons The New School for Design, US), and Merav Solomon (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel).

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2:00PM / Garamond Room
Rutu Modan and David Polonsky in Conversation
Israeli artists Rutu Modan and David Polonsky are both known for the excellence of their artwork and for their provocative approach to blending historical and current events into their imaginative works. Modan is best known in North America for her graphic novels Exit Wounds and The Property and for her short story collection Jamilti. Polonsky is best known in North America as the art director for the animated film Waltz With Bashir, directed by Ari Folman. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel based upon the film. Modan and Polonsky will discuss their work with comics scholar and writer Tahneer Oksman (How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?).

2:00PM / Helvetica Room
RESIST!
In the weeks between the 2016 Presidential election and the 2017 inauguration, Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman edited RESIST!, a newsprint anthology of comics and cartoons, mostly by women. 58,000 copies of the newspaper were distributed for free by a grassroots network of volunteers during the Women’s Marches in Washington and across the country. RESIST! used online networks to solicit contributions and in the process became a new kind of hybrid platform: both an ongoing online forum for urgent expression by diverse voices and a print publication that has its roots in the Sixties underground press. In this special session, Mouly and Spiegelman will discuss the development — and the future — of RESIST! 

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3:30PM / Garamond Room
Anthologies as Art: Kramers Ergot and Lagon
The great anthologies of comics history — Zap, Weirdo, RAW, and others — have both made an assertion of comics’ aesthetic ambition at a certain time and place while functioning as a personal expression by each series’ editors. Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramers Ergot, the anthology which, since 2003, has generated excitement with each volume as a strong statement about contemporary art comics in North America. Alexis Beauclair is the co-editor of Lagon, which debuted in 2014 as a risographed encapsulation of French avant-garde comics, and has metamorphosed with each volume leading to the latest, Gouffre. They will discuss their work as artists and editors with Bill Kartalopoulos.

3:30PM / Helvetica Room
Becky Cloonan Q+A
A graduate of SVA, artist and writer Becky Cloonan first made her mark with her collaborations with Brian Wood, Channel Zero: Jennie One and Demo. Her first graphic novel, East Coast Rising, was published in 2006. Her self-published works include Wolves, Demeter and The Mire, which earned her an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue. In 2012 she became the first woman to draw a main Batman title. Following Batman, she did the art for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and later created Gotham Academy for DC Comics. She is currently writing the sci-fi horror Southern Cross for Image Comics, and The Punisher for Marvel. She will discuss her career and her work with SVA MFA in Visual Narrative Chair and illustrator Nathan Fox.

ID10T Fest Brings Together Music, Comedy & Comics

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Join us at ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival on June 24th & 25th in Silicon Valley for a weekend of music, comics, gaming, comedy, technology and pop culture. Created and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Mainstage: Weezer, Girl Talk, TV On The Radio, OK Go, Lord Huron, Car Seat Headrest, Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, The Mowgli’s, Ron Gallo,Robert DeLong, Mothers

Mad Decent Dance Tent: Madeon, ZEDS DEAD, Jai Wolf, TroyBoi,GRYFFIN, PARTY FAVOR, Ape Drums, DJ 4B, WAX MOTIF

Comedy Stage: Demetri Martin, Nikki Glaser, Michael Che, Michael Ian Black, Garfunkel & Oates, Brian Posehn, Hampton Yount, Yassir Lester, Matt Braunger hosted by April Richardson

PLUS:
– Daytime panel programming
– Autograph signings
Over 50 of today’s best comic book artists & creators including: Ande Parks, Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Cameron Stewart, Chris Burnham, Farel Dalrymple, Garry Brown, Gerry Duggan, Ivan Brandon, Jason Shawn Alexander, Matt Wilson, Matteo Scalera, Mick Gray, Nick Dragotta, Phil Noto, Rick Remender, Shawn Martinbrough, Wes Craig 
– Live podcasts featuring the Nerdist podcast
– Interactive comic conival with rides, games & more
– Massive outdoor exhibitor village
– Artisan marketplace

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Tickets on sale Friday March 10th at 10am at www.id10tfest.com

CA – Doom Patrol #1 Launch Party

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Gerard Way (lead singer of My Chemical Romance, co-creator of Umbrella Academy and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) appears at Golden Apple Comics on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM to sign DOOM PATROL #1, the first issue of his new comic book series from DC’s Young Animal line.

INFO: There will be an enforced signing limit of:

  • one (1) Doom Patrol (any cover)
  • one (1) personal item or something bought at Golden Apple Comics

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

TX – Southern Cross Signing

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Writer/cover artist Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Killjoys) and artist Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare) appear at Austin Books & Comics on Wednesday, February 17th at 4:00 PM to sign the trade of SOUTHERN CROSS!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

Walking Dead Artists Appear at NC Comicon 2015

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Charlie Adlard and Stefano Gaudiano appear this weekend November 13-15th at the NC Comicon in a rare opportunity to see both artists from The Walking Dead! This is Charlie’s only US appearance this year! Splash Page Comic Art will be set up at booth A201 to sell Walking Dead original covers and pages!

Charlie will have his own ticketed signing area and special panel appearances. Details available at the link… Inker extraordinaire, Stefano Gaudiano, will signing and sketch at the Splash Page Art booth the entire weekend.

Other special guests include Gerard Way, Adam Hughes, Afua Richardson, Allison Sohn, Andy Smith, Bernard Chang, Brian Clevinger, Budd Root, Buzz, Christos Gage, Cliff Chiang, Daniel Way, Dave Dwonch, Dinesh Shamdasani, Dustin Harbin, Jeremy Bastian, Jeremy Whitley, John Paul Leon, John Van Fleet, Liz Prince, Mike Perkins, Mitch Gerads, Neal Adams, Richard Case, Rico Renzi, Scott Wegener, Stacey Lee, Tini Howard, Tony Harris, and Tommy Lee Edwards.

For more information, go to the convention’s website: nccomicon.com

ON – Southern Cross #1 Signing

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Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy) and Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare) appear at The Silver Snail on Saturday March 21st at 8:00 PM to sign the first issue of SOUTHERN CROSS from Image Comics!

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The Silver Snail
329 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1R7
416-593-0889

QC – Southern Cross Launch Party

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Creators Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, and Serge Lapointe appear at Le Bar Ritz PDB on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm for the launch of SOUTHERN CROSS! They will be on hand signing copies (available for sale on site) as well as a Q&A session.

As well as a Dj set from SABRINA SABOTAGE

FREE ENTRANCE.

Bar Le “Ritz” PDB
179 Rue Jean Talon O, Montreal, QC H2R 2X2
(514) 570-7585

TX – Gotham Academy Signing

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Comic creator Becky Cloonan appears at Austin Books & Comics for signing on Saturday, January 10th from 3:00-7:00 PM! Fans asked to limit themselves to five items brought from home. The store will have graphic novels and issues available to purchase for Becky to sign including Gotham Academy, Demo, Killjoys, Conan, and more.

Becky will also appear the night before for a ladies only event at the shop. Details at the link…

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

UK – Gotham Academy Signing

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Writer/artist Becky Cloonan appears at Orbital Comics for a very special signing of GOTHAM ACADEMY on Wednesday, December 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM! Becky will be signing KILLJOYS, DEMO, CONAN, and her many other comics.

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Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

Gotham Academy Launch Tour

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Comic creators Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl hit the road to sign the first issue of their new series GOTHAM ACADEMY #1!

Thursday October 2nd at 7:00 PM

Bar Le Ritz PDB
179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest Montréal, QC H2R 2Y9, Canada

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Friday October 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Comic Book Shoppe
1400 Clyde Ave Ottawa, ON K2G3J2
Phone +1 613-228-8386

Saturday October 4th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
Phone: 416-901-7489

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Monday October 6th at 6:00 PM

Cloud City Comics – Shoppingtown Mall
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 449-0003

 

Tuesday October 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Escape Pod Comics
302 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

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