Guests of Honor Announced for MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 1-2 at Metropolitan West in New York City. This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, The Punisher, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor’s visits will be available in future announcements.

Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

Blutch
Born Christian Hincker in Strasbourg, France, comic artist and writer Blutch is widely recognized for his incredible draftsmanship and his affectionate, outsider’s take on American culture including cinema and jazz. His comics debuted in the magazine Fluide Glacial in the 1980s. Since then he has published many books with publishers including L’Association, Cornelius, and Dargaud. His books So Long, Silver Screen (Picturebox) and Peplum (New York Review Comics) have been translated into English, and his illustrations have appeared in publications including Libération and The New Yorker. In 2009, he won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. His visit to North America is supported by Europe Comics

Cliff Chiang
Comic artist Cliff Chiang began his career as an illustrator for Disney Adventures Magazine and Vertigo/DC before moving on to freelance. His client list includes DC Comics, GQ Magazine, Lucasfilm, Warner Animation, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamics Forces Entertainment, and the ACLU. His artwork was used in the comics Human Target, Beware the Creeper and Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Green Arrow/Black Canary and Wonder Woman. He is currently working on the series Paper Girls with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Becky Cloonan
At only 36, New York’s School of Visual Arts alum Becky Cloonan has already paved the way for women in comics. Her breakout hit, Demo (2004), a collaboration with Brian Wood, received numerous accolades and recognitions. Her first solo project,
East Coast Rising, released by Tokyopop in 2006, earned her a third Eisner nomination for Best New Series. 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 cover art and stories for Gotham Academy for DC Comics.

Drew Friedman
Award winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others. His work has been collected in several volumes, and The New York Times called his three volumes of Old Jewish Comedians “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces.” His books of portraits, Heroes of the Comic Books and More Heroes of The Comics, published by Fantagraphics, have received high praise and recognition from the comics community. He is the subject of the upcoming documentary Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.

David Lloyd
British comic art David Lloyd’s career began in the 1970s creating art for Marvel UK titles. In 1982, author and editor Dez Skinn started production on Warrior magazine, and invited Lloyd to create a new pulp character. With the help of writer Alan Moore, the two conceived V for Vendetta, a dark comic featuring an anarchist anti-hero who battles with a fascist government while donning a Guy-Fawkes mask. DC Comics would later pick up the comic and transform it into a full graphic novel. In 2006, V for Vendetta became a full-length feature film, while the Guy-Fawkes mask illustrated by Lloyd has been used widely in protests throughout the world. Since the widespread popularity of V, Lloyd has worked on numerous other titles including Wasteland, Espers, War Story, The Territory, Kickback, among others. In 2012, Lloyd launched an online comics anthology called Aces Weekly.

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang found early recognition in 2006 through his young adult (YA) book American Born Chinese (First Second Books), which became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award, as well as an Eisner Award. His next title, the diptych Boxers & Saints (also published by First Second Books), continued his winning streak, receiving the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January of 2016, Yang was appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council; then later that year, he was named a MacArthur Genius.

About the Society of Illustrators and the MoCCA Arts Festival
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 3,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

TX – Punisher #1 Signing

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Writer Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Killjoys, Southern Cross) appears at Austin Books & Comics on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM to sign PUNISHER #1!

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

CA – Killjoys Signing

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Writer Gerard Way and artist Becky Cloonan appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm to sign The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!  Come say hello, give high-fives get stuff signed and stick around for all the talent that will be present!

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223

IE – By Chance or Providence Signing

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Artist and writer Becky Cloonan appears at The Big Bang on Wednesday May 28rd from 5:00 till 7:00 pm. She’ll be signing her books BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE and TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS and we’ll have exclusive prints AND a bookplate! Plus a Q&A will follow moderated by artist Declan Shalvey AND an afterparty at the Thomas House where we will be serenaded by Becky’s favourite heavy metal jams!

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The Big Bang.
Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16

UK – By Chance or Providence Tour

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Becky Cloonan and special guest Richard Starkings appear at three Travelling Man stores on 18th and 19th May 2014!

MANCHESTER SUNDAY 18th MAY 1300-1500
LEEDS 18th MAY 1700 -1800 ish!
NEWCASTLE MONDAY 19th MAY 12 noon – 1400

The fantastic BECKY CLOONAN (artist on TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, CONAN, BATMAN, DEMO and the amazing self published WOLVES, THE MIRE and DEMETER) will be signing with us on Sunday 18th in Manchester and Monday 19th in Newcastle to promote BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE. Come along and get your books and comics signed and check out exclusive in store deals!

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IL – Becky Cloonan Art Show

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Becky Cloonan returns to Challengers on Friday, May 16th for a ONE-NIGHT ART SHOW, celebrating the release of True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys in a new collected book and her mini-comics collection By Chance Or Providence! Art show and signing run 6pm to 10pm! New Print! Bookplate! All sorts of Becky goodness! Be here!

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Challengers Comics 
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

VA – Killjoys Signing

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Becky Cloonan and Shaun Simon appear at Laughing Ogre Comics on Wednesday, May 7th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm for a signing of the collection of their series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and Becky’s self-published collection, By Chance Or Providence!

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a sci-fi adventure where the Killjoys lost their lives battling against a controlling megacorp, and now their followers carry on the fight.

By Chance or Providence is a compilation of Becky’s self-published mini-comics of fantastic adventures of magic and horror!

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Laughing Ogre Comics
19340 Promenade Drive, Lansdowne, VA 20176

NYC – True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys Signing

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Meet writer Shaun Simon and artist Becky Cloonan at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00 pm for a signing of their new book True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys from Dark Horse Comics!

True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys TP
Writer: Shaun Simon, Gerard Way • Artist: Becky Cloonan

Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one – the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI!

Collects The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1-#6 and ‘Dead Satellites’ from Free Comic Book Day 2013.

From Gerard Way, creator of the Eisner Award-winning The Umbrella Academy!

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038

Dark Horse Booth Schedule for NYCC 2013

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Press Release:

It’s here! New York Comic-Con 2013 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

 

SIGNINGS IN DARK HORSE BOOTH #1636

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

 

3:30 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini

 

5:00 p.m. HALO: Frank O’Connor, Christopher Schlerf

 

6:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters

 

7:00 p.m. EVE ONLINE: B. Börkur Eiríksson

 

8:00 p.m. Tommy Lee EdwardsProject TBA

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

 

10:00 a.m. SCIENCE FICTION COMICS: Ron Randall (Trekker), Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas (Gamma)

 

11:00 a.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters

 

12:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson

 

1:00 p.m. NEW SUPERHEROES FROM GREAT CREATORS: Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless (The Answer!), Bryan J. L. Glass (Furious), Donny Cates (BuzzkillHunter Quaid), Eliot Rahal (Hunter Quaid)

 

2:00 p.m. HORROR COMICS: Alex de Campi (Grindhouse, Smoke/Ashes), Chris Peterson (Grindhouse), Tim Seeley (Ex Sanguine), Tom Mandrake (To Hell You Ride), Jonathan Maberry (Project TBA)

 

3:00 p.m. HUSBANDS: Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon

 

4:00 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini

 

4:00 p.m. CONAN, STAR WARS, THE MASSIVE: Brian Wood

 

 

5:00 p.m. THE STAR WARS, STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI: Jonathan Rinzler, Jan Duursema

 

6:00 p.m. DARK HORSE SUPERHEROES: Frank Barbiere (Blackout), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II (Brain Boy), Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

 

10:00 a.m. LONE WOLF & CUB: Kazuo Koike (Courtesy of Wikia: Masters of Animanga)

 

11:00 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

 

12:00 p.m. WHEDONVERSE COMICS: Dan Dos Santos, Jane Espenson, Scott Fischer, Victor Gischler, Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Steve Morris (Angel & FaithBuffy the Vampire SlayerSerenity)

 

1:00 p.m. GRENDEL 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Matt Wagner

 

1:00 p.m. Greg Rucka:  Project TBA

 

1:00 p.m. BUZZKILL:  Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw

 

2:00 p.m. THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, P.J. Byrne (voice actor for Bolin)

*Ticketed event. Come to the Dark Horse booth when NYCC opens on Friday and Saturday mornings for the chance to draw a signing ticket while supplies last. Learn the latest about The Legend of Korra by signing up for Korra Nation at the link!

 

3:30 p.m. THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan, Shaun Simon

4:30 p.m. HORROR COMICS: Victor Gischler (Kiss Me, Satan!, Clown Fatale), James Harren (Abe SapienB.P.R.D.), Cameron Stewart (Sin Titulo, B.P.R.D.), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden)

 

5:30 p.m. THE MASSIVE: Brian Wood, Garry Brown

 

5:30 p.m. MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt

 

6:30 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

 

10:00 a.m. BLOODHOUND: Dan Jolley, Robin Riggs

 

10:00 a.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere, Toby Cypress

 

10:00 a.m. AMALA’S BLADE:  Michael Dialynas

 

11:00 a.m. ITTY BITTY HELLBOY: Art Baltazar, Franco

 

12:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters

 

12:00 p.m. Tommy Lee EdwardsProject TBA

 

12:00 p.m. S.H.O.O.T. FIRST: Justin Aclin, Nicolás Daniel Selma

 

1:00 p.m. ELFQUEST: Richard and Wendy Pini

 

2:00 p.m. MONSTERS! & OTHER STORIES: Gustavo Duarte

 

2:00 p.m. HALLOWEEN LEGION: Diana Leto

 

3:00 p.m. STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF ENDOR: Zack Giallongo

IMPORTANT:  All giveaway, limited edition, and exclusive items are available while supplies last.  Free prints, comics, or posters are provided for each signing while supplies last. You may bring items to sign or purchase them at the Dark Horse Store. We reserve the right to restrict the nature and/or limit the number of items to be signed, at our discretion.

Please note that lines may be capped or tickets issued for any signing as needed. Inquire about your favorite signings as early as possible. Some restrictions apply. All events are subject to change.

CA – Killjoys Signing

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Writer Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance) and artist Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan The Barbarian) sign at Secret Headquarters this Saturday, June 15th from 7 to 9pm. Come by to have a drink, snag a copy of the new book, and meet Gerard and Becky!

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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