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Programming will take place in the lower level of the 69th Regiment Armory below the Exhibitor Hall. There are two rooms for programming: Room One and Room Two. All panels are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Panels will be filmed and uploaded to the Society's youtube channel after the Fest. Due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved in order to attend some highlighted panels below.
Our thanks to Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos for organizing all of these panels.
Fiona Staples Q+A
In a few short years, Canadian
comics artist Fiona Staples has
gained acknowledgement as one of the most distinctive stylists and storytellers
in her field. Her work as artist and co-creator of the phenomenally successful
comic book series Saga, written by
Brian K. Vaughan, has won multiple awards, high praise, and an enormous
following. Staples will discuss her art and process with Nathan Fox (cover artist for FBP
and chair of SVA’s MFA in Visual Narrative program).
Form, Materials and Expression
Over the last several years, comics
have experienced a broadening of aesthetic approaches beyond the conventions
that derived from prior craft traditions and technical constraints.
Increasingly, comics are produced using a wide range of materials including new
digital media, while digital technology has promoted the broad dissemination of
handmade work that might be otherwise difficult to reproduce. Sam Alden, Frederic Coché, and Michael
DeForge will discuss how their preferred art media interact with comics
form to serve their individual expressions in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.
Comics, Illustration and the Conceptual Image
What does it mean to express an
abstract idea in a concrete drawing? What is the difference between an idea
that can be expressed in a single image and one that requires sequential
exposition? Internationally acclaimed artists Marion Fayolle (In Pieces),
Joost Swarte (Is That All There Is?), and Brecht
Vandenbroucke (White Cube), work
in both comics and illustration, addressing subtle emotional and intellectual
concepts in each form. They will consider these questions and more in
conversation with New York Times Art
Director Alexandra Zsigmond.
What Kids Learn From Making Comics
Comics have increasingly entered
curricula as subjects of study, and evidence shows that comics can be a
powerful tool in helping early readers acquire literacy. But what lessons do
students learn from actually making comics? How does making comics supplement
and enhance traditional education? Beth
Brooks from The Comic Book Project will discuss that organization’s comics
workshops with children. Tracy Fedonchik
and Roxanne Feldman will share
their experience working with grade school students to adapt fiction into
comics at the Dalton School. Public school art teacher and cartoonist John Mejias will discuss his student projects and his work. Josh Bayer,
who has taught adults and children at institutions including the 92nd Street Y
will discuss his teaching and lead the conversation.
Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse in Conversation
Alison Bechdel is the acclaimed author of the comics memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Prior to these, she gained a devoted audience
for her biweekly comic strip Dykes to
Watch Out For, published in alternative newspapers between 1983 and 2009.
Bechdel was inspired to write about queer life by Gay Comix, edited by Howard
Cruse between 1980 and 1983. Cruse began publishing in the underground
comix scene in the 1970s and went on to draw the comics series Wendel for The Advocate through the ’80s. In 1995 he published his
award-winning graphic novel Stuck Rubber
Baby. We are delighted to present a very special conversation between these
two influential artists, moderated by Hillary
Chute (author of Graphic Women and the new interview collection Outside the Box). (90 minutes)
* This event is free to attend but due to limited space tickets must be reserved beforehand.
UPDATE: Priority seating is now sold out. Any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
World War 3 Illustrated:
From 1979 to Now
Join World War 3
illustrated to celebrate their 35th anniversary of publication and the
release of a retrospective collection premiering at MoCCA. Launched in 1979 by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman, World War 3
Illustrated is a radical, collectively-organized magazine of comics, text
and graphics. WW3 has consistently
engaged issues of the day and challenged political, social and economic
hierarchies and the regimes that enforce them. Kuper, Tobocman, and WW3 co-editors Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones,
and Kevin Pyle will discuss the
past, present and future of the longest running political comic in history in a
conversation moderated by Calvin Reid
Live Drawing: Comics in Concert
Finnish cartoonist Ville
Ranta and musicians Niko Kumpuvaara
(accordion) and Aleksi Ranta
(guitar) bring their internationally successful “Comics in Concert” musical
live drawing event to MoCCA. Ranta will be joined by North American cartoonists
Scott Campbell, Miriam Katin, andmore,who will all create
new, projected drawings to festive, live musical accompaniment before your very
Israeli Comics Today
Israel has a small but burgeoning
comics culture, which has gained international notice through the works of the
Actus Tragicus group and the break-out success of cartoonist Rutu Modan. Today,
the Israeli Cartoon Museum in Holon exhibits work by Israeli and international
artists, and a growing number of artists and publishers are working to
cultivate the Israeli comics industry. Nimrod
Reshef, cartoonist and spokesman for the Israeli Cartoonists Association,
will discuss his work publishing comics for children and older readers in
Israel, joined in conversation by Keren
Katz and Alina Gorban, Israeli
artists currently living and working in the US. Moderated by Karen Green (Graphic Novels Librarian,