All images (c) Gary Dunaier
Sunday Programming

Sunday, April 6
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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 (Publishers Weekly).






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 eyes. 


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, Columbia University).