Anelle Miller with Gregory Benton

Kim Ku


April 5th & 6th, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


The Society of Illustrators is exciting to announce the inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence.  These awards will recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival.  Artists winning this award will be acknowledged with an Award of Excellence and will have their work exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators from May 21 - July 6, 2013.  All materials chosen in the jury's initial survey will be acquired by Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly-established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded annually.


Congratulations to this year's winners: Alexandra Beguez for Narwhal,  David Plunkert for Heroical, Greg Kletsel for Exercise the Demon, Luke Healy for Of The Monstrous Pictures of Whales, and Jess Ruliffson for Invisible Wounds.


To learn more about the judging process click here.





photo by Seth Kushner
Gregory Benton is a comic artist and illustrator.  His work first appeared in the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly.  His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Fortune, among others.  In April of 2013, his book B+F was awarded one of the MoCCA Arts Festival's inaugural Award of Excellence.  An expanded version of B+F was published in the autumn of 2013 through Adhouse Books (USA) and Editions çà et là (France).

tracy1 Tracy Hurren is the Managing Editor at Drawn & Quarterly, a internationally renowned publishing company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that specializes in comic books, graphic novels and comic strip collections.  D&Q has published some of the leading cartoonists from around the world including Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, and more.  Hurren began her career after earning a master's degree from Simon Fraser Univeristy.  She has spearheaded numerous projects including Rookie Yearbook One and D&Q's Moomin Series. 


Chip Kidd is a Designer/Writer.  His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked non-stop since 1986, have won numerous awards and have revolutionized American book packaging.  He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography.  He is the author of multiple books including The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as the graphic novel Batman: Death By Design (illustrated by Dave Taylor, published by DC Comics).  Kidd is a distinguished and prolific Lecturer and has spoken at such notable institutions as Princeton, Yale, Havard, and RISD.  

pitzerart by J Chris Campbell
Chris Pitzer is the Publisher and Founder of AdHouse books, a unique publishing company founded in 2002.  AdHouse has been awarded for its stellar design quality and impressive works by Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner Awards as well as by AIGA, Communication Arts, and Domtar Paper.  Their library includes titles by notable artists Mike Dawson, Sterling Hundley, Debbie Huey, Katie Skelly, Jim Rugg, and more.  Pitzer has also won numerous nominations and awards for his work in the design industry.

James Sturm is a cartoonist and educator.  He is currently the Director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, a two-year cartooning school located in White River Junction, Vermont.  In 1991, Sturm co-founded the alternative weekly The Stranger, and continued the art direct on publication for the next five years.  Since then, Sturm has worked on numerous titles including Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight, The Golem's Mighty Swing, Satchel Paige, Striking Out Jim Crow, Adventures in Cartooning, and Market Day, among others.  In 2004, Sturm and Michelle Ollie founded CCS as an institution dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to students interested in creating visual stories.