All images (c) Gary Dunaier
Saturday Programming

Saturday, April 5
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.



R. Sikoryak Presents: CAROUSEL for KIDS!

Acclaimed cartoonist R. Sikoryak brings a special KIDS' edition of CAROUSEL, his long-running series of live comics readings and other projected pictures, to the MoCCA stage.  Featuring James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza), Trade Loeffler (Zig and Wikki, Zip and Li'l Bit Funnies), Neil Numberman (Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! Joey Fly: Private Eye), and Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye) and more!  Stories, gags, audience participation, and more, for kids of all ages. 


The Katzenjammer Kids go to the Armory Show: Cartoonists and Modern Art, 1913

The 1913 Armory Show was a watershed event—the first exposure for many Americans to the new European modernist avant-garde. While the press focused on European art in the exhibit, American artists made up the majority of the show, and a fascinating subset of these were early newspaper comic strip cartoonists. The cartoonists represented at the Exhibition included George Luks, Rudolph Dirks, Denys Wortman, and several others. Tad Suiter (George Mason University) will reveal this little-examined history and explore how these artists used their work as a way of gaining cultural capital.




Comics and Protests Movements

Protest movements arise from Protest movements arise from communities marginalized by political institutions and mainstream media. Artwork has often given voice to underrepresented points of view, and can document grassroots social action overlooked by authorized histories. Comics artists Christopher Cardinale (Which Side Are You On?), Mike Dawson (Angie Bongiolatti), Seth Tobocman (War in the Neighborhood), and Sophie Yanow (War of Streets and Houses) have all represented and documented contemporary and historical protest movements in their comics. They will discuss the issues at stake with writer and documentary filmmaker Annie Nocenti.



Robert Williams Q+A

Robert Williams has enjoyed a diverse and profoundly influential career expressing a singular artistic vision. Emerging from the West Coast hot rod scene (where he produced graphics for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth), Williams produced some of the finest underground comix of his era in the pages of Zap. Williams proceeded to produce a body of intense, phantasmagorical paintings and jumpstarted the so-called “lowbrow” art movement, founding the influential JuxtapozMagazine in 1994. He will discuss his career in comics and fine art with critic and curator Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine).




Drinking Ink: Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in Conversation

Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte have a long association, dating back to the earliest days of Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s RAW Magazine, to which Swarte was a frequent contributor. Both artists have distinguished themselves with artwork both witty and profound, both have produced expressive comics and striking single images, and both have worked in multiple media including architecture and performance. Together, the pair will discuss their careers, their shared histories, comics and more in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos. (90 minutes)

* This event is free 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.  



2:00 How Comics Are Queer

As long as there have been comics there have been queer cartoonists. Comics that authentically engaged queer experience in America emerged in the radical underground comix milieu of the 1960s and ’70s, fueled by the social liberation movements of the era. Comics’ status in American culture echoes queer experience: once marginalized, now accepted, but still contested—while some of the most acclaimed comics of the day speak to and from queer experience. Howard Cruse, Edie Fake, Justin Hall and L. Nichols will consider the historical and contemporary intersections of queer experience and comics with moderator Margaret Galvan (The Graduate Center, City University of New York).





Drew Friedman Presents Old Jewish Comedians


Drew Friedman is an iconic cartoonist and illustrator whose intensely rendered, caricatural work first gained notice in the pages of publications including RAW and Spy, and whose illustrations regularly appear on the front page of the New York Observer. His upcoming book, Heroes of the Comics, will feature portraits of cartooning legends. Currently the subject of an exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, Friedman will discuss his Old Jewish Comedians series of books in this special presentation, revealing the concept and process behind these books, as well as their reception among the “Old Jewish Comedians” themselves.


Comics and Design

As traditional media move into a digital space, the future of publishing remains unpredictable. Rapidly changing realities increasingly demand that books published on paper exhibit aesthetic physical qualities to justify their status as objects. Balancing aesthetic quality with accessibility, well-designed graphic novels may model the future of print. From RAW Magazine to TOON Books, Françoise Mouly has pioneered the presentation of comics as beautiful objects. Iconic graphic designer Chip Kidd helped usher in the current graphic novel era, editing and designing landmark graphic novels at Pantheon Books. Together, they will discuss the responsibilities and pleasures of designing comics with moderator Bill Kartalopoulos.