Mocca Arts Festival Exhibitors List
Sam Neukirch is an illustrator from Long Island, NY. She's done work with Amazon Publishing, VICE Media, and some local clients. She collects graphic novels, tacky mugs, pinback buttons, and things of Luigi from Super Mario Bros. (Even though she's more of a Sonic fan really.)
Sara Lautman's drawings and comics have appeared with The New Yorker, The Awl, The Pitchfork Review, Mad and elsewhere. Her 2016 collection, The Ultimate Laugh (Tinto Press) was nominated for an Ignatz award. The latest collection of her diary comics is being published on this very occasion by Birdcage Bottom Books. She lives in Baltimore.
Sean is an illustrator, animator and graphic designer currently residing in the coffee-rich habitat of Seattle. He is the creator of the ongoing comic series 'Sweetie', the web-comic 'Fireworks' and contributor to the Harvey-nominated anthology '27 Club' . Sean has a love for illustration and storytelling across genres, gravitating towards the more human and emotional elements in each work.
SelfMadeHero is an independent publisher of graphic novels and visual narratives. Based in London, the company publishes ground-breaking and beautiful work by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound. Releases for spring 2017 include Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie by Néjib and Gauguin by Fabrizio Dori.
Shreyas is an illustrator from Chennai, India, with an eye for the everyday and an affinity for the drawn image. She is curious about the ways art, design and illustration intersect with gender. Through drawing and writing, she tries to understand how, why and what we remember. Her first essay-comic Becoming Rosie: Rosie the Riveter and Performative Gender won a MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence in 2016.
I am an illustrator, book-designer, and zine-maker that incorporates women's issues, visual wordplay, and observations of the minutiae of daily life in my comics.
So What? Press
So What? Press has been publishing comics of all shapes and sizes since 2011. It was founded by Dave Kelly and Lara Antal, who also collaborate on Tales of the Night Watchman, the acclaimed series about baristas fighting monsters.
Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College
Solstice creates a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual by offering concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, and writing for children & young adults. Working with some of the best writers in the country, our diverse student body emerges with a deep, well-rounded knowledge of their art, a strategy for continuing the development of their creative vision, and a supportive circle of peers and mentors.
Three years ago our mentor leaned over the work of his subordinates, inhaled deeply, then turned to them and said “Spicy!” That moment of absurdity bonded the artists in a way no one anticipated. Years later, we’re showing at Mocca again. Featuring work from Christian Blaza, Dani Breckenridge, E.L. Candrilli, Marisa D'Amato, Ria Martinez, Jax Ochs, Chris Ruiz, Joe Stansbury, Melisa Vallovera, Matt Verde, and Yuko Wakabayashi. Check us out!
Pratt Institute's student-run comic anthology and club! Comic club encourages students to meet and share their comics projects, their favorite works, play drawing games, learn about self-publishing, and collaborate. Our publication has been printing up to three times a year since 1985.
Stephanie Hovden is a queer designer, illustrator, comic artist and enthusiast living in Brooklyn, NY. Stephanie is passionate about media geared toward children and young adults. In her narratives she prioritizes creating stories about girls, women and the LGBT community. She also has a great love for animals so they are often featured in her work. Stephanie is currently working on a comic called Wolf Years as well as short form comics and illustrations.
I've drawn 'Mazing Man, Hero Hotline, Instant Piano, Ren & Stimpy, Mickey Mouse, Popeye the Sailor and the graphic novel, Lucky In Love. Now I'm exhausted.
Syracuse University Illustration Program
F 207, F 208, F 209
Syracuse University's Illustration Program's legacy spans decades and a multitude of illustrious alumni. Classes include focused work in Editorial, Sequential, Licensing and Visual Development. Notable illustrators visit campus to lecture and run workshops. The program visits NYC to do studio, gallery and museum visits. There are opportunities to study abroad through SU, notably in Florence, Italy, as well as Maymester classes in LA and NYC.