An important message regarding the 2020 MoCCA ARTS FESTIVAL.

To our community,

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, with far reaching disruptions to day-to-day life, the Society has been closely monitoring the situation and how this might affect the MoCCA Arts Festival. New York is now in a state of emergency and the number of cases continues to climb.

It is with the safety and well-being of our community that we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the MoCCA Arts Festival. We are currently working with Metropolitan West to find a suitable replacement date.

There are financial ramifications for all of us with this decision to postpone, but we care about our exhibitors and the community. Please know we will always do the right thing for you. 

While New York is not officially calling for events of large gatherings to be canceled, many have been and we do not know what the next few weeks will entail. We recognize the amount of work and finances our exhibitors put into their tables and are trying to minimize the burden on them.

In the next few weeks, as more details are finalized, we will be reaching out to our exhibitors and guests regarding tables and accommodations. We will also reach out separately to all attendees who have already purchased a ticket for the Fest. 

In the meantime, we have made the decision to move forward and continue to judge the Awards of Excellence. In addition to the cash prize and Wacom tablets for Gold and Silver medalists, the Society will feature the award winners in an exhibition at the onsite Gallery we build at MoCCA Fest.

Thank you for your understanding. Please follow the guidelines that have been put forward to protect your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

Anelle Miller
Executive Director, Society of Illustrators




The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society's broader mission to serve as Manhattan's singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Visit the MoCCA Arts Festival website to learn more about the event! 


The MoCCA Arts Festival is held at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. Mere steps from the Hudson River Greenway and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, MoCCA’s host venue will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and pop-up cafés throughout the space.

Programming featuring panels by top artists and speakers focusing on current issues and trends will take place at Ink48 (653 11th Ave), a boutique hotel located on the corner of 11th Avenue and West 48th Street. Overlooking the Hudson River, this contemporary hotel is found in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and features spectacular views of the city skyline.

Price of admission is $10 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Children under ten are free.