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.
The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018.
Metropolitan West: 639 W.46th St., NYC
Exhibitor Hall, Guests of Honor signings, Gallery, MoCCA Food Court, Wacom demo booth, Patreon Hall, RisoLab
Ink48: 653 11th Ave
Price of admission is $7 per day and will grant attendees access to the entire Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free. Sunday programming can be found online here.
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Programming takes place in two rooms located at Ink48. Some of the panels will be filmed and available to view on our youtube channel following the Fest. Programming is organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos.
SATURDAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
12:30 pm / GARAMOND ROOM
Comics, Community and Career
How can serving a community be part of building a sustainable career in comics? How do we make decisions as to where to invest our labor, and why? In this discussion, comics professionals pass along their best strategies for artistic success in comics, measuring achievement vs. success, and discuss what part community-oriented work has played along the way. Nicole J. Georges (Calling Dr. Laura, Fetch) hosts a discussion on these issues and more with panelists including Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother), Kat Fajardo (La Raza Anthology), and Ariel Schrag (Likewise, Adam).
12:30 pm / HELVETICA ROOM
Françoise Mouly and Mark Siegel in Conversation
In 2006, Mark Siegel launched First Second Books as an imprint of Macmillan. In 2008, New Yorker Art Editor and RAW Magazine co-founder Françoise Mouly launched TOON Books as an independent publisher devoted to comics for early readers. Over the past ten years, both publishers have doggedly carved out a space for a wide range of books, edited with care and a high level of attention to production and design. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of TOON Books, Mouly and Siegel will engage in a public conversation about their journeys as comics publishers making a case for their work in a constantly changing publishing landscape.
2:00 pm / GARAMOND ROOM
Roz Chast in Conversation
Since she began publishing cartoons there in 1978, Roz Chast has completely redefined the concept of what a New Yorker cartoon might be, and in the process has become one of that magazine’s signature contributors. Chast’s many books include collections of her New Yorker cartoons, children’s books, and collaborations with writers including Steve Martin and Stephin Merritt. Her graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? offers readers a moving and humorous account of the challenges that come when one’s parents reach old age. Her most recent book is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York. She will discuss her work in a live recording session with Gil Roth, host of the Virtual Memories podcast.
A selection of Roz's work will also available to view in the MoCCA gallery at the Fest.
2:00 pm / HELVETICA ROOM
The World of Liniers
Argentine cartoonist Liniers’s diverse body of work includes formally experimental comics, painting and material for younger readers. He is also the co-founder of the publishing house La Editorial Común. For more than ten years, Liniers has drawn a hugely popular daily strip, Macanudo, for the Argentine newspaper La Nación, four volumes of which have been translated into English by Enchanted Lion Books. He has published three works for younger readers with TOON Books: The Big Wet Balloon, Written and Drawn by Henrietta, and, most recently, Good Night Planet. He currently is an artist-in-residence at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. He will discuss his diverse career in a spotlight presentation introduced and moderated by Jarad Green (The Center for Cartoon Studies).
Linier's appearance at MoCCA coincides with the exhibit “Art by Liniers: Macanudo, The New Yorker, and Good Night, Planet” at the Society of Illustrators. A selection of pieces will also available to view in the MoCCA gallery at the Fest.
3:30 pm / GARAMOND ROOM
The ground-breaking trilogy of MARCH graphic novels, the first to win a National Book Award, chronicle Congressman John Lewis’s experiences as a leader of the American Civil Rights movement. In this special panel presentation, writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, who collaborated with Congressman Lewis to translate his story to the comics form, will discuss the March books, the process behind him, and the series’ continuing relevance with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas.
Aydin and Powell's appearance at MoCCA coincides with the exhibit “The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece" at the Society of Illustrators. A selection of pieces will also available to view in the MoCCA gallery at the Fest.
3:30 pm / HELVETICA ROOM
The International Scene: Max de Radiguès and Anna Haifisch
Every comics culture — no matter how vast only presents and perceives a fragmentary view of global comics culture, a rich field of diverse human expression that is interconnected in some ways, and disconnected in others. International festivals and publishers can be sites for global exchange, and individual artists who travel and work outside of their home countries help develop ties between comics cultures. Max de Radiguès’s graphic novel about his time at the Center for Cartoon Studies was part of the Official Selection at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême in 2012, and his second English-language translation is forthcoming from Conundrum Press. He is additionally the co-publisher of the Belgian publishing house Employ du moi. Anna Haifisch is internationally known for her comics series, The Artist, and has published widely in many languages. Her book Von Spatz was recently published by Drawn and Quarterly. They will discuss their work and the international comics scene with Bill Kartalopoulos.
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