When I saw Dash Shaw’s poster for this year’s MoCCA Art Festival, I was content to eat up the eye candy and move on. But Heidi MacDonald actually, y’know, read the poster to find out the guest list. And lo and behold, she caught that tops on the alphabetical list is Bill Ayers. Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers. Until recently relatively uncontroversial education professor Bill Ayers. “Obama pals around with terrorists” Bill Ayers. My goodness. He’ll be there to promote his upcoming graphic memoir To Teach, featuring art by Ryan Alexander-Tanner. Let’s hope Fox News is still busy poring over Captain America issues to find out if Ed Brubaker ever compared Glenn Beck to MODOK.
As Heidi points out, given last year’s problems, this year’s guest list is pretty impressive. In addition to Ayers, the list features (among others) Paul Pope, Hope Larson, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Santoro, Gahan Wilson, Jillian & Mariko Tamaki, and the great Frank Miller, who hasn’t attended one of these in a while. I’m sure he and Ayers will have a lot to talk about.
Formerly hosted in the dog days of summer, this year’s festival will take place on April 10-11 at the 69th Regiment Armory. The ticket price at the door has gone up, by the way: $12 for the day, $20 for the weekend. Let’s hope we get what we pay for!