Official Press Release
This year’s Art Festival (sponsored in part by Disney Book Group) will be held on June 7th & 8th from 11 AM to 6 PM at the historic Puck Building in lower Manhattan. That means your chance to see all your favorite comic and cartoon artists and publishers spread over four jam-packed ballrooms is almost here!
Admission is $10 each day or $15 weekend pass, but MoCCA Members gain access for the ENTIRE WEEKEND for only $10!
You can find a list of exhibitors and other information on our website by clicking the links below. For the second year in a row we will be presenting all panel programming at the MoCCA gallery located at 594 Broadway (Suite 401), just two blocks from the Puck Building.
The program for this year’s MoCCA Art Festival features a rich mix of animators, cartoonists, graphic artists, and writers. Our special guests include Jessica Abel, Rebecca Donner, David Hajdu, David Heatley, Chip Kidd, Alex Robinson, Frank Santoro, and Brian Wood. Saturday’s program opens with author Blake Bell talking about his new Steve Ditko biography, and closes with Dan Nadel in conversation with Chris Forgues (“CF”), whose comics, according to one critic, “exude the ease of someone just now putting all the pieces together to make for consistent great work.” Sunday’s program opens with an illustrated history of radical cartooning, by social movement cartoonist Nick Thorkelson, and closes with a screening of new animated shorts from Scandinavia.
For the complete list of programming, go to http://moccany.org/artfest-programming-08.html.
Also worth noting, the 2008 program is being held in tandem with an event at NYU that will take place the day before the Festival officially opens, on Friday, June 6. Sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities and MoCCA, “Post-Bang: Comics Ten Minutes After the Big Bang!” features roundtables and presentations on “key trends and debates facing comics in this new, ‘post-bang’ environment.” The day opens with a roundtable on “Comics and Canon Formation” (11:15-12:30) and moves onto “Comics and Kid’s Lit” (1:30-2:45), “Comics and the Literary Establishment” (3:00-4:15) and “Comics and the Internet” (5:30-6:45). The day closes with Art Spiegelman and Gary Panter in conversation (7:00-8:00), and Hillary Chute interviewing Lynda Barry (8:15-9:30). “Post-Bang: Comics Ten Minutes After the Big Bang” will be held at the Cantor Film Center at NYU, 36 East 8 Street. For more information, visit nyih.as.nyu.edu/page/home.
We’ll see you next week â€” but for now take a look at this year’s poster illustrated by Tara McPherson
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of original artwork. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation of any kind please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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