MoCCA Fest 2011 is this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, and as always, the show is bulging with new artists and established creators showing off their latest, most experimental, projects. I'm going to round up of some of the announcements that have come our way, starting with those from publishers.
Fantagraphics plans to have creators signing at their booth pretty much the whole time, with a roster that includes Kim Dietch, Peter Bagge, Dash Shaw, Michael Kupperman, Gahan Wilson, and others too numerous to mention—check out the full list at their blog. Their people are also going to be involved in a ton of panels, and with a four-table block (J1, J2, K1, K2), they should be hard to miss.
Abrams will have their usual crowd of A-list creators at their booth: Jerry Robinson, Michael Uslan, Chip Kidd, Al Jaffee, and Craig Yoe. Jaffee will receive the 2011 Klein Award for volunteer of the year, and Uslan and Robinson will be on the panel Batman, the Joker and Beyond on Sunday.
Top Shelf will be debuting two new books, Liar's Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano, and Night Animals, by Brecht Evens. Both Skillman and Evens will be there to show off their new books. Jess Fink will also be in attendance, although her Chester 5000 isn't due out until May.
Evens will also be at the Drawn + Quarterly booth (B5, C5, C6) along with Joe Ollmann, Pascal Girard, Adrian Tomine, and Jillian Tamaki; check their blog for signing and panel times. They will be debuting three books at the show: Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki; Reunion, by Pascal Girard; and The Klondike, by Zach Worton.
Fanfare UK will have advance copies of Farm 54 fresh from the printer—it's not due out until May—so stop by booth K13 and take a look. Writer Galit Seliktar will be there on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies.
Creators at the First Second booth will include Nick Bertozzi (Lewis & Clark) and Nick Abadzis (Laika) on Saturday and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) and Tracy White (How I Made It To Eighteen) on Sunday.
It doesn't look like IDW will have a table of their own, but Craig Yoe will be there with his latest anthology, Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers, published by IDW under their Yoe Books imprint.