Society of Illustrators announces Comic and Cartoon Art Week

The Society of Illustrators has declared April 1-6 as Comic and Cartoon Art Week, filled with lectures, screenings and book launches, and capped off by the MoCCA Arts Festival. Here's the schedule:


New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium7 p.m. at Parsons the New School for Design, 2 West 13th St., Bark RoomGuest speaker: Ernie Gehr, filmmaker/animator; free and open to the public<

Strong Female Protagonists7-8:30 p.m. at the School of Visual Arts Ampitheater, 209 E. 23rd St., Room 311A panel discussion with Raina Telgemeier, Diane Noomin, Shelly Bond and Alitha Martinez. Moderated by Keith Mayerson.The event is free and open to the public, but registration required.


The Draftsmen's Congress at the New Museum2 p.m. at 235 BoweryThe New Museum has invited the Society of Illustrators to participate in a collaborative project called the Draftsmen's Congress led by artist Pawell Althamer. The Society has partnered with the National Cartoonists Society exclusively. Members will take part in the making of one large drawing that will take up the entire floor of the space in the museum.


MoCCA Arts Festival VIP Cocktail Reception6-9 p.m. at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63 St.Help kick off the MoCCA Arts Festival weekend with a prviate viewing of the current exhibits by Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians and Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Invitation only.

Nick Abadzis + Tucker Stone7-8 p.m. at Strand Books, 828 BroadwayAcclaimed comics artist and writer Nick Abadzis will speak with comics journalist Tucker Stone, writer forThe Factual Opinion, Comics Alliance, The Comics Journal and sales and marketing representative for Nobrow in the United States.

Edie Fake Presents "Memory Palaces"7 p.m. at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, hosted by Cage, 83A Hester St.Chicago comics artist Edie Fake and Brooklyn publishers Secret Acres are pleased to debut a monograph of Edie's recent gallery exhibition, "Memory Palaces." Edie will present his drawings and discuss the genesis behind his project, a radical reimagining of queer spaces in Chicago.


Fiona Staples at Midtown Comics 6:30-8 p.m. at 64 Fulton St.Join MoCCA Arts Festival guest of honor Fiona Staples at the Midtown Comics downtown location.

Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin'7 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, Beatrice Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St. between Eighth and Ninth avenuesFilm screening and Q&A with MoCCA Arts Festival guest of honor Robert Williams and director Nancye Ferguson, moderated by culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick.SVA students and faculty free; $5 general admission

Book release party for Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza 7 p.m. at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St.Join James Kochalka for the release of his new book.


MoCCA Arts Festival11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the 69th Regiment ArmoryGeneral admission $5

After-party and awards ceremony at the Society of Illustrators7-11 p.m. at 128 E. 63 St.The Society is hosting an after-party open only to MoCCA Arts exhibitors, speakers, special guests and volunteers where it will announce the winners of the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence. Free admission for MoCCA Fest badge holders includes beer, wine and soda plus a small-plates buffet.


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