The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival scheduled for Sunday June 23

New York, New York, June 4, 2002: On Sunday, June 23, The nonprofit Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) will bring together over 200 cartoonists, publishers, art dealers, art organizations, and other professionals to showcase a vast array of their work and products for their first annual Art Festival at the Puck Building in New York City. Open to the public, the MoCCA Art Festival will unveil a wide range of comic and cartoon art from original artwork to limited edition prints, posters, three-dimensional art, graphic novels, comics, cartoons and animation. Featured Guests will include Jules Feiffer, Patrick McDonnell, Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, and hundreds of other cartoonists from New York and around the world. A number of cartoonists and publishers will debut new comic books and graphic novels and announce new projects at the MoCCA Art Festival.

The MoCCA Art FestivalSunday, June 23rd, 200211am - 7pmThe Puck Building293 Lafayette Street, New York CityOpen to the public, suggested donation $5

General Information Hotline: 212-696-7945

General Information E-mail: ArtFestival@moccany.org

Website: MoCCA Art Festival

JULES FEIFFER'S expansive career spans over four decades, starting with the publication of his first collection, 'Sick, Sick, Sick' in 1958. Shortly thereafter, a cartoon based on his character Munro, from Passionella and Other Stories, won the Academy Award for Best Animation. His creative influence has been acknowledged through the years with the multi-award winning Off-Broadway play, Little Murders, the controversial film, Carnal Knowledge, a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons, and his release of several children's books. Mr. Feiffer has been a long time contributor to The New Yorker, Playboy, The New Republic, Esquire and The Nation.

PATRICK MCDONNELL'S 'Mutts' is a much-loved strip featuring the antics of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat, reminiscent of the cartoons of yesteryear. Mr. McDonnell and Mutts are winners of the National Cartoonists Society's Best Comic Strip of the Year Award, Germany's prestigious Max and Moritz Best International Comic Strip Cartoonist Award, and two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, a nonprofit animal rights advocacy group. Six anthologies have been published in the United States, and Mutts now appears in more than 450 newspapers and is published in more than 20 countries.

FRANK MILLER has been instrumental in revitalizing the superhero genre and at the same time has become a forerunner in unconventional subject matter for the modern graphic novel. His work for Marvel Comics includes Daredevil, Wolverine, and The Amazing Spider-Man. In the mid 80's he received critical praise for penning Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC Comics) and Batman:Year One. Breaking away from traditional superheroes, Mr. Miller created the world of Sin City, a satirical and gritty crime series. Recently he has published 300, a fictional exploration of ancient Greece and the Persian-Greco War, and the much-anticipated sequel to the Dark Knight series, The Dark Knight Strikes Back (DK2). He has also scripted the films Robocop 2 and Robocop 3. Frank Miller's appearance at the Festival is courtesy of the nonprofit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) First Amendment organization.

JEFF SMITH is one of the most highly recognized cartoonists in the industry, having received over thirty national and international awards including: Sweden's Adamson Award, France's Alph-Art Award, Germanys Prix Vienne Award, and Spain's Premios Expocomic Award. After co-founding Character Builders Animation Studio in 1986, Mr. Smith created his unique comic book Bone, on which he continues to work today and publishes with his company Cartoon Books. His work has been translated into thirteen languages and can be found worldwide.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art was formed to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world's most popular art form. Comics and cartoons have been instrumental in effecting significant dialogue on issues involving society, culture, philosophy, and politics. History has shown them to be instrumental in documenting--and interpreting--historic events and social change. Artistically, comic and cartoon art is created at the highest levels by some of the world's finest graphic illustrators.

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