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MoCCA Arts Festival 2018 Sunday Schedule

April 8, 2018

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 7-8th, 2018. 

Metropolitan West: 639 W.46th St., NYC
Exhibitor Hall, Guests of Honor signings, Gallery, MoCCA Food Court, Wacom demo booth, Patreon Hall, RisoLab

Ink48: 653 11th Ave

Price of admission is $7 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free. Saturday programming can be found here.

Programming takes place in two rooms located at Ink48. Some of the panels will be filmed and available to view on our youtube channel following the Fest. Programming is organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos.



12:30 pm / GARAMOND ROOM
Jaime Hernandez: Locas and Legends

In 1981, Jaime Hernandez, with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, substantially inaugurated the era of “alternative comics” with the debut of their series Love and Rockets. In the decades since, Jaime Hernandez has developed a sprawling narrative world enfolding the L.A. punk scene, the Mexican-American urban experience, cosmic superheroics, and the advance of middle age, rendered in a fluid and informed visual style that places him among the master artists of the American comic book tradition. At MoCCA he launches his first book for younger readers: The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America (TOON Books). He will discuss his latest work and his career with Marc Sobel, author of The Love and Rockets Companion.

Political Cartooning: Now, More Than Ever

In turbulent political times, when the stakes are high, a political cartoonist can visually dramatize complex situations and clarify core issues in artful ways. Just when we need them most, political cartoonists, like journalists, find themselves in an increasingly precarious position in American culture. Nevertheless, a cohort of dedicated artists continue to accept the challenge of commenting visually on current events. Marymount Manhattan College professor Kent Worcester will lead a discussion on contemporary political cartooning with Steve Brodner, Mr. Fish, Ann Telnaes, and Eli Valley.

Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet in Conversation

Francophone artists Yvan Alagbé (France) and Dominique Goblet (Belgium) have both recently seen their first English-language editions published by New York Review Comics. Alagbe’s Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures debuts at MoCCA; Goblet’s Pretending is Lying was published last year. Alagbe’s book considers, in fictional terms, the position of undocumented migrants in France. Goblet’s memoir incorporates the voices of others who experienced the same life events as hers. Both blur the boundary between truth and fiction and between the self and other. Goblet’s latest book is Plus si entente (Frémok/Actes Sud), a collaboration with the German artist Kai Pfeiffer; Alagbé’s is the collaborative work L’Evangile Doré de Jésus-Triste. These artists will trace points of contact between their work in conversation with Mark Nevins (American Correspondent, Strapazin).

Somatic Comics: Drawing the Body

Comics frequently render the body — in ways both realistic and abstract — and are typically indeces of the body, made by the hands of artists who labor at desks and tablets. Kriota Willberg’s work covers all aspects of this spectrum: her new book Draw Stronger offers medically-grounded self-care instruction for cartoonists engaged in the repetitive labor of comics-making, and her larger body of work includes drawing and needlework based on anatomical and other medical imagery. She will be joined in a discussion about comics, health, and images of the body by Kate Lacour (Vivisectionary) and Lauren Weinstein (Normel Person, “Carriers”), whose work has engaged and expressed ideas about anatomy and pathology in diverse and fascinating ways. Moderated by Marsha Hurst (Columbia University, Narrative Medicine).

Mike Mignola Q+A

Mike Mignola first made his mark drawing comics and covers for comics publishers including DC and Marvel. In 1993 Mignola launched Hellboy, his signature character and title. Rendered in Mignola’s distinctive style, Hellboy became the core of an expanding universe of characters and titles that fused pop and gothic elements in narratives that depicted apocalyptic stakes with humor and humanity. Hellboy has been adapted into two live-action feature films, with a newly imagined film version set to premier in early 2019. Here, he will discuss his work with artist and educator Nathan Fox (Chair, SVA MFA in Visual Narrative).

Mignola’s appearance at MoCCA coincides with the exhibit “The Art of Mike Mignola: Hellboy and Other Curious Objects” at the Society of Illustrators. A selection of pieces will also available to view in the MoCCA gallery at the Fest. 

Why Nancy?

For decades Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy fired-up controversy: either readers loved it or…didn’t. With the publication of How to Read Nancy, cartoonists and educators Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden have delved deeply into the mysteries of both Nancy and the mechanics of the comics language. Karasik and Newgarden will explore the deep attraction Bushmiller’s work continues to hold with an all-star panel of artists including Roz Chast (The New Yorker), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), and Gary Panter (Songy of Paradise).



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