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MoCCA Arts Festival 2019 Sunday Schedule

April 7, 2019

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 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 6-7th, 2019. Learn more about the Fest including Featured Artists, the Exhibit, the MoCCA Café, and more! 

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

Ink48: 653 11th Ave

Price of admission is $10 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. An $18 Weekend Pass will be available to purchase online leading up to the Fest. Children under ten are free. Day tickets may be purchased at the door. 

ONLINE TICKET SALES NOW CLOSED. Tickets available to purchase at the door. 

Programming is organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos.

Programming is sponsored by: 



Garamond Room / 12:00 pm
Liana Finck in Conversation with Gabrielle Bell
Liana Finck’s cartoons and comics appear regularly in The New Yorker and other venues. Her latest book is the graphic memoir Passing For Human. Additionally, her daily outpouring of witty, observant cartoons on Instagram has earned her hundreds of thousands of loyal readers online. Finck will appear in conversation with cartoonist Gabrielle Bell, with whom she regularly meets to draw, for a wide ranging conversation in which the two artists will interview each other about their work. Bell’s most recent books are Everything is Flammable and a new, updated edition of her short story collection Cecil and Jordan in New York.

Helvetica Room / 12:00 pm
Other Models, Other Forms
This exciting, forward-looking panel will bring together a group of comics artists whose work not only departs from the use of traditional art making tools, but embraces non-literary models for narrative and, in some cases, reconceptualizes the form of the book itself. Moderator Bill Kartalopoulos (The Best American Comics) will discuss process and approach with Maëlle Doliveaux (I Will Live Forever), Julian Glander (3D Sweeties), Keren Katz (The Academic Hour), and Florent Ruppert (Barrel of Monkeys).

Garamond Room / 1:30 pm
Mark Alan Stamaty Spotlight
Mark Alan Stamaty has enjoyed a diverse career as a cartoonist and children’s book author. His 1973 children’s book Who Needs Donuts? Is a contemporary classic and remains in print. In 1978 he began drawing the comic strip narrative MacDoodle St. weekly for the Village Voice. The collected edition of that book was recently republished by New York Review Comics. His other comics series include Washingtoon for the Voice, the Washington Post and Time Magazine and Boox for the New York Times Book Review. His works for younger readers include Alia’s Mission and Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down! His first children’s book, Yellow Yellow with writer Frank Asch, is forthcoming in a new edition from Drawn and Quarterly. Stamaty will discuss his art and his career in a spotlight session moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

Helvetica Room / 1:30 pm
Narratives of Motherhood
The experience and work of motherhood has increasingly been the subject of comics narratives in recent years. Artists have drawn their birth stories and explored the complex emotions that parenthood can provoke, while also addressing the difficulty of maintaining an artistic practice balanced against the demanding responsibilities of parenthood. MUTHA Magazine editor and Publishers Weekly graphic novels review editor Meg Lemke will lead a discussion on comics narratives of motherhood with artists Emily Flake (The New Yorker, Mama Tried), Sacha Mardou (Sky in Stereo), and Lauren Weinstein (Mother’s Walk, Normel Person).

Garamond Room / 3:00 pm
Bill Sienkiewicz in Conversation with Klaus Janson
Bill Sienkiewicz is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, with his groundbreaking run on New Mutants, his fully painted work on comics including Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters. He will be joined for a special conversation with artist Klaus Janson, a distinctive stylist and storyteller whose own career path has intertwined with Sienkiewicz’s. Moderated by Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University.

Helvetica Room / 3:00 pm
Comics and the Teaching Artist
Historically a self-taught discipline, comics are now taught in classes, programs, and dedicated institutions. How do teaching artists construct syllabi and curricula? What have they learned as artists that they can teach? And how does their teaching affect their own work? Comics scholar Tahneer Oksman (Marymount Manhattan College) will discuss this and more with Ivan Brunetti (Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice and Comics: Easy as ABC!), Sequential Arts Workshop (SAW) founder Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning), and Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) founder James Sturm (Off Season).

Garamond Room / 4:30 pm
Professional Development 102: Artists’ Roundtable
What does it take to be a working artist today? How do artists develop their careers, and how do they sustain their personal artistic practices? To what extent do those two goals overlap and to what extent do they diverge? Artists Josh Bayer, Fran Meneses, Julia Rothman and Andrea Tsurumi will share their own perspectives on maintaining a career and life as a working artist in conversation with artist and art director Kristen Radtke (The Believer). Co-organized and sponsored by the School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education.


April 7, 2019
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