1. Society of Illustrators Names First Guests, New Venue For 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival!

    NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2014)— Mark your calendars for April 11th and 12th, 2015, when the Society of Illustrators hosts the MoCCA Arts Festival at a new venue in the heart of New York City’s famed Chelsea gallery district! This year’s Festival welcomes Guests of Honor: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier, and J.H. Williams, with additional guests to be named in the weeks to come!

    Mere steps from the High Line, MoCCA’s new host venue, Center 548, is located on West 22nd Street among New York’s internationally renowned Chelsea galleries. The MoCCA Arts Festival will encompass three floors of exhibits, on site programming, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and a rooftop café, alongside satellite events occurring at venues across the city in the days leading up to the fest. Admission for the general public will remain $5 per day. Applications for exhibitors will be available November 3rd. Although the new space necessitates a slight reduction in the number of tables available, MoCCA is committed to keeping table prices at the same level as last year’s event.

    photo credit: center548.com

    Society of Illustrators Executive Director Anelle Miller says, “We are so thrilled to usher in a new era for the MoCCA Fest in 2015! Our guests of honor have each left indelible impressions on the comics medium, and how that medium is seen by audiences all over the world. We are proud to host them, as we grow into a new space and an expanded slate of programming that will form a dynamic festival that New York will be proud of. And there’s so much more to come!”

    About the Society of Illustrators

    Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Our mission is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, its history and evolving nature through exhibits, programs and education. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of American Illustration was established in 1981 and is open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Permanent Collection and created a MoCCA Gallery featuring rotating curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art. Approximately 25,000 people visit our exhibits annually. We are thoroughly committed to advancing our mission as a singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration.

  2. chancepress:

    As a sometimes-publisher/bookmaker, I have a hard time with Nobrow books, since everything they do is so perfect it kills me. Paper, printing, binding, etc - always simple, always top-notch, eugh. I first saw this book at APE, and I was excited to hear that Marion Fayolle would be at MoCCA, since I had wanted a signed copy.

    Two things:
    1) This is a unique sketch - she uses sponge painting over a stencil to create the main figure and then highlights it with a very small-gauge rapidograph pen. Neat. 
    2) I was hoping she would have brought copies of Nyctalope, the comics magazine she edits in France. I asked her about it, and there was a bit of language barrier, leading me to try to speak to her in French. There’s a special humiliation speaking the world’s most beautiful language to a native French speaker, especially when you’re more “puking it up” than “speaking” it. Long story short, I’ll probably buy some copies through the mail and will post pictures of them.

  3. chancepress:

    I was really happy to find the work of Frederic Cloche at MoCCA (he was tabling with his publisher, Fremok). I bought a couple books (including a really elegantly produced miniature book) and got some sketches too.

  4. chancepress:

    Swarte sketches! I owe quite a bit to Joost Swarte for doing these sketches and to Bill Kartalopoulos for bringing him stateside. From the top, here is the 30/40 portfolio that I made, Quintet, Bijna Compleet (the Dutch edition of Is That All There Is) and Leporello. I had about 10 more books, but thre was only so much time. I’m totally stoked with these four, let me tell ya.

    It’s incredible to watch him draw these sketches, by the way. He’s very deliberate, but everything is impossibly precise, with the pen straight to paper (no pencil underneath) rendering everything absolutely perfectly. 

  5. chancepress:

    White Cube by Brecht Vandenbrouke, published (in English) by Drawn and Quarterly. Another really cool book I picked up at MoCCA.


  6. andreatsurumi:


    (Photo: Jody Culkin)


    Somehow suddenly it’s spring and MOCCA Fest 2014 was in the 69th regiment Armory this weekend. It was the 2nd year the Society of Illustrators has run it and in addition to the welcome return of the red curtains there was a rearrangement in the floor layout….

  7. kickstarter:

    Saying Hi to Kickstarter Creators at MoCCA Arts Fest

    Beneath the watchful eye of a giant floating Charlie Brown, we visited the MoCCA Arts Festival this past weekend and caught up with some fantastic project creators. There were great Kickstarter-funded comics to be found all over the festival — above are just a handful of the creators we saw (and managed to take photos of). Pictured:

    Great seeing everyone — now go back some projects and read some comics!

  8. anujink:

    I had a wonderful time at this past weekend’s MoCCA festival. Kim and I were hangin’ tough at our table. It was great to catch up with old pals and meet some new people. I didn’t get to see nearly as much as I wanted, and even missed the chance to speak with some folks. Hopefully paths will cross again at the numerous other events throughout the year. Much love to all who were able to come out and show their support.

  9. cmbutzer:

    Had an awesome time at the MoCCA Fest this year! Bravo to the Society of Illustrators by completely revitalizing an event that had pretty much sunk.

  10. jeremysorese:

    Mocca this year was great!

    If you came out and bumped into these goofs here I just want to say THANKSTHANKSTHANKS. It was my first Mocca fest and I couldn’t be happier with the weekend as a whole.

    Next stop, TCAF! Where I’ll be tabling with the unstoppable force Hannah K Lee!