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MoCCA Fest 2011 takes place April 9 - 10, 2011 at Manhattan's historic 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. A fundraiser for the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA), the Festival is celebrating the Museum’s 10-Year Anniversary. MoCCA Fest attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the worldʼs most popular art form. Since 2002, the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. In addition to the hundreds of creators who exhibit, the Festival hosts dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts who participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.
Peter Kuper has designed the image for the 2011 MoCCA Festival poster and t-shirt in honor of MoCCA's 10th anniversary. The co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, Kuper's illustrations and comics have appeared in magazines running the gamut from Time to MAD.Special Guests:Bill Plympton has been making his appearance at MoCCA Fest for almost 10 years because "it highlights independent artists as opposed to corporate companies." Plympton is also doing a panel and signing new Rizzoli book, Independently Animated: Bill Plympton. Some of his brand new films will also be screened.Other guests include:
MoCCA Mini-Animation FestivalA showcase of animated shorts, including:
The Cross Hatch Carousel, hosted by R. Sikoryak, presents cartoonists and voice actors performing live comics readings.Cartoon slide shows are presented by:
Plus special guest voices, including:
Some of the panels are:Going MAD in the 21st Century – How has the past decade impacted Mad Magazine, and what does the future hold for the usual gang of idiots? Moderated by: Danny Fingeroth (MoCCA's Senior VP of Education)Panelists: Sam Viviano, John Ficarra, Hermann Mejia, Tim Carvell The State of Editorial Cartooning – The trials and tribulations of creating political cartoons in 2011.Moderated by: Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch)
Panelists: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Tim Kreider (The Pain--When Will it End?), Ted Rall (Year of Loving Dangerously) Almost True – Where autobiography and fiction collide.Moderated by: Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly)
Panelists: Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), Joe Ollmann (Mid-Life), Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature), Pascal Girard (Nicolas) MoCCA Presents Comic Book Club – Direct from the People's Improv Theater, Comic Book Club explores the intersection of comic books, comedy, and pop culture.Moderated by: Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, Alex Zalben Panelists: Fred Chao (Jonny Hiro), Liz Baillie (Freewheel) and more. The Enterprising of Will Eisner – Learn about who Will Eisner was as an entrepreneuring artist in a time when New York was the center of the commercial art universe, and how his art was shaped by that environment.Moderated by: Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
Panelists: Jules Feiffer (Explainers), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), Paul Levitz (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking)Reciprocal Influence: Comics and Graphic Design – You put your comics in my graphic design! You put your graphic design in my comics! Four multi-disciplinary creators show how comics have influenced their work, as well as the influence of graphic design, typography, and illustration on comics themselves.Moderated by: Jeff Newelt (Heeb Magazine)Panelists: Chip Kidd (Bat-Manga!), Craig Yoe (Secret Identity), Yuko Shimizu (The Unwritten), Josh Bernstein (Royal Flush), David MacThe 2011 Klein Award will be given to Al Jaffee by Peter Kuper. For more information, visit www.moccany.org/content/mocca-festival. MoCCA Fest 2011April 9 - 10, 2011 69th Regiment Armory68 Lexington AvenueNew York City
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