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Games for Change Festival Advocates Serious Fun

Think games are just kid's stuff? One glimpse at the brain-trust headlining the Games for Change Festival, May 24 to 27, 2010, should reboot your mind. 
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Not since Claudius Ceasar jumped into the gladiator ring have leaders and games so converged. 

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Army Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, are but three of the eminences gathering in New York City to consider how computer and video games can advance education, health and social issues.

Enlightenment will also beam in from media mavens including: Law and Order: SVU Executive Producer Neal Baer, digital pioneer Alan Kay and online humorist Ze Frank.
Ze FrankThe brainchild of Games for Change, a non-profit that uses digital games to take on such issues as poverty, education, human rights, global conflict and climate change, the Festival is known as "the Sundance of video games" for the socially-responsible set.

In its seventh iteration, G4C is taking an extra day – expanding from three to four – to study the alchemy that turns gaming into educational gold. On May 27, it will debut a "Research and Design Innovation Day" to consider game mechanics and methods for studying engagement, among other aspects of game-based learning. 

Co-presented with the Games for Learning Institute, a joint research forum of eight universities and Microsoft Research, the day will be held at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. (The first three days of G4C will take place at Parsons The New School for Design.)

Also to be presented for the first time is a workshop entitled “The Power of Design: Youth Making Social Issue Games.”  Game designers, educators and foundations are among those expected to attend this day-long confab exploring games as stealth curricula. Items on the agenda include how students can play their way to mastering science, technology, engineering and math and to rallying for progressive causes.

An estimated 97% of teens engage in digital games, a vital stat behind this initiative which also seeks to involve youth in designing their own social impact games.

G4C will once again present a "Games Expo," where participants can roll up their sleeves and do some playing, themselves. Brainstorming sessions, funders' meetings, press scrums and demos will round out the Festival program.

As in the past two years, Festival curtains will rise with the "101.5 Workshop." This in-demand forum is tailored to non-profits seeking to publish social issue games.

Let the games begin. And for more info go to:

the Games for Change Festival
May 24 - 27, 2010

Theresa Lang Student Center, 2nd Floor
Parsons The New School for Design
55 West 13th St.
New York, NY

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
251 Mercer St. Rm 109

(at Mercer and West 4th Streets
New York University
New York, NY

Celebrate Indie Comix at MoCCA Art Fest 2010

New York City's 9th annual festival of comics and cartoon art, the MoCCA Art Festival, takes place Saturday anThe 2010 MoCCA Indie Comix Fesatd Sunday, April 10 to 11, 2010, in the historic 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue. The weekend event attracts thousands of comic-art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world's most popular art form.

Since 2002, lower Manhattan's Museum of Comic and Cartoon ArtMoCCA — has sponsored this festival to offer a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, Web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork and more. Each year, the festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars and other experts to participate in two days of lectures and discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.

Indie cartoonists, comics creators and animators doing signings include:

Noon - 1 p.m.
Cheri Nowak

R. Sikoryak
Noon - 2
Nick Abadzis
Kim Dietch
1-2 p.m.

Bill Roundy
1-2:30 p.m.

Michael Kupperman

Bob Camp
Becky Cloonan
Ryan Dunlavey
2-3:30 p.m.

Farel Dalrymple
2-4 p.m.

Tunde Adebimpe

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Kevin Breslawski
Peter Kuper

Ivan Brandon
Andy McDonald
Raina Telgemeier
Ray Alma
4-5 p.m.
Emily Flake

Noon - 1 p.m.
Bill Plympton
Noon - 2 p.m.

Eric Craddock
12:30-2 p.m.

Doug Bratton
1-1:30 p.m.

Josh Neufeld
Jason Little
Rick Parker
2-3 p.m.

Dean Haspiel
Tunde Adebimpe

2:30-4 p.m.

Michael Kupperman
Josh Bayer
Gabrielle Bell
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Liza Donnelly

Austin English

MoCCA is a nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs.

The many exhibitors booked for this year include:

Abrams ComicArts
Bear Party Collective
Buenaventura Press
Blurred Books
Candle Light Press
Comics Bakery
Evil Twin Comics
Jessica Abel
Matt Madden
Look Out! Monsters
Sparkplug Comics
Tugboat Press

On Sunday, the Festival opens early, at 10:30 am, 
 a special Holocaust Remembrance Day presentation titled "Disney and Neal Adams Take on the Holocaust."

Legendary comic book artist Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Avengers: Kree Skrull War), Disney Educational Productions chief Lisa Clements, and Holocaust historian Dr. Rafael Medoff unveil their new collaboration: They Spoke Out: American Voices of Protest Against the Holocaust, a stunning series of motion comics that will revolutionize Holocaust education. This event features the premiere of the first two episodes in the series.

MoCCA, the museum, is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City.  It is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult).

For more information about the festival, the museum, MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, go to the MoCCA website:

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival
April 10th and 11th, 2010
The 69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue

(at Lexington Ave. and 25th Street)
New York City
By subway: 6 Train to 28th Street Station

AIPAD Photography Show NY

The 30th Anniversary AIPAD Photography Show is being held March 18-21, 2010 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), this event features more than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.

Special Events

A number of special events, including panel discussions with leading curators, dealers, artists and critics, are being held. 

Celebration, an "exhibition-within-an-exhibition," includes a special work in each exhibitor’s booth, with an accompanying catalogue. Each AIPAD member has been asked to choose a work that reflects the theme of celebration.


A wide range of the worlds leading fine art photography galleries are exhibiting at The Show. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, the Show will include a number of international galleries from Paris, London, Berlin, the Czech Republic, Buenos Aires, Japan, and China.

Galleries exhibiting for the first time include: Gallery 339, Philadelphia; Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe; M+B, Los Angeles; and L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York.

Some exhibits:

A rare example of a bird in flight from Eadweard Muybridge's famous study of motion, Animal Locomotion, 1872-1885/1887, will be on view at the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco. Muybridge is widely recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of motion pictures, as well as a significant influence on the arts and sciences, inspiring countless artists and inventors including Sol LeWitt, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Edison.

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, exhibits the historic master vintage print of busboy Juan Romero trying to comfort presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after the assassination attempt on June 5, 1968. Taken by photographer Bill Eppridge, it is the original print used to reproduce this iconic image in the LIFE magazine issue dated June 14, 1968.

Lillian Bassman is continuing to make photographs at age 92. Abrams has just published her new book, Lillian Bassman: Women, and new work will be on view at Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica.

Andy Warhol’s black and white photographs from 1976 to 1979 will be a highlight at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. The gallery is also bringing the first ever prints of Autochromes, c.1907-1925, from the National Geographic Image Collection.

Seminars include:

"What Collectors Need to Know: the Art of Caring for Photographs"
Top experts explore the most important issues involved in caring for photographs. Topics will include: hanging, framing, storage, conservation, ethics and more.

"New Topographics: Landscape Photography Then and Now"
The 1975 exhibition, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, signaled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography emulated by generations of photographers. A new version of this seminal exhibition is currently touring.

"A Conversation with Members of the Photo League"
In the critical years leading up to World War II, the Photo League flourished as a progressive center for American photography in New York City. In 1947, the League was listed as a "subversive" organization, leading to its demise in 1951. The panel presents a rare opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from the artists themselves during this turbulent period.

For further information, visit  

AIPAD Photography Show
March 18-21, 2010

The Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York City

Game Over III Begins at Giant Robot SF

Giant Robot is presenting its annual art exhibit Game Over III at its store in San Francisco, California (618 Shrader St.; 415-876-4773) open Mon-Fri 11:30-8, Sat. 11-8, Sun 12-7, from March 12 through April 14, 2010.

This group show pays homage to the continuous evolution of videogames and their influence on popular culture.

The impact and inspiration of videogames will be represented through a wide assortment of styles and genres provided by artists in the fields of illustration, painting, sewing, independent comics, and, of course, videogames.

Contributors scheduled include:

Sasha Barr
Sean Boyles
Eric Butler
Kris Chau
Shawn Cheng

Ryan De La Hoz
Elayne Dixon
E. Dubois
Theo Ellsworth

Everybody Get Up
Matt Furie
Mark Giglio
Jake Gillespie
Tim Gough

Andrew Holder
Paul Hornschemeier
David Horvath
Jay Howell
Martin Hsu
Mari Inukai
Marc Johns

James Kochalka
Le Merde
Phil Lumbang
Aaron Martinez
Andrew Perry

Mike Perry
Ferris Plock
Silvio Porretta
Carlos Ramos
Albert Reyes

Grant Reynolds
Alexander Shen
Kaz Strzepek
Team Macho
Daria Tessler
Jeremy Tinder
Joe To
Kelly Tunstall
Aiyana Udesen
Amy Vazquez

Connie Wong
Anthony Wu
Lawrence Yang
Derek Yu

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

For more information, please visit and/or 

Game Over III
March 12-April 14, 2010

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


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