My MoCCAfest 2010 Comic Stash

MoCCAfest came a bit early this year, and it was one the best shows yet. For those of you who are unfamiliar, MoCCA is the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Every year they hold the MoCCA Festival, a comic book/ art festival for independent comic artists, cartoonists and publishers.

Here are some of the books I picked up at this years show.

Monster Town Mini-comic Trilogy by Prana T. Naujokaitis, self published.

One of the best things about MoCCAfest are the beautiful hand made books that many of the artists create. I am usually a sucker for well designed, screen printed covers, and when the story inside lives up to the package, it’s a slam dunk. The 3 mini-comics (collected in a half slip-case) are each focused on 3 different citizens of “Monstertown.” The short stories are a quick, entertaining read that are related but aren’t sequential. Prana did a great job setting the world of Monstertown and creating individual personalities for each of the monsters. Two thumbs up!




The 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gärdenfors, published by Top Shelf

I noticed this book from afar because of the blocky typography on the cover and unusual, thick “airport novel” dimensions.  The story is based on the artist’s 120 day journey through his home country of Sweden. For 120 days he followed these self-imposed rules: he couldn’t go home to his own place and he could stay only 2 nights in any one place.

I am struck by the depth of the characters and how Simon’s experiences are causing him to make some interesting choices in his journey. Each page contains only two comic panels, so it makes for a quick read. The style of the art reminds me of the Peanuts characters, but with the main character doing drugs and having sex this book is definitely for adults only.

creating individual personalities for each of the monsters. Two thumbs up!



BodyWorld by Dash Shaw, published by Pantheon

I was totally drawn to the metallic foil, hard back cover with the sort of crude, graphic drawing and typography that I really love.

This is a collection of comic strips that originally appeared online, and now they are published in this unusual vertical format.

The vertical layout adds to the storytelling setting the stage for a world full of some unusual characters. There are also fold out maps of the story’s setting “Boney Borough” on the inside front and back cover. Great example of a big publisher adding some cool elements to make a beautiful book. I can’t wait to dig in and find out what BodyWorld is all about.

creating individual personalities for each of the monsters. Two thumbs up!



Over all there was lots of cool stuff at the festival. Even though the show is over you can visit MoCCA in Soho where they always have revolving works on exhibit as well as a ton of events and classes.