MoCCAFest 2011 Highlights

This past weekend was the 2011 MoCCAFest, my favorite comic-con of the year. Actually calling it just a comic-con isn’t totally right, it’s more like a celebration of the comics art form  done by up and coming as well as established artists and writers. My favorite part of any Con is meeting people and talking with them to hear about their books and art and the thinking behind the stories they are telling.

Zombie Watching by Kelly TierneyKelly Tierney  was the first person I chatted with. She does these great vector zombie drawings, which she turned into pillows! I totally want to do some Robot of the Week pillows after seeing these and she gave me some pillow making tips. Her zombie drawings a were so great I had to pick up her Zombie Watching field guide.




Tim feeling Stupendous as he jogs with a cat. Then I met 4 guys sharing a table and chatted a while with Allan Dorison about the wonders of using the HeadBlade to achieve the best shaved head look. I picked up his hilarious “Kick-Ass Jews!” comic and ” My First Mermaid Parade” by Chris Brown. Also, Lee French did this amazing drawing for me! I love that he drew Streaky the super cat with me in a jogging suit.


Cards!Of course I picked up tons of business cards and postcards. I loved Jannie Ho‘s Chicken Girl 10¢ off coupon/card. Sticky Comics had some hilarious single panel cartoons and they collected them on a nicely designed postcard.





The Panels!

The first panel I attended “Almost True” featured cartoonist/writers who were doing autobiographical work that was mostly true but added or subtracted some things for the sake of telling a great story and/or to protect loved ones’ identities. The styles of these books all greatly differ in style and tone, but they were all such intriguing stories I picked up all 3 of them.

Here are the titles with an idea of what each one is about:

In “The Eye of the Majestic” by Leslie Stein places she combines stories from her life with how she imagines it would be like to live in the country.

“Reunion” by Pascal Girard tells the tale of attending a high school reunion.

“Mid-Life” by Joe Ollmann is his somewhat true story of being middle aged, which I figured I could relate too in someway myself.

The next panel I attended featured the artist collective studio Pizza Island. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn the collective shares a workspace, but they made it pretty clear that they don’t collaborate and they focus on their individual careers. It’s so smart and cool to see this group coming to together to have a place to work and share their days. Working at home alone is probably the biggest downside to freelance work of any kind, definitely got me thinking of looking for some space to share with other artists.

The final panel I saw was about the new generation of New Yorker cartoonists, and this was probably the most entertaining. The comics are my favorite part of the New Yorker, and cartoon editor Bob Mankoff let us in on the selection process. It’s pretty daunting when you realize they get hundreds of submissions each week and select only a handful. Some of the rejections wind up on the Cartoon Caption Contest located in the back page of the the magazine. The artists featured at the panel were Drew Dernavich, Paul Noth, Zachary Kanin and Emily Flake who each showed their work in a hilarious presentation each one including letters of complaint both real and fictional.

All in all MoCCAFest was excellent once again. Until next year!

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