This year the festival was held at Center 548, way over (way, way, way the fuck over) on West 22nd St, near 11th Ave. The festival was held on the second through 4th floors of the building, with a tiny elevator and treacherously narrow and steep stairs. My least favorite MoCCA venue so far.
Programming was held at the nearby High Line Hotel. I got to see Scott McCloud’s presentation on his new book, The Sculptor, thanks to his tweeting about how people should show up anyway, even though the room was “sold out.” As it happened, this was a good idea; there were empty seats, and I had no problem getting in.
I later got Scott McCloud to sign my copy of The Sculptor (not purchased at the show, so not listed below). When I told him my name, he said “The only Avram I’ve ever run into had the last name Grumer…” and I reminded him of the previous time we’d had the conversation.
- Towerkind by Kat Verhoeven. Conundrum Press.
- Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince. Top Shelf Productions.
- AltCom 2012 and 2014, anthologies published by a Swedish comics festival. I paid $5 for the two of them, but now I see, on the back, they’re supposed to be free. I guess they’re free at the festival, but someone had to pay to get them here from Sweden. Anyway, I also got to try a piece of that salty Swedish licorice, so maybe that makes it all OK. Here’s a link to their Facebook page, since their website is down.
- Terrestrial, an anthology, edited by Amanda Scurti.
- Horizon Anthology, Volume One, edited and designed by Jeremy Lawson.
Floppies & Minis
- Frontier #6, Emily Carroll. Frontier is a series of short one-shot comics published by Youth in Decline, each issue a different creator.
- Keepsakes by Carey Pietsch.
- Last Mountain by Dakota McFadzean. Birdcage Bottom Books.
- When We Were Kids by Andy Warner. Originally spread across several issues of Irene.
- Bacchanalia, by Molly Ostertag, who you may know of from the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist.