MoCCA 2017

Apr. 2nd, 2017 11:38 pm
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MoCCA Art Festival was at Metropolitan West again this year. I was only able to attend on Sunday.


Floppies & Minis

MoCCA 2016

Apr. 2nd, 2016 09:08 pm
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This year’s MoCCA Art Fest was held at Metropolitan West, on West 48th St, all the way over on 12th Avenue, even further west and more inconvenient than last year’s venue. I guess next year’s’ll be in a barge, mid-Hudson.

Here’s my shoulder-cracking haul:


  • New Contruction by Sam Alden.
  • A Stray in the Woods by Alison Wilgus.
  • Beef With Tomato by Dean Haspiel.
  • SVA’s 2014 comics school anthology. (Not sure why I didn’t already have this, since they give ’em out free every year, but the cover was distinctive and didn’t look familiar.)
  • Fantastic Life by Kevin Mutch.
  • Uptight #5 by Jordan Crane. The eye-catching cover made me pick it up and flip through it, the interior art made me buy it, and not till I got home did I notice it was by an artist whose work I already know and like. I expect I’ll want to hunt down the earlier four issues.
  • Valor, a gorgeous anthology book edited by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton, who are also among the many contributors. I sprang for the hardcover.
  • Snackies by Nick Sumida.

Floppies & Minis


  • A pair of Winsor & Newton pigment markers, Neutral Grey 6 and Violet Blue Deep! They were giving out free samples, and when I said I’d like either a blue or a dark gray, I got one of each!

MoCCA 2015

Apr. 13th, 2015 05:00 am
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I haven’t done one of these in ages. Still been going to MoCCA every year, but I’ve been forgetting to record my hauls.

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


Apr. 15th, 2010 10:16 pm
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Oh, right, MoCCA! I see, looking through old entries, that I neglected to write up 2008’s art fest. Which is annoying, because one of the reasons I do this is to help me keep track of what I buy, so I don’t wind up buying it again the next year. Grmph.

Anyway, this year I missed a day of MoCCA for the first time ever, to hang out with [ profile] papersky, [ profile] roadnotes, [ profile] pnh, [ profile] tnh, and [ profile] bugsybanana at Green-Wood Cemetary, and then go see a stage adaptation of Dhalgren (joined by [ profile] baldanders, [ profile] stakebait, [ profile] redbird, and [ profile] cattitude). Patrick took photos, which will probably wind up on Flickr at some point.

That left Sunday for MoCCA. I got there around 2 PM, and soon ran into Sumana, who I followed around so that I could use her charm as a shield for my own general lack of social ability. (Seriously, [ profile] kent_allard_jr tells me that I’ve got more social ability than a lot of our circle of friends, but next to people like Sumana and [ profile] cadhla I feel like a bear who’s been shaved and toilet trained. And the shaving hasn’t really taken.) Also chatted a bit with Glenn, squeed a bit at Yuko Ota, and saw some cool animation at a panel. (I should probably make more effort to attend panels at future MoCCAs.)

On to the loot:


  • The Anthology Project, edited by Joy Ang and Nick Thornborrow, design and cover illo by Joy Ang. Were you aware that Holy-Crap-Gorgeous Full-Color Comics Anthology was a growing genre? Well, it is, and here’s another one.
  • Green Monk by Brandon Dayton. Also titled Зелёный Монах on the cover, but a quick skim doesn’t show me any Russian inside.
  • The 12 Labors of Gastrophobia, by David McGuire, collecting the webcomic of the same name. McGuire, as many cartoonists do, will draw sketches in the books people buy from him at cons. He asked me “Any requests?”, and (unable to decide which character is my favorite), I said “Sing ‘My Melancholy Baby’!” The result:
    crying baby
  • Awesome Stories, a portfolio anthology published by the School of Visual Arts cartooning department. I don’t remember the school being anywhere near this supportive of the cartooning majors when I was there. They were giving this book away free!
  • School of Visual Arts Portfolio 30, another freebie. Pieces from cartooning and illustration students graduating in 2009. The pages are perforated cardstock, so you can use them as postcards.


  • The Unwritten #1, first issue of a Vertigo comics series by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Another freebie, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered. I go to MoCCA for indie stuff, especially the stuff I can’t get in stores.
  • Static Fish #1, an anthology magazine published by the Pratt Comic Club. They also had a full color hardcover book, but that isn’t what I got.


  • Dead Winter #2, by S Dave Shabet. I thought I got #1 last year, but I don’t see it listed. Maybe it was the year before.
  • Billy the Dunce, by Jason Week. I also geeked out a bit with Week about inking. And I got a small print of one of his illustrations.
  • A whole bunch of stuff from Bob Stevenson, who had a great package deal for $10:
    • Journey into History #1 ashcan
    • The Recessionist Comics Review
    • Kenya
    • Pulped #1
    • HB Comics and Stories #1 and #2, which are so big I shouldn’t be listing them here under minis, especially #1, which has a glossy cover and ads in the back.
    • An illustration and a printed comic strip.


Jun. 8th, 2009 01:14 am
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MoCCA Art Fest was this weekend, NYC’s top event for indie comics. I’ve been going every year since the first one, but I totally forgot to do a list like this last year.




This year was the first in the new venue, the 69th Regiment Armory on 26th and Lex, which has one big internal space, much more convenient than the three smaller spaces at the Puck Building (no link because their website has annoying automatic sound). A bit warm, though. Ran into, jeez, practically everybody, which highlights the superiority of one big space for socializing and networking.

Two or three different people asked me if I had done any comics lately, which has me pissed off at myself for having done practically no comics at all in like twenty years. I clearly in some way emit the aura of someone who ought to be making comics.


Jun. 24th, 2007 11:54 pm
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This was a very purchase-light MoCCA for me. I’ve spent the past few weeks sorting through books, packing some, throwing away others, and I can’t look at books now without thinking about the fact that I don’t have space enough for the one’s I’ve already got. And worse for floppies and minis, which I can’t just stick on a shelf.

So my self-imposed limit this years was: No floppies or minis, only books with actual spines. I only bought six or seven, and left them over at the Brooklyn apartment, since why bring them to Jersey City only to box them up and bring them to Brooklyn in three days. So, this year’s MoCCA haul:


  • Sordid City Blues, by Charles Schneeflock Snow, who I also got to chat with.
  • Abraxas and the Earthman, by Rick Veitch, an SF treatment of Moby Dick, which ran in Epic umpteen years ago.
  • Scott Bateman’s Secret Sketchbook of Shame, by Scott Bateman and shame. I think it’s been a few years since I’ve seen Scott.
  • Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, by JP Stassen.
  • And two or three other books, which I’ve already forgotten. This here’s a placeholder, and I’ll go back and fill it in at some point when the books and I are in the same state.

I missed out on getting a copy of I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets, the Fletcher Hanks collection (about which Coop said “looking at those panels is like eating a whole bag of Cheetos made of heroin.”). It sold out on Saturday.


Jun. 11th, 2006 08:20 pm
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Back from MoCCA, and I am exhausted and my feet hurt. But I enjoyed myself. Went to a panel for the first time — the Saturday afternoon one about the Mome anthology. Ran into, let’s see, [ profile] tinpan, [ profile] meritahut, [ profile] sw_inku, Carol Pinchefsky, Liz Gorinsky. Hey, [ profile] bugsybanana, Meritahut publishes SPQR Blues, a comic about ancient Rome, on her LJ.

OK, here’s this year’s haul:



  • Red by Elizabeth Genco, Kevin Colden, and Miss Lasko-Gross
  • Gin 747 #0, an anthology of mini-comics
  • The Industry by Kiki Jones
  • Oz Squad #1-9, and Little Oz Squad, by Steve Ahlquist and various artists, even though I already had like three or four of these issues, just so I’d know I had them all in one place. Ahlquist was sold out of #10, but he said he’d mail me one, since I’d bought all the others, thus establishing that he is a god among men. He also says he’s working on getting a trade collection out, and (I think he said) starting the series up again.
  • Wigu: The Case of the Missile Crisis! by Jeffrey Rowland


  • An untitled print collection by Tintin Pantoja (aka tinpan)
  • Jellaby #2 by Kean Soo, and Jellaby, The Homage Series, a set of color prints by a variety of artists
  • The Tenth Life of Pishio the Cat by Zack Giallongo
  • Hey, 4-Eyes! #2, an anthology comic that I’d put in Books if it were bound instead of held together with a rubber band
  • Hats by Vasilis Lolos
  • Heaster & Galatea by Chari Pere
  • Conscious by Mike Zagari
  • Some stapled-together thing whose title I can’t even read, but hey, it was free
  • Nonsequiteria by John Peters
  • A whole handful of tiny minis that I got handed for free on Sunday, mostly Sparrow’s Fall by Baker, but also one called Mine to Make by Bonnie Leigh
  • Brendan Comics #1 by Brendan Burford

I’m starting to get kinda arbitrary about what goes into which category.

On Friday I went back to my last two MoCCA entries and assembled all of my lists into a printout I could take with me to make sure I didn’t buy anything I already had.


Jun. 15th, 2005 12:21 am
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Another MoCCA festival come and gone. Ran into: [ profile] tinpan, Rachel Kadushin from NYSFS and BxSci, Izzy from CUGC. Didn’t run into: [ profile] bigscary, [ profile] negativeq, [ profile] scottbateman. Next year: Make plans to meet people at specific times, get group together, maybe go for lunch or dinner; also really oughta do comic blah blah blah. This year’s haul:


  • 5 Sketchbook by Alberto Ruiz. Lots of sexy girlie art and really good caricatures.
  • Horus vol 1 by Johane Matte. Very nice. Smooth, professional art, funny story. I’d seen the sketches and previews on her website a while back, and jumped at the book when I saw it on her table.
  • Death Comes to Monkeysuit, volume 5 of the anthology collection by Monkeysuit Press. I always get me the latest Monkeysuit, and it was $4 cheaper at the show than it will be in the stores.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, volume 2 of the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I like this volume even better than the first.
  • The Amazing Cynicalman by Matt Feazell. I neglected to ask if Feazell if there was any chance his "Dimension 10 1/2" stories from the back pages of Zot! would ever be collected.
  • Punish the Dead vol 1 by Toby Craig, which many people saw being bound, thanks to the magic of the Internet.
  • Philadelphia Cartoonist Society Anthology, Book One. These cool folks reserve a page in the back of their collection so they can doodle in the copies people buy at cons.
  • Moxie, My Sweet, the various artists of Seattle’s Fine Comix collective drawing stories written by Mark Campos.


  • The Justice Seven by Erik Craddock, who I met on the subway a couple years ago, and who’s been shaming my ass with his prolificity ever since.
  • Super F*ckers by James Kochalka, a very rude superhero story.
  • Nothing Better advance preview #1 and 2 by Tyler Page.
  • Nisha #1 by Robert Gavila.


  • Take-Out #7 by Raina Telgemeier, who used to live a block or two from me in Brooklyn.
  • No In-Between #2 and 3 by Marion Vitus (aka [ profile] marionv), documenting her trip to Europe. I got #1 last year.
  • Bare Bones, a mini sketchbook by Mike Huddleston, who doesn’t seem to have a website. Bad Mike, no link!
  • Jellaby #1 and Exit Music #1 and 2, by Kean Soo, who’s one of the best colorists in webcomics. Sadly, the minis are in black and white.
  • O’ ’Deer by Joseph Grivelli. I dunno, he was handing ’em out free.
  • Friendly Fire by David Stanley.
  • Fragile Ego #5 by Denise Ozker.
  • Understanding Mimicomics by Matt Feazell.
  • Platform #1 by Elizabeth Genco. This isn’t comics, it’s the journal of an NYC woman who busks Irish fiddle in the subway to get over her stage fright. She also hacks Perl code. Yeah, I’m swooning, just a bit.
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Day 2, the day of the much less sticky floor:

Got to chat with Jeff Smith (Bone is gonna be released as one honkin’ big paperback book, 1300 pages for a ludicrously low price, and he talked to a textbook manufacturer about the binding) and R Stevens and Batton Lash and a bunch more people. And I ran into Charles Sperling, who I hadn’t seen in years. In fact, I was unusually social and un-shy for me.

It seems like the first MoCCA was dominated by mini-comics people, and the second by people making actual indie comics. This year had a lot of web-comics people, like the Dumbrella folks, and, um, probably someone else but I’m stupid.

This year’s swag:


  • Blame the Sky by John Allison, the second Scary Go Round collection
  • Table for One by Bosch Fawstin (I bet he didn’t have to fight anyone over that domain)
  • Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden: Borrowed Magic by Dave Roman and John Green, a collection of something I’ve been seeing in pamphlet form and meaning to pick up for years
  • Diesel Sweeties: Pocket Sweeties Volume One
  • If New York City was the World by John Kerschbaum, whose last name is German for cherry tree, and whose publishing company has a very disturbing logo
  • The Waiting Sun by Justin Madson, a stand-alone story in his Happy Town world


Minis (’cause it just wouldn’t be MoCCA if I didn’t come home with a bag full of minis!):

  • Satisfactory Comics #4 and A Treatise Upon the Jam by Isaac Cates and Mike Wenthe
  • Feel the Burn by Ron LeBrasseur
  • Take-Out, #1 vol 2 by Raina Telgemeier
  • Karmikaze by $teve Pri¢e
  • Moxie #1 by a bunch of people
  • Young Geeks in Love #1 by Robert Bienvenu
  • No In-Between by Marion Vitus
  • An Axe Fell by Brian Musikoff
  • Planet Peezo by Suzanne Baumann

I finally left when my shoulders felt like they were gonna fall off from the weight of my bag. And then I discovered that while I was at the con, the Gay Pride Parade had severed Manhattan into two pieces, one of which contained me, and the other containing PATH stations. I worked my way towards the 9th St station, but couldn’t get there through the parade, so turned around and headed towards the Christopher St station (a walk that should have taken five minutes, but took around an hour), only to find that station closed and the cops telling us to go to 9th St! Fuck that, said I, and walked down to Ground Zero and the WTC station. Folks, don’t elect me mayor, ’cause I’d ban all parades in Manhattan.

MoCCA swag

Jun. 23rd, 2003 02:06 am
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Oof. I don’t feel quite as invigorated as I did last year, but I enjoyed myself. Got to chat with [ profile] scottbateman, [ profile] kuronekogirl, and a few people who (as far as I know) aren’t on LJ (yet!). Somehow missed [ profile] nihilistic_kid. Spent too much on comics, and could easily have spent twice as much. Here’s the loot:

Loot list )
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Phew! I spent seven hours at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s art festival. I’m exhausted and exhilarated. I think I spent about $80 on various things — wished I’d brought my larger bag — got to meet and talk to a whole bunch of people I admire the heck out of, including Ruben Bolling, Brian Wood, Howard Cruse, Paul Hornschemeier, and <sigh!> Carla Speed McNeil. I missed Paul Pope, and the crowd was too thick around Evan Dorkin.

I also got to see work from lots of talented locals, like Becky Cloonan, Vanessa Satone, Tintin Pantoja, and a whole bunch of other young cartoonists from SVA, which seems to be much more supportive of the cartooning majors than it was when I was there. Oh, and the Meathaus crowd, and so many other great comics people that I can’t even come close to remembering them all! And I’ll be days going through all the comics I brought home.

My one big, major, overwhelming regret is that I walked among them as an outsider. If they hold this thing again next year I’m damn sure gonna have a table and at least some minicomics to show! (Small Press Expo is too soon.)

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