Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, every year MoCCA Fest hits New York City with it’s combination of cool, indie comics guests, fascinating talks, and more than anything, a busy Con floor that highlights the best comics not featuring men in tights (mostly). This year’s 10th Anniversary features appearances by Jessica Abel, Alex Robinson, Jason, and plenty more comics superstars… As well as an award presented to the groundbreaking creator Gary Panter.
But that’s not all that’s going on, so we thought we’d run down some of the highlights from a Con that’s far more navigatable than San Diego, or even New York – but still so chock full of goodness it might feel a little overwhelming as to what to hit first:
Frank Frazetta Gets Funny
You probably know Frazetta’s classic depictions of fantasy scenes, but did you know he wasn’t all swords and sorcery? A new book debuting at MoCCA from IDW shines a light on the more humorous side of his work, edited by the incomparable Craig Yoe.
Party Like Harvey Pekar
The official MoCCA Fest 2012 After-Party does double duty as the launch party for HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND, a new book honoring the departed creator. The party also features DJ Brian Heater spinning the phat beats, and original art by Seth Kushner and more. Pekar may never been up for a party, but we’re up for this party in his honor.
BOOM! Goes The Space Ducks
You probably know musician Daniel Johnston’s work – he’s been covered by everyone from Death Cab For Cutie, to the Flaming Lips – but you’ll get to hear him first hand Saturday night at the official MoCCAFest After-Party. Not only that, but you’ll get a chance to check out his new book from BOOM!, Space Ducks. You had us at “Space Ducks.”
Fantagraphics Brings The Hits
The always excellent publisher Fantagraphics is debuting a ton of books this weekend, including Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest 3, Jaime Hernandez’s God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls, and Tales Designed To Thrizzle #8 by Michael Kupperman, all books that should be jockeying for your hard earned money. Not only that, but they’ll be holding signings from pretty much everyone on their roster all weekend. No need to hang out at any other booths, right?
There’s nearly non-stop panels on every interest running both days of MoCCA Fest, but if we had the time, we’d probably hit up:
Saturday at 5:15pm – “Carousel,” an awesome mash-up of comics and performance featuring Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, Lauren Weinstein and R. Sikoryak. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, and Scott Adsit.
Sunday at 12:15pm – “To Run a Comic Shop,” a discussion with reps from local shops ranging from the indie, to the mainstream, to the, er, closed, with Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Just wandering around the booths and picking up something you’ve never heard of is always a great idea at MoCCAFest, but be sure to hit up the Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, and First Second booths for guaranteed good reads.
MoCCA Fest runs this Saturday and Sunday at the Lexington Avenue Armory!