§ A few little MoCCA wrap-up thoughts and posts: I particularly like this post from Alexandra Beguez because her table with Estrella Vega & Alden Viguilla has more beautiful things on it than I may have ever seen on one table at MoCCA before.
§ Juan Kafka also has some nice photos. My, but that red backdrop was vibrant.
§ Chris Pitzer and AdHouse were famously put out by a previous incarnation of the MoCCA Festival; thus his blessing on having a good time at the show looms huge:
I like that the Society sent an email right after the show. That’s a little touch that goes a long way in my book. Also, they’ll be sending a survey at some point, which is a BIG thing in my book. Because we were all watching this show, and hoping it would be that good, I kept a running list of good things and bad things about the show. I’ll tell them both, since I feel we have that type of relationship.
§ Did you have a MoCCA report you feel should be shared in a non-Tumblr way? Let us know in the comments. Of course, it ain’t over until Secret Acres posts, but they were on the steering committee and may have a different sort of report this time
§ Speaking of the Society of Illustrators, here’s a nice review of their ‘The Art of Harvey Kurtzman’, which is an undeniably spectacular show:
A show at the Society of Illustrators traces, through comics, letters and objects culled from his estate, the eccentric career of cartoonist and editor Harvey Kurtzman and the lowbrow pleasures of his art. The Brooklyn-born former World War II recruit built an empire sending up the establishment. He worked on shoestring budgets, which he augmented with buckets of cheap bad taste. His Mad magazine, which flourished during the 1950s, was a wind-up of the American counterculture. Kurtzman later found the most Rococo expression of his splashy, cheap style in Little Annie Fanny, the lavishly illustrated comic he drew for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy.
§ Here is a very bad story about how Phil Foglio may lose the rights to his Girl Genius novels because his publisher is going out of business. MAKE SURE THERE IS A BANKRUPTCY CLAUSE WHEN YOU SIGN A CONTRACT, KIDS. Alan Moore wishes he had.
§ Adam Ant will kick off Comic-Con in a completely unrelated concert nearby. Inside, the 15-year-old me is jumping up and down.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.