We have a slew of signings all weekend long as well as a remarkably potent lineup of new books debuting at the show, including:
Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso
Best American Comics Criticism, edited by Ben Schwartz
Billy Hazenuts and the Crazy Bird by Tony Millionaire
Captain Easy Vol. 1 by Roy Crane
Dungeon Quest by Joe Daly
Culture Corner by Basil Wolverton
Blazing Combat s/c by Archie Goodwin & Co.
Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918 by Geo. Herriman
The Search for Smilin’ Ed by Kim Deitch
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6 by Michael Kupperman
Wally Gropius by Tim Hensley
Weathercraft by Jim Woodring
Temperance by Cathy Malkasian
And here’s our signing schedule for the show:
At MoCCA this weekend Top Shelf will have (deep breath):
- The Top Shelf Swedish Invasion! which includes 5 brand-new books:
The 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gärdenfors
- Hey Princess by Mats Jonsson
- The Troll King by Kolbeinn Karlsson
- Swedish Comics History by Fredrik Strömberg
- From the Shadow of the Northern Lights vol. 2 edited by Johannes Klenell
- plus the in-print Second Thoughts by Niklas Asker and Northern Lights vol. 1!
- ALL OF THE SWEDISH ARTISTS WILL BE THERE!
- Dodgem Logic #2 edited by Alan Moore (featuring his gotta-see-it-to-believe-it minicomic Astounding Weird Penises)
- SuperF*ckers by James Kochalka (who unfortunately cannot attend)
- Super Spy (vol. 2): The Lost Dossiers by Matt Kindt
- Undeleted Scenes by Jeffrey Brown
- Plus appearances by Alex Robinson (Saturday only) and Kevin Cannon (all weekend)!
- But before the show even opens, come to our Swedish Invasion party, Friday, April 9, at Rocketship Comics in Brooklyn!
I’ve just put two brand new Sparkplug books on the website: Reich #7 by Elijah Brubaker and Eschew #2 by Robert Sergel. MoCCA Festival is the world premiere of both books. It will be the East Coast premiere of Whirlwind Wonderland by Rina Ayuyang co-published with Tugboat Press. Make sure to drop by the table and say “hi”. They’ll also have all the Sparkplug books and more self-published comics. A full table.
DRAWN & QUARTERLY:
Yes, MoCCA has come early this year! D+Q will be there with bells on, and with Adrian Tomine, James Sturm, R. Sikoryak and Gabrielle Bell on hand to sign your books. Stop by tables A41, 42, B1.
Saturday, April 10
12-2 Adrian Tomine
2-3 R. Sikoryak
3-4 James Sturm
4-5 Gabrielle Bell
5:15 Gabrielle Bell and R. Sikoryak programming “The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies”
5-6 James Sturm
Sunday, April 11
11:30 James Sturm programming “James Sturm and Paul Karasik in Conversation”
11:30-12:30 Gabrielle Bell signing
12:30-2:30 James Sturm signing
2:30-4:30 R. Sikoryak signing
This year, Pantheon will be giving away special tote bags with purchase of a graphic novel! Check out our booth for news on upcoming works from your favorite graphic novelists, plus lots of great giveaways. See you there!
12:45 PM: Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro in Conversation
Moderated by: Bill Kartalopol
Frank Santoro, author of Storeyville and co-creator of Cold Heat, joins Bottomless Belly Button and Bodyworld author Dash Shaw for a conversation moderated by comics critic and Parsons faculty member Bill Kartalopoulos. The artists will discuss their inf
uences, their approaches to comics, and the relationship between line and color on the printed comics page.
3:15 Klein Award Ceremony: Our very own David Mazzuchelli, author of Asterios Polyp, will be presented the award by renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd.
5:15 PM: The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies Featuring the art of: Kim Deitch, R. Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, , Gabrielle Bell, and Emily Flake. The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies Top talent from the world of sta
dup comedy, animation, film, and radio come together to perform live versions of strips from Kim Deitch (Boulevard of Broken Dreams), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), and Emily Flak
(Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves).
2:00 PM: Sequential Activism: Saving the World One Panel at a Time, featuring Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge,), Bill Ayers (To Teach: The Journey in Comics), Peter Kuper (WWIII Illustrated, Oaxaca), Tom Hart (Hutch Owen), and Ward Sutto
(Sutton Impact) join moderator Brian Heater (Daily Crosshatch) to explore the history of subversive political comics, from political cartoons to World War III Illustrated.
Dash Shaw & Josh Neufeld will be doing signings at the Pantheon booth after their panels.
Our table is E32, and some of our authors have
consented to grace us with their presence:
11:00 – 12:30 – Susan Kim, Laurence
Klavan, and Pascal Dizin stop by to sign the newly released City of Spies.
12:30 – 2:00 — James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and
Alexis Frederick-Frost stop by to sign Adventures
in Cartooning. Possibly the first public ensemble signing
2:00 – Mike Cavallaro stops by to sign the
newly released New York
fantastical adventure Foiled.
2:00 – George O’Connor, just returned
from a Texan adventure, signs the first two books in his newly released
mythological series, Zeus and Athena.
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.