Hey Mocca Attendees — to anyone who is hanging around New York for a day or two afterwards, here are some things you might want to check out. New York is a greenhouse of comics-y/arty events and there are several good ones going on right now.
Will Eisner’s New York: From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel
Really THE show to see, a comprehensive collection of some of Eisner’s most famous pieces; with a companion show with art by Neal Adams, Jules Feiffer and more.
CARTOON POLYMATHS, Parsons School, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, 12th St and 5th Avenue.
A great, concisely-curated show that spotlights six visionary artists who have had an impact in multiple artistic disciplines. Possibly the only comics art show that ever got it’s own neon sign.
CRUMB: LINES DRAWN ON PAPER, Society of Illustrators, 63rd and Lexington.
It’s Crumb. ‘Nuff said.
BYE BYE KITTY AT THE JAPAN SOCIETY, 333 East 47th Street
Attempting to get away from the “kawai” cliche, cuteness is still the elephant in the room for this fine art show. Some breathtaking pieces of art — a giant city drawn in pen and inktaht took a year, a deer skeleton covered in tumors of crystal — that must be seen in person.
ROCKWELL BEHIND THE CAMERA, Brooklyn Museum
A look at Rockwell’s photography and how it influenced his art. CLOSES SUNDAY.
The Museum of Sex: STRIPPED
This Craig Yoe-curated show includes a fine run down of sexy comics from Tijuana BIbles to Jessica Fink.
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