Michael Dean, who previously reported on the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art for TCJ, has a fact-filled article on the museum’s sudden Monday closure. According to president Ellen Abramowitz, a new space is in place, but papers have not been signed. The lease on the old space was up and it was decided to move.
One of the problems with the old 4th-floor space has been its lack of visibility and accessibility. Abramowitz confirmed that the new location will have ground-floor access and will be in Manhattan. She said also that of the museum’s current educational programs and events, including the MoCCA festival will continue.
Abramowitz was not willing to say more until negotiations for the new space are completed. She was especially close-mouthed when the Journal asked if a partnership was involved in the new location. From her firm, “No comment,” it can probably be safely assumed that a partnership is being negotiated, possibly with an educational institution. More details will be forthcoming, Abramowitz said.
We’ve heard plenty of rumors since Monday that MoCCA is just closing up entirely or going virtual, but a storefront-type situation or a strong partnership would really give MoCCA a huge boost and increase its place in the comics community.
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.