Been too busy with my regular Monday duties for a full MoCCA Festival wrap-up — look for more photos and observations tomorrow, but in the meantime, as usual, it was a fun-filled festival of comics and camaraderie. All of the many social events were great; the turnout at Saturday’s Strange Tales/Beat/CBLDF fundraiser party was fantastic and we kept hearing all about what a great time everyone had. The same night there was a Comics Journal party at an LES bar which was also off the hook with great cartoonists, conversation, dancing and carrying on.
As for the show itself, the crowd was perhaps a bit lighter than last year and the Law Of The Show came down from the mountain again: people with lots of great new books like D&Q and Fantagraphics did great. People without a lot of new material didn’t do as well. More in the full report.
Above is a picture of five of the Pizza Island cartoonists, who were certainly front and center of the show. Maybe it’s the idea of six lady cartoonists sharing a studio together…or maybe it’s just the idea of six SUPER TALENTED cartoonists sharing a studio together, but they were definitely one of the big deals. One Pizza Islander, Kate Beaton, participated in the packedCross Hatch Carousel on Saturday, which also included Michael Kupperman, Lisa Hanawalt, Jeffrey Lewis, Ted Stearn, host R. Sikoryak and special guest voices Julie Klausner, and Jackson Public and a fellow named Adam. This was certainly the funniest Carousel I’ve ever been too — during Beaton’s presentation I couldn’t stop laughing, and Publick and Klausner’s stylings on Sikoryak’s “Blonde Eve” were spot on.
As for comics…the new offerings like Jim Woodring’s CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS, Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT, and the work of the three D&Q cartoonists — Brecht Evens, Joe Ollman and Pascal Girrard — were the life of the party.
Speaking of parties, several cartoonists had mild run-ins with the law at this show, forging new bad boy legends. What did they do and how did they do it? More in tomorrow’s full report. Until then…THANKS TO EVERYONE who made this a great weekend.
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.