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This year’s MoCCA Festival is being eagerly awaited to see how changes made under the new Society of Illustrators management will affect a show that has yet to take the place on the show schedule that its location would be assumed to afford. So far everything’s been looking good and the announcement of the Guest of Honor is promising as well: Underground pioneer Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead. Griffith is the kind of pivotal figure who hasn’t gotten focused attention in the current wave of comics reappraisal—that alone makes him an ideal guest of honor.

In a statement, Griffith said, “It’s a privilege and an honor to be part of this first MoCCA Arts Festival hosted by the Society of Illustrators. Actually, I’m flabbergasted—I can’t decide if I should go with the rented tux or have my polka-dotted muu-muu dry cleaned!”

According to the PR, exhibit space is still available at the show.

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