Next year’s MoCCA Fest is shaping up to be a very interesting show as admission has been lowered to $5, and Bill Kartalopoulos has been brought on on programming director and international liaison. And given Kartalopoulos’s interest in foreign comics, the addition of three acclaimed guests from overseas—Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke—can only be seen as a coup. Swarte is a well known figure to anyone who has studied the history of comics from RAW on; Fayolle and Vandenbrouke are lesser known but will have major books coming out next year.

All three will be featured in programming organized by Kartalopoulos—who has, if you read the pr below closely, smartly engaged foreign cultural agencies to help bring these artists to the US.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 4 – 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan.



Joost Swarte is an internationally renowned cartoonist, illustrator and designer who began his career in the Dutch underground comics movement of the 1970s. His work first came to notice in the US in the pages of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s RAW Magazine. Swarte coined the term “clear line” to describe the style of Hergé, the creator of Tintin, who is among his major visual influences. Swarte’s illustrations have appeared in a number of prominent international publications, and frequently appear on the cover and in the interior pages of The New Yorker. Swarte is also a designer working in multiple media, designing the Toneelschuur Theater in Haarlem, Netherlands and the interior of the Hergé Museum in Louvan-la-Neuve, Belgium. Many of his comics have been published in English by Fantagraphics in the book collection Is That All There Is?, and he recently illustrated Catherine Lewis’s Thrice Told Tales. In 2004 he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Swarte’s appearance is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Fantagraphics Books.


Marion Fayolle graduated in 2011 with a degree in illustration from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, France and is one of the co-founders of the acclaimed French graphics and illustration magazine Nyctalope, five issues of which have been published to date. She has drawn illustrations for a number of international clients including The New York Times and the French journal XXI. She is already the author of four visual books, including Le tableau and La tendresse des pierres published by Éditions Magnani, the visual alphabet book Nappe comme Neige from Éditions Notari, and the collection of wordless short comics Le Homme in Pièces, published by Éditions Michel Lagarde. La tendresse des pierres was named as part of the official selection of books nominated for prizes at the upcoming 2014 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, and Le Homme in Pièces was recently published in a North American edition as In Pieces by Nobrow. Marion’s appearance is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Nobrow.


Brecht Vandenbroucke studied Illustration at Sint-Lucas College of Art and Design in Ghent. Vandenbroucke works in a mixed media style that integrates drawing and painting to communicate micro-narratives inspired by conceptual art, art history, absurdism, slapstick comedy and popular culture. He has contributed illustrations to publications including Les Inrockuptibles, Le Monde Republique, and The New York Times. He has also created sculptures, installations and short videos, and frequently exhibits his work internationally. Vandenbroucke’s body of work includes a number of short comics produced in acrylic paint, which feature his absurdist commentary on the art world and have been widely circulated on social media platforms including Flickr and Facebook. These comics were published by the Flemish publisher Bries as the book collection White Cube. A North American edition of White Cube will be published by Drawn and Quarterly in March 2014. Brecht’s appearance is supported by the Flemish Literature Fund (VLF) and Drawn and Quarterly.