§ A few little MoCCA wrap-up thoughts and posts: I particularly like this post from Alexandra Beguez because her table with Estrella Vega & Alden Viguilla has more beautiful things on it than I may have ever seen on one table at MoCCA before.

§ Juan Kafka also has some nice photos. My, but that red backdrop was vibrant.

§ Chris Pitzer and AdHouse were famously put out by a previous incarnation of the MoCCA Festival; thus his blessing on having a good time at the show looms huge:

I like that the Society sent an email right after the show. That’s a little touch that goes a long way in my book. Also, they’ll be sending a survey at some point, which is a BIG thing in my book. Because we were all watching this show, and hoping it would be that good, I kept a running list of good things and bad things about the show. I’ll tell them both, since I feel we have that type of relationship.


§ Did you have a MoCCA report you feel should be shared in a non-Tumblr way? Let us know in the comments. Of course, it ain’t over until Secret Acres posts, but they were on the steering committee and may have a different sort of report this time

§ Speaking of the Society of Illustrators, here’s a nice review of their ‘The Art of Harvey Kurtzman’, which is an undeniably spectacular show:

A show at the Society of Illustrators traces, through comics, letters and objects culled from his estate, the eccentric career of cartoonist and editor Harvey Kurtzman and the lowbrow pleasures of his art. The Brooklyn-born former World War II recruit built an empire sending up the establishment. He worked on shoestring budgets, which he augmented with buckets of cheap bad taste. His Mad magazine, which flourished during the 1950s, was a wind-up of the American counterculture. Kurtzman later found the most Rococo expression of his splashy, cheap style in Little Annie Fanny, the lavishly illustrated comic he drew for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy.


§ Here is a very bad story about how Phil Foglio may lose the rights to his Girl Genius novels because his publisher is going out of business. MAKE SURE THERE IS A BANKRUPTCY CLAUSE WHEN YOU SIGN A CONTRACT, KIDS. Alan Moore wishes he had.

§ Adam Ant will kick off Comic-Con in a completely unrelated concert nearby. Inside, the 15-year-old me is jumping up and down.


  1. Bankruptcy clauses often don’t do any good; bankruptcy law trumps contract law, and the trustee has a fiduciary duty to make higher-ranking creditors (banks, bondholders, stockholders, etc.) whole before lower-ranking creditors (such as those who provided goods or services on an unsecured basis).

    Bottom line: if you suspect a company might go bankrupt, do not let them have control of anything valuable that belongs to you. No contract provisions will save you when they go under.

  2. The situation with Night Shade Books’ potential sale of assets to Skyhorse of course touches more authors than the Foglios and has set off a bit off a bit of a firestorm in the SF publishing community, including from the SFWA itself. Notably, since the initial offer terms were made (to which Foglio was presumably reacting in that initial post) Skyhorse is offering up new terms for Night Shade authors, as reported at

    It’s likely still a bad situation for authors, but perhaps the most recent terms reflect at least a somewhat-less-bad circumstance, should it come to be enacted.

  3. I had a great time at MoCCA Fest. As a volunteer with the old MoCCA, it did my heart good to see the event continue despite a tough period. Anelle Miller and her team did a great job of building on the past shows and they should be commended.

    It was great to see so many friends and fellow artists. And of course Ellen Abramowitz who put in heart and soul to bring us so many MoCCA Fests over the years.

    I believe we’re entering an interesting period of comics related events. MoCCA Fest proved once again how important it is to those in the NYC area and those wish to visit and make it in New York. Bravo!

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