The Society of Illustrators has just announced some details for the 2017 MoCCA Festival in New York. It will be held at the same place as last year – Metropolitan West – and will be held April 1-2.

UPDATE: revealed in a tweet, Penelope Bagieu will be the badge and poster artist!

https://twitter.com/PenelopeB/status/806244707693105152

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This year’s featured Guests of Honor are:

  • Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his second English- language translation, makes his first ever appearance at a North American comics festival.
  • Cliff Chiang, known for his “fluid and confident storytelling” in work on comics including Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, and Paper Girls.
  • Artist Becky Cloonan, whose best-selling comics include Demo, East Coast Rising, American Virgin, Gotham Academy, and many others.
  • Illustrator Drew Friedman, recognized for his body of comics work as well as his unforgettable caricatures of celebrities and legends, political figures and performers.
  • British comics artist David Lloyd, best known as the artist of V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, and the designer of the iconic Guy Fawkes mask since adopted by Anonymous.
  • American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints author Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellow, who will appear on Saturday only.
So to recap….

BLUTCH IS COMING TO THE US!!!!

(run around room waving hands)
Okay now that I’m sitting down again, this is a niece diverse line-up of guests, from both the international and domestic, indie and mainstream scenes.
Applications to table at the Fest are now available online, and will close on December 31st. Admission is $5 a day.
In case you are wondering, April 1-2 is the same weekend as WonderCon, Anme Boston, Albacon and Central PA Comic Con
After some travels and a few bumps, it’s good that MoCCA has settled into a home and a rhythm.  The show last year was more low key than some in the run-up but in the event was just as energetic and successful.