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|Venue||Puck Building (2002–2008)
69th Regiment Armory (2009–2014)
|Location(s)||New York City|
|Organized by||Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (2002-2012)
Society of Illustrators (2013-present)
The MoCCA Festival, or MoCCA Fest, is an independent comics showcase that typically includes artist booths, slide shows, and educational panels. It was created by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in 2002 by bringing together over 2,000 artists, publishers, editors and enthusiasts. It was named "Best Small-Press Comics Nexus Anywhere" by The Village Voice.
Beginning in 2013, the MoCCA Fest was produced by the Society of Illustrators, following their acquisition of the Museum the previous year.
The MoCCA Festival was held at New York’s historic Puck Building from 2002–2008. From 2009 to 2014, it took place at the 69th Regiment Armory. Beginning in 2015, the event will be split between two locations; Center548 will host the exhibitors, and the programming will take place at the High Line Hotel. 
Dates and locations
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- June 23, 2002 - Puck Building
- June 22, 2003 - Puck Building
- June 26–27, 2004 - Puck Building — event expands to two days
- June 11–12, 2005 - Puck Building
- June 10–11, 2006 - Puck Building
- June 23–24, 2007 - Puck Building
- June 7–8, 2008 - Puck Building
- June 6–7, 2009 - 69th Regiment Armory
- April 10–11, 2010 - 69th Regiment Armory
- April 9–10, 2011 - 69th Regiment Armory
- April 28–29, 2012 - 69th Regiment Armory — guest of honor: P. Craig Russell
- April 6–7, 2013 - 69th Regiment Armory — first under the administration of the Society of Illustrators
- April 5–6, 2014 - 69th Regiment Armory
- April 11–12, 2015 - Center 548 (exhibitors), High Line Hotel (programming) — guests of honor: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier, J.H. Williams
MoCCA Festival Award/Klein Award
Presented to an artist whose outstanding work elevated the comic art form. In 2009, the MoCCA Festival Award was renamed the Klein Award in honor of MoCCA founder Lawrence Klein.
- 2002: Jules Feiffer
- 2003: Art Spiegelman
- 2004: Roz Chast
- 2005: Neal Adams
- 2006: Gahan Wilson
- 2007: Alison Bechdel
- 2008: Bill Plympton
- 2009: Jerry Robinson
- 2010: David Mazzucchelli
- 2011: Al Jaffee
- 2012: Gary Panter
MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence (2013 - present)
Under the administration of The Society of Illustrators, the Klein Award was replaced in 2013 with the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence, intended to recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival. Artists winning this award are acknowledged with an Award of Excellence and have their work exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators. All materials chosen in the jury's initial survey will be acquired by Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded annually.
- Gregory Benton (B+F)
- Kim Ku (Ghost Hotel)
- Jane Mai (Sunday in the Park with Boys)
- Nick Offerman
- Kenan Rubenstein (Last Train to Old Town)
- Andrea Tsurumi (Andrew Jackson Throws a Punch)
- Honorable Mention: Simon Arizpe (OHaBEAR).
The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators May 21-July 6, 2013.
- Alexandra Beguez (Narwhal)
- Luke Healy (Of The Monstrous Pictures of Whales)
- Greg Kletsel (Exercise the Demon)
- David Plunkert (Heroical)
- Jess Ruliffson (Invisible Wounds)
The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators April 29-May 17, 2014.
Judges for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence will be Charles Burns, Annie Koyama, David Plunkert (2014 recipient), Andrea Tsurumi (2013 recipient) and Alexandra Zsigmond. Winning artists will be acknowledged with an Award of Excellence and will have their work exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators May 12–June 13, 2015.
- The Village Voice Best Of Awards: Best Small-Press Comics Nexus (Anywhere!) - 2002, The Village Voice
- HarveyAwards.org: "Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Announces 2004 Harveys Nominees"
- Press release (May 13, 2005): "18th Annual Harvey Awards Winners to Be Announced in June 11 Ceremony in NYC"