Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is an American not-for-profit arts organization and former museum devoted to the production and history of comic books, comic strips and other forms of cartoon art. Formerly located at 594 Broadway in New York City, MoCCA was founded by Lawrence Klein in October 2001. The museum's physical location in SoHo closed in July 2012 prior to its acquisition by the Society of Illustrators.
MoCCA sponsors events ranging from book openings to educational programs in New York City schools, and also hosts classes, workshops and lectures. The MoCCA Festival (aka MoCCA Fest) is an annual fundraiser for the museum. It is New York's largest independent comics showcase, featuring hundreds of creators and publishers on the main floor, typically accompanied with additional rooms devoted to educational panel discussions, slide shows, and interviews. From its inception in 2002 until 2008 it was held at the Puck Building. Since 2009, it has taken place at the 69th Regiment Armory. Each year, MoCCA Fest presents the Klein Award, named in honor of MoCCA Founder Lawrence Klein. The award, originally known as the MoCCA Art Festival Award from its inception in 2002 until 2008, is presented to an artist whose outstanding work has elevated the comic art form. Past Klein award recipients have been Jules Feiffer (2002), Art Spiegelman (2003), Roz Chast (2004), Neal Adams (2005), Gahan Wilson (2006), Alison Bechdel (2007), Bill Plympton (2008), Jerry Robinson (2009), David Mazzucchelli (2010), Al Jaffee (2011), Gary Panter (2012).
In 2003, MoCCA opened its art gallery with the debut exhibit "Gag Art!", focusing on single-panel magazine cartoons. Subsequent exhibits included the relationship between New York City and cartoonists, an exhibition of women comic-book artists, retrospectives devoted to Stan Lee and Will Eisner, and "From Richie Rich to Wendy the Good Little Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics". Their The Art of Archie Comics exhibit was promoted with a story in Archie Digest Magazine #260, March 2010. The seven-page story, MoCCA Madness, was written by Arie Kaplan and drawn by Fernando Ruiz. It featured appearances by MoCCA President Ellen Abramowitz and then-Director Karl Erickson, and was subsequently reprinted in Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers by Craig Yoe (IDW, 2011).
On July 9, 2012, MoCCA announced that it would be closing its physical location, effective immediately due to fundraising difficulties. On August 2, 2012, MoCCA announced plans to transfer their assets to the Society of Illustrators, providing MoCCA with a street-level location in the Society's Upper East Side building. It was confirmed that MoCCA Fest would continue to exist.
- Cartoon Art Museum (San Francisco, California)
- Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Columbus, Ohio)
- The Cartoon Museum (London, England)
- National Cartoon Museum (Formerly of Greenwich, Connecticut and Boca Raton, Florida)
- ToonSeum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
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