MoCCA Festival

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MoCCA Festival
Status Active
Genre Comics
Venue Puck Building (2002–2008)
69th Regiment Armory (2009–2014)
Center548 (2015)
Location(s) New York City
Country United States
Inaugurated 2002
Organized by Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (2002-2012)
Society of Illustrators (2013-present)
Filing status Not-for-profit
Website
official website

The MoCCA Arts 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.[1]

Beginning in 2013, the MoCCA Fest is being produced by the Society of Illustrators, following their acquisition of the Museum the previous year.

History[edit]

The MoCCA Festival was held at New York’s historic Puck Building from 2002–2008. The MoCCA Festival hosted the comics industry's 2004 and 2005 Harvey Awards.[2][3]

From 2009 to 2014, MoCCA Fest took place at the 69th Regiment Armory. The Society of Illustrators took over management of MoCCA Fest beginning with the 2013 show.

In 2015, the event was split between two locations, with the exhibitors in Center548, and the programming at the High Line Hotel.[4][5] Plans to convert Center548 to a residential property forced the Society to find new venues, and in 2016 Metropolitan West will host the exhibitors, and programming will take place at Ink48.

Dates and locations[edit]

  • 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 (Center548 [exhibitors], High Line Hotel [programming]) — guests of honor: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier, J. H. Williams III[4][5][6]
  • April 2–3, 2016 (Metropolitan West [exhibitors], Ink48 [programming]) — guests of honor: Cece Bell, R.O. Blechman, Phoebe Gloeckner, Sonny Liew, Rebecca Sugar.[7]

Awards[edit]

MoCCA Festival Award/Klein Award (2002 - 2012)[edit]

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.

MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence (2013 - present)[edit]

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.

2013 recipients[edit]

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators May 21-July 6, 2013.

Judges for the 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Karen Berger, Gary Groth, Nora Krug, David Mazzucchelli, and Paul Pope.

2014 recipients[edit]

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 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Gregory Benton (2013 recipient), Tracy Hurren, Chip Kidd, Chris Pitzer, and James Sturm.

2015 recipients[edit]

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators July 27-August 15, 2015.

Judges for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Charles Burns, Annie Koyama, David Plunkert (2014 recipient), Andrea Tsurumi (2013 recipient) and Alexandra Zsigmond.

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