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October 12, 2009

2010 Con Calendar Begins Its Subtle Shifts As MoCCA Festival Moves To April

The full press release can be found here, but the short story is that the long-running New York-based comics art festival run by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (the MoCCA Festival) has as expected moved from its traditional June weekend back to April (the 10th and 11th) to find a more amenable and perhaps less hot pair of days to hold the show in new site as of last year the 69th Regiment Armory. This puts it a week after WonderCon, a week before the new Reed Chicago show and two weekends before the Columbus small press show S.P.A.C.E.. I would imagine this might facilitate a mini-tour or two -- being able to do multiple shows is an inducement for people to maybe map out a triangle- or box-shaped flight plan and hide out in one or more of the cities involved or the other between gigs. I know that this makes a MoCCA/C2E2 10-day trip more attractive to me.

Anyway, this is the second move by a name show that I can think of to better facilitate a full convention calendar now with the addition of shows by Reed and whatever Gareb Shamus' loose confederation of shows should be called. Baltimore Comic-Con has already announced its move to an August weekend for 2010 from its previous October dates. While summer in New York is nice, spring is love as well, and I think I was the only person doing a Belmont Stakes/ MoCCA Festival two-for. This also puts more distance between MoCCA Festival and its most direct small press counterpart SPX and the big New York show on the calendar, which may keep people from choosing one or the other.
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