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April 15, 2010

A Few MoCCA Coverage Highlights

* I thought Rob Clough's was the best report I've seen thus far in terms of establishing context for the show and then parsing out via some semblance of rational subjectivity what worked and what didn't, all from an outsider's perspective.

image* if you want to read a humorous take on the show, I very much liked Peggy Burns' posting yesterday called "The Men Of MoCCA." It's really dry, and insider-y, but the commentary is dead-on and the inside stuff probably won't leave you out. Plus, there are very nice pictures of various indie comics major players.

* finally, I like and respect all of the artists involved, and I'm terrible at convention programming myself, but after perusing the results the much-ballyhooed Art Of The Superhero panel at MoCCA (transcript here; audio here) seems to me like it was a tremendous waste of time. What a terrible panel. Bottom line: nobody says anything particularly interesting about anything particularly interesting. In fact, that may be an understatement. Ninety-five percent of what's said you could have heard at a random Chicago Con panel from 1987 or reading a random issue of Amazing Heroes from roughly that same period. This is a problem because doing a counter-intuitive panel should bring with it a higher standard: you have to be able to build on the friction of a superhero panel at a decidedly non-superhero venue, and you have to be able to justify the use of time and space to explore a well-worn, done-to-death subject at the expense of the main focus of the show. If that's all the panelists had to say, I would have rather heard from this group of artists on any other topic. Seriously: anything. Their in every single case much better and more personal art. Sandwiches. Zeppelins. Zane Grey. The Arizona Cardinals. I'm sure people had a good time: those are funny guys, Baker and Miller in particular are Hall of Fame convention panelists, and it's fun to watch people whose work you admire talk and engage with one another. But leave "historic" at home, thank you. Dull and insipid with moody pictures is still dull and insipid, and if this kind of over-hyped PR-driven presentation is MoCCA's future, I'll be that much more happy to skip the show.
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