PR: MoCCA Transfers Assets To Society Of Illustrators
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art sent out a press release this morning -- dated yesterday, so maybe this site didn't get it on the first shot -- that they will transfer its assets to the Society Of Illustrators. This gives them access to a street-level location for a museum space, but I would imagine also calls into question both the museum's specific mission and its ability to serve different aspects of the very diverse comics community. While there are cartoonists that are certainly going to be for the move -- the PR quotes dual-member Bill Plympton -- there are others that seemed minimally invested in MoCCA's take on the comics community and may not feel any more like the Museum is a home for them within the umbrella or in partnership with another organization.
The popular (and once more popular) MoCCA Festival name will transfer to the society along with the permanent art collection. The PR says that the Society plans to stage the the festival "in its current location." I've already heard from at least one major figure in the small-press corner of comics served by that festival that they were done with that show as of 2011, joining a growing list of such entities in the shadow of some believe dubious claims by the organization that this year's show was more significantly attended than ever.
As far as exhibits the release promises a planned Monte Beauchamp-curate Harvey Kurtzman exhibit and both an exhibit and a space in the Society's permanent gallery building from the museum's permanent art collection.
The museum celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.