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Karl Erickson On MoCCA Festival 2009 (PR)
posted May 20, 2009


June 6 & 7 2009

NEW YORK (May 2009) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is pleased to announce the 2009 MoCCA Festival, taking place the weekend of June 6-7. As comics, graphic novels, and animation continue to be embraced by an ever-expanding audience, garnering critical and commercial success, the MoCCA Festival must expand to accommodate the growing interest and is now bigger than ever. The annual two-day event attracts thousands of comic art lovers to experience its programming, which this year will feature John Green, Tom Hart, Charles Hatfield on Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Tom Kaczynski, Dave Roman, Frank Santoro in Conversation with Gary Panter, Seth, Dash Shaw, Raina Telgemeier, Adrian Tomine, Marion Vitus, and more. Not to mention the hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, graphic novel signings, the Klein Award presentation, and dozens of artists creating sketches of their most famous characters.

The MoCCA Festival, held each June since 2002, offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and much more. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in a two-day slate of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. Exhibitors include Jessica Abel, Buenaventura Press, Comics Bakery, Evan Dorkin, Drawn And Quarterly, Evil Twin Comics, Fantagraphic Books, First Second Books, Hardcomics, Cheese Hasselberger, Hope Larson, Mad Ink, Tara McPherson, NBM Publishing, Pantheon Books, Picture Box, Topshelf, Ken Wong, Jerry Moriarty, and many others.

MoCCA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2009 Klein Award is legendary cartoonist, Jerry Robinson, well-known as the creator of Batman’s arch foe, the Joker. The Klein Award is given annually to acknowledge significant contributions to the field of comics and cartooning and is named after MoCCA’s founder, Lawrence Klein. Past winner have included Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Neal Adams, Gahan Wilson, Alison Bechdel and Bill Plympton.

This years MoCCA Festival poster is illustrated by Molly Crabapple and designed by Nicola Black Design, L.L.C.

MoCCA will host a celebration at its gallery space at 594 Broadway, suite 401, in honor of the Festival and the newest exhibit: Sounds and Pauses: The Comics of David Mazzucchelli, Saturday June 6 from 7-9pm at the museum, 594 Broadway, suite 401.


The 8th annual art festival celebrating comics and cartoon art.

WHEN: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, JUNE 7th

11:00am-6:00pm each day

WHERE: The 69th Regiment Armory

68 Lexington Avenue at Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
New York City
By subway: 6 Train to 28th Street Station

WHO: Cartoonists and Comics Creators, including Jessica Abel, Evan Dorkin, John Green, Al Jaffee, Gary Panter, Hope Larson, Tara McPherson, Matt Madden, David Mazzuchelli, Jerry Moriarty, Gary Panter, Jerry Robinson, Dave Roman, Arnold Roth, Seth, Dash Shaw, Raina Telgemeier, Adrian Tomine, and Marion Vitus.

COST: $10 per day, $15 for a weekend pass ($10 for weekend pass for MoCCA members) Available in advance at

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum’s Website (