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December 14, 2012

Festivals Extra: New MoCCA Steering Committee, ‘13 Show Outline

The Society of Illustrators has announced its initial wave of plans for the 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival. I'm going to run the release in full here and then comment perhaps on Monday. I don't feel like waiting to get this information to you, but it's difficult to process things on a Friday afternoon.

Contact: Katie Blocher 212-838-2560

Society of Illustrators Announces Plans For Inaugural MoCCA Arts Festival

NEW YORK, NY (December 14, 2012) - The Society of Illustrators is proud to increase the visibility of comics as a major component of its storied institutional mission by hosting the MoCCA Arts Festival on the weekend of April 6-7, 2013 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. Beginning in 2013, the MoCCA Arts Festival will be one of the Society's signature public programs, with the mission of honoring the artists who are advancing the landscape of comics and illustration via a world-class festival emphasizing their achievements.

Anelle Miller, Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators, says, "It is a great privilege to welcome the incredibly dynamic creative community that exhibits at the MoCCA Arts Festival to the Society's rich heritage. For more than a century, our mission has been to promote the art of illustration, and to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education. We are elated to host the MoCCA Arts Festival as a key component of that mission, and to honor its artists with the high caliber of exhibitions and recognition that are the Society's trademark."

In addition to continuing the Festival's tradition of hosting an exhibit hall spotlighting comics' leading edge creators, the MoCCA Arts Festival will now include a variety of new programs directly benefiting the artist and audience communities attending the shows, including:

* Juried awards recognizing the best work at the Festival with medal winners being honored with an exhibit at the Society's headquarters, and finalists' work archived in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
* A lavishly produced, large format souvenir journal that showcases the work of exhibiting artists;
* Discount entries for exhibiting artists in the Society's Annual competition;
* Curated programming emphasizing the artistic achievements of the Festival's creative community;
* An exhibition gallery of original comic and cartoon art curated by the Society's professional staff;
* An onsite café featuring a full bar and menu as well as a lounge for networking.

The 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival is hosted by the Society of Illustrators, under the guidance of a Steering Committee that includes: Anelle Miller, Kate Feirtag, and Katie Blocher from the Society, as well as Leon Avelino (Secret Acres), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Karen Green (Columbia University), William Hatzichristos (CollectorZoo), Paul Levitz (Writer/ Educator), Barry Matthews (Secret Acres), and Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics).

In the weeks to come, the Society will release more details about the 2013 Festival, including naming guests of honor, featured guests, the Festival jury, and much more.

About the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators:

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been
Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society's vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan. It is open to the public free of charge on Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4 pm. To learn more about the Museum and the Society, visit or contact Executive Director Anelle Miller at 212-838-2560 or

About the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

The museum's purpose has been the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. Every genre of the art is represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. It is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world's most popular art form.
My initial impression is that this sounds promising after some severe damage done to the show's reputation in recent years, at least as shared with me by the alt-comics community.
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