MoCCA Announces Move Into Center548; Initial Guests
The Society Of Illustrators has named its initial guests of honor for next year's MoCCA Festival -- Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Scott McCloud, Raina Telgemeier and J.H. Williams -- and in probably bigger news for the event has announced a move from the 69th Regiment Armory to a place called Center548. That's on West 22nd in Chelsea. I know New York more like the back of my knees than the back of my hands, but that would seem to me more the kind of neighborhood that a lot of locals have told me they'd like to see the festival settle into long-term. I'm pretty easy that way, I don't really get nostalgic for spaces and think that they are usually a secondary concern for events like this but I realize nearly everyone on planet Earth disagrees with me.
All of the guests are super-solid, and together capture a significant range of comics' capacity for self-expression. I'm particularly happy to see Kominsky-Crumb invited. She's a really interesting cartoonist and an influential editor whose body of work doesn't receive enough respect. I'd pay to see her talk.