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July 10, 2012

MoCCA Suffers Setback With Loss Of Physical Space

The Museum Of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City abruptly announced the closure of its physical space, with their only statements on the matter being a brief release and some follow-up tweeting assuring folks that a physical space will return. The statement was:
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), New York City's only cultural institution dedicated specifically to celebrating the comics medium, will be closing its physical location effective immediately.

The SoHo museum, currently at 594 Broadway, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. While the physical space is closing, plans are afoot to continue MoCCA in a new and exciting incarnation. An announcement of MoCCA’s future arrangements will be forthcoming by the end of July.

Current memberships will be honored at the new venue, as will table renewals for MoCCA Fest 2013.
The relevant tweet declaring a new venue will be announced by the end of July is here. Heidi MacDonald notes here that word was abrupt enough to have only reached people with events at the space a few days ago.

Mike Dean has a story up on the museum at its 10-year mark here that led to an old-school comments tussle that should be read all the way through if the subject interests you. I don't think it's out of the bounds to suggest that there are some controversial elements to the museum in terms of its breadth of support, and that I'm wondering if I'll get an unpleasant e-mail just for writing that seems to me a big part of it.
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