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The MoCCA Arts Festival, or MoCCA Fest, is an independent comics showcase that typically includes artist booths, slide shows, and educational panels. It was created by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in 2002 by bringing together over 2,000 artists, publishers, editors and enthusiasts. It was named "Best Small-Press Comics Nexus Anywhere" by The Village Voice.[1]

MoCCA Festival
StatusActive
GenreComics
Venue
Location(s)New York City
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2002
Organized by
Filing statusNot-for-profit
Websitewww.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival

Beginning in 2013, the MoCCA Fest is being produced by the Society of Illustrators, following their acquisition of the Museum the previous year.

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HistoryEdit

The MoCCA Festival was held at New York’s historic Puck Building from 2002–2008. The MoCCA Festival hosted the comics industry's 2004 and 2005 Harvey Awards.[2][3]

From 2009 to 2014, MoCCA Fest took place at the 69th Regiment Armory. The Society of Illustrators took over management of MoCCA Fest beginning with the 2013 show.

In 2015, the event was split between two locations, with the exhibitors in Center548, and the programming at the High Line Hotel.[4][5] Plans to convert Center548 to a residential property forced the Society to find new venues, and beginning in 2016 Metropolitan West hosted the exhibitors, with programming taking place at Ink48.

Dates and locationsEdit

AwardsEdit

MoCCA Festival Award/Klein Award (2002 - 2012)Edit

Presented to an artist whose outstanding work elevated the comic art form. In 2009, the MoCCA Festival Award was renamed the Klein Award in honor of MoCCA founder Lawrence Klein.

MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence (2013 - present)Edit

Under the administration of The Society of Illustrators, the Klein Award was replaced in 2013 with the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence, intended to recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival. Artists winning this award are acknowledged with an Award of Excellence and have their work exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators. All materials chosen in the jury's initial survey will be acquired by Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a newly established MoCCA Arts Festival collection, to be expanded annually.

2013 recipientsEdit

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators May 21-July 6, 2013.

Judges for the 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Karen Berger, Gary Groth, Nora Krug, David Mazzucchelli, and Paul Pope.

2014 recipientsEdit

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators April 29-May 17, 2014.

Judges for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Gregory Benton (2013 recipient), Tracy Hurren, Chip Kidd, Chris Pitzer, and James Sturm.

2015 recipientsEdit

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators July 27-August 15, 2015.

Judges for the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Charles Burns, Annie Koyama, David Plunkert (2014 recipient), Andrea Tsurumi (2013 recipient) and Alexandra Zsigmond.

2016 recipientsEdit

The winning artists' work was exhibited in the second floor MoCCA gallery at the Society of Illustrators May 3-June 4, 2016.

Judges for the 2016 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence included Calista Brill, Cliff Chiang, Charles Kochman, Mark Newgarden, and Lauren Weinstein.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Village Voice Best Of Awards: Best Small-Press Comics Nexus (Anywhere!) - 2002, The Village Voice
  2. ^ HarveyAwards.org: "Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Announces 2004 Harveys Nominees" Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Press release (May 13, 2005): "18th Annual Harvey Awards Winners to Be Announced in June 11 Ceremony in NYC," Archived 2007-10-24 at the Wayback Machine MoCCA official website.
  4. ^ a b Spurgeon, Tom. "MoCCA Announces Move Into Center548; Initial Guests," The Comics Reporter (September 24, 2014).
  5. ^ a b "MoCCA Arts Festival partners with the historic High Line Hotel to host weekend programming!," MoCCA Fest official Tumblr site (Jan. 22, 2015).
  6. ^ Reid, Calvin. "MoCCA Moves to Chelsea; Names First 2015 Guests," Publishers Weekly (Sep 24, 2014).
  7. ^ http://moccafestnyc.tumblr.com/post/138220507669/announcing-the-guests-of-honor-at-the-2016-mocca
  8. ^ https://www.societyillustrators.org/events/mocca-arts-festival-guests-honor
  9. ^ "MoCCA Arts Festival Award Winners May 21, 2013 - July 06, 2013". Society of Illustrators. 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Sweatshirt Weather". Retrieved 8 April 2015.

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