Announcement from MoCCA:
Since 2002, MoCCA Fest has supplied New York with a great venue for comic lovers and creators alike to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the medium: discover comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork and more. The festival brings established and emerging talent together for the comics community and the public at large to enjoy. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. This year, MoCCA unveils a full lineup for the festival, which runs April 23 – 27, 2012:
KLEIN AWARD RECIPIENT 2012: GARY PANTER
The award will be presented by comics critic and educator Bill Kartalopoulos.
Born in Oklahama and raised in Texas, Gary Panter has been a prodigious painter and multimedia artist since his youth. Equally influenced by art history and the psychedelic counterculture, Panter emerged as a visual force in the L.A. punk scene of the late 1970s. While illustrating album covers and fliers for musicians including Frank Zappa and the Screamers; Panter began publishing a series of comics in Slash Magazine featuring his post-apocalyptic punk/hillbilly alter ego, Jimbo. Panter’s groundbreaking comics, which introduced the expressiveness of painting and the aesthetics of printmaking to the comics form, subsequently gained an international audience in Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s avant-garde anthology series RAW. Throughout the 1980s, Panter also collaborated with Pee-Wee Herman, winning three Emmy Awards as production designer on the innovative children’s television series “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” Panter continues to paint and his work has been exhibited internationally. He regularly performs and records music and has collaborated with Joshua White on light show projects. His books of comics include Cola Madnes, Jimbo in Purgatory, and the forthcoming Dal Tokyo. Panter’s work was included in the 2005-2007 traveling exhibit “Masters of American Comics”, the Phoenix Art Museum in 2007. He was the recipient of a 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence. He is currently represented by Fredericks & Freiser in New York. Gary Panter lives and works in Brooklyn.
GUEST OF HONOR: P CRAIG RUSSELL
P Craig Russell provided the stunning artwork for the 2012 MoCCA Fest poster.
P Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics as a writer, artist and illustrator. His evocative artwork has defined dozens of titles, including his Eisner-award-winning work with Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Elric: Sormbringer, Dr. Strange, Ring of the Nibelung, as well as Sandman #50: Ramadan, the highest-selling issue of the series. More recent work includes graphic novel adaptations of both Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters. His latest book is The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince, from NBM Publishing.
MoCCA Fest is pleased to feature great talent at this year’s festival with programming and special signings & appearances, including Jessica Abel, Derf Backderf, José-Louis Bocquet, Joyce Brabner, Box Brown, Domitille Collardey, Leela Corman, Mike Dawson, Stephen DeStefano, Matt Forsythe, Drew Friedman, Tom Gauld, Dean Haspiel, Jason, Daniel Johnston, Michael Kupperman, Peter Kuper, Matt Madden, Nicolas Mahler, Catel Muller, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Joseph Remnant, Hans Rickheit, Alex Robinson, Olivier Schrauwen, Raina Telgemeier, GB Tran, Lauren Weinstein, & Shannon Wheeler.
Will be available this week. Ticket prices are as follows: Online Pre-Sale: $12/ day, $18/ weekend Members: $12/ weekend