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MoCCA Fest 2012

MoCCA Fest 2012


Underground cartoonists and industry bigwigs will be among the more than 300 vendors who’ll set up shop during the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s tenth-annual MoCCA Fest (Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave between 25th and 26th Sts; 212-254-3511, moccafest.org; Sat 28, Sun 29 11am–6pm; $12–$24), which doubles as a fund-raiser for the institution. Check out a few of the highlights that will appeal to comic insiders and newbies alike.

Annual Klein Award presentation
See Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Gary Panter receive MoCCA’s honor for excellence during this ceremony. Throughout his career, Panter has created album covers for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Zappa, illustrations for The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, and production sets for The Pee-wee Herman Show. He’s also responsible for the serialized comic Jimbo. Bill Kartalopoulos, a comics critic and professor at Parsons the New School for Design, will discuss Panter’s work after presenting him with the award. Sat 28 at 2:15pm.

“Big City Dare 2 Draw”
Aspiring cartoonists can practice their figure-drawing skills and then receive feedback from professionals at this class. A model will pose for 20-minute drawing sessions, and during breaks, participants are encouraged to mingle. If you’re feeling particularly inspired, enter the QuickDraw challenge, which will test your ability to draft the designated subject in 15 minutes; the top three contestants will win prizes such as shirts, art supplies and comic books. Sat 28 at 4:15pm.

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This popular yearly event gives new meaning to the animation process: The multimedia reading breathes life into new comics by projecting them onto a screen. Cartoonists including Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories) and Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle) and comedians such as Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week? podcast) will then act out the scenes from the strips. Sat 28 at 5:15pm.

“Graphic Novels for Young Adults”
Betsy Bird, the New York Public Library’s youth materials collection specialist, chats with a panel of three celebrated authors who write for teens: Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference and Other Stories), Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and M.K. Reed (Americus). They’ll discuss the growing audience for graphic novels and the future of the industry. Sun 29 at 11:15am.

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