Fantagraphics at MoCCA 2016

Moving to it’s new location in Midtown West, MoCCA has long been a staple of comics and cartooning in New York. This year is no exception with fantastic Fantagraphics special guests like groundbreaking cartoonist and animator R.O. Blechman, and a selection of Wimmen’s Comix contributors like Phoebe Gloeckner. Join us April 2-3rd for a fantastic weekend of comics!

Special Guests

roblechman-w1928R.O. Blechman

An award-winning cartoonist, animator, and author, R.O. Blechman has been producing top tier work since the 1950’s, earning him an Emmy, BAFTA, and a Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. Best known for his book The Juggler of the Lady, the animated PBS special, The Soldier’s Tale, and frequent New Yorker cover contributions. His latest release, Amadeo and Maladeo, is a tale of two Mozart-esque half brothers that serves as an elegant and unvarnished metaphor for the hardships contemporary artists still face and that appears to be a universal condition of civilization.


NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Writer Phoebe Gloeckner attends the screening of Sony Pictures Classics "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl" hosted by The Cinema Society at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Phoebe Gloeckner

Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.


Programming Schedule

12:30 pm / Garamond Room
Phoebe Gloeckner in Conversation with Ariel Schrag
Phoebe Gloeckner is the author of two essential contemporary works about adolescent girlhood: A Child’s Life and Other Stories, a collection of short comics, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, an account in prose and pictures which was recently adapted into a critically-acclaimed and award-winning film of the same name. In this special conversation, Gloeckner will talk about her work with cartoonist and writer Ariel Schrag (Likewise, Potential, Adam, The L Word), who has also taken her adolescent life as subject matter for her work in comics.

12:30 pm / Helvetica Room

R.O. Blechman Spotlight
Multiple award-winning artist R. O. Blechman has enjoyed a robust and singular career, working as an illustrator, animator, art director, studio head, and as the author of books that we can only call “graphic novels,” though they were drawn decades before that category even existed. His classic animation work — including his 1966 CBS Christmas animation, commercials for products including Alka Seltzer, work for programs including Sesame Street, and his feature film A Soldier’s Tale — have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art. His 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady was recently re-published in a new edition by Dover Books; his new graphic novel Amadeo & Maladeo has just been published by Fantagraphics. Blechman will discuss his diverse body of work with Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, and will show rare examples of his animation.

3:30 pm / Garamond Room
Wimmen’s Comix 
In 1970 Trina Robbins edited It Ain’t Me, Babe, the first underground comic book produced entirely by women. Two years later, a collective including Robbins founded Wimmen’s Comix, a feminist comix anthology that was published for twenty years and featured dozens of women drawing diverse narratives. To mark the publication of The Complete Wimmen’s Comix from Fantagraphics, this panel will feature contributors Jennifer Camper, Phoebe Gloeckner, Diane Noomin and Leslie Sternbergh discussing the impact and importance of Wimmen’s Comix and feminist comics in general with moderator Margaret Galvan (The Graduate Center, City University of New York).


Signing Schedule
Kim Deitch…Noon – 1:00 PM
Dash Shaw…1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Leslie Stein…3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Kim Deitch…Noon – 1:00 PM
Dash Shaw…1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
R.O. Blechman…2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wimmen’s Comix…5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    ft. Diane Noomin, Jennifer Camper, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Leslie Sternbergh


Debut Books
The Complete Crepax 
Crepax: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Other Horror Stories features, in addition to the artist’s unique take on the eponymous literary works by Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, a half dozen Valentina stories from the ’60s and ’70s, several never before published, and influenced by contemporary fashion, architecture, and the French New Wave. Published in an oversized, deluxe coffee table format, this first of ten volumes in the complete works of Crepax will be a revelation to American readers.


Kramers Ergot 9kramers
Powerful and uninhibited cartooning of the highest caliber still exists in the short form — you just have to look. For
all these lonely lovers, Kramers Ergot fights the good fight and gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant oversized collection, so that for a few moments you can fool yourself into believing in a reality where “Comics” is vital and powerful, and can still make you shit your pants with laughter. Kramers Ergot 9 will feature the work of Michael Deforge, Noel Freibert, Steve Weissman, Anya Davidson, Stefan Marx, Abraham Diaz, Leon Sadler, Julia Gfrörer, Adam Buttrick, Kim Deitch, Ben Jones, Andy Burkholder, Antony Huchette, Trevor Alixopulos, Antoine Cossé, Archer Prewitt, Kevin Huizenga, Renee French, and many other greats to be announced.