Fantagraphics at MOCCA Arts Festival 2019!

Come one, come all to the Society of Illustrators annual MOCCA Arts Festival, Fantagraphics Table D151! But, before you even get to the show, plan to spend the evening of Friday the 5th with us at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn for an International Cartoonist Spotlight event featuring MOCCA Special Guests Florent Ruppert (France) and Aisha Franz (Germany)!

Now, on to our very exciting roster of artists who will be signing at our table over the course of the weekend!

Saturday, April 6th:

12pm-1pm: Kim Deitch & Joe Ciardiello

1pm-2pm: Charles Glaubitz & Gary Panter 

2pm-3pm: Julian Glander & M. Dean

3pm-4pm: Florent Ruppert & Mark Newgarden

4pm-5pm: Mort Gerberg & Mr. Fish

Sunday, April 7th:

12pm-1pm: Mort Gerberg  & Joe Ciardiello

1pm-2pm: Charles Glaubitz & Julian Glander

2pm-3pm: Kim Deitch & Mark Newgarden

3pm-4pm: Florent Ruppert & Mr. Fish

4pm-5pm: M. Dean & Gary Panter

MOCCA Festival Programming

Saturday, April 6th:

Helvetica Room / 12:00 pm
Cartooning for Peace

Founded in 2006 at the UN Headquarters, Cartooning for Peace is an international network of editorial cartoonists who fight, through humor, for cultural diversity and freedom. Founding member Liza Donnelly will discuss the organization and its projects with Israel-based cartoonist Michel Kishka and American editorial cartoonists Jeff Danziger and Ann Telnaes. An associated exhibit featuring work by a wide range of international members will also be featured on-site at the MoCCA Arts Festival.

Helvetica Room / 1:30 pm

Our Modern DystopiaNetworked technology has invaded every aspect of daily, social and personal life, and comics, like all other forms of narrative, increasingly reflect the impact of technology on our exterior and interior lives. At the same time, the static, mediated, and intangible nature of interactive life presents particular challenges to artist working in comics. Artists Aisha Franz (Shit is Real), Abby Jame (Prophecy of the Flesh Virgin), and Florent Ruppert (The Perineum Technique) will discuss the use of fantasy imagery to depict current reality in a conversation moderated by BOMB Magazine Associate Editor Chantal McStay.

Garamond Room / 3:00 pm

Mort Gerberg and FriendsMort Gerberg broke into print with irreverent drawings in The Realist in the early ’60s. His social-justice-minded—and bitingly funny—cartoons subsequently appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Playboy, and the Saturday Evening Post. As a reporter, he’s sketched historic scenes including the women’s marches of the ’60s and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, and Fantagraphics Underground Press has recently published the retrospective book Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle. Gerberg will discuss his work in a conversation with friends and colleagues, led by Michael Maslin (Inkspill, The New Yorker) and including New Yorker cartoonists Marisa Acocella, Bob Eckstein and Danny Shanahan.

Sunday, April 7th:

Helvetica Room / 12:00 pm

Other Models, Other Forms

This exciting, forward-looking panel will bring together a group of comics artists whose work not only departs from the use of traditional art making tools, but embraces non-literary models for narrative and, in some cases, reconceptualizes the form of the book itself. Moderator Bill Kartalopoulos (The Best American Comics) will discuss process and approach with Maëlle Doliveaux (I Will Live Forever), Julian Glander (3D Sweeties), Keren Katz (The Academic Hour), and Florent Ruppert (Barrel of Monkeys).