The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival, an annual festival honouring indie and self-published comics and graphic novels organized by the Society of Illustrators, will take place 7th – 8th April at the Metroplitan West event space and the nearby Ink48 Hotel in New York.
The MoCCA Arts Festival is a two-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year.
With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, the Festival mission accelerates the advancement of organisers the Society of Illustrators broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.
This year’s MoCCA Arts Festival will honour acclaimed cartoonist and cocreator of the Love & Rockets series, Jaime Hernandez, who is a featured guest along with Andrew Aydin, creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Argentine comic artist Liniers, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and New York Times best selling-graphic novelist Nate Powell.
Comics artists at the event will include Max de Radiguès, Anna Haifish, Yvan Alagbé, Dominique Goblet, Nicole Georges, Ariel Schrag and others.
MoCCA 2018 programming includes a public conversation between RAW magazine coeditor and New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly and Marc Siegal, noted cartoonist and founder of First Second, the graphic novel imprint of Macmillan publishing.
Andrew Aydin and Artist Nate Powell, who worked with John Lewis to create his groundbreaking graphic memoir MARCH will discuss the making of the bestselling work.
• The MoCCA exhibition floor is located in the Metropolitan West event space at 639 W. 46th Street, New York; and programming will take place at the Ink48 Hotel at 653 11th Avenue at 48th Street, just around the corner. Admission to the show is $7; children under the age of 10 are admitted for free.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.