MoCCA Folk

June 4, 2009

Acknowledging SVA’s essential contributions to the comics and cartooning industries, New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) has organized a panel discussion about the College at this year’s MoCCA Art Festival. From 12 noon – 1pm on Saturday, June 6, BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department faculty member Tom Hart will sit down with several alumni to discuss their careers. Entitled The Astonishing SVA Roundtable, the discussion will feature Nick Breutzman (BFA 2006 Cartooning), Eric Feurstein (BFA 2003 Cartooning), Jessica Fink (BFA 2003 Cartooning), Dash Shaw (BFA 2005 Illustration) and Jennifer Tong (BFA 2006 Cartooning).

The two-day festival is an opportunity to meet preeminent cartoonists, animators and graphic novelists, and to purchase new works. Running from 11am – 6pm on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, the MoCCA Festival will take place at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue. Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (BFA 2002 Illustration) and animator Bill Plympton (1969) will also be presenting as part of the festival’s programming. Passes are available at the door or on the MoCCA Web site.

MoCCA is also recognizing faculty member David Mazzucchelli with the exhibition “Sounds and Pauses: The Comics of David Mazzucchelli,” which will be on display at the museum, 594 Broadway, Suite 401, through Sunday, August 23. The show is the first North American retrospective for Mazzucchelli, who is known for his work on Daredevil and Batman: Year One, as well as for the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass. Curated by faculty member Dan Nadel, the exhibition includes original comic pages, sketches and covers from the artist’s archive and is concurrent with the release of Mazzucchelli’s new graphic novel Asterios Polyp (Pantheon, 2009). While the book doesn’t go on sale until July 7, advance copies will be available at MoCCA and the MoCCA Festival. MoCCA will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday, June 6 from 7 – 9pm and present Mazzucchelli and Nadel in conversation on Thursday, July 16 at 7pm. The reception is free and open to the public; admission for the talk is $5.

Images: (top) MoCCA Art Festival promotional poster, illustration by Molly Crabapple, design by Nicola Black Design, L.L.C.; (bottom) David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp, (Pantheon, 2009).

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