MoCCA was the first non-mainstream comics event I ever heard of. It was the first one I ever exhibited at (at a table with about 10 other kids from my art program at SVA). It is the first place I ever sold a comic. It was the first place I brought The Deformitory. It is where I met Dylan Williams for the first time, who amazingly wanted to distribute my book. It's where I first met a lot of people, people who I now consider some of the best people I know. It has been my yearly deadline, the apex of all my efforts, the thing I work towards, the motivation to get it done, get it bound, get it into the hands of people who might care about the 50 stapled pages that I call my art.
The fair has changed a lot since I first started going, back in 2007, but it retains a hugely symbolic importance for me. For me it is the most of all shows. The one in my back yard. The one that counts. Last year was the first year since I moved to New York that I did not attend. I was discombobulated, frustrated with my work and worried that my fixation with deadlines was hampering some sort of elusive "purity" of creative output. But I missed it! I missed the motivation, and the result was that I did not make a new book in 2012. So I am beyond pleased to be going back, and excited that I have finished, and will officially be debuting, my latest comic, Lettuce Girl Pt. III.
It's no secret that a lot will be different this year and that a lot of people, myself among them, are hoping that the show will have evolved and modified in a positive direction now that it is being run by the Society of Illustrators. I recommend you read this interview with Anelle Miller for some insight to the changes, right HERE.
If you are interested in/like/love/obsess over comics come out this weekend and give it a visit. Buy some books, support interesting, brave and experimental art and meet some of the coolest kids on earth.
MOCCA ARTS FESTIVAL
68 Lexington Avenue (between E. 25th & E. 26th Street)
April 6th & 7th, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Visit HERE for a full list of exhibitors, panel schedule, and ticket info.
My amazing table-mate Anna Raff made a cool map so that you can track us down.