MOCCA Fest 2014

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(Photo: Jody Culkin)

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Somehow suddenly it’s spring and MOCCA Fest 2014 was in the 69th regiment Armory this weekend. It was the 2nd year the Society of Illustrators has run it and in addition to the welcome return of the red curtains there was a rearrangement in the floor layout. Instead of a few long aisles stretching lengthwise down the Armory, the Society cut the space into many smaller rows, which seemed to cut down on the noise and stress. It divided the show into more manageable chunks and kept the aisles wide enough for foot traffic. I didn’t jostle into anyone and didn’t have to shout to be heard once during the entire show, something I really appreciated by the end. 

There was also Thanksgiving Day Parade Charlie Brown floating above the center, which of course led to many jokes about Charlie-Brown-Balloon-related-carnage from him falling/coming to life. And a few about a giant football.

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(On the 2nd day, Charlie tried to kick the floor, which is when he got the ladder).

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(Keren, Alexander, Molly, before sign)

I had a fantastic time tabling with Keren Katz, Alexander Rothman, and Molly Brooks. Keren was selling her new compilation of stories, Fire Theater. Molly had her post-apocalyptic-epistolary-love story, Post, as well as her hockey minis (which sold out), and Alexander had his newest comic as well as a preview of Ink Brick, the new comics poetics literary journal launching next month. I sold out of the tiny run of Cuss Book I did for the festival and Behold the Killbot and Other Stories.

The other really exciting thing was that the Society put some of my little creatures on their signs:

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It’s weird and thrilling to see Boot Bot running toward the Wacom lounge and restroom.

Lots of SVA faces in the crowd. I didn’t get to go to any of the panels, but they sounded amazing. It was really nice to catch up with folks.

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(above: Daniel Zender and Keren)

Halfway through Day 1, we made a sign:

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(Ada Price and Alexander Rothman at SOI for the awards).

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(Molly, Maëlle Doliveux, and Keren)

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(Ada, Connie Sun, and Calvin Reid)

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One of the joys of tabling with Keren is that this happens:

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(Photo by Keren Katz)

Maki Naro and Matt Lubchansky were on the other side of C-aisle drawing Blemmyes when they realized Keren’s Joseph character is a Blemmye. So they presented her with a pile of Blemmyes and it was adorable. 

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(Li-or Zaltzman and Nick Bertozzi)

And finally, Alexander and I combined our respective comics hauls and are looking forward to many days of decadent reading:

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by! 

BAH is back and as theoretically absurd as ever! Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and the Bay Area Science Festival are bringing BAH to San Francisco this October at the Castro Theatre.
See Zach’s theory on adaptive infant aerodynamics at last year’s BAH Fest East.
“The first ever Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) was held on October 6th, 2013 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. It was the first of what we hope will be many celebrations of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory. Our brave speakers presented their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determined who took home the coveted sculpture of Darwin shrugging skeptically. And eternal glory, of course.”
and I had fun crashing a giant lightbulb through San Francisco’s best landmarks (sorry, SF) for a logo.

BAH is back and as theoretically absurd as ever! Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and the Bay Area Science Festival are bringing BAH to San Francisco this October at the Castro Theatre.

See Zach’s theory on adaptive infant aerodynamics at last year’s BAH Fest East.

The first ever Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) was held on October 6th, 2013 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. It was the first of what we hope will be many celebrations of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory. Our brave speakers presented their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determined who took home the coveted sculpture of Darwin shrugging skeptically. And eternal glory, of course.

and I had fun crashing a giant lightbulb through San Francisco’s best landmarks (sorry, SF) for a logo.

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the nerdily hilarious Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, BAH fest, and many other funny and fascinating things has made a new eBook: Polystate: A Thought Experiment in Distributed Government.
And I had a lot of fun doing the cover!
This is a serious (although entertainingly written) political science book about what would happen if states were defined by individual allegiances instead of by geographical boundaries. It’s got lots of food-for-thought about the implications for family dynamics, commerce, and peace, among other things.

"What if governments didn’t rule locations, but instead ruled minds? That is the question explored in this eBook. "Polystate" refers to the idea of a geographic entity in which multiple overlapping states exist, each consisting of citizens who have agreed to the laws of a single non-geographic state. In this sense, the book is a discussion not of a particular form of government, but a meta-government in which each person is free to choose a new constitution on a yearly basis without the encumbrance of relocation."

If national identity became wasn’t defined by location and it became a highly customizable option, it made sense that people might signal their various allegiances through fashion. And nudity. And facepaint a la The Warriors. The future!
Zach always has such fantastically interesting projects to work on.

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the nerdily hilarious Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, BAH fest, and many other funny and fascinating things has made a new eBook: Polystate: A Thought Experiment in Distributed Government.

And I had a lot of fun doing the cover!

This is a serious (although entertainingly written) political science book about what would happen if states were defined by individual allegiances instead of by geographical boundaries. It’s got lots of food-for-thought about the implications for family dynamics, commerce, and peace, among other things.

"What if governments didn’t rule locations, but instead ruled minds? That is the question explored in this eBook.

"Polystate" refers to the idea of a geographic entity in which multiple overlapping states exist, each consisting of citizens who have agreed to the laws of a single non-geographic state. In this sense, the book is a discussion not of a particular form of government, but a meta-government in which each person is free to choose a new constitution on a yearly basis without the encumbrance of relocation."

If national identity became wasn’t defined by location and it became a highly customizable option, it made sense that people might signal their various allegiances through fashion. And nudity. And facepaint a la The Warriors. The future!

Zach always has such fantastically interesting projects to work on.