1. 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! 

     
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