Presenting the MoCCA 2011 Panel Lineup

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Hey Everyone. I’m proud to present the official programming lineup for the 2011 MoCCA Arts Festival. We’ve had a few changes since last year’s show, most notably the addition of a second room (henceforth referred to as Room B), which has given us the opportunity to expand the panel lineup by a fair amount, including more one-on-one conversations (I’m honored to be speaking to both Peter Bagge and Gahan Wilson int his format), and curated panels from folks like the Ink Panthers podcast and New York fixtures, Comic Book Club.

There are a few publication-centric panels this year, as well, with spotlights on Mad Magazine, The New Yorker, and World War 3 Illustrated, the latter of which is celebrated its 30th anniversary, this past year. The legendary Jerry Robison is getting his due, in conversation with author Michael Uslan. The late Will Eisner will also be the subject of a spotlight featuring Jules Feiffer, Paul Levitz, and Denis Kitchen, moderated by Charles Brownstein, coinciding with the museum’s terrific exhibit, “Will Eisner’s New York.”

Carousel, a New York comics institution, will be back this year, featuring an all-star lineup, including Jeffrey Lewis, R. Sikoryak, Kate Beaton, Lisa Hanawalt, Ted Stearn, Julie Klausner, and more. And I’m also excited to be speaking with the fantastic ladies from Brooklyn’s Pizza Island collective.

All of this and lot more after the jump.


Room A


Sam Viviano, John Ficarra, Hermann Mejia,Sam Viviano, John Ficarra, Hermann Mejia,
Tim Carvell

Time Panel Name Moderator Panelists Description

11:30 Teaching Comics Karen Green (Columbia University) Jessica Abel (School of Visual Arts), Bill Kartalopoulos (Parsons), Tom Hart (SVA/The Sequential Artists Workshop) From reading for content/visuals, to teaching how to “read” their visual rhetoric, to thinking about how to tell a story visually, what makes comics worth teaching?

12:30:00 Sequential Non-fiction Heidi McDonald (The Beat) Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Nick Bertozzi (Lewis & Clark), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Nick Abadzis (Laika) Painting real world stories, from autobiographical to historical, through the lens of the graphic novel.

1:30 Building a Book, From Start to Finish Mark Newgarden (We All Die Alone) Ben Katchor (The Cardboard Valise) , Stephen DeStefano (Lucky in Love), Lauren Redniss (Century Girl) An exploration of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a book.

2:30 Klein/Volunteer of the Year Peter Kuper (Stop Forgetting To Remember) Al Jaffee (MAD) Al Jaffee receives the Klein Award

3:30 Going MAD in the 21st Century Danny Fingeroth Sam Viviano, John Ficarra, Hermann Mejia,
Tim Carvell
How has the past past decade impacted Mad Magazine, and what does the future hold for the usual gang of idiots?

4:30 The State of Editorial Cartooning Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch) Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Tim Kreider (The Pain — When Will it End), Ted Rall (Year of Loving Dangerously) The trials and tribulations of creating political cartoons in 2011.

5:30 MoCCA Presents the Cross Hatch Carousel Jeffrey Lewis (Fuff), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You), Ted Stearn (Fuzz and Pluck), Julie Klausner (The Cat Whisperer), and more. Cartoonists and voice actors perform live comics readings.


11:30 Batman, The Joker and Beyond Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman) Jerry Robinson (Detective Comics) Join us for an intimate conversation between Michael Uslan and Jerry Robinson as they discuss Jerry’s storied career.

12:30 Almost True Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly) Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), Joe Ollmann (Mid-Life), Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature), Pascal Girard (Nicolas) Where autobiography and fiction collide.

1:30 The Enterprising Will Eisner Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) Jules Feiffer (Explainers), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), Paul Levitz ( 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking) Come learn about who Will Eisner was as an entrepreneuring artist in a time when New York was the center of the commercial art universe, and how his art was shaped by that environment.

2:30 Pizza Island: The Panel Brian Heater Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Kate Beaton (Hark, a Vagrant), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You) Some of today’s brightest young cartoonists share a workspace in Brooklyn. Here is their story.

3:30 A New Generation of New Yorker Cartoons Bob Mankoff (The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker) Drew Dernavich (The Cartoon Lounge), Paul Noth (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Zachary Kanin (The Short Book), and Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball) An examination of the present–and future–of New Yorker cartoons.

4:30 World War 3 Illustrated at 30 Douglas Wolk Peter Kuper (Diario De Oaxaca), Sabrina Jones (Isadora Duncan, A Graphic Biography), Rebecca Migdal (Rosetta Stone Comics), Seth Tobocman (Understanding the Crash) A look back on 30 years of groundbreaking progressive cartooning.

5:30 MoCCA Mini-Animation Festival Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Signe Baumane (Birth), More We close out the festival with a showcase of animated shorts.

Room B


Time Panel Name Moderator Panelists Description

12:30 Drawing with Rick Parker Rick Parker (Deadboy) None Cartoonist Rick Parker teaches kids of all ages the art of cartooning.

1:30 Gahan Wilson: Playboy and Beyond Brian Heater Gahan Wilson We explore the long, storied career of satirist Gahan Wilson.

2:30 Dash Shaw and Brecht Evens in Conversation Bill Kartalopoulos (Part-Time Faculty, Parsons the New School for Design) Dash Shaw (Bodyworld), Brecht Evens (Night Animals) Dash Shaw and Brecht Evens are among the most prodigious and prolific young artists working in comics today. Both began publishing ambitious work while still in school, and both have since gained notice for their lush, inventive, and thoughtful comics.

3:30 Spotlight on the World Mats Jonsson (Hey Princess), Ville Hanninen, and more. A look at MoCCA Fest’s international comics community.

4:30 MoCCA Presents Comic Book Club Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, Alex Zalben Fred Chao (Jonny Hiro), Liz Baillie (Freewheel) and more. Direct from the People’s Improv Theater, Comic Book Club explores the intersection of comic books, comedy, and pop culture.


12:30 YA and Comics: Ever the Two Shall Meet Whitney Matheson (Pop Candy) Tracy White (Traced), Lucy Knisley (Stop Paying Attention, M.K. Reed (Cross Country) Some of comics’ most fascinating titles and groundbreaking artists can be found in the young adult section of your local bookstore.

1:30 Peter Bagge: A History of Hate Brian Heater Peter Bagge A one-on-one conversation with one of alternative comics’ most influential and enduring voices.

2:30 Mini-Comics Crash Course Robyn Chapman (Faculty, The Center for Cartoon Studies), Tom Hart (Founder and Executive Director, The Sequential Artists Workshop) A crash course in cartoon storytelling and presentation. Attendees will improvise their own cartoon story and then design and package their own mini-comic in the session.

3:30 Ink Panthers Live Mike Dawson (Troop 142), Alex Robinson (Too Cool to be Forgotten) John Kerschbaum, and more. The popular podcast! Live! With special guests!

4:30 Reciprocal Influence: Comics and Graphic Design Jeff Newelt (Heeb Magazine) Chip Kidd (Bat-Manga!), Craig Yoe (Secret Identity), Yuko Shimizu (The Unwritten), Josh Bernstein (Royal Flush) You put your comics in my graphic design! You put your graphic design in my comics! Four multi-disciplinary creators show how comics have influenced their work, as well as the influence of graphic design, typography, and illustration on comics themselves.

3 Comments to “Presenting the MoCCA 2011 Panel Lineup”

  1. R. Sikoryak | March 29th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Also in Saturday’s Carousel: Michael Kupperman!

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