Hied myself over to the Lexington Avenue Armory on Sat., April 28 for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art comics expo. Certainly not the vast vendor-scape of a NYCC or SDCC but crammed with eager talented comics creators you actually got to talk with. It was like having the two biggest comic cons distilled into their essence – the comic books and their makers. All good, that.
Having only the resources for the admission, I woefully couldn’t buy anything when there was so much worth buying. Thankfully, the artists were super friendly and engaging. I collected free swag and business cards and I will visit every website to follow up on them. Nice turnout.
Friend Eclipse and I opted for one panel, and it was the Nordic Roundtable. These were comics artists/creators from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and yes the Land of Midnight Sun comics are different. One panelist mentioned their motivations were usually autobiographical while in the States, external. Found out that Donald Duck is a super star, esp. in Finland. Conversely Mickey Mouse, not so much! Oh, and that Disney’s cartoon work is centered in Europe not stateside. Mea culpa for that surprise.
Made the rest of the rounds of the artists then called it. Almost felt like we’d done a mini NYCC. This was my first MOCCA Fest and won’t be my last. Loved getting a close up on new/independent/alternative works and bonus back-story by creators. Once I’m flush again, will fork over the dough for MOCCA membership with a smile.
And loved this year’s artsy poster.
Fun and informative; just what a geek craves.
Be your dream –
NOTE: As mentioned in Rant Rant, have to post this without a picture due to some kind of supernatural/extraterrestrial/WTF? glitch. Rest assured there will be pics when the bogies have been defeated. – MM