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MoCCA Arts Festival Announces 2019 Programming

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Featuring Gabrielle Bell, Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Aisha Franz, Sarah Glidden, Keith Knight, Florent Ruppert, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Alan Stamaty, Lauren Weinstein and more!

Artwork by Maria and Peter Hoey.

NEW YORK, NY- The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 6-7. This year’s programming will take place at the beautiful Ink48 Hotel (653 11th Avenue at 48th street), steps away from our primary venue, Metropolitan West at 639 West 46th Street.

Organized by Best American Comics Series Editor Bill Kartalopoulos, this year’s programming includes spotlight sessions with all of this year’s MoCCA Guests of Honor: Gaylord Phoenix artist Edie FakeNew Yorker cartoonist Liana FinckK Chronicles artist Keith Knight, and Emmy-nominated artist Bill Sienkiewicz. Finck will appear in conversation with cartoonist Gabrielle Bell, and Sienkewicz will discuss his career alongside artist Klaus Janson.

Featured guest Mark Alan Stamaty will also take the stage in a spotlight session, alongside conversations including our distinguished international guests Aisha Franz, Michel Kichka, and Florent RuppertMike Dawson, Sarah Glidden, and James Sturm will discuss work that addresses political themes within a narrative context.. Emily Flake, Sacha Mardou, and Lauren Weinstein will address comics about the experience and work of motherhood. Other panels will feature luminaries including Marisa Acocella, Ivan Brunetti, Liza Donnelly, Mort Gerberg, Julian Glander, Tom Hart, Abby Jame, Keren Katz, and others.

The School of Visual Arts Continuing Education will host a series of roundtables focusing on professional developments. Panelists include Emma Allen (The New Yorker), Matt Lubchansky (The Nib), artists Josh Bayer, Fran Meneses, Julia Rothman, Andrea Tsurumi, and others.

Click here to view the Saturday Programming Schedule and here to view the Sunday Programming Schedule. Each programming event will last one hour, with a half hour break between programming events. Admission to programming is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. All seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Price of admission is $10 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. More information about the Fest can be found here.

About the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators

Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration together comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. The mission of SI/MI is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration and its history and evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education. The 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 6-7th, 2019 at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

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