The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: MoCCA Fest 2014


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss this year’s MoCCA Arts Fest and Emerald City Comic […]

Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke join 2014 MoCCA Fest


Next year’s MoCCA Fest is shaping up to be a very interesting show as admission has been lowered to $5, and Bill Kartalopoulos has been brought on on programming director and international liaison. And given Kartalopoulos’s interest in foreign comics, the addition of three acclaimed guests from overseas—Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke—can only […]

MoCCA Party Poop


As usual, you will need many metro cards or cab fares to get to all the social events surrounding MoCCA, this weekend’s indie comics festival. I’m not sure I have them all so if your event is missing, email me. THURSDAY Kickstarter MoCCA Meetup! 8 pm If you like comics and are in Brooklyn, come […]

On the Scene: Eisner in the Snow at MoCCA/Society of Illustrators


With a nor’easter blowing in at increasing velocity on November 7th, a full house still turned out for the first of the newly partnered MoCCA/Society of Illustrators dinner and a movie events, this one complete with an informative panel discussion featuring the life and work of comics giant Will Eisner. The evening’s film, Will Eisner: […]

A little bit more on MoCCA


As reported yesterday, the Soho gallery and office space of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art closed suddenly this month. A statement went out later on Monday:

MoCCA Fest 2012: Weather


The armory where the MoCCA Fest is held is one big open space.  It usually is not heated or air conditioned. 

The weather forecast for this
weekend ranges from 37° to 63°F (3° to 17°C) with a chance of rain Saturday night.

MoCCA debuts and notable books


Better late than never! Please at least scroll through this (very incomplete) listing of new books out at MoCCA and just look at the pictures if nothing els.e There are some pretty amazing books coming out that haven’t gotten that much press, so I think it’s wroth your while.

MoCCA Publishers: Who's Where


Just a brief guide to some publishers and creators and stuff to look out for!

MoCCA thoughts: The indie evolution


The MoCCA Festival at the Lexington Armory a few days ago was a fun weekend — the numerous photo shows filled with smiling faces of dedicated artists and publishers show that. Look at Peggy Burns’ engaging set or Dan Nadel’s. Fun is fine, of course, but that’s not entirely why people go to indie shows like MoCCA, SPX, and TCAF. I’d argue that the social aspect of hanging out with fellow cartoonists is a major motivation for attending, but that’s not why D&Q or PictureBox or Fantagraphics attends. These are important shows for promoting authors and selling books.

The Beat's MoCCA $10 Dining Guide – 2011 Edition


Coming to this year’s MoCCA-fest and wondering where to grab a quick lunch to eat in between selling your mini-comics? Look no further!

Although considered drab by New York standards, the Rose Hill/Gramercy/Flatiron area surrounding the the Sixty-Ninth Regiment Armory, setting for MoCCA Fest, still offers a colorful array of authentic, delicious and affordable cuisine from around the world within a radius of only a couple of blocks. (It IS New York City, after all.) Bearing in mind the small budgets of most MoCCA attendees/indie cartoonists, we’re going to highlight places where, for $10 or under, you can still get a decent meal — some of them even prepared by Iron Chef level celebrities. At a few places, if $10 isn’t enough for a meal it is still enough for some rare treat that will make your trip one to remember.

For dinner you will want to grab some friends and a subway or cab and head to one of the great restaurants of the city, but your lunchtime is definitely covered right here.