Set in the huge Manhattan Armoury, this year’s MoCCA festival started off slightly delayed, apparently because a shipment of books arrived too late from the MoCCA building, but never mind: the lines of people waiting to get in continued far around the block for almost the entire day. With (almost!) all kinds of comics represented, the exhibitor’s space sizzled with the electric air of the future.

The day clearly belonged to the Duke of American comics, the great David Mazzucchelli, whose long awaited graphic novel Asterios Polyp debuted at Pantheon’s booth. Saturday evening saw the opening of an almost unbelievably strong retrospective exhibition at MoCCA’s actual museum, curated by Picturebox’s boy wonder Dan Nadel — undoubtedly the absolute highlight of the festival, with original artwork from Batman: Year One, Daredevil: Born Again, Rubber Blanket stories (“Discovering America”, “Big Man”, “Near Miss”), Asterios Polyp and much more.

Although I myself participated in the lively Scandinavian panel discussion, I unfortunately missed all the other panels. Paul Karasik’s show seemed very exciting though. But on with the flix!


Smiling Vikings take Manhattan


The Scandinavian Panel


The Scandinavian Panel


Steffen Maarup, Ron Regé Jr.


Mazzucchelli


Dash Shaw (left), Dan Nadel


Mazzucchelli


Mazzucchelli


Mazzucchelli


Mazzucchelli Manga


More Danes


The Notorious Ib Kjeldsmark


Steffen Maarup, Chrysler Building

2 Comments

  1. Sorry that you could not make my panel…could it be because it was scheduled at 5 but due to tech snafus did not begin until 6 when the festival was officially over?
    Look for Hanks II, “You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!” should be in bookstores in a couple of weeks.

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