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Greetings Graphic Novel fans!

I hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather here in New York City. Hopefully it will stay warm for the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art's MoCCA Festival 2010! I'm sure many of you attended last year and I hope to see you again at the Pantheon booth this year. The festival will take place the weekend of April 10 and 11 at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in New York City. The festival will be open to the public from 11:00am to 6:00pm both days. Pantheon will be at booth #E38 at the south side of the armory. General admission is $12 at the door or $20 for the weekend but is only $12/weekend for MoCCA members. Advanced tickets are available, as well. For more information on ticketing, visit the MoCCA website at

Special guests this year include Dash Shaw, David Mazzucchelli, Kim Deitch, Josh Neufeld, Bill Ayers, Kyle Baker, Gabrielle Bell, Emily Flake, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Neil Kleid, James Kochalka, Peter Kuper, Michael Kupperman, Hope Larson, Frank Miller, Rick Parker, Paul Pope, Henrik Rehr, Alex Robinson, Frank Santoro, James Sturm, R. Sikoryak, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, Tracy White, Gahan Wilson and Craig Yoe!

This year, Pantheon will be giving away special tote bags with purchase of a graphic novel! Check out our booth for news on upcoming works from your favorite graphic novelists, plus lots of great giveaways. See you there!


Pantheon Panels

Saturday 4/10:
12:45 PM: Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro in Conversation
Moderated by: Bill Kartalopolous
Frank Santoro, author of Storeyville and co-creator of Cold Heat, joins Bottomless Belly Button and Bodyworld author Dash Shaw for a conversation moderated by comics critic and Parsons faculty member Bill Kartalopoulos. The artists will discuss their influences, their approaches to comics, and the relationship between line and color on the printed comics page.

3:15 Klein Award Ceremony: Our very own David Mazzuchelli, author of Asterios Polyp, will be presented the award by renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd.

5:15 PM: The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies Featuring the art of: Kim Deitch, R. Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, , Gabrielle Bell, and Emily Flake. The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies Top talent from the world of standup comedy, animation, film, and radio come together to perform live versions of strips from Kim Deitch (Boulevard of Broken Dreams), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), and Emily Flake (Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves).

Sunday 4/11:
2:00 PM: Sequential Activism: Saving the World One Panel at a Time, featuring Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge,), Bill Ayers (To Teach: The Journey in Comics), Peter Kuper (WWIII Illustrated, Oaxaca), Tom Hart (Hutch Owen), and Ward Sutton (Sutton Impact) join moderator Brian Heater (Daily Crosshatch) to explore the history of subversive political comics, from political cartoons to World War III Illustrated.

Dash Shaw & Josh Neufeld will be doing signings at the Pantheon booth after their panels.


Making the Abyss: The Comics of Dash Shaw

Currently on view at MoCCA, is an exhibition by Dash Shaw, featuring work from BodyWorld, Bottomless Belly Button, The Uncanny Reproduction and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century. BodyWorld Shaw's recent works ( BodyWorld, The Unclothed Man, and Bottomless Belly Button) connect an interest with the human body, informed by figure drawing, with humorous character-driven narratives. This show displays his original art for these stories, which are often a combination of traditional crowquill and ink work with gaouche paints, acetate sheets, animation-style backgrounds, colored marker storyboards, and mixed media collages.

Dash Shaw was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated with a BFA in Cartooning/Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, in 2005.


After Party!

There will even be an after party this year! Details below:
MoCCA Fest 2010 Official AfterPARTY
Saturday, April 10
$5 entry
The Village Pourhouse
63 3rd Avenue @11th Street
Doors: 7:30; party til the ink dries!
Beer specials + 2-for-1 Absolut + complimentary snacks til 10pm




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