MoCCA in a Hell's Kitchen that looks different than it used to: A New Yorker's lament.
Well, not really. While I miss my neighborhood as it was, I liked the new venue for MoCCA. Not only does the neighborhood still offer abundant cheap food, but the venue itself, which I used to walk by during late night strolls to the river, is bright, spacious without the high-ceiling anxiety of the armory and has almost enough elevators.The security was overzealous, something I got to experience twice as a perpetual late-o, but not as bad as at last year's Chelsea location.
I spent nowhere enough time on the floor and saw no panels, despite being somewhat interested in two of them. I'm never interested enough though. I did manage to say hi to a few of my far-away faves like Summer Pierre, Greg Means and L. Nichols. I missed more people than I saw, sadly, but that is the way it goes most years.
|upstairs snack area|
|Jennifer Hayden, Summer Pierre and Glynnis Fawkes , buddies and excellent storytellers|
|Sara Edward-Corbett, with her beautiful rat creations|
|The fabulous Whit Taylor making a sale, Katie Fricas, who I met at Paper Jam, and Kriota Willberg, who cares about your health|
|Loved the bit of Travelogue by Aatmaja Pandya I read online, had to get the book!|
|Loved Gina Wynbrandt's mini, Big Pussy, had to get the book!|
|Rumi Hara's minis grab me with their covers, and I always enjoy the fantasies she creates.|
I was excited for a few books not mentioned above and was happy to grab Dream Tube by Rebekka Dunlap from Youth in Decline, Bad Boyfriends, edited by Laura Lannes, as well as What's Your Sign, Girl?, edited by Rob Kirby. The two anthologies are stuffed with work from artists I need more of--you hear that big publishing?
I'm still working through my pile of MoCCA comics and will report back on what's grabbing me.