(April 5, 2014) The 69th Regiment Armory was abuzz on Saturday, as the 2014 MoCCA Arts Fest kicked off its two-day ruckus. The fest is one of the most important showcases in New York City for independent comic-book publishers and artists, drawing swarms of eager enthusiasts to its doors filled with the anticipation of a unique and fulfilling visual experience.
Day-One turnout was robust, electric and under the whimsical gaze of Charlie Brown who floated high above attendees, inside the armory rotunda, straight from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. The festival, in its 12th year, was founded by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in 2002, then was taken over by the Society of Illustrators in 2013. According to SI organizers, the 2014 festival features 216 exhibitors, encompassing 27 publishers, and over 1,000 individual artists.
A private after-party was held at the Society of Illustrators headquarters located at East 63rd Street (off Lexington Avenue) where the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence were presented. This year’s winners were Alexandra Beguez (Narwhal), David Plunkert (Heroical), Greg Kletsel (Exercise the Demon), Jess Ruliffson (Invisible Wounds), and Luke Healy (Of The Monstrous Pictures of Whales). Judges for the awards included Gregory Benton (2013 recipient), Tracy Hurren, Chip Kidd, Chris Pitzer and James Sturm. In addition to their award, each winner will have their work exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators (May 6th thru May 24th, 2014), and will, also, receive a WACOM Professional Pen & Touch tablet.
For more info about the festival, goto: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Mocca_Event.aspx?id=10561