MoCCA Festival This Weekend

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York is holding its festival this weekend. Tickets are cheap. Official details, and Dash Shaw poster, below.

MoCCA Festival

Saturday & Sunday April 10 & 11, 2010
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is pleased to announce that the next MoCCA Festival will take place over April 10-11, 2010. The annual two-day event attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world’s most popular art form in the heart of New York City.

Special guests at MoCCA Fest 2010 include Bill Ayers, Kyle Baker, Gabrielle Bell, Kim Deitch, Emily Flake, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Neil Kleid, Peter Kuper, Michael Kupperman, Hope Larson, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Miller, Josh Neufeld, Rick Parker, Paul Pope, Henrik Rehr, Alex Robinson, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw, James Sturm, R. Sikoryak, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, Tracy White, Gahan Wilson and Craig Yoe!

Featured exhibitors include Abrams ComicArts, ACT-I-VATE, Buenaventura Press, Drawn and Quarterly, Fantagraphics, First Second, NBM, Pantheon, Royal Flush Magazine, Secret Acres, Sparkplug Comic Books, Top Shelf Productions and more!

The 2010 Klein Award wil be presented to David Mazzucchelli by Chip Kidd!

Since 2002 the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. For 2010, the panels and programs are being organized by Brian Heater (The Daily Crosshatch) and Jeff Newelt (Pekar Project, SMITH, Heeb, Royal Flush).

MoCCA Festival 2010 is sponsored in part by Disney Book GroupDrawn and QuarterlyMidtown ComicsPantheon and Yoe Books!

MoCCA Fest 2010 will again take place at the historic 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.

The Unclothed Man

Don’t be scared off by that title. Writer/artist Dash Shaw’s breakthrough book was last year’s  Bottomless Belly Button and now he’s teaming up with IFC (the Independent Film Channel) for his latest project. Press release and funky art below.

Five -Episode Series will Premiere Exclusively on IFC.com in Conjunction with Fantagraphics Books Release in November 2009

shawifcteaser1THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35th CENTURY A.D., by DASH SHAW, will be promoted at the 2009 Book Expo America in New York City, May 29-31, with an appearance by the author on Friday, May 29, at 1:00PM at the Fantagraphics Booth and 4:00PM in the Autographing Area.

IFC.com announced today that it will premiere an original animated web series based on graphic novelist and comic book artist Dash Shaw’s latest book The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D., set for release mid-November, 2009 with the web series following. Shaw’s animation has been widely praised for its eclectic style, innovative design and emotional depth.

Each short episode of this five-part web series chronicles Rebel X-6, a man who works for a well-funded anti-droid organization. The fifth episode will provide behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. The premiere on IFC.com marks Dash Shaw’s first animated series and will be based on a story line he has developed for several years.  Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books is set to publish a book by the same name and characters.
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“Dash Shaw is a known entity in the comic book realm with a cult following.  We’re excited to bring him, his art and his fans to IFC.com, a platform that recognizes and broadens the reach of up-and-coming, independent content makers,” said Craig Parks, vice president of digital media at IFC. “Shaw’s work on IFC.com will offer a fresh and completely unique take on the animation genre; the type of approach that defines our brand.”
The series features an animated hero, Rebel X-6, and his quest to bring out change in the 35th century A.D.. Rebel X-6 works for an anti-droid organization that opposes the use of droids in all sectors of modern society.  An artist guild that opposes the use of droids in art class hires Rebel X-6. They believe living people should model for life drawings.  Rebel X-6’s assignment is to enter Art School 46 posing as “Model-Droid #343.”  Model droids appear life-like but do not laugh, cry, swear or exhibit other human shortcomings.  His mission is to subvert the school’s ban on drawings of real humans by tricking the students into drawing him.

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