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Out and About: MoCCA Festival 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This Saturday and Sunday is the 10th annual Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival—MoCCA Fest for short—and in addition to a full stable of exhibitors showcasing new work, they also have two tracks of programming running each day. Panels of note:

Sequential Non-fiction
Saturday, 12:30, Room A

Moderator: Heidi McDonald (The Beat)
Panelists: Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution), Nick Bertozzi (Lewis & Clark), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Nick Abadzis (Laika)

Painting real world stories, from autobiographical to historical, through the lens of the graphic novel.

The State of Editorial Cartooning
Saturday, 4:30, Room A

Moderator: Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch)
Panelists: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug), Tim Kreider (The Pain — When Will it End), Ted Rall (Year of Loving Dangerously)

The trials and tribulations of creating political cartoons in 2011.

Almost True
Sunday, 12:30, Room A

Moderator: Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly)
Panelists: Gabrielle Bell (Lucky), Joe Ollmann (Mid-Life), Leslie Stein (Eye of the Majestic Creature), Pascal Girard (Nicolas)

Where autobiography and fiction collide.

Pizza Island: The Panel
Sunday, 2:30, Room A

Moderator: Brian Heater
Panelists: Julia Wertz (Drinking at the Movies), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel), Kate Beaton (Hark, a Vagrant), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You)

Some of today’s brightest young cartoonists share a workspace in Brooklyn. Here is their story.

YA and Comics: Ever the Two Shall Meet
Sunday, 2:30, Room B

Moderator: Whitney Matheson (Pop Candy)
Panelists: Tracy White (Traced), Lucy Knisley (Stop Paying Attention), M.K. Reed (Cross Country)

Some of comics’ most fascinating titles and groundbreaking artists can be found in the young adult section of your local bookstore.

On Saturday night MoCCA (the actual museum) is hosting a fundraiser wine tasting, sponsored by Corked and Winetasting.com. The tasting is not included in admission to the Art Festival, so tickets will cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The wine tasting will be held at the museum, located at 594 Broadway, from 8–10pm.

It’s also worth noting that there’s also a pre-party for MoCCA Fest Friday night at the Sutra Lounge; this one is hosted by Top Shelf and Zip Comics and includes musical and art performances, as well as food. Cover charge is a $5 donation to MoCCA.

Drops of the Gods Fall on US Shores

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Well, that certainly took long enough. Drops of the Gods, the wine manga that’s spurred wine culture in the Far East and been spotlighted in various major news outlets like the Japan Times, the Daily Mail, the New York Times and this very blog, is finally coming to the United States.


Vertical announced the news this morning on the ANNcast (part of Anime News Network). They also announced that they’ve acquired the rights to Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight, one of the very first shōjo manga in history. This too is a big deal, though not as relevant to nonfiction comics.

Each English Vertical volume of Drops of the Gods will carry the equivalent of two Japanese volumes, for a total of about 400 pages, selling for $14.95 each.

(via Robot 6 and Anime News Network)

A Foodie in Scandinavia

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

It’s amazing that with all the food comics we’ve posted here on the blog, that it took me this long to discover Mostly About Food, a comic blog that is exactly what it says it is: mostly about food. Created by Danish artist Kalle Räihä with installments released at irregular intervals between 2006 and 2008, the comics cover a wide variety of topics, from cooking (with recipes), eating at restaurants, farming, and the occasional bit of cultural background.

Räihä has a bit of a sense of humor and he’s very honest about his own failings, both as a comic artist and a foodie, which makes for very refreshing reading. His art isn’t spectacular and his life drawings seem amateurish and/or awkward at times, but he makes up for it with a willingness to vary and experiment with his style, and he displays a solid understanding of how a comic should work. As he says, “The text and pictures should complement each other, which means that the text should only tell the things that the picture can’t.”

Simply delectable.

Medium is the Message is Your Lunch

Monday, October 4th, 2010

If the medium is the message, then what about the format through which the medium delivers its message? How much does reading a book on a e-reader versus reading it as a paper object affect your perception of it? This is, of course, the subject of current debate, but I doubt anyone has been thinking about fast food drink cups as a vector for information.

Last year artist Kevin Nowlan was hired by an advertising agency to create comics for the Krystal hamburger chain. Each comic contains a testimonial from a real-life Krystal customer talking about the first time they ever tried Krystal. The agency even gave Nowlan photos of each customer so he could create a convincing likeness. It’s interesting to note how the cup format influenced the design of the comics themselves, which had to be drawn as three separate pages so customers could read them by turning the cup from left to right.

Four comics made it to actual cups, but you can see two testimonials that went unused on Nowlan’s blog.

(via The Ephemerist)

Drops of the Gods

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Food-themed manga is not new to Japan, but talking about wine? Certainly a new thing in a country known for its sake and beer. That all changed with the publication of Kami no Shizuku (Les Gouttes de Dieu, “The Drops of the Gods”). It follows the trials of a young man tasked with finding 12 legendary wines so he can inherit his father’s collection of rare vintages.

The comic has become so popular that restaurants and wine sellers adjust their stocks according to whatever wine is featured in the latest installment of the manga, because those are the ones sure to sell out. Kami no Shizuku has helped raise the profile of wine in the Far East, spurring sales in Korea, China, and Taiwan. The manga has been spotlighted in the Japan Times, the Daily Mail, and today, a feature in the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times.

Unfortunately, though a French translation has been produced, the same can’t be said for English no release is planned (yet).

gURL Power

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Back in June, during the MoCCA Art Festival, I picked up a small mini-comic for $1 titled “How to Get That Amazing Rock Star Hair” by Kiki Jones. Little did I know that it was originally created for gURL.com. The site itself is some lifestyle guide for teenage girls, but let’s take a look at the comics themselves.

How to Get That Amazing Rock Star Hair (That You’ve Always Wanted) is what it appears to be—a primer on how to make your hair a little more flamboyant by coloring it unnatural colors. It gives you the basics on bleaching and coloring, but always reminding the reader to seek assistance when needed, ever mindful of the fact that the site is read by teenage girls with potentially litigious parents. But despite the limitation of page size, the comic does a good job of explaining the process and making it a little less scary.

Many of the other comics on the site are your standard, quirky teen drama, but here and there are the occasional advice or instructional comics. Kiki Jones also presents A Crash Course in Coffee, which explains exactly what “espressos” and “lattes” are with simple diagrams; Bites, in which she talks about getting piercings in her lower lip; and Pop Rocks: My Anti-Drug, which is about what it’s like to be a person who doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs.

Though most of the comics are pretty light and fluffy, it should be noted that the lead comic on the site is Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? (about urinary tract infections). Hmm, you learn something new every day.