Norwegian Cartoonists at the MoCCA Arts Festival 2009


The 2009 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival will take place the weekend of June 6-7 in New York City.

The MoCCA Festival, held each June since 2002, offers a unique venue to see and purchase comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and much more.  Thousands of people who love cartoons and comics  — from hardcore collectors and enthusiasts to the merely curious — come to the Festival each summer to meet, talk to, and purchase works from some of today’s best cartoon and comics artists, writers, editors, and publishers.

Each year, the Festival also invites dozens of well-respected creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in a two-day slate of lecture/discussion panels on a wide range of comics and cartoon topics. Scheduled to appear are John Green, Tom Hart, Charles Hatfield on Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Tom Kaczynski, David Mazzuchelli, Dave Roman, Frank Santoro in Conversation with Gary Panter, Seth, Raina Telgemeier, Adrian Tomine, Marion Vitus, and more.  Guests and scheduling are subject to change.

Don’t miss the Scandinavian panel debate at 4.00 – 4.55 pm on June 6th. This special roundtable/book party will celebrate some of Scandinavia’s most innovative cartoonists whose work has appeared in international comics anthologies from Denmark (From Wonderland with Love), Sweden (From the Shadow of Northern Lights), Finland (Glömp), and Norway (Angst, Nemi and Jason). What is fueling this Nordic comics wave? How do Scandinavian comics differ from North American independent comics? Is there a distinctive Scandinavian aesthetic? What role does government funding play in the making of northern European comics?

The following comic and cartoon writers, artists and publishers will be represented at the Scandinavian stand:

Per Jørgen Olsen, Martin Ernstsen and Erik Falk from Jippi Publishing

Espen Holtestaul from No Comprendo press

Kristoffer Kjølberg and Bendik Kaltenborn from Dongery

Håkon Strand and Lise Myhre from Strand Comics present Nemi

Endre Skandfer from Storm Studios

When: 6-7 June 2009. The festival will be open to the public from 11:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Where: 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street in New York City.  

Info: General admission is $10/day or $15/weekend but is only $10/weekend for MoCCA member

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