A guide to this year’s MoCCA Festival debuts
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City is always a prime venue for independent publishers and creators to premiere new works.
But I didn’t realize just how many choose MoCCA for that purpose until I was putting together this post on books that will make their debut this weekend at the Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.).
While this list certainly doesn’t cover all of the debuts, it does include nearly 50 graphic novels, comic books, minicomics and sketchbooks. Plus, I’ve tossed in links to a few signing schedules.
It will, I hope, at least provide a starting point for attendees as they head into the armory Saturday morning:
Buenaventura Press (tables 318-321) will debut The Complete Jack Survives, by Jerry Moriarty, and The Gigantic Robot, by Tom Gauld. MoCCA marks Gauld’s first official U.S. signing, and 72-year-old Moriarty’s first-ever signing.
Fanfare / Ponent Mon (table 626) will exhibit at MoCCA for the first time with My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, by Jean Regnaud and Emile Bravo, and Eisner Award nominee The Quest for the Missing Girl, by Jiro Taniguchi. The publisher also hopes to have galleys of A Distant Neighborhood, Vol. 1, by Taniguchi.
Premieres from I Know Joe Kimpel (tables 802-803) will include: Woman King, by Xeric winner Colleen Frakes; Monsters & Girls: Amelia, Part 2, by Denis St. John; Huck & the Indians, by Emily Wieja; You Suck, by Caitlin Povnick; Prune Hands, by Mario van Buren; and Smuttynose 2, by Robert Oxman.
Indie Spinner Rack, with Top Shelf Productions, will release Awesome 2: Awesomer, an anthology featuring work by Chris Duffy, Sarah Glidden, Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, Jeff Lemire, Alex Robinson, J. Chris Campbell, Robert Goodin, Alex Cahill, Chris Schweizer and more, plus a cover by Jeff Smith.
NBM Publishing will have advance copies of the comic-strip compilation Bringing Up Father, by George McManus, plus previews of The Big Kahn, by Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani, and Joe and Azat, by Jesse Lonergan.
PictureBox (tables 301, 338-339) will premiere: Multiforce, by Mat Brinkman; Pee Dog 2: The Final Captain’s Log, by Ed Nukey Nukes and Jocko Levent Brainiac; Devin and Gary Go Outside Special Edition, by Devin Flynn and Gary Panter; Two Ghost Stories zine, by Lauren Weinstein; plus, new works from Matthew Thurber, Anya Davidson, Taylor McKimens and others.
Sparkplug Comic Books (tables 813-815) is set to debut: Windy Corner #3, edited by Austin English and featuring work by Lilli Carre, Sakura Maku, Frank Santoro, Gipi and others; and Rock That Never Sleeps, by Juliacks and Olga Volozova.
Top Shelf Productions will premiere: Far Arden, by Kevin Cannon; Welcome to Forest Island, by Bwana Spoons; and Second Thoughts, by Niklas Asker.
Jeremy Arambulo will premiere Let’s Do This #4, a collection of previously published work.
Megan Baehr (table 646) will release Flashlight.
Mark Burrier will have Show Off, a 16-page collection of drawings of “strange limbless people speaking to each other.”
C.M. Butzer and Paul Hoppe will release “Rabid Rabbit’s Kitty Kitty,” the 10th issue of their Rabid Rabbit comic art anthology.
Nate Doyle will debut Crooked Teeth #4.
Brian Fies (Mom’s Cancer) will debut his second book Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?
Editors Alex Kim, Chuck Forsman, Joe Lambert and Sean Ford (table 807) will release Sundays, Vol. 3, a minicomic anthology featuring contributions by Alex Kim, Annie Murphy, Blaise Larmee, Chuck Forsman, James Hindle, Joe Lambert, John Brodowski, Lydia Conklin, Melissa Mendez and Sean Ford.
Sara Antoinette Martin (table 305) will release her minicomic She Skull Skeleton Warrior #1.
Kevin Scalzo will premiere Sweat Book, Vol. 2
Neil Swaab will debut Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, Vol. 3.
Michael Zagari (table 515) will premiere Human on the Inside, with two covers.