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David Lloyd covers Occupy Comics #2

Wired has the exclusive on David Lloyd’s cover for the second issue of Occupy Comics, which shows a figure in the Guy Fawkes mask that Lloyd and Alan Moore brought to the world in V for Vendetta taunting a bull.

The second issue of the Occupy Comics anthology was released Monday, the first anniversary of the movement; besides Lloyd, the contributors include cartoonist Matt Bors, activist Bill Ayer, and artist Molly Crabapple, who lives near the Occupy site and was arrested at the first-anniversary event. (And check out the Occupy illustrations that Crabapple did for The Nation — before becoming part of the story herself.)

Editor Matt Pizzolo says the emphasis of the anthology has shifted in this second issue:

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My MoCCA haul

Sean's MoCCA 2010 loot

Sean's MoCCA 2010 loot

I came to shop.

Seriously, I was just about as excited for this past weekend’s MoCCA festival as I’ve ever been for any comic convention. And it wasn’t because of the guests or the panels or even getting to see so many of my friends and colleagues — it was because of the comics. The best thing about a small-press show is your ability to dig into the tables and come away with enough treasures to keep you reading happily for weeks. Proceeding from the top left of the picture above in as logical a fashion as I can manage, here’s a rundown of my personal treasure trove…

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Bill Ayers (!), Frank Miller to attend MoCCA 2010


When I saw Dash Shaw’s poster for this year’s MoCCA Art Festival, I was content to eat up the eye candy and move on. But Heidi MacDonald actually, y’know, read the poster to find out the guest list. And lo and behold, she caught that tops on the alphabetical list is Bill Ayers. Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers. Until recently relatively uncontroversial education professor Bill Ayers. “Obama pals around with terrorists” Bill Ayers. My goodness. He’ll be there to promote his upcoming graphic memoir To Teach, featuring art by Ryan Alexander-Tanner. Let’s hope Fox News is still busy poring over Captain America issues to find out if Ed Brubaker ever compared Glenn Beck to MODOK.

As Heidi points out, given last year’s problems, this year’s guest list is pretty impressive. In addition to Ayers, the list features (among others) Paul Pope, Hope Larson, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Santoro, Gahan Wilson, Jillian & Mariko Tamaki, and the great Frank Miller, who hasn’t attended one of these in a while. I’m sure he and Ayers will have a lot to talk about.

Formerly hosted in the dog days of summer, this year’s festival will take place on April 10-11 at the 69th Regiment Armory. The ticket price at the door has gone up, by the way: $12 for the day, $20 for the weekend. Let’s hope we get what we pay for!

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