With a cheerful crowd, a pleasant venue, and plenty of exciting creators and books, this year’s MoCCA seems to have been deemed a success. Both Christopher Mautner and I were there, and we decided that rather than write two separate blog posts, we would have a dialogue in which we contrast our impressions of the show. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive report on the show, check out the MoCCA report by our CBR colleague Alex Dueben as well as Tim Callahan’s writeup of his visit.
Chris: I’ll start: Was this your first time at a small-press comics show? I know you’ve gone to NYCC and several manga/anime related shows before, but I didn’t know if you’d been to something like MoCCA before? What was your general impression?
Brigid: This was my first time at MoCCA and my first time at a small-press comicsshow like this, although I have been to art shows with a similar feel.
First of all, I loved the locale. I actually used to live a few blocks away, so it was a bit of a homecoming for me to walk through Madison Square Park in the sunshine. The building itself had a nice, open, loft-like feel with plenty of rough edges—it felt artsy.
The show itself seemed like a giant, really good, Artists Alley. (I kept getting this feeling of deja vu because there were so many people I had just seen at C2E2.) The show definitely felt crowded, but never overwhelming. I made a pretty good circuit of the floor, but I felt like I missed as much as I saw, and I could easily have spent twice as much time there as I did.
Dave Roman is on a roll these days. First the prestige publisher First Second picks up his Astronaut Elementary and turns it into a beautiful, shiny graphic novel (retitled Astronaut Academy), and now Houghton Mifflin is going to do the same with his goofy webcomic Teen Boat (co-created with John Green).
“The angst of being a teen… the thrill of being a boat!” Did someone just toss the words “teen” and “boat” to Dave and John and dare them to make something out of them? Well, they did, and it’s damn funny, too. Heidi has the press release on the new book, which includes the seldom-seen phrase “featured everywhere from MTV to Boating World Magazine,” at The Beat. The book is due out in Spring 2011.
Teen Boat won the Ignatz Award for best debut in 2004, so this has been a long time coming. You can still enjoy the online version for free, but the book will be in color and include 33 new pages of story.
David Peterson was signing copies of his Mouse Guard hardbacks—and giving away the floppies for free, as promotional attractions. The Mouse Guard anthology series launches in May, with single issues out each month through August, followed by a hardcover colection.