Today on the site:
Michael Dean has written an extensive article on the history and current state of New York’s MoCCA. Here’s a taste:
The MoCCA festival has flourished and a series of varied educational programs sponsored by the museum continues to thrive. As for the museum itself, well, at least it’s still here, and that’s more than some comic-art museums can say. It hasn’t gone virtual the way Kevin Eastman’s Words and Pictures Museum did in 1999. And it hasn’t been absorbed by a university like Mort Walker’s Museum of Cartoon Art, now a resident of the Ohio State campus. But if MoCCA is a success story, it’s also a story of compromises and struggle. It’s a story that may have much to tell about the place of comics in the East Coast art world. Because, for better or worse, MoCCA is the high-water mark for the level of respectability that comic art has been able to carve out for itself in its home town.
On Friday we’ll have a separate interview with the museum’s founder, Lawrence Klein. Also up today is Austin English’s review of the comic book Raw Power.
-Bart Beatty on the late comics-focused librarian and organizer Kristiina Kolehmainen.
-Paul Karasik has a report straight outta Dekalb, where his “Graphic Novel -Realism” exhibition is on display.
-I always enjoy the work of J.H. Williams, and here he is breaking down his process for a Batwoman cover.
-Hey, Johnny Ryan has a new zine out. That can’t be bad.
-And here’s a preview of the forthcoming Dan Zettwoch book, Birdseye Bristoe. One can never have too much Zettwoch. I’m looking forward to this one.