Thursday, April 15, 2010

MoCCA 2010

I just got back from New York City. Here are some highlights. I'm still exhausted from the trip, so I'm just going to throw these up, bullet point style:

BULLET POINT 1:
TOP SHELF PARTY

Top Shelf flew in a number of amazing cartoonists and cartoon historians from Sweden, and we all partied like rock stars at Rocketship Comics and the conveniently adjacent Clover Club. I have no photos from this night of celebration, but at least one person has an unintelligible voicemail message from me.

BULLET POINT 2:
MoCCA

Last year's MoCCA was amazing, but unfortunately all anybody talked about afterwards was how hot it was. Fortunately, the atmosphere was perfect inside the armory this year, and everyone smiled. All the time. Here're two photos from the floor. See if you can spot Leigh Walton.




BULLET POINT 3:
SELLING STUFF

Nothing new to sell this year, so I messed around with my sales strategy. Instead of having a table crammed with lots of books, I chose fewer books in neater piles and even made little descriptive placards for people who didn't want to talk or make eye contact. Here's what it looked like after Bone Sharps sold out:



BULLET POINT 4:
MEET & GREET

I didn't get to walk the floor this year, but fortunately the coolest people in the the room were within a ten meter radius. Picture #1 is an entire table of Minnesota cartoonists, and two are BTA alumni. Next up is Brooklynite Miguel Guerra, who was really fun to talk to during the show. Third up is Denmark cartoonist Ingo Milton, who knew all about my favorite Danish arctic explorers, Peter Freuchen and Knud Rasmussen, and even helped me out with pronunciation. The photo shows Ingo signing a copy of "Between the Lines," an anthology of Danish cartoonists. Ingo is co-founder of a comics studio called Gimle, which seems to have a similar operational structure as Periscope in Portland. Note: Mike Sgier is also cool, but I failed to get a photo of him.


Ursula Murray Husted, Anna Bratton, B. Sabo, and Becky Laff


Miguel Guerra


Ingo Milton

BULLET POINT 5:
CON SKETCHES

(click for a larger version)





BULLET POINT 6:
FREESTYLE WALKING



BULLET POINT 7:
RESTAURANTS ON BOATS

This is at the Frying Pan, a popular place to make out, as evidenced by the couple behind us. The jury's still out on whether they're just kissing or if he's trying to put a french fry in her mouth.





These outdoor photos are all taken by Sam's girlfriend Sarah, who really enjoys it when people say they're going to "catch a beer together."

BULLET POINT 8:
THE COMPLETE TRAVELLER

After a serious weekend of comic books I was able to nerd out on Monday. Using Sam's trusty NFT guide I found what is probably the greatest travel bookstore in the world. The Complete Traveller is nothing but bookshelf after bookshelf of rare and first edition travel books and old maps. Here's just a hint of their polar section. Plus an entire shelf of Rockwell Kent books.





I spent everything I made on Sunday on three books. Well worth it. Unfortunately they were all very heavy and made the walk from 34th to 105th a bit grueling.


That's it for now. See you next year, New York.

2 comments:

greatfire said...

very entertaining read, thanks for sharing your awesome sketches!

droll lolz @ couple zoom in

is 'Francis Sharp' done? and were B.Sabo and Miss Anna Bratton selling a completed version?

Kevin Cannon said...

Yes, Francis Sharp is all printed up and looks gorgeous! They went through Bookmobile which apparently is only capable of producing great-looking comics. You should come to MIX and pick one up!