Arcane Gazebo meets T-Rex (at MoCCA)

One of the great things about living in New York City is that I’ll frequently read on the internet about some event, and then realize, “Hey, I could go there!” For example, the MoCCA1 Art Festival this weekend. I’ve never been to a comics convention before, but with it being only a few subway stops away I didn’t really have a good reason not to go.
My primary goal was to acquire a signed copy of the Dinosaur Comics book, and I was not disappointed in the outcome:
ryan north sketch
I also got a copy of the new annotated Wondermark book, because it looked nice and also because Wondermark is fantastic. Randall Munroe (of xkcd) was doing free sketches, but I foolishly didn’t have anything for people to sketch on. He and David Malki ! (who does Wondermark) were next to each other, and each had a sign offering to punch the other for $1. (I even saw it happen while I was standing there.)
Outside of webcomics I knew almost none of the exhibitors (it was very much an independent, small press show), although there was obviously a lot of talent on display. I made sure to walk around and look at everything, but it’s hard to know just by looking at covers what’s good. I did see Bryan Lee O’Malley, the author of Scott Pilgrim which has recently become my new favorite print comic. (It’s kind of a hipster Ranma 1/2 with copious references to classic NES games. Anyone here who reads comics should absolutely check it out.)
Normally when I think of comics shows I think of something like the San Diego Comic Con2 with everyone in ridiculous costumes and big lines at the popular booths. This wasn’t at all like that: very low-key, no costumes and you never had to wait in line to talk to anybody (unless it was Randall Munroe, or Michel Gondry who turned up for a signing). Overall it was a fun outing and I need to keep an eye out for more stuff like this going on in the city.
Meanwhile, some of my coworkers are going to the actual Nerd Prom and I am tempted to join them… of course, I’ll need a costume.
1 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
2 A.k.a. “Nerd Prom”

One thought on “Arcane Gazebo meets T-Rex (at MoCCA)

  1. Mason

    Actually, I think seeing all the people in costumes is one of the highlights of those Cons! I think many of them are actually quite good. I, of course, just go as myself (now there’s a ridiculous costume!), but I think it’s great to see the results of hard work and occasional cleverness!
    And, yes, NYC is definitely good for the abundance of cool events like that…

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