In a big weekend for comics aficionados, the ever-stylish Puck Building again plays host to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s Art Festival 2008, which features dozens of publishers and hundreds of artists in its exhibition hall. Special guests include David Hajdu (author of The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America), über-designer Chip Kidd, and insightful graphic novelist Jessica Abel. At MOCCA’s nearby gallery on Broadway, presentations will include Nick Thorkelson’s illustrated history of radical cartooning and screenings of recent Nordic animation. Jump-starting the festivities on June 6, the New York Institute for the Humanities hosts Post-Bang: Comics Ten Minutes After the Big Bang!, which addresses “key trends and debates facing comics” via roundtable discussions, a dialogue between comic stalwarts Art Spiegelman and Gary Panter, and a live interview with Lynda Barry (creator of the poignant Ernie Pook’s Comeek). In another ancillary event on Saturday
evening, Blake Bell will sign copies of Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko at Jim Hanley’s Universe. The venerable comics store will also screen In Search of Steve Ditko, a BBC documentary about the reclusive co-creator of Spider-Man.
June 7-8, 2008