In my other life as an NYU graduate student, the Puck Building is where the Sociology department offices are located. But for this weekend and this weekend only, it was transformed into a MoCCA Festival venue. This was my first time at the Festival, and I would consider doing it again if I have the chance. The crowds were impressive, and temperatures were stifling, yet overall the exhibition area was large enough to feel substantial but still modest enough to be doable in a day. While there was some industry representation (most notably Top Shelf
, and Drawn & Quarterly
), this was definitely a creator-driven, indie comics convention with only the occasional superhero or manga cross-over. Plenty of big names in the field made appearances in some context or another; if you're curious, you can check out the museum's site for a full list here
was out in force with their ill-considered MINX imprint and a pile of advanced review copies. Since I've never been quite clear on whether they're trying to target the manga or the indie graphic novel market, I decided to ask the representative (who shall remain nameless because he never gave me one). Said rep rudely suggested to me that I read the book myself to find out. Uh, hello? I'm not interested in what I think; I was asking you.
In fact, he was rude to me even though I told him I'm a blogger...is he reckless, or is he just stupid? Anyway, it is now official: MINX condescends to women with its appalling imprint name, and its employees can be just as condescending! It's truth in advertising! I hope DC's higher-ups are embarrassed by it all--'cause they should be.
After the $15 admission fee, I had very little money left to spend on the countless tempting wares being plied, but I did pick up two lovely-looking books by Pete Stathis called Evenfall
and a random short pile of various creators' copybon. So-called OEL mangaka Tania del Rio
(Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch
; Mangaka America
), Becky Cloonan
(East Coast Rising
), and Josh Elder
; Love Bytes
) were also busily staffing their own booths. And last but not least, many thanks to Erica Friedman
of ALC Publishing and Mari Morimoto
(freelance translator) for some great gossip in front of the Prism Comics Guide
table and Yali Lin
(Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The Manga Edition
) for fielding my annoying "What is manga to you?" question.