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Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival 2008 Report, June 7-8 
8th-Jun-2008 07:01 pm
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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, Pantheon, DC/Vertigo, 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.

DC Comics 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; Demo), and Josh Elder (Mail-Order Ninja; 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.
Comments 
9th-Jun-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Gossip eh, here anything good? I'm coming home tomorrow BTW. Speaking of weirdness...

I saw this "Yaoi Generation" at the Yaoicon site, and I saw the address as Fremont California. This set off some alarm bells for me - I don't know why. I'm curious... Iris Print is ending [their address also Bay Area] and Kellie Lynch is working for Yamila Abraham - [who's bringing Japanese mangaka to Yaoi Jamboree.] Could this be a splinter company of Yaoi Press that's going to bring over Japanese licenses? OR...this is Dr. Master putting out yaoi, without disappointing all the fanboys.

Yep, I'm drinking the kool-aid...but stranger things have happened.
9th-Jun-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
hear=here. I RITE GUD.
9th-Jun-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Just keep on laughing; I'm editing "Lost" now. ^_~
9th-Jun-2008 01:09 am (UTC)
LOL! Poor you. So I think it's Dr. Master. >.> I wonder if the Boys Next Door ladies picked up on this yet?
9th-Jun-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I've no idea. "Yaoi Generation" is news to me.

Hmm. One space or two between sentences? Never mind. I'm deciding for you. :P
9th-Jun-2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Just got in, tired.

If it is Dr. Master [and I suspect it is because of the Fremont address] I wonder what their angle will be? [I think licensing ANY yaoi is a mistake -- I like it when companies center on certain 'types' of yaoi Kitty=WTF/Edge, 801=mature story over porn, June= Young romance crap]. I did sort of laugh at brings the flourishing yaoi genre to English-speaking countries . Is it still flourishing in Japan?

Will reply tomorrow, after I've slept.
10th-Jun-2008 01:33 am (UTC) - RUMOR CONTROL!
Will you look at this? (http://giapet.net/2008/06/09/yaoiland-buzzes-speculates-on-new-publisher)

First off - FOR THE RECORD - no, I don't think Yaoi Press is YGen. It's called sarcasm, [see KOOL AID comment]. Second, Yaoi Press is incorporated in Las Vegas, not Fremont. I commented at Kuriosity because her blog seems pretty cool, and I've seen her comment at the Boys Next Door blog before...but I was a bit shocked to see my name blogged in all this.
On that tip, hello? I should be able to come to a friends LJ and be snide and snarky without it being picked up as f*cking gospel by link-bloggers looking for a scoop.

My official guess? I think it might be Dr. Master trying to pick up some cash, who knows.
10th-Jun-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Is it still flourishing in Japan?

I guess it depends upon how you define "flourishing," but I remember hearing a couple of years ago that it was the only category that has been growing at a time when the manga market as a whole has been shrinking. I know BL was the only area in which Biblos was making money before it folded.
9th-Jun-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
They actually have an imprint called "Minx"? 0_0
9th-Jun-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
You didn't know that?! ^^;;
9th-Jun-2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't but that's not surprising since DC comics isn't a publisher I buy anything from. Who's the target audience for this well-named imprint?

Incidentally, is Yen Press functional? I see news of them acquiring titles but I don't see those titles listed on Amazon or even out on their website.
9th-Jun-2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Who's the target audience for this well-named imprint?

Teenaged girls, but of course! Can you see why everyone was offended back when they announced the imprint?

Incidentally, is Yen Press functional?

Absolutely. They're an imprint of Hachette, one of the largest book publishers in the world.
9th-Jun-2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
*winces*
Any idea what titles they're offering under such a name?

I was wondering about Yen Press. The website seemed rather bare and uninformative. Ah well.
9th-Jun-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
If you want to know, you can look them up. I'm not shilling for them.

Yen Press's books are available at every bookstore in the nation. ^^; Find some release schedules. A lot of the bloggers do 'em.
9th-Jun-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Shilling?

I shop through Amazon. Maybe that's why I couldn't find em.
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