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BOOM! Town at MoCCA 2012

BOOM! TOWN BRINGS DANIEL JOHNSTON TO MOCCA FEST 2012 APRIL 28TH-29TH

 

April 16, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Town will be making its first appearance at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s annual MoCCA Festival, and will feature world-famous underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston with his new graphic novel, SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS. Daniel Johnston will also play a small set at the Museum’s benefit party on Saturday night, followed by a one-on-one interview panel at the show on Sunday. He will be joined at the BOOM! Town table by Shannon Wheeler (TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN), Rich Tommaso (PETE AND MIRIAM), as well as artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (ADVENTURE TIME).

A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career and over 20 albums—including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio—Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award. His drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his “Hi, How Are You?” record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana’s exploding popularity.

SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel from BOOM! Town and Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release. In addition to the graphic novel, a Space Ducks app available through iTunes allows users to play their way through the comic narrative, game by game, chapter by chapter, unlocking animated films and Daniel’s new album as they go.

The BOOM! Town table will feature artists Daniel Johnston (Sunday only), Shannon Wheeler with a brand-new TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN volume, Rich Tommaso (SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW), debuting his new OGN PETE AND MIRIAM, as well as KaBOOM! ADVENTURE TIME artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.

The MoCCA Festival 2012 will be Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave New York, NY) and will feature a stellar lineup of BOOM! Town and KaBOOM! creators.

About BOOM! Town
BOOM! Town is the lit comix imprint of the Eisner, Harvey, and “Best Publisher” Award-winning BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com). BOOM! Town recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL.

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A nice long weekend (that’s much needed).  Here’s the news you might have missed while you enjoyed your Memorial Day.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsKotaku brings so various web comics.

Bleeding Cool – X-Men Logos In The Sky Above Los AngelesNice to see some marketing never gets old.

Con Coverage:

Perez Start – The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art Fest 2011

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Mouth London – A day in the life of Alfred

Comic Book Resources – American Vampire #15

MoCCA’s June Comics and Animation Classes start Monday June 6th!

Official Press Release

MoCCA’s June Comics and Animation Classes start Monday June 6th!

NEW YORK (May 21, 2011) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA – is proud to announce the June offerings from its Adult Education Department, organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, Danny Fingeroth:

(1) Back and expanded to 4 sessions!
HOW TO DO STORYBOARDS FOR ANIMATION
with STEPHEN DeSTEFANO

and

(2) OUTSIDE THE BOX: EXPANDING YOUR COMICS VISION
with PETER KUPER

About the classes:

(1) Back and expanded to 4 sessions!
HOW TO DO STORYBOARDS FOR ANIMATION
Instructor: STEPHEN DeSTEFANO
4 sessions, MONDAYS
June 6, 13, 20 and 27
6:30-9:00 pm
$255 tuition / $235 for MoCCA members

No other pre-production stage of creating animation is lavished with as much time, care and expense as the storyboarding job. Often considered the best and most sought after job in the animation industry, storyboarding is the art of creating a blueprint for an entire animated film or episode.

Simply put, a storyboard is a very fancy and very long comic strip. But it’s much more complex than that. Storyboard artists can make or break an animated production. Besides drawing ability, the storyboard artist must have knowledge of acting, writing, and cinematic theory to convey to laypeople and experts alike how exciting and entertaining an animated production has the potential to be. It’s a hard job, being both highly technical and demandingly creative.

But it’s possibly the most fun you can have in the world of cartoons. Instructor STEPHEN DeSTEFANO-veteran storyboard artist-will show you how it’s done.

The class will acquaint the student with basic theories of, not one, but two different styles of storyboarding: The “Full Script” style (where a ‘board artist is supplied with a fully-fleshed out script, featuring action and all dialogue created by writers); and The “Outline” style (the “Wild West of storyboarding,”) where a ‘board artist is given several paragraphs of outlined story with minimal dialogue, requiring the artist to not only draw and devise action on the fly, but write final dialogue as well.  Students will have the option of ‘boarding a script or outline of their own creation if they prefer.

[While the class will focus on storyboarding for TV animation,  ‘boarding for other formats and venues will be touched upon, as well.]

The class format will consist of lectures and demonstrations by the instructors, as well as at-home and in-class assignments they will critique, including a final assignment which they will critique after the class via e-mail.

NOTES:

(1) Tools required for class. 2 pencils, an eraser, a sense of humor.
(2) Students will be supplied with an animation script to storyboard from; model sheets of characters, props and backgrounds to incorporate into their storyboards; and several sheets of thumbnail and storyboard templates.

STEPHEN DeSTEFANO began his cartooning career in 1985 drawing the fondly remembered ‘Mazing Man for DC Comics. In 1992, he began working in television animation, drawing backgrounds for Nickelodeon’s original Ren and Stimpy Show, eventually being promoted to storyboard artist. Studios and productions he has storyboarded for include Warner Bros (on Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, and The Brave and the Bold); Universal Studios (on Earthworm Jim, Baby Huey, Beethoven, and >The Woody Woodpecker Show); and Cartoon Network on several productions, including his own animated pilot film, The Thundermans. Stephen has served as an art director for Katbot, a Disney Television production, and as storyboard and design supervisor on Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers. (eventually being dubbed “the guru” by show creator Jackson Publick). He continues to work in animation, as well as comic books. His graphic novel, Lucky in Love (co-created with writer George Chieffet), was recently published by Fantagraphics Books.

(2) ADVANCED VISUAL STORYTELLING: EXPANDING YOUR COMICS VISION
Instructor: PETER KUPER
3 sessions: WEDNESDAYS June 8, 15, and 22
6:30-9:00 pm
$185 tuition / $165 for MoCCA members

>Join visionary comics artist PETER KUPER and explore the medium of sequential art and learn how to find outlets for publishing your own self-generated comics and illustration projects. There will be weekly assignments with in-class crit sessions along with visual presentations and demonstrations by the instructor that will expand your familiarity with the history and vast potential of sequential art. Students should have some experience creating comics and should bring one example of their comics work to the first class.[No art supplies will be necessary in class.]

PETER KUPER is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and has remained on its editorial board for over 30 years. His illustrations and comics have appeared in Time, The New York Times and MAD, where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every month since 1997. He has produced over twenty books and graphic novels including The System, Sticks and Stones, Speechless and Stop Forgetting To Remember. Peter has also adapted Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics. His adaptation of The Metamorphosis has been translated around the world and is in high school and college curriculums nation-wide. He won the 2010 Society of Illustrators gold medal for sequential art and appears in 2010’s Best American Comics anthology. Peter lived in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2006-2008 during a major teachers’ strike and his work about that time can be seen in his latest book, Diario de Oaxaca. More of his work can be found at www.peterkuper.com

All classes will be held at:
MoCCA
594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets)
Suite 401
New York, NY 10012

For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to www.moccany.org.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCAis a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art.  The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs.   The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City.  MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm.  Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult).  For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum’s Website (www.moccany.org).

Archie Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest

Official Press Release

Archie Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest

First look at deluxe hardcover commemorating
70 years of America’s favorite teenagers

[Archie: A Celebration of America's Favorite Teenagers cover]San Diego, CA (April 6, 2011)—IDW Publishing and its imprint, YOE Books, are proud to announce the debut of the deluxe full-color hardcover coffee table history book, ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS, edited and designed by Eisner award-winner Craig Yoe, at New York City’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art annual festival this weekend. MoCCA Fest attendees will get a first look at this impressive and lovingly crafted tome, which will be available nation wide by April 30th. ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERIC’A FAVORITE TEENAGERS features more than 200 pages of fascinating history, exciting biographies and rare or unpublished art, all offering a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most iconic comics of all time.

“We’re excited and honored to have our history presented so expertly by Craig and our friends at IDW,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “This is the kind of book that fans everywhere will cherish for some time. It’s an essential volume for longtime and new fans of Archie and the Riverdale gang.”

Archie and his pals are some of the most beloved and enduring characters in the comics medium, and have a long history stretching back to their origins in 1941. Yoe‘s exhaustive research turned up a plethora of rare and unpublished art by Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Harry Lucey, vintage photographs, unknown ephemera, and a previously unpublished autobiography of John Goldwater, co-founder of MLJ/Archie Comics. All this rich material serves as the basis for the book, which celebrates both the characters and the immensely talented artists behind them. ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS also shines a spotlight on writers Frank Doyle, George Gladir, and Craig Boldman, and contemporary Archie artists Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent, creator of the new kid in Riverdale, Kevin Keller. The beautiful 224-page, large-format volume sports a lengthy and revealing interview with Editor-in-Chief Victor Gorelick, who has worked at Archie over a half a century!

Yoe exclaims, “Working on this book was a real thrill, to find so much unpublished art by masters like DeCarlo, and Lucey, a photo of Elvis on his first tour reading a Betty and Veronica comic, John Goldwater’s unpublished autobiography, Bob Montana’s profusely illustrated high school diary, and be able to share all this with the world had my head spinning at every turn. I felt like a teenager again!”

IDW Publishing and Yoe are excited to debut ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS at the MoCCA Fest, held only a few short blocks from where the Archie comics were conceived. Continuing the connection between the book and the museum, ARCHIE features a full reprint of a story where the Archie Gang visits the MoCCA museum and meets Chairman Ellen Abramowitz.

Expected to be an immediate sellout after the official launch later this month, only a small number of the sought-after ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS will be available to MoCCA attendees. Also debuting at MoCCA Fest from IDW and YOE Books will be the sea-and-see worthy POPEYE: THE GREAT COMIC BOOK TALES BY BUD SAGENDORF.

MoCCA Fest will take place this weekend, April 9th and 10th at the Lexington Avenue Armory, at 68 Lexington Avenue in New York City. For more details, visit www.moccany.org.

ARCHIE: A CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE TEENAGERS ($49.99, 224 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in comic and books stores on April 20, 2011. ISBN 978-160010-7542.

For more information about Yoe! Books, visit www.yoebooks.com.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

MoCCA | Fall Comic and Cartooning Classes!

Official Press Release

MoCCA Comic and Cartooning Classes Start October 18!

NEW YORK (September 24, 2010) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA – is proud to announce the fall offerings from its Adult Education Department, organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, DANNY FINGEROTH!

ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP
with R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG | October 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 8

HAND ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS
with R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG | November 15

HOW TO WRITE FUNNY COMICS AND GAG CARTOONS
with ARIE KAPLAN | October 19, 26; November 2 & 9

About the classes:

ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP
Instructors: R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG
4 sessions, Mondays October 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 8
6:30-9:00 pm
$275 tuition | $250 for MoCCA members

How many times have you said to yourself, “I’d love to make my drawing more realistic—but anatomy is hard!”?

Well, this is your chance to take the most exciting, informative drawing course you’ll ever find, taught by the accomplished teaching team of R. SIKORYAK (RAW magazine, The Daily Show) and KRIOTA WILLBERG (The Swedish Institute). Here’s what the duo says about their workshop:

“A lot can be communicated about a person or animal through their physical appearance. Understanding the way the body looks and works helps illustrators draw their characters so that the artwork conveys personality. This course will teach students how to create real or imaginary characters—in any style—that are consistent and believable.”

Through PowerPoint presentations, in-class exercises, and at-home assignments, students will learn to see and draw the structures and tissues that give the body shape and character. Willberg will—literally!—draw on live models to trace muscle groups and bony landmarks. Sikoryak will demonstrate the application of anatomical understanding to any cartooning style. Students will practice drawing from live models in class and learn to apply the lessons to their own characters.

NOTES:
(1) Students will need to bring drawing materials—charcoal, pencils (colored or not), erasers, paper [11×14 (recommended) or 18 x 24, but not bigger]. No markers, please. Students should work with inexpensive materials they are most comfortable with. The class isn’t about creating finished drawings as much as it is about sketching.

(2) As this is a life-drawing class, nude models will be employed.

R. SIKORYAK is the author of the recently released Masterpiece Comics. His cartoons and parodies have appeared in RAW, Drawn and Quarterly, Nickelodeon Magazine, the New Yorker, and MAD, among many other publications; on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and in The Daily Show Presents America (The Book); and in Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth. He’s drawn for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.

KRIOTA WILLBERG teaches anatomy for cartoonists and illustrators at The Center For Cartoon Studies, anatomy in the dance department of Marymount Manhattan College, pathology and massage therapy at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and has taught at Bard College, NYU, and The School of Visual Arts. She has studied personal training and exercise. Willberg is an interdisciplinary artist, a lecturer and blogger about film and medicine (thecinematologist.blogspot.com), and a filmmaker. Her films include the dance mockumentary, The Bentfootes (2007).

HAND ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS
INSTRUCTORS: R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG
1 session:  MONDAY, November 15
6:30-9:00 PM
$70 tuition | $60 for MoCCA members
[Plus: 25% DISCOUNT for students who have taken the ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP either this semester or in spring 2010: $52.50|$45]

An introduction to one of the trickiest parts of the body to draw, from the teachers of MoCCA’s popular ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP.

Hands are incredibly complex, articulated structures, containing more than twenty-seven bones and innumerable joints. No wonder they’re so hard to draw!

Learn about hands in a way that will let you adapt that knowledge to drawing hands on your characters in your own cartooning style.

This class introduces a series of anatomical principles and aesthetic concepts to help you design “hands” that fit naturally onto the body of a cartoon character and also convey believable hand functionality. We’ll also draw in class from model skeletons and live hand models.

[See bios of Sikoryak and Willberg in ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP listing above.]

HOW TO WRITE FUNNY COMICS AND GAG CARTOONS
Instructor: ARIE KAPLAN
4 Sessions, TUESDAYS October 19, 26; November 2 & 9
6:30-9:00 pm
$245 tuition | $225 for MoCCA members

Writing humor of any sort is like wrestling a tornado. Writing humor comics is no exception. Comic book writer, humorist, and author ARIE KAPLAN will teach you how to wrestle that tornado, ride bareback on the tornado, and even make the tornado do a few tricks like “roll over” and “play dead”!

LEARN how to write humorous comic book stories, illustrated articles for humor magazines, and one-panel gag cartoons. ABSORB the arcane ability to write funny comics, brainstorm and “punch up” jokes, pitch ideas, sketch out gag cartoons, and write topical comedic material. DISCOVER how to turn funny concepts into full-fledged short comic book stories, articles, and cartoons. ASCERTAIN uh…other stuff that’s really, really valuable.

ARIE KAPLAN is a MAD Magazine writer, a stand-up comedian, and author of the comic book miniseries Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing). His other comic book writing credits include the DC Holiday Special 2009, the Bongo Comics anthology Simpsons Winter Wingding, and the Archie Comics title Archie & Friends. Arie lectures all over the world about comic book history, film history, and other pop culture-related subjects. He’s the author of the critically acclaimed book, From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS), which was a 2008 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Arie wrote the story and dialogue for the upcoming House M.D. videogame (based on the TV drama) for Legacy Interactive. He has also written for MTV, Cartoon Network, and PBS Kids. His website is: www.ariekaplan.com.


Upcoming Classes at MoCCA

November 16, 23, 30; December 7
HOW TO WRITE COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS with DANNY FINGEROTH

November 22, 29; December 13
HOW TO DO STORYBOARDS FOR ANIMATION with STEPHEN DESTEFANO

MoCCA MASTER CLASS SERIES:
November 10
CARTOON COLLABORATION: ANIMATION WRITING AS TEAM SPORT (OR: HOW TO GET A STORYBOARD ARTIST TO SAY, “HEY, GOOD SCRIPT!”) with DAVID STEVEN COHEN

December 6
THE CRAFT OF COMICS WRITING: THE LONG AND SHORT OF PLOTTING with PAUL LEVITZ

All classes held at MoCCA unless otherwise indicated
594 Broadway, suite 401 (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012

For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to http://www.moccany.org/content/education

Upcoming at MoCCA
Is this The Al Jaffee Art Exhibit?
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

Decades of Donnelly: The Art of New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

Denis Kitchen: An Oddly Compelling Mini-Retrospective
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art.  The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs.

For more information about MoCCA, please visit www.moccany.org
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is located at:
594 Broadway, suite 401 (between Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012

MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm.  Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult).