There’s some very cool stuff going down in New York next weekend.
MOCCA Fest, the comic book show put on by the Society of Illustrators, something you’re going to want to check out if you’re in the area. The show is definitely catering more to an indie comics crowd, so you won’t see too many people from “The Big Two” but there are some big names from outside that sphere, like Allison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home), Howard Cruse (Wendell, Stuck Rubber Baby) and Fiona Staples (Saga, and now that I’m thinking about it, a ton of stuff for DC).
There’s even a gallery showing original comic art. How cool is that?
But everyone knows that the best part of any con or show is the weird satellite stuff that happens along with it. What would even make sense to go with an indie comics art show?
How about an art show about the spaces comics and pinball machines share in our collective consciousness? Just a few blocks from MOCCA Fest is the Modern Pinball art show, which promises to “explore connections, common themes, and cross-influences between comics and pinball.”
In addition to what sounds like a remarkably high-minded look at what’s typical thought of as a low-brow pastime, Modern Pinball will also include two “Power Draw” sessions with live costumed models (with members of the NY Jedi) and unlimited pinball gameplay.
MOCCA Fest is $5 per day and Modern Pinball is $10 (but if you mention the code word “CB-ORIGAMI” you get a discount).