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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MOCCA Fest: Gauld, Forsythe, Sikoryak, debuts!

Yes, it's convention time, which means three things: panels, signings and book DEBUTS! As Peggy mentioned, creative director Tom Devlin will be manning the D+Q booth, with help from awesome ex-Librairie staffer Fiona. Drawn & Quarterly can be found at B5, C5, and C6.

First off, here's our MOCCA Fest signing and panel schedule. Follow the link for more details about all the panels.

Saturday April 28th
11 am - 12 pm R. Sikoryak signing
11:15 am "Kids Comics" panel hosted by Sarah Couri of the New York Public Library. Matthew Forsythe, Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Colleen AF Venable. Room A.
12 - 1 pm Matt Forsythe signing
12:15 pm Brian Heather interviews Tom Gauld and Nicolas Mahler. Room B.
1 - 3 pm Tom Gauld signing
3 - 4 pm Matt Forsythe signing
5:15 pm "Carousel" hosted by R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. Voice actors: Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, and Scott Adsit.

Sunday April 29th
12 - 2 pm Matt Forsythe and Tom Gauld signing
4:45 pm "Euro-Comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French comics scene" with Jose-Louise Bocquet and Doug Wallace. Room B.
5:15 pm "Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans." R. Sikoryak with Aaron Augenblick and Devin Clark. Room A.

Now, I know we're all itching for this part so without further ado, our MOCCA debuts!

Shigeru Mizuki's NonNonBa, the first manga to win Best Album at the Angouleme International Comics Festival! NonNonBa is a poetic memoir detailing how Mizuki's childhood experiences with yokai (spirit monsters) influenced the course of his life and oeuvre.

Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga, a hilarious contribution to the D+Q Enfant imprint. These stories are funny funny funny and the characters are as imperfect as real kids (or grown-ups). Ricard's characters are sweet without being precious, and always eager to find an opportunity for a laugh at one another's expense.

And last but not least: Yoshihiro Tatsumi's Fallen Words. Fallen Words is a collection of eight stories inspired by the centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition of rakugo. In fusing this comedic, performance-based art form with the visual language of manga, Tatsumi reaffirms that he is still one of the medium's foremost innovators.

But enough of me! Get out there this Saturday and Sunday, New York (and surrounding environs)! These books won't be in stores until June!  It's all taking place at the 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th St. 11 am to 6 pm this Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th.

But don't forget our Friday night event: Matt Forsythe & Tom Gauld are participating in the almost-too-fun Desert Island International Comics Party with Nicolas Mahler, Jason, and Olivier Schrauwen. Facebook deets here, 540 Metropolitan Ave, 8 pm on Friday April 27th.


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