The Society is thrilled to welcome the community back to the MoCCA Arts Festival! Please join us in celebrating a selection of top comic, cartoon and illustration artists from around the world! Featuring work by over 500 creators, the weekend will also include live lectures, panels, and artist signings! In one of the first independent comics festivals of the season, this year’s Fest will truly be a momentous occasion with many happy reunions for the community!
The Fest will take place April 2 – 3, 2022 from 11:00AM – 7:00PM on Saturday and 11:00AM – 6:00PM on Sunday. Now located in a new, modern and spacious venue, Metropolitan Pavilion’s large floor plan and high ceilings provides a bright and well-ventilated space for all guests at the Fest. Located at 125 W 18th Street, Met Pavilion is nestled in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood, and is within walking distance to many great restaurants and attractions. Programming will be a few steps away at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, located at 133 West 21st Street.
To help announce and promote this year’s Fest, the Society asked creator Yadi Liu, previous MoCCA Arts Fest exhibitor and Award of Excellence gallery artist, to create a colorful, celebratory image. Liu’s art will grace the cover of the Souvenir Journal and will feature prominently on all advertising and promotional materials, as well as a selection of merchandise available to purchase at the SI Booth. “Yadi’s art really captures our excitement for the return of the Fest. After several years of challenges and disappointments, we are so happy to welcome everyone back!” said Executive Director Anelle Miller.
In addition to Liu’s art, the Society has also asked several notable artists to create work for the show. Natalie Andrewson’s whimsical creatures will be displayed on the badges, and Patrick McDonnell’s quirky MUTTS characters will be featured as spot illustrations found throughout the Fest. These featured artists will be attending the Fest, and their schedules and table locations will be released as the date approaches.
The Society will continue to release additional information about the Fest in the near future. Tickets are available to purchase online as well as at the door. In accordance with the New York City mandate, all attendees, exhibitors, panelists, volunteers, vendors and staff aged 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination with proper ID (for those 18 and older). Masks are required. This year’s Fest will include space in between tables and wider aisles. Floors will be continuously sanitized by event staff.