MoCCA Art Fest 2014 and Fiona Staples Q&A

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A little over a week ago I attended MoCCA Arts Fest, an annual comics convention put on by the Society of Illustrators/ Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in Manhattan. Located in the wonderful space of the 69th Regiment Armory, MoCCA continues to stand out as one of the shows that I look forward to most in the con circuit. It is smaller, friendlier, better run, and has (I think) a firmer grasp on the comic reading populous and what they want out of a show. A diverse range of creators, panels geared to the making and process of comics, decent and affordable food in the dining area, cheaper tickets, and attendees feeling welcome and safe are all things MoCCA provides in spades. Sure, you might think it’s “easier” for a smaller show to supply these things, but I hear that the force behind planning the fest is a staff of two or three, so think again. They had 7,000 attendees over two short days. Continue reading

Gwendolyn Steals the Show

Gwendolyn and The WillThroughout its nine-issue run, Saga has been rich with original characters who grab the eye and, occasionally, the heart. Who can forget The Stalk, the half woman-half insect given to salty, amusing dialogue? Or Prince Robot IV, a monarch with an analog television for a head?

And now we have the stunning mystery woman whose name fugitive newlywed Marko uttered while he hovered near death in issue #3, prompting his wife, Alana, to ask: “Who the fuck is Gwendolyn?” Continue reading

Just Go Buy Saga #1 Already

Saga #1
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Lettering/Design by Fonografiks
Published by Image Comics

An exceptional comic book leaves readers thinking not only about the story’s potential, but also the brilliance of what it has already delivered. Saga #1 is that kind of comic. From the beginning, it is obvious that writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples have created something special, and what a rare joy to read a highly anticipated book that delivers on every level. Continue reading