April 8, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events

We went to MoCCA this weekend, where we had a lovely time.  We conversed with a large number of accomplished cartoonists and estimable publishers and dedicated readers, saw a lot of great comics, and generally had a splendid time.

Charlie Brown hung over our heads!

Here are some pictures of our show.

We had two featured authors at the show — James Kochalka (The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza) and Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen).  Both of their books came out in the past week, so we were super-excited to have them at the show to show off their work!

We kicked off the MoCCA Festival with an event at Bergen Street Comics with James.  Small children attended!

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Then we headed off to bed, after which we went to the Armory on Saturday morning.



When we’d set up, we were visited by a host of readers, large and small.

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First thing on Saturday, Danica Novgorodoff stopped by to sign copies of her gorgeous graphic novel The Undertaking of Lily Chen, which flew off the table like hotcakes for the rest of the show.

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Next, James Kochalka, the author of The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, came by to sign books.  I came to learn that the Glorkian Warrior is possessed of very dapper boot heels!

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The Glorkian Warrior video game, ‘Trials of Glork,’ was played by some young readers!


Then we had a visit from Greg Means, MK Reed, and Joe Flood — the authors of The Cute Girl Network.

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They signed books very attractively!

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And Joe Flood made some great original art of Jane, the main character of the book.  Heart!

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Sara Varon also stopped by to sign her wonderful graphic novel Odd Duck.

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Sunday morning a contingent of :01 staff abandoned the show to trek out to WORD Jersey City for James to do a talk to kids about the Glorkian Warrior and comics.


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Much fan art was done by small children after James explained how the Glorkian Warrior could be drawn!

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“You don’t always have to start with ideas,” said James.  “Just start drawing, and ideas will come.”

And they did!

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The small children are fascinated by art!

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Then we headed back to MoCCA just in time to catch the signing with Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).  He very nicely signed all his books in gold and silver pen!

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Also at the MoCCA Festival: our first sighting of a signed copy of Box Brown’s Andre the Giant!  A reviewer who had received an advance copy brought it to the show specifically for Box to sign.


The Society of Illustrators has really built a fun show that’s filled with talented authors and illustrators.

We’re already looking forward to next year!

One Comment on “ Things We Did at MoCCA 2014 ”

  • Doug Barnes | April 8th, 2014 4:49 pm

    Great meeting you Gina, we had so much fun! Love the picture of Matilda with Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza in this post. The kids have been fighting since then over whether we will read Glorkian Warrior or Zita at any given moment (we’ve been through Zita once, and GW twice now). They were still talking about the crying pizza this morning.

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