I look forward to the MoCCA Festival every year. It always felt like the anti-Comic-Con to me. It was intimate and indie, never crass and commercial. MoCCA Fest has always been about the art and love of comics and a great place to discover new books. Last year presented a slight bump in the road with a change in venue from the classy Puck Building to 69th Regiment Armory. Gone were the white pillars and billowing drapes of the Puck Building and in their stead was a sweltering inferno of 90+ degree temperatures and a vast florescent lit space, which seemed reminiscent of church basement comic cons of yesteryear. Even with all that, I still had a blast. Even at it's worst, MoCCA Fest was still the best con around.
To cover this year's show, Graphic NYC was given exclusive access to the panel guests in order to create a series of photographic portraits and provide a visual document of some of the historic team-ups which occurred. One highlight being The Art of the Superhero: When Singular Vision Meets Popular Mythology panel, which featured a group which co-organizer and panel moderator Newelt has dubbed "The Fantastic 5." See photo above and below, and check back later this week for an exclusive look at the panel.