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MoCCA 2009

June 10th, 2009

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Last weekend I took the increasingly-less-sketchy Chinatown bus up to New York to see some friends and hawk copies of Assholes #2 with Mitch at MoCCA. (Read Mitch’s account of the show here). It was a good show– not our best, but I can blame slower-than-average sales on the economy or the fact that our readers may have matured. (Random aside: My sister’s best friend was in charge of the show).

Anyways, I was kind of discouraged walking around. There seems to be more and more sketchbooks and art comics, less and less actual comics. You know, the kinds with a narrative. I’m not busting on these art comics types. Just the opposite– these people are amazing artists and I’d drop cash in a heartbeat for their comics. You know, if they told a story. I can flip through a sketchbook in a matter of seconds, I want something more substantial.  But that’s just me.

Anyways, here’s what I did buy. All of the following come with my highest recommendation:

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Mr. Scootles, by H.C. Noel

Howie’s a friend and I’ll gladly endorse this comic. Mr. Scootles is about a 1930s cartoon character trapped in hell. It’s overflowing with imagination and Howie’s personality. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.  (Howie was telling me how most of his reviews are backhanded compliments, like “the opposite of a train wreck!” so here’s mine: “Like the Holocaust… on opposite day!”)

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“Ace Face” by Mike Dawson

A collection of shorts, a lead-in to Dawson’s next graphic novel. This dude had me at “Freddie and Me,” I’m along for any ride. Plus, I really like his art and storytelling.

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“The Adventures of White Cat” by Ben Rosen

64 pages of awesomeness. I want more.

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And, I didn’t buy it, but Phil Miarmi was kind enough to drop off his book “The Diarrhea Diaries” after purchasing “Assholes.” He said it might be right up my alley. It was. Looking forward to more, which next time I’ll gladly buy.

And, for shits and giggles, here’s the spectacular view from Mitch’s rooftop deck. Picture doesn’t do it justice.nyc.jpg

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