The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) which celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year recently announced plans to transfer all its assets to the Society of Illustrators effectively joining the two institutions. Described in a MoCCA Press release as “creating a single cultural institution supporting and celebrating illustration, comics, and animation,” the move comes after MoCCA’s physical location at 594 Broadway had been closed a month prior due to fundraising difficulties.
The union appears mutually beneficial to both organizations and MoCCA’s mission to preserve and promote comic and cartoon art fits neatly with the Society’s broader goal of promoting the art of illustration. A sentiment expressed by MoCCA president Ellen Abramowitz who stated that “The Society of Illustrators is the perfect fit for MoCCA and its members” and that “The two organizations are a wonderful match where attendees, members, and fans will have it all under one roof in New York City.”
From the first monthly dinners of its “Golden Age” until today the Society has counted many comic and cartoon industry icons among its members including Will Eisner, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Mort Walker, Winsor McCay, Rube Goldberg, Chic Young and Ernie Bushmiller just to name a few and celebrates illustrators of all genres.
MoCCA fans and members concerned about the fate of its programming and events including the beloved and well attended MoCCA Fest can rest easy as the Society expressed its commitment to “continue and expand MoCCA’s mission,” including continuing MoCCA Fest in its current location and dedicating a gallery in the Society building to MoCCA’s permanent collection.
Additionally, there are plans for a special exhibition of works from MoCCA’s Permanent Collection to be exhibited in the Society’s Hall of Fame Gallery in conjunction with a major exhibit, “The Comic Art of Harvey Kurtzman” and current MoCCA memberships will be honored.
Coming in September is an Anatomy for Cartoonists Workshop, with instructors R. Sikoryak and Kriota Willberg, part of a series of educational classes and events.
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