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MoCCA Has Big Exhibit on Webcomics

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit: Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics, set to open on Sept. 13.

"Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics” brings comics from the web page to the MoCCA stage. The exhibit explores three aspects of online comics: the unique format and design of webcomics, their appeal to niche audiences, and the transitions between web and print comics.

Curator Jennifer Babcock, who also draws the syndicated webcomic C’est La Vie, explains that webcomics are free of the space constraints and editorial censorship to which printed comics are often subjected. Webcomics also provide an outlet for a greater diversity of creators and audiences, she says, resulting in numerous niche-specific features.

This exhibit incorporates original artwork, prints of finished art, and digital displays. Featured in the exhibit will be the immensely popular Penny Arcade, PhD, Sluggy Freelance, User Friendly, Diesel Sweeties, Mom’s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and “My Obsession with Chess” by Scott McCloud, among many others.

The exhibit also includes a new installment of MoCCA’s New York Artist Showcase, focusing on the NYC members of the webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE (AIV). The LiveJournal community site ACT-I-VATE (http://act-i-vate.com) features daily installments of in-progress graphic novels from a group of accomplished cartoonists.

“We’ve discussed a showcase for ACT-I-VATE in the past, and including it as a feature within the webcomics show was the perfect opportunity,” said MoCCA Curator Bill Roundy. “ACT-I-VATE has some fantastic cartoonists, and it has a unique focus on serialized graphic novels.”

"An AIV/MoCCA team-up was inevitable, as both outfits champion the NYC comics scene from different angles," said Jeff Newelt, aka Jahfurry, AIV Minister of Hype. "That the paths are set to intersect on the gallery walls is both a thrill and an honor."

ACT-I-VATors featured in the Showcase are: Mike Cavallaro, Kevin Colden, Nikki Cook, Michel Fiffe, Simon Fraser, Ulises Farinas, Dan Goldman, Dean Haspiel, Tim Hamilton, Jason Little, Josh Neufeld, Leland Purvis, Ryan Roman, Jennifer Tong, and Dave Wallin.

The opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7pm. Admission to the reception is $10. The exhibit will be on display until January 14, 2008.

MoCCA is located at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 between Prince and Houston. Hours are Friday through Monday from noon to five. Admission is only $5. Members are admitted free.

The museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions and educational programs. For more information about the museum or specific MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs visit the museum’s website www.moccany.org or on myspace at www.myspace.com/moccany.