MoCCA 2014: SCENE REPORT
Youth in Decline is back safe and sound after an action-packed MoCCA Arts Fest weekend out in New York. This was our first time tabling at MoCCA after visiting and hosting Jillian Tamaki’s Guest of Honor interview panel at the 2013 version of the show.
We were nestled (hidden?) somewhere in the back aisles, but did have a chance to meet lots of longtime readers (some since the Electric Ant and Same Hat days!) as well as new Youth in Decline FRONTIER subscribers.
The big debut of the show was Frontier #4: Ping Zhu, which is a beautiful, delightful, and kinetic book collecting new paintings, doodles, and drawings by the masterful illustrator (and Brooklyn local), Ping Zhu.
Ping was in person on Saturday signing books, and we got a good stream of fangirls and fanboys that came by to meet her. I couldn’t be happier with the newest installment of Frontier, and am in awe of Ping’s free and raw drawings captured in the new issue.
My Instax pictures capture none of the actual festival, but do give a glimpse into my favorite part of these cons — the partying and socializing with the extended and connected web of artists and friends, the internet-turned-IRL-buddies cemented in Bestie status through karaoke and soju and sharing late-night cabs.
A few notable highlights of the fest weekend:
Stopping by Edie Fake’s book release party + lecture to high-five him and the Secret Acres guys / Visiting Pencil Factory and seeing the shared studios of Ping Zhu, Erik Carter, Dom Collardey Adebimpe, Kris Mukai, and other delightful folks / Lunch with BFF Jillian Tamaki and homies Ping, Hannah K. Lee and Jeremy Sorese (as well as the new pleasure of Koyamaing them all — picking up the bill without telling anyone!~) / Catching up on life and SecretProject with forever-partner Michael DeForge / Hand-selling a ton of copies of our first fiction chapbook to excited readers, the “Space Emo” risographed collection, “Love Songs for Monsters" by Anthony Ha / Karaoke madness with the aforementioned hooligans, and Patrick Kyle, Annie Koyama, Ed Kanerva, Robin Nishio / Catching up with sweethearts HamletMachine, Leslie Stein, Frank Santoro, Same Hat OGs Olivia Fox & Anna Rose, as well as many, many other quick mid-aisle greetings with friends old and new.
Some Pictures (in order!):
- metacapture of Jillian photographing Hannah & Ping photographing themselves
- me & JT
- Jeremy & Hannah
- Hannah & Ping
- Lala Albert, DeForge, Chandler Moses
- Me regaining feelings in my fingers post-sleeting rain
- Patrick Kyle singing pop-punk (suspected)
- DeForge & Jillian
- DeForge & Robin
- Ping full force
What’s ahead for the Spring shows:
To be perhaps expected, I’ve found myself with a bit of a cold developing after getting back to San Francisco— too little sleep, too many flights, too many shared bottles of chamisul! But we’re resting up and beginning to think about TCAF 2014 next month!
At TCAF we’ll be trying out a new table display, debuting a new t-shirt designed by Uno Moralez, and presenting a panel as part of their rich slate of programming. MORE DETAILS IN THE COMING WEEKS!
In the meantime, please hit our site on Monday, when we make Frontier #4: Ping Zhu available for purchase!