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Nice photo, Mr Miller.

Let’s get you updated, Lightning Round style!

  • Item! Brigid Alverson turns her attention towards webcomics news & info blogging, and I can tell you right now that she’s going to do this much, much better than we at Fleen do. She’s a terrific, well-informed writer, and I urge you all to check her out daily. Just remember to come back when you’re done, ‘kay?
  • Item! MoCCA Fest 2010 dates and table availability announced. Back to the Armory, but earlier in the year, so hopefully people won’t be dropping in the aisles from fever & ague. Exhibitor tables are $410 for a full table and $260 for a half until 31 December, with discounts for MoCCA members (hint: membership’s about $35). Prices go up on New Year’s Day, and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning 21 October by fax, mail and in-person (applications on the website). The fax option may help alleviate the problem last year when people from around the country got shut out by locals walking in their applications.

    But here’s my question, because I’m not a creator and have never taken a table anywhere — is that a really high table cost for the size and duration of the show? It seems like it to me. Given all the problems that last year’s show had, I’m guessing that MoCCA has one, maybe two years at most to turn things around and get a really good show together before they start seeing exhibitors abandoning in droves. MoCCA has always been one of my favorite shows of the year, so here’s hoping that they get it really right next April.

  • Item! By all accounts, Scott Kurtz killed as the MC of the Harveys. Along the same lines, a very nice, heartfelt, gracious post by Kurtz up today about his re-evaluation of Zuda and his feelings about it. Well done, sir (now I retire to my blogger’s desk and gather up the gold-plated instruments with which to twirl my moustache in a self-satisfied manner).
  • Item! Randall Munroe, via sales of xkcd: volume 0, and tickets to his brief book tour, has raised enough money to build a school in Laos. Holy crap.

Look, I’ll say it.
That’s an insanely high cost for a table, yes. Anime shows are getting tables for half the cost with 10 times the fans, while nice mom-and-pop old school shows like BCC and Heroes still beat that in price (and for an apples-to-apples comparison, EVERY show I did this year had better sales than what MoCCA offered).
And for irony’s sake, the reCaptcha is making me say “New York Scared” to comment.

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Thanks for the kind words, Gary! Don’t worry, you’re always going to be The Man when it comes to webcomics blogging. Hopefully we will complement (and continue to compliment) each other!

HI folks,
Thanks for posting about MoCCA Fest 2010.
We have a sale going on right now until December 31st.

MoCCA Festival 2010 is coming sooner than you think: April 10 and 11!

We have a special Holiday Sale on tables for just a limited time. Reserve your exhibitor space before January 1st and get more than 15% savings off the 2010 prices! That’s $375 for a full table and just $225 for a half.

Prices are due to go up on January 1st, so act now! Prices rise to $440 ($405 for members) for a full table and $275 ($240 for members) for a half table.

Don’t miss your chance to join great exhibitors like Abrams ComicArts, ACT-I-VATE, Bear Party Collective, Buenaventura Press, Blurred Books, Candle Light Press, Comics Bakery, Drawn + Quarterly, Dumbrella, Evil Twin Comics, Fantagraphics, Pantheon, Secret Acres, Sparkplug Comics, Top Shelf, and Tugboat Press among many others.

MoCCA Festival 2010 will take place over April 10-11, 2010 at the historic 69th Regiment Armory in New York.

“The best small-press nexus (anywhere!)” says the Village Voice.

The annual two-day event attracts thousands of comic art lovers and creators from around the globe to celebrate the world’s most popular art form in the heart of New York City.?? Since 2002 the MoCCA Festival offers a unique venue to experience comics, mini-comics, web comics, graphic novels, animation, posters, prints, original artwork, and more. Each year, the Festival invites dozens of established and emerging creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning by email, fax, mail and in person only. Application forms are available on the MoCCA website.

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