Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA

Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA Comic & Cartoon Art Museum - Founded in 2002 The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Transfers Assets to the Society of Illustrators

NEW YORK, NY (August 3, 2012)--The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and the Society of Illustrators have announced plans for MoCCA to transfer its assets to the Society, creating a single cultural institution supporting and celebrating illustration, comics, and animation.

This will give MoCCA a long-desired street-level location, in the Society's building at 128 E. 63rd Street. The Society of Illustrators:
Tel: (212) 838-2560
Fax: (212) 838-2561
E-Mail: [email protected]

Gallery Hours:
10 A.M.– 8 P.M. Tuesday
10 A.M.– 5 P.M. Wednesday - Friday
12 noon– 4 P.M. Saturday
Closed most holidays
The Hall of Fame Gallery is closed Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm for Sketch Night.

Operating as usual

The Comic and Cartoon Art Annual call for entries is now open for submissions! Open to artists worldwide, entries are co...
11/24/2015

The Comic and Cartoon Art Annual call for entries is now open for submissions! Open to artists worldwide, entries are considered by a jury of professionals, including renowned cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and editors. The competition will result in an exhibition that will showcase the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year. Deadline for books is January 1st, 2016. Deadline for online submissions is February 12th, 2016.

Learn more: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Awards-and-Competitions/Comic-Cartoon-Annual/Overview.aspx

Image by Leslie Stein

The MoCCA Arts Fest is underway! Come join us today and tomorrow at Center 548 at West 22nd to see your favorite artists...
04/11/2015

The MoCCA Arts Fest is underway! Come join us today and tomorrow at Center 548 at West 22nd to see your favorite artists and buy their newest comics, zines, prints, and merchandise!

The Society of Illustrators is pleased to invite Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs to nomin...
03/05/2015
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The Society of Illustrators is pleased to invite Department Chairs or Administrators for Undergraduate Programs to nominate a JUNIOR level student or students to be considered for one of the following scholarships.

The Zankel Scholar seeks to name the best of the JUNIOR ILLUSTRATION class and to financially assist with supporting his/her SENIOR year.

The Will Eisner Scholar seeks the name the best of the JUNIOR SEQUENTIAL/COMIC ARTS class and to financially assist with supporting his/her SENIOR year.

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Tonight! We will be screening the film "Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy (Carticaturistes, Fantassins de la democ...
02/05/2015

Tonight! We will be screening the film "Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy (Carticaturistes, Fantassins de la democratie), a documentary that follows 12 cartoonists who risk their lives to fight for democracy, with a smile on their face and a pencil as their only weapon. These cartoonists- who are based in countries like China, Burkina Faso, Russia, Palestine, Israel, the US and France- face censorship by political leaders who fear the power cartoons wield.

The evening will be moderated by Jeff Danziger. Learn more: These cartoonists- who are based in countries like China, Burkina Faso, Russia, Palestine, Israel, the United States and France- face censorship by political leaders who fear the power cartoons wield.

The evening will be moderated by Jeff Danziger. Begins at 6:30 PM.

Learn more: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Films/2015/Cartoonists/Cartoonists,-Foot-Soldiers-of-Democracy-(Carticaturistes,-Fantassins-de-la-democratie).aspx

Tonight! We will be screening the film "Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy (Carticaturistes, Fantassins de la democratie), a documentary that follows 12 cartoonists who risk their lives to fight for democracy, with a smile on their face and a pencil as their only weapon. These cartoonists- who are based in countries like China, Burkina Faso, Russia, Palestine, Israel, the US and France- face censorship by political leaders who fear the power cartoons wield.

The evening will be moderated by Jeff Danziger. Learn more: These cartoonists- who are based in countries like China, Burkina Faso, Russia, Palestine, Israel, the United States and France- face censorship by political leaders who fear the power cartoons wield.

The evening will be moderated by Jeff Danziger. Begins at 6:30 PM.

Learn more: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Films/2015/Cartoonists/Cartoonists,-Foot-Soldiers-of-Democracy-(Carticaturistes,-Fantassins-de-la-democratie).aspx

10/10/2014

The Society will be closed today, October 10, and tomorrow, October 11, for the Educators Symposium. We will reopen on Tuesday. See you then!

Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA's cover photo
08/29/2014

Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MoCCA's cover photo

Next Wednesday the Society will be showing the documentary "Irwin- a New York Story".  The film follows Irwin Hasen, a 9...
08/29/2014
Society of Illustrators:

Next Wednesday the Society will be showing the documentary "Irwin- a New York Story". The film follows Irwin Hasen, a 96 year old comic book creator and strip artist, as he shares his memories of childhood and the Golden Age of Comics.

The film will be followed with a panel discussion led by Ed Steckley and includes Al Jaffee, Karen Green, and Arnold Roth. A small reception will follow.

Click here to learn more: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Films/2014/Irwin/Irwin--A-New-York-Story.aspx

The Museum will be closed to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 20th, as we prepare for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremo...
06/19/2014
The Society of Illustrators: Hall of Fame

The Museum will be closed to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 20th, as we prepare for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

This year we will be honoring Al Jaffee, Alex Raymond, Edward Sorel, Mary Blair, Syd Mead, Walter Everett, and William Cameron Menzies!

For more information please visit our website: http://www.societyillustrators.org/Awards-and-Competitions/Hall-of-Fame/Overview.aspx

Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of ill…

Join us tomorrow for the first ever Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Awards Ceremony! The evening will begin at 6:00pm.http:...
06/12/2014
Society of Illustrators: Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for Comic and Cartoon Art Annual

Join us tomorrow for the first ever Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Awards Ceremony! The evening will begin at 6:00pm.

http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Special-Events/2014/CCA-OpeningReception/Opening-Reception-and-Awards-Ceremony-for-Comic-and-Cartoon-Art-Annual.aspx

appreciation of comic and cartoon art, we are proud to announce a celebration of the first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual!

Tonight! May 1st at the Society of Illustrators.  Join Carl Potts and Phil Jimenez for a special presentation and book s...
05/01/2014
Society of Illustrators:

Tonight! May 1st at the Society of Illustrators. Join Carl Potts and Phil Jimenez for a special presentation and book signing of the book "The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics- Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling". Begins at 7pm.

http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Lectures/2014/Carl-Potts/The-DC-Comics-Guide-to-Creating-Comics--Inside-the-Art-of-Visual-Storytelling-with-Carl-Potts-and-Phil-Jimenez.aspx

Join Carl Potts and Phil Jimenez for a special presentation and signing of his book The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics- Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling

We are excited to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Honorees! Al Jaffee, Syd Mead, Ed Sorel, Mary Blair, Walter Everett, Wi...
04/24/2014
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We are excited to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Honorees! Al Jaffee, Syd Mead, Ed Sorel, Mary Blair, Walter Everett, William Cameron Menzies, and Alex Raymond will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 20th!

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New York, NY (April, 2014)-- Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their "distinguished achievement in the art of illustration." Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact…

The Society is staying open late tonight! Come join us for drinks and enjoy the nice weather on our terrace. We'll be op...
04/23/2014

The Society is staying open late tonight! Come join us for drinks and enjoy the nice weather on our terrace. We'll be open till 10pm so come say hi!

$10 cover charge includes 1 drink ticket (beer, wine, soda) and small plates buffet

Only a few tickets left for this lecture! Join us for a panel discussion on the evolution of Jewish American Comedy with...
04/21/2014
Society of Illustrators: From the Borscht Belt to Seinfeld: The Evolution of Jewish American Comedy

Only a few tickets left for this lecture! Join us for a panel discussion on the evolution of Jewish American Comedy with Edward Portnory, Ph.D (Yiddish language, literature and theater expert), Larry Storch (renowned vaudeville, film and TV comedian), Drew Friedman (illustrator and author), Bill Perksy (TV sitcom writer), and Tom Leopold (contemporary sketch comedy writer).

Thursday, April 24th!

http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Lectures/2014/Old-Jewish-Comedians/From-the-Borscht-Belt-to-Seinfeld—The-Evolution-of-Jewish-American-Comedy.aspx

A panel discussion will be held for an intergenerational audience interested in learning how Jewish humor grew out of Yiddish culture, defined New York City's character in the early 20th century, and filtered into our American culture, literature, art, film and television from the 1950's to the pres...

Dutch cartoonist and graphic designer Joost Swarte stopped by the Society today to view his exhibit in the MoCCA Gallery...
04/01/2014

Dutch cartoonist and graphic designer Joost Swarte stopped by the Society today to view his exhibit in the MoCCA Gallery! This show will be up March 24 - April 26th, and we will also have some works on display in the Gallery at MoCCA Fest.

On Wednesday, March 12, the Society held a very special dinner, hosted by Andrew Sordoni III, to celebrate the life and ...
03/17/2014

On Wednesday, March 12, the Society held a very special dinner, hosted by Andrew Sordoni III, to celebrate the life and work of cartoonist Charles Rodrigues (1926-2004). The event was attended by people who knew and worked with him, others whose work was influenced by Charles's, and those involved with arranging for his exhibit in our MoCCA Gallery at the Museum. Needless to say, a great time was had by all.

Front row, left to right: George Fernandez, Robert Leighton, Sam Gross, Andrew Sordoni III, Bob Fingerman, Joey Cavalieri

Back row, left to right: Nathan Schachtman, Executive Director Anelle Miller, John Caldwell, Rick Meyerowitz, Richard Berenson, Karen Green, Adrian Sinott

If you would like to stay up-to-date with all things MoCCA Fest please like our FB page. We will post exciting news and ...
03/12/2014
MOCCA Arts Festival

If you would like to stay up-to-date with all things MoCCA Fest please like our FB page. We will post exciting news and share info about the Fest on this page. Only 24 days to go!

https://www.facebook.com/moccafest

April 1 & 2, 2017 11:00am-6:00pm
Exhibitor Hall at Metropolitan West, Programming at Ink48

The New York Observer highlighted Drew Friedman's Show and shared some images from last night's reception! Thank you to ...
03/07/2014
Drew Friedman Chronicles America’s Jewish Comedians

The New York Observer highlighted Drew Friedman's Show and shared some images from last night's reception!

Thank you to everyone who joined us. It was a great night!

http://observer.com/2014/03/drew-friedman-chronicles-americas-jewish-comedians/

Drew Friedman is a great American illustrator. Without the benefit of historical perspective, it is perhaps too soon to evaluate, but it’s not a stretch to mention him in the same breath with artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Read More

Tonight is the Opening Reception for Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians!  Doors open at 7:00pm, suggested donation $15...
03/06/2014

Tonight is the Opening Reception for Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians! Doors open at 7:00pm, suggested donation $15. Hope to see you there!

02/25/2014

Tonight's lecture "The Rebirth of the American Comic Book with Mike Cavallaro" has been postponed until further notice.

On February 25th we'll be hosting a lecture with Mike Cavallaro.  Mike will give an "eyewitness report" on the creative ...
02/19/2014
Society of Illustrators: The Rebirth of the American Comic Book with Mike Cavallaro

On February 25th we'll be hosting a lecture with Mike Cavallaro. Mike will give an "eyewitness report" on the creative resurgence of the American comic book and graphic novel. Lecture Begins at 6:30pm at the Society of Illustrators.

http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Lectures/2014/Mike/The-Rebirth-of-the-American-Comic-Book-with-Mike-Cavallaro.aspx

Comics fan, cartoonist, self-publisher, web comicker, and retailer, Mike Cavallaro serves up his "eyewitness report" on the creative resurgence of the American comic book and graphic novel. Beginning in the 1980's and continuing to present day, Mike will describe his own journey through various corn...

Join us tonight for a Happy Hour and Reception to celebrate  "The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Cha...
01/29/2014
Happy Hour and Opening Reception for The Art of Rodrigues

Join us tonight for a Happy Hour and Reception to celebrate "The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues". Starts at 5pm.

$10 cover charge includes 1 drink ticket (beer, wine, soda) and complimentary small plates buffet.

http://www.societyillustrators.org/Events-and-Programs/Special-Events/2014/Happy-Hour-Jan/Happy-Hour-and-Opening-Reception-for-The-Art-of-Rodrigues.aspx

Join us for a special Happy Hour and Opening Reception celebrating the exhibit "The Art of Charles Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues."

The new Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Call for Entries Poster is here! This limited edition poster will be available tomo...
01/15/2014

The new Comic and Cartoon Art Annual Call for Entries Poster is here! This limited edition poster will be available tomorrow for free! We will tweet locations (@soi128). Art by Rutu Modan!

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General information

About MoCCA The purpose of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. Every genre of the art is represented: animation, anime, cartoons, comic books, comic strips, gag cartoons, humorous illustration, illustration, political illustration, editorial cartoons, caricature, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and computer-generated art. Further, the museum's rigid collection policy ensures that the art collections are maintained in an environment of the highest integrity. It is the mission of the museum to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art as well as to detail and discuss the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world's most popular art form. Comics and cartoons have been instrumental in effecting significant dialogue on issues involving society, culture, philosophy, and politics. History has shown them to be instrumental in documenting--and interpreting--historic events and social change. Artistically, comic and cartoon art is created at the highest levels by some of the world's finest graphic illustrators. The main goal of the museum is to educate the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflects history. What does the art tell us about the time period that it was created in? How does it stand the test of time? What First Amendment issues regarding content come into play? How does censorship determine what is (and isn't) published? The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is chartered by The State Education Department, organized and operated as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. About the Society of Illustrators On February 1, 1901, nine artists and one businessman founded the Society of Illustrators with the following credo: “The object of the Society shall be to promote generally the art of illustration and to hold exhibitions from time to time.” This simple dictum has held true for over a century. At a time when illustration was in what has been called its Golden Age, the first monthly dinners were attended by prominent artists including Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parish, N.C. Wyeth, Charles Dana Gibson, Frederic Re*****on, James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy and special guests such as Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie. During World War I, as part of a public relations effort by the U.S. government, Charles Dana Gibson was called upon to assemble a group of artists who would create posters to generate support for the war. Gibson, who served as president and helped bring the Society to national prominence, was an ardent advocate of the cause. He enlisted Flagg, Wyeth, Joseph Pennell and others—artists who would produce some of the war’s most lasting imagery. In a time before widespread use of journalistic photography, eight Society members were commissioned by the army and sent to France to sketch impressions of war. Following the armistice, the Society operated the School for Disabled Soldiers. Throughout its history, the Society’s members have been involved, either in service to, or, on occasion, in protest of American military activity. During and following the war, members continued to have exhibitions at prominent galleries in New York. Incorporated in the 1920s, the Society welcomed women to full membership, an anomaly to most social and professional organizations of the time. The Roaring Twenties and the decade of the Great Depression were the heyday of the Society’s Illustrators Shows (aka the Girlie Shows). Society members produced these popular entertainments—they wrote the theatrical skits and songs, created the sets, and were the actors, along with their models. Outside talent, such as the Cotton Club Band and Jimmy Durante, were called upon for their professional skills. Invitees to these well attended events included Jazz Age Mayor Jimmy Walker and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who, in 1935, luckily failed to attend the night police raided it due to the risqué nature of the n**e dancing. In the early twenties, through the auspices of member Watson Barrett, the Illustrators Show was performed at the Shubert Theater, the success of which prompted the Shubert family to purchase the rights to the skits for their own production of Artists and Models in 1923. By the end of the thirties, those funds allowed the Society to acquire its present headquarters on the Upper East Side. Taking advantage of depressed real estate prices, illustrator Wallace Morgan found the building, which would become home to the Society in August 1939. Member Norman Rockwell’s painting, Dover Coach, became the background for the fourth floor bar. Today it continues this auspicious function at the third floor bar. The contribution of Society members during World War II was intense. They participated in massive poster campaigns, created illustrations from and about scenes of the war in Europe and the Pacific, and participated in a program whereby illustrators visited veterans’ hospitals to sketch the wounded. These portraits were then sent on to the subjects’ families as morale boosters. Putting other skills to work, the Illustrators’ Jazz Band was formed to entertain wounded troops. Following the war, the Society’s Welfare Fund was established in 1946 to aid artists in need. And in 1948 the Joint Ethics Committee, of which the Society is a member, developed the first Code of Ethics and Fair Practice to establish equitable relationships in the practices of selling and buying art. Lectures, demonstrations and drawing classes were, and continue to be, regularly held at the Society. In 1954, as part of the U.S. Air Force Art Program, illustrators were given the opportunity to travel around the world to military facilities and exercises to record these events and donate their works to a “grateful nation.” (While most trips were benign for the participating artist, in early 1968 during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, some artists were caught in the fighting.) Thousands of paintings have been contributed to the program, which continues today. Similar programs for the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Parks Service are now in place as examples of the Society’s continuing contribution to the national welfare. While the Society’s support of the military has been longstanding, in 1972 members put on an anti-Vietnam War show titled “Genocide,” and in 2008 “Artists Against the War” was mounted in protest to the war in Iraq. The 1950s saw the creation of three of the Society’s most enduring institutions. Early in the decade, the first Scholarship Fund was established, a program that has benefited countless illustration students nationwide. In 1958 the Society’s Hall of Fame named Norman Rockwell as its first member. Selected annually by former presidents, this honor has since been bestowed on over 150 artists, living and posthumously, for “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.” At the decade’s close, partly in reaction to the prevalence of photography in graphic arts competitions and exhibitions, especially those of the Art Directors Club of New York, the Society wanted to refocus attention to the art of illustration and the innovative pictorial responses to shifts in technology and the marketplace. In 1959, members Bob Peak, Bradbury Thompson and Stevan Dohanos, among others, juried the First Annual Exhibition that resulted in a show of 350 original artworks. The first Illustrators Annual book followed. For the 25th edition, the book went to full color and in 2005 the format changed from hard to soft cover. In 2009, the system for gathering entries and the jurying process went fully digital—although the art was open to all media. The Society’s commitment to community involvement has included the participation of Society members, from 1961 to 1965, at the Saturday School of the Warwick Training School for Boys, what had been a “reform school” since the 1930s; outreach programs in conjunction with the Police Athletic League (from 1966), the New York City Parks Department, and the Board of Education (from 1999). Since 1992 the Society has donated more than 6,000 children’s books to shelters and charities citywide. Other memorable Society events include the filming of Loving in 1969, a movie starring George Segal, who portrayed a frustrated illustrator; the comprehensive exhibition “200 Years of American Illustration,” curated by the Society of Illustrators and held at the New-York Historical Society in 1976; and the publication of the book of that show, one of many volumes published by the Society over the years— books that have become collectors’ items in some cases. Under the stewardship of then president John Witt, the Museum of American Illustration was established in 1981. Today the Society’s Permanent Collection includes over 2,500 works by such legendary artists as Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, Bob Peak, Bernie Fuchs and Brad Holland. 2001, the Society’s Centennial, was a year long celebration that began with a United States Postal issue: Great American Illustrators. Following the September attacks, the year ended with the “9/11 Memorial Exhibition: Prevailing Human Spirit.” The Society of Illustrators is an organization of many layers, one which provides illustrators a center to discuss, demonstrate and exhibit their work, contributes to future artists and to the community at large, honors its preeminent practitioners, takes a stand on legal and ethical issues affecting the profession—and has a great dining room to boot! As it faces the challenges of a swiftly changing future, the Society will continue to “promote generally the art of illustration,” as its founders dictated.

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Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

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(212) 838-2560

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