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MoCCA Weekend [Jun. 13th, 2006|01:51 am]
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Raina and
Dave’s photos from the 2006 MoCCA Art Festival!

Sara Rosenbaum, Rosmary Mosco, and
Raina hanging out behind Raina’s table.

John Green looks away from the MoCCA crowd.

Craig Yoe and alternative comics legend, Kim Deitch.

The notorious Humlan the Bee pays a visit to Marion Vitus and her Totoro sweatshirt. Seen here with Humlan’s wrangler, Kean Soo.

Zack Giallongo, Stephanie Yue, and Dave pose with the last few copies of the Life Meter mini comic they debuted at the show.

Jacob Chabot , who drew the amazing Burger Time comic in the Life Meter mini comic, seen here with his own brilliant mini-comic series, “The Mighty Skull Boy Army”.

Todd Webb drew this "wanted" poster...
"Wanted: Dave Roman
- Armed Robbery (of the gravy train)
- Taking money from monkeys
- General Tomfoolery "

This is Jessica. Her parents, Mike and Lisa, have been fans and supporters of our comics since before she was old enough to read! Jessica told us she’s already read the Baby-sitters Club Graphic novel several times. And she's wearing the shirt Raina designed for Friends of Lulu!

The view from our tables. We were in Room A, the largest (and coldest) of the 3 exhibitor rooms at the Puck Building. There was a very steady crowd all weekend long.

Nick Bertozzi with his excellent daughter, Sabina Edwina Le Bon Bon Bertozzi.

Lucy Knisley,
Hope Larson, and
Bryan Lee O’Malley. And Scott Pilgrim himself!

Marion also volunteered at the Friends of Lulu booth. Here she is with Matt Hawkins!

A page of drawings for Lulu’s “Artist Idol” competition.

Ryan North is SUPER SIZED!

Ryan’s book of “Dinosaur Comics” totally sold out.

Mr. Phil, co-host of the best podcast in all the land: Indie Spinner Rack. They were recording interviews and covering all aspects of the festival.

Wood! Matt Hawkins helps to transport his roommate Stephanie’s display easel.

Todd and Travis Nichols were a little… down.

Social Shenannigans

After dinner at Chat n’ Chew with Ryan Sias,
Debbie Huey, and Toby Craig, who took the picture.

We were all going back to Queens, except for Debbie, who was waiting across the tracks for a train to Brooklyn. We took this picture of her…

…and then we took this one, as the train was rushing into the station. Thanks to the wonder of photography, you can see Debbie right through the train!!

Toby and Raina went to the Met on Thursday.

They spent the bulk of their time there looking at the Egyptian collection.

Conventions mean dinners with large groups of people! Here we are at Home on 8th, a Chinese place in midtown that has a half-vegetarian menu. L to R:
Alisa Harris , Dave, Raina, Sara,
Allan Norico, Toby,
Dalton Webb, John, Marion,
Tyler Page, and
Cori Doerrfeld.

Tyler and Cori.

Dave and Alisa.

After dinner, we trekked to the UCB Theatre, for a long-form improv show. Marion demonstrates her supreme massage technique on Sara, still stiff from the plane ride up from Florida.

Waiting for the show to start!

Waiting for Raina (still inside the theater).

Raina was impressed to discover that she and Cori had very similar outfits on. Jeans and striped green and white shirts, both with silver thread in the stripes, same hair style (although this picture makes it hard to tell), and army-green bags.

On Saturday night, a large crowd of us went to BB King’s to see the Aquabats perform. They’re a band known for high-energy songs, incredibly wacky stage antics, and multi-media hi-jinks. Oh, man…the show was SO great!

Here they battled a giant crab!

The band encouraged many hi-fives amongst the crowd. And then even some hi-tens!
“New York City” soon became “Hi-Ten City!”

They asked a couple of kids to come up on stage, then they put the kids into little inflatable rafts like you’d use in a swimming pool, and…had the audience crowd-surf the two kids, in their rafts, to the back of the venue and up again, in a crazy race. They warned the audience, “If you drop the kids…it’s the end of the Aquabats!”

There they go!

If comic conventions inspire fandom, so do the Aquabats. Here’s one girl in costume out on 42nd street.

Scott, Dalton, Toby, and Todd, looking debonair with the marquee.

Matt Bayne and
Alison Wilgus at Ben & Jerry’s, after the concert.

Matt Loux and
Abby Denson, deciding what flavor ice cream to order.


While walking back to the subway, we passed BB King’s again, and the members of the Aquabats were hanging out in their secret street clothes disguises in front of the venue. We had to pose for a picture! They were really cool guys, and ended up coming to MoCCA the next day. The whole evening was one giant hi-five.

Toby and Dalton vogue-ing while waiting for the subway.

Dinner with about 25 people, at Spring Street Natural.

Steve Flack impresses Sara with his Tron Adidas jacket.

Dave, Raina, and Dalton.

Jeremy Arambulo,
Kathy Kim, Tyler, and Cori.

Zack tries out a new skill, while Steph looks on.

The end!

But why not go down memory lane?

2005 MoCCA Con report.

Photos from MoCCA 2004.


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From: little_speaker
2006-06-13 06:49 am (UTC)
Nice post! Why, the aquabats could practically have they're own convention....hmmmmm
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-13 06:57 am (UTC)
I heard the Aquabats put on a special concert during the San Diego Comic Con! But you gotta be a cadet member (in their fan club) to find out exactly where it's held. but supposedly they let "the kids" set up booths to sell their own custom Aquabat inspired merchandise. Sounds way sweet.
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[User Picture]From: merofi
2006-06-13 08:04 am (UTC)
Aawwwww... first mocca I ever missed!!! Maybe I'll make it out next year, but thanks for posting all these photos. I love seeing everyone all together like that! =D
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[User Picture]From: granulac
2006-06-13 08:25 am (UTC)
oh man, I've learned my lesson. I'm never missing MoCCA again!
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From: emesemecyq
2008-07-15 03:37 am (UTC)
And I've never been an Iron Man fan in my life, though I had a good time reading the first Essential collection a few years ago.
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[User Picture]From: music_slut
2006-06-13 09:11 am (UTC)
So awesome! I am really sad that I didn't make it out to that Aquabats show after all. If only we had perfected cloning technology by now.
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-13 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think cartoonists of the world should unite and donate a bit of time and money each week to help get that technology going. That and/or teleporting would be a huge help.
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[User Picture]From: tobycraig
2006-06-13 12:07 pm (UTC)
yay!...now I'm off to work. booo!
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-13 05:16 pm (UTC)

Re: What?

I was the guy dressed as Ken Wong!
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[User Picture]From: jetbaby
2006-06-13 01:31 pm (UTC)
Woo! Looks like you guys had a great time. I think this is the first time I've seen Raina's pic, too. Can't wait to see you all again at SDCC!
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From: soggytoast
2006-06-13 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm quitting comics and joining the circus now that my new skill is getting more exposure.
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[User Picture]From: jou
2006-06-13 03:16 pm (UTC)
<3 Aquabats!!!! Wow, it looks like Mocca was such a party!
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[User Picture]From: blissitate
2006-06-13 05:35 pm (UTC)

cool shirt

Dave, what shirt are you wearing while posing with a member of the Aquabats?
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-13 06:37 pm (UTC)

Re: cool shirt

It's the "Borp!" T-shirt designed by the super-cool, Debbie Huey:

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[User Picture]From: alisa5179
2006-06-13 07:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome photos as always! Man, I shoulda hung out for another few hours Sunday to add more people to that dinner table :P
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From: lenaywaqev
2008-07-13 10:04 am (UTC)
You should have gotten a few people who looked like managers too, it would have been priceless if they agents dressed as employees would have randomly come up to the agents dressed up as managers and reported back to them.
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[User Picture]From: rabidchild1
2006-06-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
i have the same FLCL shirt :D
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[User Picture]From: debbiehuey
2006-06-13 11:52 pm (UTC)
Great report and pics!! The Aquabats are funny! They played at my college around 8 years ago! I totally forgot to say goodbye to you guys after the con ended. I'm such a jerk!!
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-14 05:12 pm (UTC)
Luckily we shall see you in a few weeks!

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[User Picture]From: youwouldsaveme
2006-06-14 01:19 am (UTC)
That looks like loads of fun. I'm slightly* jealous.

*by slightly i really mean insanely.

Also, I think I know that Travis fellow!! I used to talk to a guy named Travis, but he was doing music at the time. Hmmm....yeah that's so crazy!
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-14 02:50 am (UTC)
It might be the same guy.
Travis is a musician too. He's got a band called the Needies:

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[User Picture]From: artemna
2006-06-14 01:42 am (UTC)
Aw, so sorry I had to miss it! Glad you guys had a great time and posted even great-er pics. :)
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From: diegojourdan
2006-06-14 02:52 am (UTC)
WOW! What a cool show!!! ^_^
Any chance we`ll see you at HEROES CON ?


PS:Got the stuff i emailed you,btw.? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: daltonnw
2006-06-14 04:06 am (UTC)
High tens everyone! I am missing NYC already...
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From: alexanderdanner
2006-06-14 04:46 am (UTC)
Somehow, MoCCA always ends up on a bad weekend for me. I really hope I can make it next year--it looks like it was a great time!
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-06-14 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah you would have loved it!

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[User Picture]From: tcampbell1000
2006-06-14 12:40 pm (UTC)
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From: davidhopkins
2006-06-15 12:50 am (UTC)
Great photos! Makes me wish I was there. Instead, I am here.
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[User Picture]From: uberdionysus
2006-06-15 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hi. I found your LJ through Heidi MacDonald. I like your work and your MoCCA report, so I'm adding you.

Nice to meet you.
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[User Picture]From: yaytime
2006-07-13 01:33 pm (UTC)
woah, sorry I missed this post! hi and thanks!
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