I'm very honored to have received the silver medal for long form comics for Greek Diary at MoCCAfest in New York. Penelope Bagieu's book California Dreamin' won the gold--it was a dream to meet her and to read her book on the plane home. This book made me feel like I was carrying the wild sprit of ambitious and joyful comics home with me. R Sikoryak's brilliant Terms and Conditions won the other Silver in long form. On the jury for this award were Rutu Modan, Maelle Doliveux, Nick Bertozzi, Joan Hilty, and Josh O'Neill--each of them produces work that I admire. Jason Little and Lauren Weinstein were also involved--how I love them! (Lauren wasn't there because she has a new baby.)
Most enjoyable this weekend was to be behind a table with Jennifer Hayden and Summer Pierre. Ellen Lindner and Alissa Harris were right next door. (On the other side was Fantagraphics). The work and the company of these women give me energy and crack me up. With Ellen, I'm co-editing the Strumpet 5, transatlantic anthology of comics by women, coming out this fall.
Vive this comics community!
PS I won a MoCCAfest award last year too, but for a completely different project, AlleEgo (Other Self), also a biographical story that takes place in Greece, but 20 years earlier, and is fictionalized, not diary comics, and a larger format with a greyscale wash.
MoCCA Arts Festival is happening this weekend in New York City and I’ll be at table C139 with Summer Pierre and Jennifer Hayden!
I will have freshly printed copies of Greek Diary, The Homeric Hymn to Dionysos, and lots more.
Saturday, April 1 & Sunday, April 2, 11:00am-6:00pm
Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036