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Sunday May 19th 2019, we took a quick bus ride over to the Jersey side. New Jersey that is. It was to check out the annual East Coast Comic Con over at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. I didn’t have my own table, but that was okay. It was nice to check out other established artists like Rick Parker, Howard Chaykin, Peter Bagge, Stephen Blickenstaff, Larry Hama, Russ Braun, Drew Friedman, Al Milgrom, George Perez, and many others. What sets East Coast Comic Con apart is that the emphasis is on the artists themselves. Without a doubt, there was also media guests, panels and cosplayers.

You knew you were on the right place when you saw Batman on line. Guess his Batmoblie was in the shop for repairs.

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Batman in Port Authority. The Batmoblie must’ve been in the shop for repairs. Photo by Ben Herman. May 2019.

East Coast Comic Con is a three day event, but we could only check out Sunday. Which worked out fine. Plus I was personally still on that high from both the Jaz Coleman spoken word event, plus the Killing Joke concert earlier that week.

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It should be noted that East Coast Comic Con was one of the last appearances for retiring comic book artist George Perez. Which means I totally missed most of the good panels. There was panels such as one for actress P.J. Soles (Rock n’ Roll High School, Halloween), and The Book of Weirdo. I did mange to catch the panels later Sunday afternoon. That we’ll get to later.

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Peter Bagge at East Coast Comic Con, New Jersey. May 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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The first panel I attended that Sunday was about The Infinity Gauntlet comic book series. Infinity Gauntlet lead into other media franchises, such as video games and film. Most notably the current Avengers film series. The panel featured  Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein.

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The Infinity Gauntlet panel at East Coast Comic Con 2019. Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein. Photo by Ben Herman. May 2019.

Afterwards I stuck around for another panel. This one was pure nostalgia from my adolescence years. Titled Flash Gordon: Stars of An American Classic, it focused on the 1980 film adaptation rather than the original comic book series. The two stars from the film spoke at the panel: Sam Jones & Melody Anderson.

This was followed by yet another panel titled Denis Kitchen: 50 Years of Kitchen Sink Press. Being an underground and alternative comic book fan, this was an avid interest of mine. On this panel was Denis Kitchen, John B. Cooke, and Mark Schultz. Here Dennis Kitchen discussed mainly the history of Underground Comics, and Kitchen Sink’s role. Kitchen Sink later published titles like Omaha The Cat Dancer. (You can also check out info about Omaha here 

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Denis Kitchen, John B. Cooke, and Mark Schultz speak at the Denis Kitchen panel during East Coast Comic Con 2019, New Jersey. Sunday, May 19th, 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Quickly ushered in after the Denis Kitchen panel was the annual Cosplay contest, held only on Sundays. The cosplay contest was broken down into two categories. The kids contest started at 4:30 pm. Below are a few highlights.

Immediately following was the adult section of the cosplay contest.

The East Coast Comic Con cosplay contest stands out, due to the focus being on the craft. The judges asked various questions in regards to materials used, where parts of the costumes were retained, if they were made by hand, etc. For the dedicated cosplayer, a lot of time and work goes in.

Although I didn’t get to meet all the artists, or attend all the panels, East Coast Comic Con is one of the better conventions to check out. Until next year.

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Michele Witchipoo (author of this blog and artist) with comic book artist Rick Parker. East Coast Comic Con, New Jersey. Sunday May 19th, 2019.

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Entrance For MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

MoCCA came and went. Kinda glad its over in a way, although I still haven’t caught up on sleep. If I didn’t have school, I would have gladly stayed home. The MoCCA Art Fest itself didn’t tire me out. Actually, it was staying up all night working on the latest Psycho Bunny mini issue that did it. By the time I had arrived at the fest itself, I was pretty much zombified. At my table I practiced the art of sleeping with my eyes open.

It was around this point that I swore never, ever again will I attempt to pump out a self published issue within a 24 hour period. These might be empty words though. Somehow I can see myself doing another 24 hour art marathon.

If that wasn’t enough, I found myself sketching this despite only getting three hours of shut eye:

Pencil sketch done morning of April 9th, 2011. To be inked by artist & podcaster Peter Palmiotti.

At this point I had become a mean, not so lean drawing machine. Still amazed that I was able to sketch while suffering from sleep deprivation. The piece itself, done on illustration board with Dewitt brand pencils was for a collaboration between me and artist/writer/inker/podcaster Peter Palmiotti. He’s done stuff for Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant and numerous independent titles. When he asked me to collaborate on this, I considered it an honor.

My own influences have always been more of the Fantagraphics Books style. What really got me into comics was the likes of Los Hernandez Brothers (Xamie and Gilbert) and Peter Bagge. I’ve been reading titles from these two parties since the early ’90s. Got dog-earred copies of their comics to prove this.

Peter Bagge panel at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Yeah, I’m getting all sentimental here. Meeting both Hernandez Brothers last year, and Peter Bagge this year reminded me of why I dug comics in the first place. Also reminded me of why I put up with various nonsense over the past few years. Its due to my love of this medium. Honestly, if it wasn’t for these two, I would have never been a comicbook fan in the first place. When I was a child I read comics, mostly Harvey titles, Rupert The Bear, Archie, Peanuts, along with various newspaper strips. Yet it wasn’t until the late ’80s/early ’90s that I fell in love with what comics truly had to offer. After discovering those two, I explored different titles, like Sandman, Joe Matt’s Peepshow, Omaha The Cat Dancer, some Robert Crumb stuff, etc. In the end, I always went back to L&R and Hate. So if anything, you can always blame Hernandez Brothers and Peter Bagge.

My table at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Back to MoCCA. It was a bit slower for me than it was last year, but still managed to sell some stuff.

Here’s some more photos from this past weekend:

Miss Chris table display at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Animator Bill Bill Plympton and friend, MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

This was the table to my left. The two female artists were Vanessa Taffuri & Amy Lynn Duengf. MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Fur hat for sale at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Here's a poster for the Peter Bagge exhibit being held at the Scott Elder gallery. Like a true fan dork, I took the poster. Not that I usually swipe stuff, but hey. Don't worry, I still have ethics; I waited until the weekend was nearly over before I took it.

Still like MoCCA Art Fest better than some of the more mainstream comic cons. Probably because with the Alternative cons, its more mellow, and focuses more on the artists than numerous collector items.

Anyway…MoCCA was fun as always. Before I left, I swiped a poster from the wall, an advert for some Peter Bagge exhibit over at the Scott Eder gallery. Still got ethics, so I waited until the weekend was over until I took it. And with that, until next time…

*Photos by Ben Herman & Myself

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