Comics Lowdown: MoCCA postponed due to coronavirus

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Events: New York’s MoCCA Arts Festival, originally scheduled for April 4-5, is the latest event to be postponed due to the novel coronavirus, which has now been declared a pandemic.

“While New York is not officially calling for events of large gatherings to be canceled, many have been and we do not know what the next few weeks will entail. We recognize the amount of work and finances our exhibitors put into their tables and are trying to minimize the burden on them,” The Society of Illustrators, who puts on MoCCA every year, said in a statement.

They added, “In the meantime, we have made the decision to move forward and continue to judge the Awards of Excellence. In addition to the cash prize and Wacom tablets for Gold and Silver medalists, the Society will feature the award winners in an exhibition at the onsite Gallery we build at MoCCA Fest.”

A new date for the two-day festival has not been announced. It joins the Emerald City Comic Con, South by Southwest, E3, the London Book Fair and countless other events that have been impacted by COVID-19.

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March MODOK Madness kicks off for 2020

The annual tradition returns.

I know there’s plenty of “madness” in the world right now, but there’s something comforting in knowing that the March MODOK Madness site is back again for more fun fan artwork of everyone’s favorite big-headed Marvel villain. And there’s little chance this event will be cancelled.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, every March artists share their interpretations of MODOK, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee back in the 1960s. You can see some of them below, and all of this year’s submissions on the MMM blog. You can also follow along on Twitter.

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