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MoCCA recap day 1: The First Day!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted StearnPaul HornschemeierMiss Lasko-GrossJasoneventsDrew FriedmanDash ShawBlake Bell 15 Jun 2008 11:06 PM

That's what you would have seen if you were among the first attendees to visit our table at this year's MoCCA Art Festival. Check out our "Day 0" recap here, and read on for the full rundown on Day 1 (Saturday, June 7, 2008).

We got to the Puck Building (traditional site for the Festival) early (so very early) on Saturday morning to meet Alex and Mary from Rocketship. This year we arranged to have our books shipped to their store, and they made two trips across the river from Brooklyn to deliver everything to us at the Festival. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Alex and Mary, who were solid-gold superstars, going above and beyond the call of duty and providing us with invaluable assistance the entire weekend (not to mention loaning us a spare spinner rack). If you're in the area, get your butt over there ASAP and have yourself a spending spree -- you'll be giving your comics budget to two of the nicest folks in the business. (Plus, their store is fantastic.)

Alex volunteered to stick around and help us set up our table, and came up with some dynamite display ideas (that's him on the left):

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Here I am learning to love double-sided tape:

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Our own "booth babe," Janice Headley:

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Hey, get back to work!

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Here are some views of our table setup before the show opened:

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Fantagraphics at MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Fantagraphics at the MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Our signing schedule got off to a great start with the always-delightful Drew Friedman (accompanied by his equally delightful wife Kathy, not pictured. Confidential to Drew and Kathy: just send that traffic ticket to Gary):

Fantagraphics at the MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Next up were Miss Lasko-Gross and Blake Bell. Unfortunately Blake's book Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, which was supposed to debut at the show, didn't make it due to a shipping snafu. Our apologies to all the disappointed fans -- we were just as disappointed as you were!

Fantagraphics at the MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Jason and Dash Shaw kept up a rigorous pace during their alloted time. With Jason and Lynda Barry (signing for our pals Drawn & Quarterly) on the same side of the room, there was a bit of a traffic jam:

Fantagraphics at the MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

Here, Hotwire contributor (and charming guy) Tobias Tak has comics signed by Ted Stearn, sharing the table with Paul Hornschemeier:

Fantagraphics at the MoCCA Art Festival, 06/07/08

As you can see from the repeated rear/side angle of these photos, it was virtually impossible to get out from behind the table even for a quick snapshot of our artists with the constant stream of fans and customers at our table. Big thanks to all the fans, shoppers, and friends old and new who stopped by and kept us busy!

Unfortunately we couldn't make it to Blake Bell's multimedia Steve Ditko presentation at Jim Hanley's Universe that evening after the show, but Flickr user BH123 did and posted this photo: 

Blake Bell at Jim Hanley's Universe

Next: Day 2!