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MoCCA recap day 0: Jason at Rocketship
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jasonevents 15 Jun 2008 9:42 PM

So as not to overwhelm, I'm going to split up my recap of the 2008 MoCCA Art Festival by day, so stay tuned for further posts and be sure to hit those "Read More" links to read the full report from each day.

This year's experience began on the evening of Friday June 6 at the Museum's gallery space on Broadway at the exhibitor reception and early check-in, where enthusiastic volunteers were distributing badges:

MoCCA Art Festival exhibitor reception, 06/06/08

Spotted in the Museum's gallery space: this Comics Journal original cover art by R. Sikoryak (from an unidentified issue)...

Original art for The Comics Journal by R. Sikoryak at MoCCA

...and this Walt Kelly original Pogo Sunday strip:

Original Pogo art by Walt Kelly at MoCCA

Next, it was off to Brooklyn for the Jason exhibit opening and book signing at Rocketship! There was already a pretty good crowd early on:

Jason exhibit opening/book signing at Rocketship, Brooklyn, 06/06/08

The exhibit looks great...

Jason exhibit opening/book signing at Rocketship, Brooklyn, 06/06/08

...with a little personal touch from the artist:

Jason exhibit opening/book signing at Rocketship, Brooklyn, 06/06/08

The man himself, diligently signing and sketching the night away:

Jason exhibit opening/book signing at Rocketship, Brooklyn, 06/06/08

Rocketship co-owner Mary Gibbons looks on as Jason signs, next to a rapidly depleting spinner rack full of his books:

Jason exhibit opening/book signing at Rocketship, Brooklyn, 06/06/08

Big ups to Mary and Alex for putting on a gangbusters event (and for much, much more, which I'll get to subsequently). Be sure to check out Alex's report on the Rocketship blog. Aside from meeting Jason for the first time, the highlights of the evening for me were seeing Jackson Publick, co-creator of The Venture Bros., in the signing line, and receiving a copy of the new Magic Whistle from Sam Henderson. Click on through here for more photos of the event, including close-ups of some of the art and better views of the exhibit taken on Sunday post-fest.

Coming next: Day 1!