MoCCA Arts Festival Award winners announced

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the winners for this year’s MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Arts Festival Awards of Excellence! These awards recognize the most outstanding work on view at the festival, and is open to all artists tabling at the 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival. Judges included Patrick Crotty, Rebekka Dunlap, Maria Hoey, Nathan Huang, and Ben Passmore. The program was Chaired by Maëlle Doliveux and Co-Chaired by Ben Passmore

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year.

Categories include Short Form and Long Form books, Single Image cartoons and comics, and Special Format works. One gold medal and two silver medals are awarded per category. Artists winning this award will be acknowledged with a special medal and financial award, The M. Prize, given in memory of Timothy Patrick Moynihan. This award has been made possible through the generosity of friends and family of Timothy Patrick Moynihan. In addition, winners will also receive a tablet from MoCCA sponsor Wacom, as well as a gift certificate from artist supply store and sponsor Blick Art Materials. 

We are proud of KCAI Illustration alum Kelsey Wroten (‘15) for receiving a Silver award in the Long Form category for her graphic novella, Crimes. Congratulations Kelsey (!!) and congrats to all of the MoCCA Award recipients!

Panel from  Crimes , by Kelsey Wroten

Panel from Crimes, by Kelsey Wroten


Short Form

GOLD: "Okay Okay" by Rose Wong 

SILVER: "Ballad of the Bird Hole" by Sabrina Futch 

SILVER: "Haunted Francis" by John F. Malta 

Long Form

GOLD: "Do Geese See God - Chapters 2 & 3" by Nicholas Offerman 

SILVER: "Crimes" by Kelsey Wroten 

SILVER: "Executive Information Packet Journal" by Benjy Brooke 

Single Image 

GOLD: "Indentity I" by Anuj Shrestha 

SILVER: "2014 in LA" by Alfonso de Anda 

SILVER: "The Little Death" by Yadi Liu 

Special Format

GOLD: "Subway Friends" by Diana Schoenbrun 

SILVER: "Soap Bubble" by Qiaoyi Shi 

SILVER: "All dogs are my amigos" by Alfonso de Anda