Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Opens Will Eisner Exhibition

New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) turns ten this year, and it’s celebrating with a blow-out bash and a major exhibition. Illustrator and comic artist Peter Kuper has designed the poster (pictured) for this year’s MoCCA Festival, a two-day comics confab set for April 9-10 at the Lexington Avenue Armory. Among the guests expected are Jules Feiffer, Chip Kidd, Bill Plympton, Adrian Tomine, Julia Wertz, and Al Jaffee, to whom Kuper will present the 2011 Klein Award. Named for MoCCA’s founder, Lawrence Klein, the award acknowledges significant contributions to the field of comics and cartooning.

Meanwhile, today marks the opening of “Will Eisner’s New York: From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel,” an exhibition showcasing work of the Bronx-born comics and graphic novel master that was inspired by, and which spotlighted, his hometown. Curators Denis Kitchen and Danny Fingeroth have rounded up everything from artwork created for Eisner’s noir crimefighter comic, The Sprit, and classic graphic novels to original paintings and art by creators (such as Feiffer and Art Spiegelman) who were influenced by him. Stop by MoCCA on Sunday, which would have been Eisner’s 94th birthday, to catch a 7 p.m. screening of the 2007 documetary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.