Charlie Brown

This past weekend, MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) teamed up with the Society of Illustrators at the 69th Regiment Armory for the 12th annual MoCCA Fest — a convention with artist booths and panel discussions celebrating the work of both amateur and established comic artists alike.

Not as trendy as Brooklyn’s C.A.B., and not quite as, uh lively, as Comic Con, MoCCA Fest is a satisfying middle ground between the two illustrator affairs, sealing its fate as their illegitimate love child (not their official mission statement).

We managed to pull ourselves out of our deep depression over the Knicks loss on Friday night to see what the art festival had to offer. Turns out it had a great deal of cat, cupcake, and weed artwork, which we guess makes it less like the child of Comic Con and C.A.B., and more like the wacky aunt you always wanted (no offense Patti, you’re great too). It also had the Charlie Brown balloon from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hovering over the crowd, signings by Fiona Staples, Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Robert Williams, and “Comics in Concert,” a musical live drawing event. Everyone loves a good comic convention,* so click through the slideshow and view some highlights from MoCCA Fest 2014.

*not a real statistic.