If you can pull this off, either your date is a total dork, or you’re a fucking genius. I’d suspect the latter for most of us, but I’m sure the former applies as well. This date is about looking at the hand-drawn and inked side of life: on Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) is having a mini-comic convention where several artists are giving lectures as well meet and greets . . . The event seems to be geared more toward the aspiring artist than for the regular appreciator, although I’m sure both would take interest.
The styles vary from the more Girl Stories work of Loren Weinstein (it kinda reminds me of Aline Crumb — and I’m not saying that because she’s a woman) to the stinging, political and funny work of Keith Knight. The key here is that it’s definitely stuff that falls into the category of more indie-comics and less just plain escapist. In other words, it’s not going to be the Manga or I’ve-never-touched-boobies crowd. It may be somewhat like that, but at least it’s likely to be more thoughtful.
Since it happens during the day, and it’s only $8 for a whole day pass, there are a lot options for you, depending on what you want to see (see the full schedule).
TIP: Oddly enough, although the graphic novel may seem like something that grew out of comic books, it’s actually the other way around. In the early 1800s, it was the graphic novel that was the first to develop. Although, there if you’re really interested in using this tip, you may want to consider reading up on the differences between graphic novels and comic books — it’s worth knowing.
TIP: The term comic wasn’t even coined until the early 1900s because these cartoons were often funny and a comic is supposed to be funny. Now the word has lost that meaning (except for maybe in stand-up comedy).
TIP: Supposedly Ben Franklin was the first person to create an editorial cartoon.
What: MoCCA Art Festival 2007
When: June 23rd & 24th
Where: 594 Broadway
How to get there: Take the BDFV to Broadway Lafayette and walk south on Broadway.
How Much: $10 for a weekend pass, $8 for each day
Since you’ve already shown that your interests are low key, you’ve basically got a choose-your-own adventure date to deal with now.
1. On the one hand you’ve could keep the whole thing low-key and go over to Soho Billiards and play a couple of afternoon rounds of pool, stopping off at La Esquina (it’s at the corner of Kenmare and Lafayette — only about 6 small blocks away) on their roof top for tacos for dinner. It’s relatively cheap and it says a lot about you that you can plan such a easy but active day. Smart!
2. On the other, you did just spend the afternoon looking at comics and hanging around other dorks. Perhaps pool isn’t the best thing to follow it up with. Why not go for something a little bit more up-scale, like a more formal dinner at the Pearl Oyster Bar. Now, it’s not terribly original, but it may be nice to do something a bit more traditional (I should be a motherfucking rapper! I guess it’s a slant rhyme, so I take it back).
Either way, this date’s a winner. Let me know how it goes.