Friday, July 13, 2012

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Closes, Vows to Reopen

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The old gallery
  • The old gallery
Because I have friends who are illustrators and would-be Marvel staffers, unlike you I have been to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, a 3,000-square-foot gallery hidden in a nondescript building on Broadway. Make that was hidden, because the museum announced on its website earlier this week that it was suddenly closing its "physical location" in SoHo, the Times reports. The 10-year-old MoCCA, which calls itself the city's only cultural institution dedicated to comics, did not offer a reason. Great, so now where are we going to catch Chas Addams retrospectives and see original Jack Kirby covers?

Well, don't freak out just yet. "Plans are afoot to continue MoCCA in a new and exciting incarnation," according to the statement on its website. More information is expected by the end of the month. This could actually be a good thing, as a new space could have, say, street-level exposure to attract pedestrians, or be located in an area where more artists and the people who admire them live and work. If we could make a helpful suggestion: BROOKLYN.

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