Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Reasons to love the Internet, Part Three (please don't search my blog for the first two parts, that headline is just a reference to a song by the late Ian Dury.)
I just discovered the webby-award-winning wonder that is What a funny, and well-done personal site! There's lots to look at there, and I've only surfed thru a fraction of it, but I recommend you check out the Toast in a Jar auction story, or the investigative report into those "Lose 30 lbs in 30 Days" and "Work From Home" signs.

That got me thinking about making up a bunch of "Read From Home" and "Get 30 Laughs in 30 mins" signs to promote my mini-comics. I just might do it, if I have any cash to spare after my next trip to the copycenter to print the books I'm taking to MoCCA.

Have I mentioned MoCCA? I would think that most of the folks who have discovered this journal have found it through other comics forums, but Just in case anybody is reading this that doesn't know:

Get Thyself to New York City Next Weekend for the Alternative Comics event of the Summer!

here's a copy of their press release, as I completed it for my local media:
2003 MoCCA Art Festival Provides Showcase for Scathingly Funny Mini-Comics of York’s Own Ben T. Steckler

NEW YORK, JUNE 2003 – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Art Festival – an event that drew thousands of artists, creators, collectors, dealers, publishers, agents and others to downtown Manhattan in its debut last June -- is back and will feature the work of York native Ben T. Steckler this year.

The 2003 MoCCA Art Festival – which offers fans, professionals and the general public an ideal opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of works from independent, alternative, and up-and-coming comic and cartoon artists -- will be held at New York City’s historic Puck Building (293 Lafayette Street at Houston) on Sunday, June 22, from 11:00am to 7:00pm. The event is open to the public. Suggested minimum donation is $5, with all proceeds going to support the nonprofit Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

Steckler will be exhibiting several of his mini-comics, including his ongoing titles “Get BenT!”, “Unshaven CHI”, and “Quincy The Scaredy-Cat”. His comics combine humorous autobiographical excerpts with a cynic’s POV of American Pop Culture. He has been lauded by many comics industry critics for his innovative formats, and was recently featured in two different retrospectives about mini-comics. In 2001, he was nominated for the Ignatz Award, in the category of “Promising New Talent”.

“We are thrilled to have the work of Ben T. Steckler as part of this year’s Art Festival,” says MoCCA Chairman Lawrence Klein. “Whether people are already aficionados of comic and cartoon art or just want to learn more about some of the wonderful work being done today by people like Ben, the MoCCA Art Festival is a great place to see and support these artists.”

Other artists scheduled to participate include Bill Plympton (Mutant Aliens, Hair High), Craig Thompson (Goodbye, Chunky Rice), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), James Kochalka (Pinky & Stinky, Monkey vs. Robot), Jeff Smith (Bone), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Peter Kuper (SPY vs. SPY, World War 3 Illustrated), and Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl). This year’s Special Guest Honoree will be Art Spiegelman (RAW, Maus, Little Lit).
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. For more information about the museum or specific MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, please contact Ken Wong (212-254-3511,]) or visit the museum’s Website (
For more information about Ben T. Steckler’s comics, please visit him on the web at:

here's a link to the MoCCA site, where you can get all the necessary info.

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