Comics Beat highlights Brecht Vandenbroucke's MoCCA appearance

“Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke join 2014 MoCCA Fest” / Comics Beat / Heidi Macdonald / December 5, 2013

Next year’s MoCCA Fest is shaping up to be a very interesting show as admission has been lowered to $5, and Bill Kartalopoulos has been brought on on programming director and international liaison. And given Kartalopoulos’s interest in foreign comics, the addition of three acclaimed guests from overseas—Joost Swarte, Marion Fayolle and Brecht Vandenbroucke—can only be seen as a coup. Swarte is a well known figure to anyone who has studied the history of comics from RAW on; Fayolle and Vandenbrouke are lesser known but will have major books coming out next year.

All three will be featured in programming organized by Kartalopoulos—who has, if you read the pr below closely, smartly engaged foreign cultural agencies to help bring these artists to the US.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 4 – 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan.



Brecht Vandenbroucke studied Illustration at Sint-Lucas College of Art and Design in Ghent. Vandenbroucke works in a mixed media style that integrates drawing and painting to communicate micro-narratives inspired by conceptual art, art history, absurdism, slapstick comedy and popular culture. He has contributed illustrations to publications including Les Inrockuptibles, Le Monde Republique, and The New York Times. He has also created sculptures, installations and short videos, and frequently exhibits his work internationally. Vandenbroucke’s body of work includes a number of short comics produced in acrylic paint, which feature his absurdist commentary on the art world and have been widely circulated on social media platforms including Flickr and Facebook. These comics were published by the Flemish publisher Bries as the book collection White Cube. A North American edition of White Cube will be published by Drawn and Quarterly in March 2014. Brecht’s appearance is supported by the Flemish Literature Fund (VLF) and Drawn and Quarterly.

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