Friday, April 4, 2014

This Weekend: Pillow Fights and Arts Festivals

by Mariah Castillo

These past few days have been chaotic, both as students and as New Yorkers patiently waiting for spring to permanently arrive. All this rain makes me want to cuddle up in my room and hide under the blankets forever. According to several weather forecasts, however, the sun will really come out tomorrow and Sunday, just in time for two big events going down in the city!

MoCCA Fest 2014
The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators are hosting their annual MoCCA Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of artist booths and panels to look out for, along with goodies from independent artists. I personally didn’t know any of the guests of honor for this year by name except for one, Alison Bechdel (of Dykes to Watch Out For and  creator of the Bechdel Test). On Sunday evening, six MoCCA Fest Awards of Excellence will be handed out. The six entries are decided upon by a jury of famous cartoonists and illustrators. All the entries that the judges chose in the initial survey will be in Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in its MoCCA Arts Festival Collection, so you won’t completely miss out if you can’t go.

Location: 69th Regiment Armory (Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets)
Admission: $5. You can buy at the door, cash and card accepted. (You can get in for both days and get a lot of swag for a fraction of the price of a Comic Con ticket!)
For more information, check out their Facebook page or website.

PILLOW FIGHT!
Want to know how you can let out all your pent up stress and frustration this weekend? Buy a soft pillow, dress up as your favorite hero or villain (or wear your PJs), and head to Washington Square Park on Saturday afternoon! Newmindspace is hosting its annual Pillow Fight Day in New York City and all over the world! The group also hosts other free, massive events worldwide throughout the year, and past events include Lightsaber Battles, Blanket Forts, Bubble Fights, and Capture the Flag.


Location: Washington Square Park
Admission: FREE!
For more information (including rules for participation), check out their Facebook page or website.

Mariah Castillo is a sophomore at Barnard and the Food and New York Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of Animation World Network and The Village Voice.

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