Media Release — Daniel Johnston will make a live appearance on Saturday night, April 28th, to play a short acoustic set at the official MoCCA Fest afterparty. Daniel will be returning from his European tour that same day to make this appearance, and will be at the BOOM! Town table at MoCCA Fest the following day (tables D4, D5, D6) to sign copies of his new graphic novel, SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS. Johnston will also have a special one-on-one interview conducted by Brian Heater as part of MoCCA’s official programming, at 3:15 on Sunday in panel room A. Attendees of MoCCA are invited to the Village Pourhouse, 3rd Ave & East 11th Street from 7-10pm on Saturday the 28th for the official MoCCA Fest afterparty and launch party for Harvey Pekar’s posthumous “Cleveland” graphic novel. Pekar previously interviewed Johnston and wrote the introduction for a 2009 collection of Daniel’s artwork.
A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career and over 20 albums—including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio—Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award. His drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his “Hi, How Are You?” record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana’s exploding popularity.
SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel from BOOM! Town and Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release. In addition to the graphic novel, a Space Ducks app available through iTunes allows users to play their way through the comic narrative, game by game, chapter by chapter, unlocking animated films and Daniel’s new album as they go.
The BOOM! Town tables, D4, D5, D6, will feature artists Daniel Johnston (Sunday only), Shannon Wheeler with a brand-new TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN volume, Rich Tommaso (SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW), debuting his new OGN PETE AND MIRIAM, as well as KaBOOM! ADVENTURE TIME artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.
The MoCCA Festival 2012 will be Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave New York, NY) and will feature a stellar lineup of BOOM! Town and KaBOOM! creators.