Soho’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Suddenly Closes

Poster from the Bat-Manga exhibition. © Chip Kidd (Courtesy the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art)

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York (a k a MoCCA) closed its doors to the public on Monday “while it plans its future,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The museum, which was founded in the summer of 2001, had many noteworthy exhibitions during its 11-year history, like “Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan,” “Will Eisner’s New York: From the Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel,” and “Decades of Donnelly: The Art of New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly.” While it will be leaving its physical location in Soho by the end of July, like any comic book hero worth his cape, MoCCA is planning a return.

From the story:

Museum chair and president Ellen Abramowitz promised that the museum will continue to exist. She said the 10-year-old museum will announce its plans in the near future.

She said it has been difficult to find individual donors. The museum’s largest fundraiser is its annual festival.