The Exhibit runs at MoCCA for ONE WEEK ONLY!!! From September 6-12, 2011.

Cartoonists Remember 9-11

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. In respect of the occasion, the major comic syndicates have rallied their cartoonists to dedicate their strips on that day to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.

MoCCA is pleased to be part of a Kings Feature Syndicate effort, bringing together the comics industry to commem-orate the 10th anniversary of September 11 with a special exhibit of themed Sunday Strips. Beginning on Tuesday September 6th, original & production artwork from 12 creators will be on display in MoCCA’s annex gallery, along with a rotating display of all 93 participating artists’ Sunday strips.

Joining King Features in this venture are Creators Syndicate, Tribune Media Services, Universal Press Syndicate and Washington Post Writers Group, representing many of the most popular cartoonists in the world’s most influential newspapers and websites.

All 93 participating strips, which tend to appear on Sunday newspaper editions in color in their own special pullout section, will have an overarching September 11 remembrance theme that day.

In addition to the newspaper tribute, King Features has partnered with the renowned Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, the Toonseum in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City to host special exhibits featuring the cartoonists’ commemorative works. On Thurs., Sept. 8, the Society of Illustrators (New York City) will also host a one-day lecture and signing event in addition to displaying the comics of the event participants.

“King Features Syndicate is honored to join all of the comic syndicates to bring cartoonists from the entire community together to reflect on the events of September 11,” said Brendan Burford, Comics Editor, King Features Syndicate. “We value the opportunity for the artists to use the comic platform to make a powerful, cohesive statement. It’s important that no one forget what happened on that day in history.”

“Ten years ago, the terrorists succeeded in tearing down two buildings, crashing into a third and bringing down a fourth plane,” said Jack Newcombe, president of Creators Syndicate. “But they failed in their mission to tear down the most important American belief, freedom — freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the freedom to make millions of people laugh each and every day with a few drawings.”

“ComicsHeathcliff 9-11 Tribute and cartoons have played an important role throughout history by reflecting and reacting to the political climate of our country,” said Susan Bennett, senior vice president of exhibits, programs and media relations at the Newseum. “We’re honored to partner with some of the country’s best illustrators as they remember September 11, a day we should never forget.”

This is not the first time the cartoonists have come together to help bring awareness to an important cause or event. In October 2010, nearly the entire King Features Syndicate family of cartoonists dedicated their comic strips to the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, turning them pink in an effort to help bring national attention to the disease that affects millions. In April 2008, 45 King Features cartoonists created Earth Day-themed comics to showcase or protecting the planet and environment. In November 2001, the National Cartoonists Society cartooning community participated in Thanks&Giving, in which special cartoons, created for Thanksgiving Day, were auctioned and the proceeds donated to The September 11th Fund, established by The New York Community Trust and United Way of New York City.

All of the strips will be spotlighted in a dedicated online gallery available for public viewing at starting Sunday, September 11.