Monday, June 12, 2006

Puck & MoCCA Fest

"What fools these mortals be!" -- from the masthead of Puck magazine

The MoCCA Fest is traditionally held in the Puck building.

Bohemian sculptor Carl Buberl is the guy who did the statues of Puck on the Puck Building. He was Bohemian by way of actually coming from Bohemia, like my great grandfather. Of the 2 statues, one appears to be looking at himself, and the other is aiming his mirror toward the sidewalk. The Puck Building was best known as the home of Puck magazine. Joseph Keppler, a star illustrator at Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, started the magazine in 1876. It was in German the first year. The following year the magazine went to both German and English editions. Color cartoons figured on the front page and the centerfold. Specializing in political and social cartoons, the weekly 10 cent,16 page paper was selling a constant 80,000 copies a week.

I post this since I have got a cold this weekend and had nothing to add about MoCCA Fest. This is the first time I've missed it, darn it!

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