When I learned about the event on Facebook I immediately accepted the invitation. The next day at work I happened to glance at my wall calendar and realized that the event would conflict with a company dinner. Every year the Asian networking group, networking in the sense of making new friends and contacts, at my office hosts a dinner to celebrate Lunar New Year. I already registered for the dinner, the cost for which went up significantly this year so I had to attend. Luckily, the dinner was held in Chinatown, which is not too far from the MoCCA. It was a ten-course dinner but I had to split after course #4 came out. I have not been to the area near Houston Street and Broadway for a while but I do not recall seeing a street-level entrance to any museum. Sure enough, the MoCCA for now was more like a gallery studio in an office building. I got there with about half an hour left of the stated time, 7 pm to 9 pm. The gallery was pretty full, with people filling all the folded chairs setup for the occasion, with some people watching the panel on a TV screen just a partition over in the same room. Mr. Jaffee was taking questions from the floor. Perhaps he already talked about his experience with the fold-ins, but by the time I arrived the topics discussed included the annual company trip (which was supposed to be just a one-time deal) and SATSQ (that's "Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions" for those who do not follow MAD in recent years). I learned that Mr. Jaffee would be turning 91-year-old shortly.
While I followed MAD magazine off and on and recognize some names I really did not know that much about Mr. Jaffee. It was very interesting to hear him talk and meeting him afterward. I knew that he had a collection of the fold-ins that came out recently. I almost bought it from the B&N on 86th Street just last month but deemed it too heavy to carry with me on my trek to Ward's Island. I planned to special-order it from B&N and make use of my B&N club discount. Instead, I decided to buy it at the MoCCA in hope of getting the legendary cartoonist to sign it. Unfortunately, his hands are too shaky to sign but he came prepared with a variety of signature stickers from which fans can choose. (At home later that night, I discovered that the fold-in tome also comes with a signature sticker.) A small price to pay for living past 90 and being so healthy, at least to the eyes, I guess.