Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, “Reading Without Walls,” a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April. The program will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, “Reading Without Walls” is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. In addition to speaking about this terrific new program, Mr. Yang will sign copies of his latest book in the “Secret Coders series,” SECRETS AND SEQUENCES!
About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Peter Laird, Steve Lavigne, and Ben Bishop appear at Shellback Artworks for a signing on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Times TBD check with the store for details.
1509 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
T.J. MILLER is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world. He was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy”. Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6. You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his roles in FOX’s big screen comic book adaptation of DEADPOOL, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, and Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, now in its third season, for which he received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy. His podcast “Cashing in with T.J. Miller” on nerdist.com is listened to by 12 and ½ people, and he is a nationally touring standup artist, crisscrossing the country listening to Kris Kross (he’s also done shows in the U.K. and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico did not go well)). He has been performing his absurdist observational stand-up act for over 10 years, and has never gone to the bathroom in his pants on stage.
His hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special T.J. MILLER: NO REAL REASON and hip-hop/pop/folk music album “The Extended Play E.P.”, an E.P. with 41 tracks, and the ILLEGAL ART REMIXTAPE are all available now. He hosted Comedy Central’s MASH-UP, a mashup of standup, sketches and visualizations, and has appeared on CHELSEA LATELY more than most women his height. He got his start touring with Second City in Chicago and improvising with Annoyance Theater, iO, and managers at electronics stores asking why he was late and smelled like gin.
Miller has been in a number of major studio films including CLOVERFIELD, SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ROCK OF AGES, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, YOGI BEAR 3D (Ranger Jones, his greatest role to date), UNSTOPPABLE, and GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
Miller also talks like an old drag queen after a hard night of chain smoking, and thus voiced the character Tuffnut in the Oscar-nominated animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. He voices Robbie from GRAVITY FALLS on Disney, Tuffnut in the Netflix HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TV series, and GORBURGER, a very strange show you just have to google to understand.
Upcoming films include OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, and READY PLAYER ONE, directed by Steven Spielberg. He resides in Hollywood, California, where he struggles to find meaning in an uncertain world. He is a comedian.
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101
JOE HILL (Locke & Key, Horns) appears at Books-A-Million on Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 PM to sign his new novel THE FIREMAN!
From Joe Hill, the award-winning, bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box, comes The Fireman (William Morrow), a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes, and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
430 Gorham Road, South Portland, ME 04106
The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form.
The exhibitors will be in various locations throughout the library. There will be maps and guides to help anyone attending. Here is the exhibitor and guest list and their locations.
Fiction/ Music area:
AndrÈs Vera MartÌnez
Joe St. Pierre
Lenwood Brown III
Colleen AF Venable
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq, Portland, Maine 04101
TMNT co-creator Peter Laird appears with Steve Lavigne, a fellow artist and Mirage Studios alum, at the Shellback Artworks gallery on Saturday May 7, 2016 from 1:00 till 4:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!
1509 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
Comic creator Sean G. Murphy appears at Newbury Comics’ Portland store in the Maine Mall on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM to sign the store’s limited edition exclusive cover of Tokyo Ghost Volume 1!
A graduate of SCAD and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Sean Gordon Murphy is known for his work on Hellblazer, Joe the Barbarian,Batman/Scarecrow, American Vampire, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost, Chrononauts, made his debut as a writer on Punk Rock Jesus. He was just recently announced as the artist for All-Star Batman.
Newbury Comics – Portland Store
220 Maine Mall Road, Ste 115, South Portland, ME 04106
Steve Lavigne, a former artist on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Mirage Studios, signs at Collectables Forever in the Auburn Mall on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
550 Center St, Auburn, Maine 04210
The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF), an annual comics event that brings over one hundred cartoonists to Portland each year, has announced a new partnership with the Portland Public Library for the 2016 show. The show will be held at the Portland Public Library’s Main Branch at Five Monument Square on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th, 2016. Over 120 comic writers, artists, publishers and cartoonists are expected to attend and exhibit at the eighth annual event. The 2016 event will be free to attend and open to the public.
Show organizers Rick Lowell and Laura O’Meara of Casablanca Comics in Portland started the festival in 2009 as a way to promote comics and provide the public with an opportunity to meet the creative talent behind the comics. “We are excited to bring this festival to the Portland Public Library. It is the perfect venue for this event, and we welcome the partnership of working with the library.” says Lowell. The show has been especially popular with families. The festival is not a typical comic book convention in that there are no stores or dealers set up selling books. Instead, the exhibitors are the creative people behind the comics. The artists will have their own work on display and available for sale.
“Comics and graphic novels are so hugely popular with Portland Public Library patrons of all ages, and Casablanca Comics is one of our long-standing community collaborators, so hosting MeCAF here seems like such a natural fit.” says Kelley Blue, Teen Librarian & Teen Team Leader at the Portland Public Library. “We’re excited to use our space in this creative way, and for the programming potential around the festival that we can bring as a partner.”
The mix of writers and artists covers a wide spectrum and includes many best-selling and award-winning comic creators. There will be programming running all day Saturday including cartooning workshops and an “Iron Cartoonist” competition. In addition, there are plans for events on Friday as part of the First Friday Art Walk.
The Maine Comics Arts Festival is a production of Casablanca Comics of Portland, Maine. Casablanca Comics is an award winning comic book retail store with two locations in southern Maine. Store owners Rick Lowell and Laura O’Meara have been sharing their love of comics with the public since 1987.
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|Casablanca Comics presents the Portland Comic Expo on Sunday, October 25th, 2015. Comic artists! Dealer’s room! Cosplay! Programming! A full day event for comic fans! Admission ONLY $5.00!
Featured guests include Declan Shalvey (artist of Moon Knight for Marvel and Injection for Image Comics), Jordie Bellaire (Eisner award winning colorist for Marvel, DC and Image Comics), Stacey Lee (artist for Marvel Comics Silk) and others.
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239 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
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