ME – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Signing

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Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, reunite for the first time in years to celebrate the Turtles’ 30th anniversary with an appearance at Shellback Artworks on Sunday May 4, 2014 from 1:00 till 4:00 pm! Joining them are fellow Mirage Studios alums Jim Lawson, Eric Talbot, and Steve Lavigne!

There will be an exclusive, Shellback-only, all new print penciled by Peter Laird, inked by Kevin Eastman, and colored by Steve Lavigne. Plus incredible original art for sale, raffles with autographed prizes, and much, much more!

This is the only place in Maine to meet them, and one of the only places in the country to host such a rare event. Come out and share in some TMNT history!

Shellback Artworks
1509 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090
(207) 251-4340

Maine Comics Arts Festival 2014 Announces Guests

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland, ME on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. There will be everyone from mini comics publishers to seasoned professionals. There will be comic book writers and artists, gag cartoonists, newspaper cartoonists, web comics creators and more. The guests will have their own work available for sale. Some people will be doing sketches and selling original artwork. Others will have t-shirts, buttons and posters. All of them have one thing in common… a love of comics.

For our 2014 show MeCAF is moving to a new venue: The Portland Company Complex located at 58 Fore Street in downtown Portland, ME. This wonderful waterfront facility offers more exhibition space, free WiFi, as well as attached panel and workshop areas to accommodate our growing festival. The festival opens to the public at 10:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Admission is only $5.00. Children 12 and under get in free.

Guests include Kazu Kibushi (Amulet, Harry Potter), Sean Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea PIg: Pet Shop Private Eye), Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), James Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning), Joe Quinones (Marvel and DC Comics artist), Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time), Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Star Wars: Ewoks), Maris Wicks (Primates), and over 100 other comics creators! More to be announced soon!

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ME – Klaus Janson Signs

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Artist Klaus Janson, newly announced inker of Superman, signs at Casablanca Comics on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm!

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Press Release:

Klaus Janson has worked for Marvel and DC Comics since the 1970s, and has worked on numerous titles. He is well known for his work on Batman, Daredevil, Defenders, Howard the Duck, Amazing Spider-Man and many other titles. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for his fans to meet him.

Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

ME – Middle of Nowhere Tour

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Adam WarRock and Tribe One rock Geno’s Rock Club, along with local act Covered in Bees as The Middle of Nowhere Comic Store Tour comes to Portland, Maine! Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00pm

Presented by Coast City Comics

$5 admission at door
21 and up only

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Geno’s Rock Club
625 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

ME – B + F Signing

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Gregory Benton signs at Casablanca Comics on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm!

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

ME – Grindhouse Signing

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Writer Alex de Campi signs at Coast City Comics on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:00pm!

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Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

ME – Indestructible Signing

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Jeff Kline, known for cartoons like GI Joe Renegades, Transformers Prime, Big Guy and Rusty, Godzilla, and Extreme Ghostbusters, just to name a few, appears at Coast City Comics on Saturday January 25th at 3pm to promote his new comic Indestructible and his new company, Darby Pop Publishing.

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Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Coast City Comicon 2013 to Host Nerd Rave with Guests Mary Jo Pehl and Sean Von Gorman

October 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maine

Press Release:

Comic Illustrator to Defy Death at Coast City Comicon Nerd Rave

Comedy, music and death-defying escapes await those who attend the annual Coast City Comicon Nerd Rave at Empire.

Von GormanPORTLAND, ME – 10/18/2013 – Coast City Comicon is proud to announce this year’s all-star lineup for the annual Nerd Rave concert to be held on November 8 at the newly renovated Empire Dine and Dance. The evening’s entertainment will start off light with the comedy stylings of “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ alum Mary Jo Pehl. Local bands Free Steak Dinner, 4 Player Co-op, and Covered in Bees will provide musical entertainment throughout the night as nerds from near and far dance the night away. The true thrill of the evening lies with Sean Von Gorman, a New York-based comic illustrator and death-defying escape artist. Due to the nature of the show, the Nerd Rave is only open to those 18 and older.

Von Gorman has been making a name for himself in the comics industry by taking matters of marketing and publicity into his own hands. In February 2012, Von Gorman chained himself up outside of Forbidden Planet, a comic shop in New York City, until they sold out of his comic “The Secret Adventures of Houdini.” The escape artist has also been known to pull similar publicity stunts at comic conventions all around the country. For the Nerd Rave, Von Gorman has prepared a special stunt that he calls “Breathless.”

“This is the first time I’ve ever done this stunt for an audience, so quit your job, and sell your kids. You’re not going to want to miss this,” says Von Gorman. “If you miss out on this show, you’ll be the outcast of your community.”

“We’re really excited about the entire lineup. Free Steak Dinner, 4 Player Co-op and Covered in Bees are all Portland mainstays and favorites, but their music speaks to the nature of the event, too,” explains Jarrett Melendez, the Coast City Comicon organizer and promoter. “Mary Jo Pehl and Sean Von Gorman are contributing something really special to the event. We’re going to give our attendees a performance unlike anything they’ve ever seen at a comic convention.”

About Coast City Comicon
Coast City Comicon will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel in South Portland this November 9 and 10. The Nerd Rave will be held at Empire at 575 Congress Street in Portland, ME on November 8. Tickets for Coast City Comicon start at $25 — Kids under 12 get in free on Sunday, November 10. The cover for the Nerd Rave is $6.

ME – Adventures in Cartooning Signing

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James Sturm, founder of the Center of Cartoon Studies and creator of the Adventures in Cartooning series, appears at Casablanca Comics on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Gunnar Hansen Hosting Chili Cook-Off at Coast City Comicon 2013

Press Release:

‘Leatherface’ to Serve Chili at Coast City Comicon

GunnarPORTLAND, MAINE – 9/11/13 – Coast City Comics is proud to announce that actor Gunnar Hansen will be appearing at this year’s Coast City Comicon on November 8-10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Fans of the horror genre know Hansen’s alter ego, the intimidating Leatherface from the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise. Hansen also appeared in the film “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” with fellow Coast City Comicon guest Linnea Quigley.

As part of Hansen’s appearance — he’ll be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans all weekend — he has generously agreed to host a chili cook-off during the convention. Fans will not only be able to have their chili judged by Hansen, who happens to be an aficionado of the dish, but they will be able to taste chili prepared by the man behind the mask.

Following a screening of “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” fans can participate in a Q&A session with Gunnar Hansen and co-star Linnea Quigley. Hansen will also be selling copies of his latest book, “Chain Saw Confidential.”

“We’re tired of the conventions that just plop movie stars behind a table and just have them sign stuff,” explains Jarrett Melendez, organizer of Coast City Comicon. “We like being able to provide a more intimate experience for fans. They won’t just get herded through a line and shoved away before they can manage a quick ‘Hello’; they can actually take a minute and talk with idols like Gunnar. Heck, they can even taste food that he made! You don’t get that at national shows like New York Comic Con or San Diego Comic Con.”

Coast City Comicon 2013 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel across from the Maine Mall this November 9 and 10. Attendees can pre-register for tickets online at coastcitycomicon.com. Adult passes start at $25. Passes for children and students will be available at the door with prices starting at $10. For more information, visit coasticitycomicon.com or call 207-899-1505.

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