MeCAF 2017 Programming Schedule Announced

The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 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. RSVP on Facebook!

Cartooning workshop with Jay Piscopo: 10:30-11:30
Meeting Room 4
Using simple geometric shapes , we will create cartoon personalities as well as answer the question, “Where do ideas come from?” For kids 8 and up and parents can join in too. Paper and pencils provided And free Capt’n Eli coloring books!

Mask making with Emily Drouin 11:30-12:30
Children’s Area
Create a fun comic book character mask using stencils or create your own unique character using your imagination! Makes a fun addition to your cosplay costume!

Risograph Comics Panel 11:30-12:30
Meeting Room 5
An open discussion about producing comics for print on Risograph. Covering format basics advantages and shortcomings. And exploring advanced projects and notable comics book work.
With local comic creator and printers including Andrew Scripter (Wing Club Press, Preachers Fire), Shawn Brewer, Zach Cunningham, Zoe Maebe (One Page Stinkers) and Roho (Hellbound, River Bird Comics).
Includes Q&A.

“Let’s Draw Spider-Man with Joe St. Pierre” 12:30-1:30
Meeting Room 4
Who has a better costume design than Spidey? Nobody, that’s who! Let’s all sit down and learn how to draw him, from Joe St. Pierre, the artist who has drawn more Spidey #1 issues than any other artist.

Liz Prince 1:30-2:30
Teen Library Area
Most great comic artists have gotten their start self-publishing, and Liz Prince is here to give you some helpful tips & tricks on how to publish your very own comics. This workshop will be perfect for people who have never made a zine or mini comic before, and informative for those who want to learn new ways to think about the medium. Structured in a show and tell format, you will get to see many of Liz’s long out of print books, as well as items from her personal collection for inspiration. No drawing skills required!

Anthology Comics 2:30-3:30
Meeting Room 5
Editors of various anthology comic collections discuss how to participate in an anthology, contribute and get work published.

Creature Workshop 3:30-4:00
Meeting Room 4
Join cartoonists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline in inventing your own weird and unique monster design – then bring it to life in a comic!

ME – GWAR Orgasmageddon #1 Variant Signing

Matt Miner, writer of the new GWAR comic, appears at Cost City Comics on Saturday, June 24th at 6:00 PM to sign the new Coast City Comics exclusive cover, featuring art by Matt Maguire of the GWAR Slave Pit since 1992.

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Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-1505

ME – FCBD: Cyborg Signing

Artist Paul Pelletier (Cyborg, Aquaman, Justice League) signs at Casablanca Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-1676

ME – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang, co-author of the newly released SECRETS AND SEQUENCES: SECRET CODERS, comes to Print: A Bookstore as part of his “Reading Without Walls” tour on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

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.

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Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-4778

ME – Shellback Artworks Signing

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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.

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

ME – T.J. Miller Performs

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Comedian TJ Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool, Ready Player One) brings his latest standup tour to the Higher Ground Ballroom on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM! Tickets available at the link!

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.

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Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 956-6000

ME – The Fireman Signing

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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.

Books-A-Million
430 Gorham Road, South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 253-5587

Maine Comics Arts Festival Returns June 4th

Press Release:

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.

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Amanda Kahl
Barry Corbett
Brenna Killeen
Brian Codagnone
Charles Brubaker
Chris Watkins
Fulton Beal
Jack Turnbull
John Lechner
Michael Mitchell

Fiction/ Music area:
Alabaster
Allison Bannister
Declan McCarthy
Ellen Crenshaw
Lindsay Moore
Matt Smith
Michael Rapa
Neil Johnson
Olivia Li
Patt Kelley
Reilly Hadden
Stephanie Zuppo
Tom O’Brien
Tom Pappalardo

Children’s Area:
Andrew Hunter
AndrÈs Vera MartÌnez
Bob Flynn
Dan Moynihan
George O’Connor
Jay Piscopo
Kelly Fernandez
Maris Wicks

Lewis Gallery:
Amanda Boucher
Andjelko Napijalo
Anne Thalheimer
Bridget Comeau
Jackie Musto
James Quigley
Jeff Kline
Joe St. Pierre
Joey Han
John Rioux
Lenwood Brown III
Maarta Laiho
Tyson Pease

Rines Auditorium:
Andrew MacLean
Becca Case
Ben Wright-Heuman
Bruce Worden
Carol Burrell
Christian DiBari
Christina Savino
Christopher Peary
Clayton McCormack
Cody Pickrodt
Colleen AF Venable
Corin Howell
Crispin Wood
Dan Mazur
Eric Boeker
George O’Connor
Greg Marathas
Hugh Tims
Jennifer McKeon
John Jennison
John Loren
Kori Handwerker
Kristilyn Stevenson
Lauren Pettapiece
Lucy Bellwood
Mitra Farmand
Nicholas Kole
Rebecca Mock
Scarecrowoven
Sequoia Bostick
Stephen Bissette
Steve Mardo
Steve Peters
Zack Giallongo

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq, Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 871-1700

ME – FCBD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Signing

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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!

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

ME – Tokyo Ghost Signing

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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.

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Newbury Comics – Portland Store
220 Maine Mall Road, Ste 115, South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 774-2117

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