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.
PORTLAND, 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.
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.
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
‘Leatherface’ to Serve Chili at Coast City Comicon
PORTLAND, 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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|Coast City Comicon 2013 will feature both an MST3K reunion featuring Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl, and Kevin Murphy, and a Savage Streets reunion featuring Linnea Quigley, Kristi Somers, Brian Frishman, Scott Mayer and Robert Dryer! This will be the very first East Coast reunion for the Savage Streets cast, as well as the first ever convention appearances by Kristi Somers and Brian Frishman!
So far, we’ve booked:
Bill Corbett (Voice of MST3K’s Crow T Robot)
Kevin Murphy (Voice of MST3K’s Tom Servo)
Mary Jo Pehl (MST3K’s Pearl Forrester)
Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Creepozoids, Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Savage Streets)
Brian Frishman (Savage Streets, Midnight Madness, School Spirit, Starforce)
Scott Mayer (Savage Streets)
Robert Dryer (Savage Streets, The Borrower, Behind Enemy Lines, Street Knight)
Kristi Somers (Savage Streets, Hardbodies, Tomboy, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Return to Horror High)
Ethan Nicolle (Co-creator of Axe Cop)
Tim Seeley (GI Joe, Hack/Slash, Ex Sanguine, co-creator of Revival)
Mike Norton (Creator of Battlepug, co-creator of Revival)
Larry Hama (GI Joe, creator of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes)
Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan)
Chris Burnham (Batman Inc. Vol 1 and 2, co-creator of Bat-Cow)
Yanick Paquette (Batman Inc., Civil War: X-Men, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman: Earth One)
Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline Lamb (Adventure Time)
Ben Templesmith (Co-creator of 30 Days of Night, Fell, Ten Grand, creator of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse)
Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond, Impulse, Harley Quinn, The Perhapanauts)
Rich Woodall (Creator of Johnny Raygun)
Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats, Silver Hawks)
Doug Paskiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby)
Rachel Deering (Creepy, Anathema, Womanthology, Womanthology: Space, Diablo III)
Christian DiBari (The Warriors, Pale Horse, Anathema, Ghost Cop, Sebastian Hawks)
Mort Todd (Cracked Magazine, Marvel Comics)
Rick Parker (King of all Marvel Letterers, Beavis and Butthead, Papercutz series)
Rondo Hatton Award-winning Horror Hosts Penny Dreadful XIII and Garou
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Jeff Lemire, creator of Sweet Tooth, Essex County and writer for Animal Man, and many other DC titles appears at Casablanca Comics on Saturday, August 10 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm for a special book launch event.
151 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has announced the schedule for their 2013 show! Guests include Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Sean Murphy, Brian Wood, Ming Doyle, Dave Roman, Rick Parker, Colleen AF Venable, John Green, Zack Giallongo, Jeff Pert, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, and many more!
MeCAF will have panels and workshops on Saturday May 18th at the Portland Public Library and Sunday at the festival site at Ocean Gateway.
Saturday, May 18th
Portland Public Library – Rines Auditorium
1:00- A conversation with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL- We will be discussing Jeff’s past work and upcoming projects. (Please note that there will not be any book signings at the library. Jeff will be signing books on Sunday at the festival).
2:00- Rick Parker cartooning workshop: Join Cartoonist Rick Parker (artist of Beavis and Butthead, Harry Potty, Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and many others) as he shares tips and techniques for drawing comics. This will be a demonstration where members of the audience will be encouraged to draw.
3:00- Raina Telgemeier! Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and Drama, and artist of the Babysitter’s Club series, discusses her current projects and gives a peek at her work process.
Sunday, May 19th
Ocean Gateway Terminal Maine Comics Arts Festival programming (please check back for updates as we finalize the schedule)
10:30- Jeff Pert Kid’s Cartooning Class
11:30- Colleen Venable, John Green, and Zack Giallongo
1:00- Lake Region High School Comic Class Project
RICH WOODALL, the artist for the Phantom Variant cover of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22, appears at Coast City Comics on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 1:00 until 6:00 pm for an exclusive signing event!
We are the only store in Maine that carries these extremely limited covers, so this is a unique opportunity to have one of these special covers signed by the artist!
Rich modeled the TMNT #22 Phantom Variant off of Todd McFarlane’s cover art for Hulk #340! It’s a great cover, and we’re really excited to host Rich for this event!
Coast City Comics
634 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Author Joe Hill signs at Books-A-Million on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
About the Author
Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Horns and Heart-Shaped Box and the prizewinning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner award–winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. His new novel, NOS4A2, will be published in May 2013. You can follow Joe on Twitter, where he goes by the inspired handle of @joe_hill.
430 Gorham Road, South Portland, ME 04106
Brian Wood, Sean Murphy, and Raina Telgemeier have been added to the roster for Maine Comics Arts Festival 2013.
We are pleased to announce three more guests for MeCAF 2013. Look for even more announcements in the coming weeks.
Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, in 1997 to considerable critical acclaim and has continued to produce comics and graphic novels at a brisk pace ever since. Focusing almost entirely on creator-owned works, he’s become one of the most notable creators of the last decade. He’s earned multiple Eisner Award nominations and editions of his work have been published in close to a dozen foreign languages. He is most known for original series such as DMZ, Northlanders, Demo, and Local.
Starting in 2012, Wood kicked off the second major phase of his career with the original series’ The Massive, Anthem, and Mara, as well as Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse Comics and X-Men for Marvel.
Sean Murphy’s first creator owned book “Off Road” was released by Oni in 2005 and won an American Library Association award. Soon after, Sean signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics and moved to New York. His DC published work is what he’s most known for currently–Hellblazer: City of Demons, Joe the Barbarian, and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest helped boost his career greatly. His latest book for DC/Vertigo, and creator owned mini series called “Punk Rock Jesus”, in stores now.
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. She is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, the co-author of X-Men: Misfits, and the author-illustrator of the bestselling dental memoir graphic novel Smile, which won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Teen Audience. Smile was also an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor title. Smile won the Maine Student Book Award in 2011. Her most recent book, Drama, was released in the fall of 2012.
The Maine Comics Arts Festival is pleased to announce our first featured guest for 2013. To celebrate the 5th year of MeCAF, we are extremely thrilled to announce that Jeff Smith will join us in 2013. Jeff Smith is the award winning creator of Bone and Rasl. The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland, Maine on Sunday, May 19th, 2013.