MeCAF 2014 Announces Programming Schedule

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF) has released their programming schedule for the 2014 show to be held on Sunday May 18th:

10:00 – 1:00: Book signing with Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce (in the main hall)

10:30 – Unusual comics! Choose your own adventure! with Jon Chad
How does your comic become a book? If you thought that a book is just made up of a cover, back cover, and all the business in-between, think again! Explore a variety of folding and book construction techniques and make your own unfolding, choose-your-own-adventure minicomic!

11:30 – DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY:
Comic book artist Jay Piscopo invites students to try their hand at cartoon art and demonstrates how anyone can learn to draw and create comics. Using simple geometric shapes, Jay teaches kids how to build anatomy and perspective to create art that tells a story. Stand by for adventure with this interactive workshop! Watch a short video clip at the link…

12:30 – Ben Hatke: The Three Secrets of Comics:
Discussing images in a narrative, gesture, and drawing from life, Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) talks about three secrets behind making amazing comics.

1:30 – Iron Cartoonist:
This competition will determine the MeCAF Iron Cartoonist Champion! Watch as three talented cartoonists draw against the clock, with suggestions from the audience. Special guest judges will determine the winner.

2:30 – A conversation with Jimmy Gownley and Kazu Kibuishi:
Join us as we discuss comics with Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules) and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Flight).

3:30 – Panel discussion about gender and race issues in current comics, with artists Melanie Gillman, Kori Handwerker and others.

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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. This year’s show will be at the Portland Company Complex (58 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101)! 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. Featured guests include: Kazu Kibuishi, Sean Murphy, Jimmy Gownley, Ben Hatke, James Sturm, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Joe Quinones, Zack Giallongo, Maris Wicks, and many more!

MA – Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell Signing

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Artist Joe Quinones appears at Hub Comics in Union Square on Saturday May 24th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm to sign his latest project the original graphic novel Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell from DC COMICS!

Joe worked on Teen Titans Go! before being hand-picked to draw the Green Lantern strip in Wednesday Comics. His covers have graced many titles including Captain Marvel, Hack/Slash, Star Wars: Knight Errant, Dark Avengers, and Amazing Spider-Man. His recent work includes Batman: Black & White, FF, Batman ’66, and Ultimate Comics: Survive!

Hub Comics – Union Square
19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0987

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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IE – American Artists in Dublin

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MING DOYLE, JOE QUINONES, and MARIS WICKS appear at The Big Bang on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for a rare Irish signing!

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MING DOYLE
Probably better known for her work on Brian Wood’s MARA and the artist in the new story arc of QUANTUM & WOODY, Ming also has done a ton of covers and a short story recently with Kelly Sue DeConnick for the WITCHING HOUR Vertigo anthology. (stil in stock, true believers!)

JOE QUINONES
Joe has been around for the last couple of years, starting with TEEN TITANS GO and then GREEN LANTERN with Kurt Busiek and is of late a popular cover artist for DARK HORSE, DC and MARVEL (the last thing you’ll have seen him lately on would be the recent CAPTAIN MARVEL covers). He also has a BLACK CANARY/ZATANNA project coming out with Paul Dini soon, the lucky bastard.

MARIS WICKS
Maris is the artist of (the really, really good) PRIMATES, which is currently sold out but due back in stock soon!
She is also a writer AND a colourist, so we’ll be seeing much more of her in the future.

The Big Bang
Pembroke District, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland

OR – Adventures of Superman All Out Benefit

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Join writer Jeff Parker on Wednesday May 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1, featuring work by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, plus stories by Jeff Lemire and the team of Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo. 100% of the proceeds from this issue will be donated to Allout.org to support their fight for LGBT equality.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

WA – Dark Avengers Signing

Writer Jeff Parker signs at I Like Comics on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.

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Press Release:

The latest team of “DARK AVENGERS,” formed by Norman Osborn in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS, is taking over THUNDERBOLTS in June. Title and everything.

The series is continuing its original numbering, but with issue #175, it’s getting a new but familiar name — DARK AVENGERS — as Dark Scarlet Witch, Dark Spider-Man, Trickshot, Ragnarok and Skaar all join the book. But that doesn’t mean the end of Thunderbolts as you know it, as the creative team of writer Jeff Parker and artists Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey remain in place, as does Luke Cage at the center of it all.

Please join us in welcoming shop favorite Jeff Parker (Currently of THUNDERBOLTS and INCREDIBLE HULK) for the exclusive launch of DARK AVENGERS! Jeff Will be available for a meet-n-greet and for his always popular sketches & signature!

I Like Comics
2101 East 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661