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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CA – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Central Library on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:30pm until 8:00pm!

The two-time National Book Award-nominated graphic novelist behind AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, and the AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER comics comes to the Berkeley Public Library to talk about his latest masterpiece BOXERS & SAINTS! A signing will follow, and books will be available for purchase from Pegasus Books!!

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Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

FL – Battling Boy Signing

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Comic creator Paul Pope appears at Tate’s Comics on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00pm!

Press Release:

Meet Artist & Writer Paul Pope!

Paul Pope is an Eisner award winning artist and writer of THB, Heavy Liquid, 100%, Batman Year 100, and the brand new graphic novel Battling Boy, among other things.

The purchase of each Paul Pope comic or trade, during the event on 11/19/13, guarantees you a maximum of three signatures from him on the items of your choosing.

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Tate’s Comics
4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33351
954-748-0181

OH – Battling Boy Signing

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Comic creator Paul Pope appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Saturday November 16, 2013 to celebrate the relase of his long-awaited graphic novel, Battling Boy!

Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

ON – Battling Boy Launch Party

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Paul Pope appears at Revival on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 7:30pm to debut BATTLING BOY!

Press Release:

The Beguiling and First Second Books are proud to welcome PAUL POPE back to Toronto, to launch his brand new graphic novel series BATTLING BOY! Pope is the renowned creator of personal works including THB, 100%, and Heavy Liquid, but also takes time out to bring his unique verve and visual sophistication to a range of superhero properties in the titles Batman Year 100, Strange Tales, and Spider-Man: Tangled Web! Now he has returned with BATTLING BOY, a straight-up, kick-butt superhero book for kids and grown-ups alike, and The Beguiling and Revival will be hosting him on the evening of Tuesday, October 15th at 7PM!

BATTLING BOY is the story of a boy who must rise to the challenge of defending the super-city of Arcopolis after suffering a tremendous personal loss. An epic adventure with visual nods to classic creators including Moebius and Jack Kirby, BATTLING BOY is an ultra-contemporary take on the heroes’ journey, and a stunning addition to the pantheon of young adult heroes!

Revival
783 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, Canada

NYC – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Luen Yang signs at Book Court on Monday September 23rd at 7:00 pm!

About Boxers & Saints:

One of the greatest comics storytellers alive brings all his formidable talents to bear in this astonishing new work.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.

This boxed set includes the trade paperback Boxers as well as the trade paperback Saints, packaged together in one slipcase.

Author Bio:

Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. ABC’s instant critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Prize, catapulted Yang into stardom as a brilliant writer for teens and young adults. Boxers & Saints is his most recent graphic novel.

Book Court
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

SF – Boxers & Saints Release Party

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Green Apple Books on Tuesday September 10th at 5:00pm!

Press Release:

Green Apple Books is excited to welcome local author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang for the release of his new graphic novels Boxers & Saints. Gene will be in-store signing and sketching for all his fans.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints (First Second) tells two parallel stories in two books. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. In the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He has written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the New York Times Best-Selling comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-2272

DC – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will talk about his new two-volume novel, Boxers and Saints at the Cleveland Park Library in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Set during China’s Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900), the books tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of a violent rift.

Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion and faith.

Book sale and signing will follow the talk.

The program is in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore. For teens and adults.

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202.282.3080

OR – Primates Signing

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Artist Maris Wicks signs at Floating World Comics on Saturday June 29, 2013 from 4:30-6:00 pm!

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Maris Wicks has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas.

maris_primatesWith Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, #1 New York Times Best-Selling author Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.

Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. With charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.

Join us on Saturday June 29th from 4:30-6pm with artist Maris Wicks, to celebrate the release of this wonderful new graphic novel.

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

CA – Genius Launch Party

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Writer Steven T. Seagle (Soul Kiss, American Virgin, The Crusades) appears at Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm to launch his brand new graphic novel that explores the heights of intellectual and scientific achievement and the depths of human emotion and confusion, wrapped around Einstein’s best kept, and potentially most dangerous, secret.

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Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804

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