The Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF), an annual comics event that brings over one hundred cartoonists to Portland each year, has announced a new partnership with the Portland Public Library for the 2016 show. The show will be held at the Portland Public Library’s Main Branch at Five Monument Square on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th, 2016. Over 120 comic writers, artists, publishers and cartoonists are expected to attend and exhibit at the eighth annual event. The 2016 event will be free to attend and open to the public.
Show organizers Rick Lowell and Laura O’Meara of Casablanca Comics in Portland started the festival in 2009 as a way to promote comics and provide the public with an opportunity to meet the creative talent behind the comics. “We are excited to bring this festival to the Portland Public Library. It is the perfect venue for this event, and we welcome the partnership of working with the library.” says Lowell. The show has been especially popular with families. The festival is not a typical comic book convention in that there are no stores or dealers set up selling books. Instead, the exhibitors are the creative people behind the comics. The artists will have their own work on display and available for sale.
“Comics and graphic novels are so hugely popular with Portland Public Library patrons of all ages, and Casablanca Comics is one of our long-standing community collaborators, so hosting MeCAF here seems like such a natural fit.” says Kelley Blue, Teen Librarian & Teen Team Leader at the Portland Public Library. “We’re excited to use our space in this creative way, and for the programming potential around the festival that we can bring as a partner.”
The mix of writers and artists covers a wide spectrum and includes many best-selling and award-winning comic creators. There will be programming running all day Saturday including cartooning workshops and an “Iron Cartoonist” competition. In addition, there are plans for events on Friday as part of the First Friday Art Walk.
The Maine Comics Arts Festival is a production of Casablanca Comics of Portland, Maine. Casablanca Comics is an award winning comic book retail store with two locations in southern Maine. Store owners Rick Lowell and Laura O’Meara have been sharing their love of comics with the public since 1987.
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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.
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!
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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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
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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.
In addition to special guests Kate Beaton and Kazu Kibuishi the Maine Comic Arts Festival has released their guest list for next weekend which includes Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, Faith Erin Hicks, Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon, Colleen AF Venable, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Tyler James, and many, many more!
Andrea Agostini is a Massachusetts based artist and an alumnus of the School of Visual Arts. Her focus is on comic art, but she dabbles in crafts as well. Her comics explore topics such as gender identity, sexual orientation, and psychological disorders. Agostini has been published in IDW’s, Womanthology, and featured in 789 Studio’s, Rain Anthology.
Samples of her art work can be viewed at www.andrea-agostini.com
Barry Corbett: Corbett Features is a cartoon and illustration syndicate supplying content for print and multi-media.
Barry is a freelance magazine cartoonist and self-published author of 3 trade paperbacks. His panel cartoons have appeared in national publications including Readers Digest, Barron’s, American Legion, Lacrosse Magazine, Medical Economics, Christianity Today, and many others.
Barry released his first book in 2006. “Embrace the Pun!” is a collection of pun-based panel cartoons. He followed that up in 2010 with “Revenge of the Pun!” Both are available in e-book format. Revenge! was awarded a Silver Medal in Humor, at ForeWord Reviews 2010 Book of the Year Awards and a Bronze Medal at the 2011 IPPY Awards, presented by Independent Publisher Magazine.
“Kitty Nirvana: The First Ginger & Shadow Collection” also won a Silver Medal at the 2008 IPPY Awards.
A graduate of the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Barry teaches Cartooning and Adobe InDesign at local colleges. Barry’s panel cartoons can be licensed for PowerPoint and business presentations through http://www.corbettcartoons.com/.
Bob Flynn was born in Buxton, Maine and raised on a steady diet of cartoons. He currently resides in Boston, where he is the Director of Art & Animation at FableVision Studios. His comics and illustrations have appeared in publications including Nickelodeon Magazine and Nursery Rhyme Comics. He is the co-creator of Heeby Jeeby Comix, and he also writes and draws for SpongeBob Comics.
Bob Ulrich is full time Educational Technician and photographer from Maine who has been reading comics since before he could actually read (over 30 years ago), and began the process of learning to make them in his all too spare time in 2006. He loves collecting and making music almost as much. He’s a libra.
Braden Lamb is the artist for KaBooms! Adventure Time series.
Brian Codagnone is the creator of the comic strips “Misfits”, “S1019” and “In The Zone” and the humor column “Emotional Chaos”. He is also the author of the books “The Hartford Whalers”, “Hey, America! It’s Misfits Time!” and co-author of “The Boston Garden” and “The Bruins in Black and White” volumes 1 and 2, all of which make the perfect gift for any occasion and should be required reading for every sentient being in the known universe.
A well known bon vivant and man about town, he lives by the credo “Quality over money” (or “Species super viaticus” if Google Translate can be trusted). As a result he lives in his “Fortress of Poverty” somewhere in Massachusetts.
Carl Mefferd is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He is also the co-creator of the steampunk adventure “Doctor Atlantis,” premiering nationwide this summer.
Casey Girard is a freelance illustrator/designer. She creates marketing materials for a few companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Boston Conservatory, and Shambhala Publications. She has worked with two authors, illustrating their self-published books. Her work is in watercolors and color pencil on wood panels as well as paper. She employes the technique of burnishing for her color pencil on paper work.
Her side work is creating polymer critters which, she is developing into a story based project.
Online you can catch up with her through her blog, where she runs two weekly themed posts, which change seasonally. You can also find her on twitter @CaseyGirard.
Center for Cartoon Studies
Cody Pickrodt is an internationally recognized artist, cartoonist and illustrator. His work has appeared in numerous publications and
anthologies. Clients include Kid Robot, Scholastic Books, Art Faccia.
Colleen AF Venable is the author of the kids’ graphic novel series GUINEA PIG, PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE (illustrated by Stephanie Yue), which includes HAMSTER AND CHEESE and the latest, FISH YOU WERE HERE. Along with writing super silly comics mysteries for early readers, her first full-length teen graphic novel, KISS NUMBER EIGHT, is in production at
First Second Books where she also works as the Art and Design editor.
Colin Tedford makes humor & nonfiction comics which he publishes online, in his zine Square Dance, and elsewhere. He co-founded the regional Trees & Hills Comics Group and has co-edited & contributed to all of its anthologies to date.
Corked The Comic: Writer Francis Sanders and artist David Griffin are the creators of www.corkedthecomic.com, the online comic series for wine lovers.
Dan Mazur: Cartoonist, writer, member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and founder of Ninth Art Press. Solo comics include “The Way it Crumbles,””The Last,””Lummox,” and “Palindramas,” as well as contributions to anthologies such as Inbound, Outbound, Hellbound, Show and Tell, Minimum Paige, I Saw You, and Leftovers of the Living Dead. Currently working with Alexander Danner on a book about the history of comics throughout the world. Lives in Cambridge, Mass.
Dan Moynihan: Heeby Jeeby Comix is now the home for Dan’s whimsical, and even wacky, cartoon shenanigans, but his comics have also festooned the pages of Nickelodeon Magazine and a multitude of photocopied mini-comics. At the moment, he also has a kids’ graphic novel and a wordless picture book under wraps, but you can ask him for a peek if you like. Dan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Daniel Barlow is a Vermont writer and co-founder of the Trees & Hills Comics Group. He has edited several comic anthologies and is launching a webcomic called Not Since You. He also makes music under the name Ghost Town Tourism. When he is not publishing comics, Barlow works as a political advocate for a socially responsible business group.
Dave Kender is the writer, letterer, and publisher of The Ragbox. He is also the founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, an organization that fosters the growth of comics creators in the Boston area. In addition to further development of The Ragbox, he is busy creating a new story about the birth of modern conveniences at the turn of the twentieth century.
Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery and the upcoming Teen Boat. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife, Raina Telgemeier.
Webcomics pioneer Dirk I. Tiede started his online graphic novel series, “Paradigm Shift” in 1999 and has never looked back. In addition to print collections, he continues to serialize his comics online and is a founding contributor to premiere comics portal Modern Tales. His artwork is showcased in the books “Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and Webcomics”, appears the documentary “Adventures In Digital Comics”, and was featured in Season 3 of NBC’s “Heroes.” He lives in the Boston area where he continues to work as a professional cartoonist and freelance illustrator.
Elenore Toczynski is a queer, self published comics creator and illustrator currently living in the Northeast US. She is the creator of the series “brain crease” and illustrator of a new series, “Engine,” written by William Emery, along with various other small projects and mini comics. She also serves on the board of Salacious Magazine, enjoys tacos, dogs, and drawing as much as possible. She is in the middle of building a website where everything will be in one place.
Ellen T. Crenshaw is a Boston-based artist, movie-goer, comic-book-reader, and dirty-joke-teller. Her illustrations have graced the pages of Beer Advocate Magazine, Boston’s The Weekly Dig, and Orlando Weekly; she has collaborated with FableVision Studios and Monitor Group for digital applications and videos; and her comics have been featured in Inbound, ZombieBomb!, and most recently the acclaimed Womanthology. She’s an alumni of Girls Drawin’ Girls, a member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and co-founder of the fan-art blog, Fanartica.
Eric Boeker is a Beverly-Massachusetts-based cartoonist and the creator of the Gen-X zombie sitcom comic “Commute of the Living Dead”, which can be seen on-line as part of the Sunday Comics Project at http://digboston.com/ (under the “Laugh” tab) . He is a proud member of Boston Comics Roundtable and has published stories in their anthology “Inbound”, as well as “Outbound: the Science Fiction Anthology” and “Hellbound”. He is also a snappy dresser. You can check out the comics of Eric Boeker on-line at: http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eboeker/
Faith Erin Hicks has drawn thousands of pages of comics, and has managed to get paid for some of them. Previous comics include Demonology 101, Ice, Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (art only), The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and Friends With Boys. She lives in Nova Scotia, buried under all the snow.
George O’Connor (Homeless Comics)
Griffin Shawn is a dedicated artist providing creative services since 2006. His talents cover a wide range but he excels at visually communicating the ideas of others.
Jeff Pert is a native Mainer, born and breaded, like a clam. His cartoons have appeared in publications since 1982 though he has no recollection of anything prior to 1995, including where that elk in a tutu came from. Jeff’s first cartoon collection, “Cartoons from Maine: How’s the Water, Bob? Bob?! BOB!!”, is recently out from Down East Books. If you don’t like lobster, moose or New England in general, you probably won’t like the book. His family and friends think it’s just peachy keen, though. So there—put THAT in your pipe and smoke it! Jeff can be found at www.jeffpertcartoons.com and on Facebook as Jeff Pert Cartoons. Feel free to join and mingle with his eight other followers!
Jesse Durona, a native Vermonter, graduated from The Center For Cartoon Studies in 2011. After years of flirting, he has finally married his love of video games and comics. His web comic, “Despondent Mega Man,” can be seen at www.therealdurona.com
Jessica Shea is a 2008 graduate of Maine College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. She owned and operated her own art gallery from 2009 to early 2011. Shea continues to make comics and watercolor illustrations while working two day jobs to pay the bills! Among these include “2:15”, a gag comic about the joys of high school, which ran online and in local newspapers throughout the North Shore; “Apt C-3”, a comic strip about the highs and lows of two roommates navigating through post-college and pre-career life; and her current fantasy graphic novel project, “Ravenstar”. She enjoys wearing goggles, collecting belt buckles, and slow motion.
John Green is the artist and co-creator of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden with writer Dave Roman. He has worked on comics for DC, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, First Second, Scholastic, and Disney. He also does concept art, storyboards, and video game design.
John Platt is a journalist and cartoonist living in central Maine. In addition to writing for magazines like Scientific American and Mother Nature Network, John draws minicomics and the irregularly updated webcomic, “Plattitudes.”
Jordyn Bochon currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Author of comics such as Gene Day Award nominated The Day After V-Day and The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe, her work has been described as quirky and dark; dealing in tense relationships, the beauty of inner-city life, and scientific fictions. Her comics can also be seen in anthologies such as You Aint No Dancer (New Reliable Press), Prison For Bitches, Exploded View (Cloudscape), Arabesque, and Spera Volume 1 (Archaia). Her work can be seen online at 8et8.net.
Ron & Justine Fontes met at Western Publishing in New York City where he worked for Whitman Comics and she was an editorial assistant for Little Golden Books. Together they have written over 500 children’s books, in every format from board books to historical novels. Most recently, they have been writing graphic novels for Lerner, an educational children’s book publisher. For ages 9-14, these books include adaptations, as well as original fiction and nonfiction.
Ron came to New York from Tennessee, where he studied art and theater while working for a printing company and advertising agency. After Whitman folded, Ron moved on to mighty Marvel, where he worked with John Romita Sr., and rose to art director for Marvel Books.
Justine grew up on Long Island, then earned a BA in English Literature Phi Beta Kappa from NYU while working part-time in publishing.
In 1988, the couple moved from Manhattan to Maine, where they publish critter news, a strictly-for-fun newsletter that keeps them in touch with publishers long-distance. Along with articles about the couples’ latest books, the newsletter includes stories, poems, recipes, mini-biographies, and, of course, news about critters.
In 2004, the Fonteses launched Sonic Comics with their first graphic novel TALES OF THE TERMINAL DINER, a unique anthology with continuing characters including the owner of a very strange diner and a kid who wants to be a cartoonist. Their next publishing project is THE WOODEN SWORD, a three-volume graphic novel about a gladiatrix, to be printed in both English and Latin. Please visit http://www.sonicpublishing.com. Ron’s hobbies include film-making and oil painting. Justine likes to juggle, play ping-pong and the ukulele, and make movies with Ron. They hope to write 1001 books together and live happily ever after!
Kate Leth is a comic purveyor and illustrator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works for Eisner Award-winning shop Strange Adventures and is the artist behind Kate or Die!, an eclectic webcomic dealing with sexuality, life in the comic industry and gay superheroes. She has provided work for Womanthology, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and is a regular contributor to IDW’s hit series Locke and Key. Her work can be seen online at kateordiecomics.com.
Keith Perkins lives in Bucksport, Maine where he draws comics in his teeny tiny studio, surrounded by dogs, cats, knick-knacks, and (in the spring) black flies; THE SCOURGE OF THE EARTH. He studied art at the University of Maine, and has been making comics for 3 years now, since his love of them was rekindled by Warren Ellis (yes this is his fault). He’s collaborated on several comics with writers, including “A Wicked Little Town”, a western mystery, featuring Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday serialized here and out in print this fall. He has also done several mini-comics, and many comic shorts, and is working on the first issue of a superhero comic to be set in Maine, with the first issue out soon.
Keith Zoo is an Illustrator and character designer. His work doesn’t tend to take itself too seriously, which is probably a result of growing up on too much Chuck Jones and Calvin and Hobbes. During his daytime hours he puts his skills to use as a Lead Artist at FableVision Studios in Boston, MA.
Kori M. Handwerker, alumnus of the Maine College of Art, is a Maine-based watercolorist and the author/artist of Prince of Cats, a web comic about growing up gay in rural Pennsylvania in the early 2000s. The story, Kori’s first, touches on issues of economic, racial, and sexual disparity and prejudice, with the curiously fantastic touch of a boy who can talk to cats.”
Maineland Studios: Corey B. Olmsted, Graphic Artist and owner of Maineland Studios based in Portland, Maine. We’ve been doing this Indie Publishing gig since 2008. Producing a variety of comics, stories and childrens’ books. Our featured title is called, “The Maineland”. An adult humored comic that just celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary with a “Maineland Collection” title filled with over 100 full page comics. This is our third year of attending MeCAF and we’ve got several new titles that we are excited to release to the public! You can check out our website or find us on Facebook: Maineland Studios/Pillage Comix
Marek Bennett draws comics, makes music, and teaches in New Hampshire & it’s surrounding planet.
Matt Ryan: Based out of the Free Lunch Studios production office in Granby, CT, our company puts out some of the freshest and most satisfying independent comics, graphic novels and games around as well as conduct lessons, workshops and host special events.
Melissa Mendes graduated with an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2010. She draws comics in her studio in western Massachusetts, next to her best beau, Charles Forsman . In 2010 she received a Xeric award for her all-ages graphic novel, Freddy Stories.
Metrokitty (Cathy Leamy)
Michael Rapa is a Brunswick-born, but now Boston-based illustrator who spends his days working as a Technologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Though schooled in Graphic Design by the Art Institute of Boston, Michael ultimate found that he would rather draw than kern. His clients include Boston game company Fire Hose Games, gaming blog and magazine Kill Screen, and people with money. He is also a regular contributor to the Fan Art blog FANARTICA. Just in case this whole thing falls through he is currently training his son to ride on cats for future youtube fame.
Mike Lynch’s distinctive work appears in books, magazine and online
throughout the world. His clients include Reader’s Digest, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, McGraw Hill, The New York Daily News and many others. He has curated and participated in cartoon gallery shows in SoHo and Long Island.
In 2005 Mike organized a group of cartoonists to create a mural on the wall of The Overlook Restaurant (formerly Costello’s) in New York City that would serve as a counterpart to the famous wall decorated by cartoonists a generation earlier. His efforts brought together a
number of legendary artists and received significant media coverage.
For five years, Mike served as chair of the National Cartoonists Society Long Island chapter, the famous “Berndt Toast Gang.” Since 2006, he has spearheaded the “Oscars of cartooning” as the Award Coordinator for the annual National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben
Awards. Mike currently serves on the NCS Board as its National Representative.
He writes the popular Mike Lynch Cartoons blog on the business of cartooning, one of the most recognized and trafficked comic art industry sites on the Web.
Raina Telgemeier 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. Smile won an Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Teen Audience, and was also an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor title. Most recently, Smile won the Maine Student Book Award! Raina lives in Queens, NY, with her husband, Dave Roman. You can visit her online at www.goRaina.com.
Randall Drew: Graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies class of 2010, he continues to live and work in Vermont. His all ages adventure comic “Citadel” and various anthology pieces as well as convention sketch cards can be seen at www.randalldrew.com
Renae De Liz
Renee Kurilla is a children’s illustrator whose artistic inspiration comes from the colorful quirkiness of the cartoon world. While growing up in a town just outside Scranton, PA she kept herself amused with Disney movies, stuffed animals, and loads of picture books. Her admiration of city life is what brought her to Boston, where she currently works as a Lead Artist at FableVision Studios. Renee’s most recent graphic novel, Zebrafish (FableVision/ Atheneum), received a Junior Library Guild Award in 2010 and a sequel will be published in Spring 2013! She’ll be sharing a table with her fiancé, Keith Zoo and would love for you to stop by and say hello!
Rick Parker: Rick Parker is known in the world of comics as the artist of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head Comic Book as well as The Papercutz Slices series parodying the popular children’s books, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, “Harry Potter”, “Twilight”, “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” and “The Hunger Pains”. He was the artist of the Introductory Pages of Tales From The Crypt (featuring the Crypt Keeper, The Vault Keeper, and The Old Witch) and of one of the four artists of The Pekar Project, which brought autobiographical comics legend, Harvey Pekar’s work to an internet audience. Rick Parker is the creator of the graphic novel “Deadboy”, which is sort of a cross between the Wizard of Oz and Night of The Living Dead. Rick’s artwork has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Press, Life Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, on 60 Minutes with Andy Rooney and in millions of Marvel and Papercutz comic books and graphic novels worldwide. Rick was the founder of The Barking Dog Museum, in New York City, which specialized in exhibiting small-scale works of art to the public from 1975 to 1987 and was among the first venues of its kind to do so. Rick is married to the writer, Lisa Trusiani, they are the proud parents of two teenage boys. When he’s not drawing, Rick has been teaching cartooning at Geralyn’s, privately, and in the public schools and after-school programs in NJ for ten years. Several of Rick’s students have won multiple prizes in regional and national design competitions.
Ryan Wing is a comics illustrator (The October Ghost, Neutron Star, Bible Belt, Adventures of Quick Carleson) who resides in the Greater Portland Area, having completed his BFA at the University of Southern Maine, with his amazingly supportive wife and their Golden Retriever; who does not actually retrieve thrown objects. This will be Ryan’s third year with AP&P Comics at MECAF. Please stop by the table to talk comics, music, or other minutia (this will probably take the form of discussing a graphic novel that he’s been stewing over for too many years now). Further exploration of Ryan’s ambling process can be seen at www.unexpectedpress.com.
Sarah Winifred Searle: As Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library, Sarah’s working on a graphic novel based on family history and local lore from her hometown of Kennebunk, ME. Set during World War II, a girl has to solve the mystery behind her haunted house while handling the trials of growing up during an era of great change. Under the Apple Tree is available to read online.
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Tina Pratt is a graphic designer and the creator of the webcomic, “The Paul Reveres” (www.paul-reveres.com), a fictional interpretation of the American Revolution where the battles are fought with electric guitars and awesome hair. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design, 2006. At SCAD she co-founded Shoujo Phonebook, a student comics anthology. She now lives in the deep woods of New Hampshire with her Boston Terrier, Wednesday, and her fat cat, Bert. She likes to pretend to play guitar, collect Pokémon toys and sleep in really late on the weekends.
Trees and Hills: Trees & Hills Comics Group brings together cartoonists in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts to produce, publish, and promote comics, share resources, and build creative connections in our diverse communities. They publish community-minded anthologies every Spring and Fall, distribute comics made in the region, and share regional comics news online.
Tyler James is a comics creator, game designer, and educator residing in Newburyport, MA. He is the writer and co-creator of superhero murder mystery maxi-series THE RED TEN, EPIC, a superteen action comedy, and Tears of the Dragon, a swords and sorcery fantasy. His past work includes OVER, a romantic comedy graphic novel, and Super Seed, the story of the world’s first super powered fertility clinic. His work has been published by DC and Arcana comics.
Tyler is the publisher and co-creator of ComixTribe, a new website empowering creators to help each other make better comics.
Contact Tyler via email (email@example.com), visit his website, follow him on Twitter, or check him out on Facebook
Zombie Romance (Kristilyn): Kristilyn is a Boston-based illustrator, comic artist and crafter. She has been drawing ever since she could pick up a pencil, making comic strips since she learned to read and self publishing zines since she was an awkward, high school teen. Her work has been featured in galleries up and down the east coast and she has become a fixture in the Boston music scene drawing Boston’s best local bands live as they play. Currently, she can’t get enough of Osamu Tezuka manga, mainly his epic work “The Phoenix.”
The Maine Comics Arts Festival has announced Kate Beaton and Kazu Kibuishi as their first featured guests! MeCAF will be held on Sunday, May 20th in Portland, Maine. Follow their blog for the latest details.
Kate Beaton, creator of “Hark, A Vagrant” !
Hark! A Vagrant takes readers on a romp through history and literature—with dignity for few and cookies for all—with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.
In just four years, Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks, and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site—500,000 of them unique—and comics appearing in Harper’s Magazine, the National Post, and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.
Kazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the popular Amulet graphic novel series for young readers, including Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper, which was honored with the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award in 2010 and the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award in 2011; Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse; Amulet 3: The Cloud Searchers; and Amulet 4: The Last Council.
Copper, his popular web comic, was published in January 2010. Kazu is also founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics series, as well as the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award in 2006. Born in Tokyo, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently lives with his wife and son in Alhambra, and works full-time as a comic book artist.