Coast City Comicon (November 2013)

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Convention Name
Coast City Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://coastcitycomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/09/2013
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/10/2013
About This Convention
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

Venue Name and Address
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel – South Portland
363 Maine Mall Road
Portland, Maine 04106
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
115
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Collectibles
Guests
Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl, Linnea Quigley, Kristi Somers, Brian Frishman, Robert Dryer, Scott Mayer, Ethan Nicolle, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Larry Hama, Mort Todd, Bob Camp, Rick Parker, Erik Burnham, Chris Burnham, Yanick Paquette, Ben Templesmith, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline, Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall, Penny Dreadful XIII, Rachel Deering, Christian DiBari

Coast City

MeCAF 2013 Announces Schedule

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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!

RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

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

2:00-TBA

3:00- TBA

 

MeCAF 2012 Guest List Announced

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!

Guests:
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

Clayton McCormack

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.

Corey Hodgdon

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.

Doug Cowan

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.

Frank Einspruch

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.

Heather Bryant

Jason Viola

Jay Piscopo

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!

Jen Silverman

Jen Vaughan

Jennifer Choung

Jerel Dye

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.

Take a poke around his online portfolio at www.zoolawnick.com and check out FableVision’s website.

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.”

Kristen Toohill

Lindsay Moore

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.

Meg Brennan

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 Gianfrancesco

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

Ray Dillon

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.

Rick Silva

Ron Lebrasseur

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.

Secret Acres Books

Shelli Paroline

Stacy Ponder

Sue and Everett Soares

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.

Travis Dandro

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 (tylerjamescomics@gmail.com), visit his website, follow him on Twitter, or check him out on Facebook

Zack Giallongo

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.”

MoCCA Fest 2012 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

MoCCA Fest Programming!
We’re pleased to announce final times, guests, and agendas for our panels and programs at MoCCA Fest this year. We have two buzzing floors of activity, that include downstairs panel discussions as well as our main exhibitor floor upstairs. Whether you’re perusing the show floor for your favorite finds, catching up on the latest with Gary Panter, or learning to make your very own accordion book, there’s something for everyone.

-And Families!
Don’t forget about our Kids Programming on Sunday morning; four devoted programs in a row, designed to be entertaining and fun for the whole family.
-Sunday April 29th, Kids Programs start at 9:30am. Families arriving to the Fest at 9:30am get a special price; $5 for children 6-12 (under 6 free, over 12 normal) with a paying adult.

PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 26!

Look below for a complete run of MoCCA Fest programming. Also, be sure to check out moccafest.org for news!

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SATURDAY

11:15 Kids Comics Sarah Couri (NYPL), Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Matt Forsythe,
Colleen AF Venable
You know that old cliche about comics not being just for kids anymore? Well, thankfully some of them still are. The New York Public Library’s Sarah Couri talks to cartoonists who have ventured into world of kids comics and books.

12:15 A History of Comics Censorship
Alex Cox (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Alex Cox takes you on guided tour of censorship in comics, from Frederic Wertham to Friendly Franks.

1:15 The State of Small Publishing
Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Box Brown, Craig Yoe, Barry Matthews
What’s it like running a small publishing company in 2012? The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald talks to an array of publishers about the state of print.

2:15 Klein Award
Gary P anter, Bill Kartalopoulos
Gary Panter receives the 2012 Klein Award.

3:15 A Nordic Roundtable
Fredrik Strömberg (SE), Peter Madsen (DK), Kaisa Leka (FI), Bendik Kaltenborn (NO) and Mattias Elftorp (SE)
The comics culture of northern Europe is brimming with energy, talent and innovation, among other things visible in the new anthology Kolor Klimax from Fantagraphics. Come and meet some of the Nordic artists present at MoCCA.

4:15 Harvey Pekar’s Final Projects
Jeff Newelt, Joy ce Brabner, Joseph Remnant , Rick Parker , Sean Pryor, Dean Haspiel, JD Waldman
Celebrating the life and work of comics pioneer Harvey Pekar with his widow, and writer in her own right, Joyce Brabner, joins a group of his artist collaborators.

5:15 Carousel
R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Scott Adsit.
Live comics brought to life by cartoonists and a team of talented voice actors.

ROOM A
SUNDAY

11:15 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
Betsy Bird (NYPL), Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Derek Kirk Kim
The New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird talks to some of the brightest talents in one of comics’ fastest growing demographics.

12:15 To Run a Comic Stop
Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Representatives from some of the area’s top comic stores discuss the trials and tribulations of running your own shop.

1:15 Digital Distribution and the Future of Comics
David Steinberger (Comixology), Evan Dahm, Leigh Walton, Brian Heater
A frank discussion about sequential art’s move into the digital age.

2:15 Memoir
Calvin Reid, Derf, Peter Kuper, Jennifer Hayden, Mike Dawson
Maker s of autobio comics discuss filter their lives through sequential art.

3:15 Daniel Johnston in Conversation
Daniel Johnston, Brian Heater
Join the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter for a discussion about his art, including his debut graphic novel, Space Ducks.

4:15 An Interview with Gary Hallgren
Gary Hallgren, Danny Fingeroth
Gary Hallgen, interviewed by Danny Fingeroth, discusses his career from his days as one of the creators of the notorious Air Pirates, through his illustration work for a zillion publications, from the NY Times and MAD through You: The Owners Manual.

5:15 Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans
Aaron Augenblick, Devin Clark, R. Sikoryak
Aaron Augenblick (founder of Augenblick St udios), Devin Clark (creator of “Ugly Americans”), and more show animated clips and shorts from their television, film, and independent projects.

ROOM B
SATURDAY

12:15 With Nicolas Mahler and Tom Gauld
Nicolas Mahler, Tom Gauld, Brian Heater
Brian Heater interviews two artists; Tom Gauld of Scotland, and Nicolas Mahler of Austria.

1:15 Checklist for a New Comic: A Guide to Getting Started
Jess Abel, Matt Madden
In this brief seminar, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will walk you through the many considerations you should keep in mind when you embark on a new comic of any kind. Abel and Madden will help you strategize and come up with a working plan for your next project, and will cover: creative block and coming up with ideas; choosing a format and platform that makes sense; setting goals and scheduling your time so that you can reach them; finding an audience and looking for collaborators and/or publishers. So bring some paper and be ready to take notes on your next big (or small) project!

3:15 Hans Rickheit in Conversation
Hans Rickheit, Brian Heater
Brian Heater takes on Hans Rickheit–musician, performance artist, cartoonist.

4:15 Big City Dare2Draw
Hosted by TJ Glenn & Charles D Chenet
Featuring dynamic figure drawing, with action poses, using props and, then, the signature “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards, for charity. Prizes provided by our sponsors. Dare2Draw is a non-profit, platform organization for artists, providing mentoring, networking and resources for artistic development, while encouraging goo d health and business practices for cartoonists and providing the opportunity to connect with each other, face-to-face.

ROOM B
SUNDAY

9:30 Kids Program: Comics Are Awesome!
John Green (Teen Boat!)
Learn how an idea in your head becomes a comic on a page. John Green and Colleen AF Venable will take you on a collaborative journey through the process of creating characters and stories for comics.

10:15 Kids Workshop: From Concept to Comic
John Green (Teen Boat!, Phineas and Ferb), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, First Second Books)
Kids Program continues!

11:15 Workshop: Drawing with Rick Parker
Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead, and Papercutz)
Join cartoonist Rick Parker for an insightful, funny and hands-on workshop in cartooning! This workshop is great for cartoonists of all ages.

12:30 CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop
Robyn Chapman (Center for Cartoon Studies)
If you think that a comic book is just a bunch of pages between two covers, think again!  There is a wide variety of book making techniques that allow you to fold, flip, and turn your comics in unusual ways. Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, will team up with comics educator Robyn Chapman to introduce three unique book forms. Then the workshop participants will construct and illustrate their own expanding comic books!

2:00 A Discussion with Josh Neufeld and Shannon Wheeler
Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water, Too Much Coffee Man)
These two creators interview one another about their work in comics, especially as it relates to their approaches documenting tragedy on the Gulf Coast.

4:00 Coming to America
Emma Hayley (Publishing Director, SelfMadeHero)
Reporting on the flourishing UK and European comics scenes and the launch of a new graphic novel imprint in the US.

4:45 Euro comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French Comics Scene
Doug Wallace, Jose-Louis Bocquet
Jose-Louis Bocquet (Senior Editor, Dupuis – France / Author, Kiki de Monparnasse) and Doug Wallace (Marketing Director, SelfMadeHero)
discuss the European comics scene and Catel & Jose-Louis Bocquet’s first US graphic novel Kiki de Montparnasse.

NBM Announces SPX 2011 Debuts and Creator Appearances

September 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Press Release:

NBM Publishing Announces SPX Debuts and Creator Appearances

In anticipation of next weekend’s Small Press Expo held on September 10th & 11th in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington DC),  NBM Publishing has announced the company’s plans for their annual appearance and special releases.

Stargazing Dog

NBM can be found at table G7-8.

We will be premiering hot off the press our very first manga, the moving and inspiring Japanese best-seller Stargazing Dog. It’s sold over a half million copies in Japan and been made into a movie there just released this summer. See the preview of pages.

Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone.

Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular.

All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.

Inner Sanctum by Ernie Colon

The other special we’ll have for the show is a preview of Ernie Colon’s Inner Sanctum with signed copies including a free signed sketch by Colon for the 1st 20 to buy!

A revered veteran of comics brings to comics life one of the most fondly re membered mystery and horror radio shows in history.

In striking black & white as only Colon is well known for, we are swept into 4 chilling mysteries including: The Horla, Death of a Doll, The Undead and Alive in the Grave.

 

Also, appearing at our booth:

Brooke A. Allen with A Home for Mr. Easter

Ted Rall

The irrepressible Rick Parker signing the Papercutz spoofs of Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson

Jesse Lonergan


We’ll have a good choice of recent books available there as well. Find us at G7-8, come say hello! Publisher Terry Nantier will be there and happy to chat with you.

About NBM Publishing

NBM is a leading critically acclaimed graphic novel publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.

Founded in 1976 by publisher Terry Nantier, NBM has grown to become the second largest indie comics press after Fantagraphics with close to $3MM in yearly retail sales on over 200,000 graphic novels sold a year plus tens of thousands of comic books and magazines.

Hawthorne High School Comic Con Returns

Press Release:

New Jersey’s premier comic book convention the Hawthorne High School Comic Convention is back on May 14th for it’s sixth show. Join the students of the Cartooning and the Art Clubs as we present New Jersey’s premier comic book art gathering.

There will be appearances by comic book creators and dealers. Art lessons will be presented all day by the comic professionals and we will have our incredible auction of original comic art, graphic novels, rare comics and other great items. The convention is held to celebrate the great American art form, comics, and to raise funds for our high school’s talented art department.

The art lessons will include many of the skills needed to create comics. The art lessons are for all ages and skill levels

Among the comic creators already booked to appear are:

Walter Simonson
Herb Trimpe
Joe Sinnott (tent)
Bob Wiacek
Joe Staton
Mark Texiera
Rudy Nebres
Paolo Rivera
Joe Giella (tent)
Mark Romanowski
Dick Ayers
Scott Roberts (tent)
James Sherman
Elaine Lee
Danny Fingeroth
Jim Salicrup
Rodney Ramos
Guy Dorian
Ian Dorian
Steve Mannion
Buddy Scalera
Rick Parker
Ken Gale
Mercy Van Vlack
Trevor Von Eedon
Louis Small Jr.
Neil Volkes

…And many more creators to come.

This is an extremely “kids friendly” event. Our art lessons are for all ages and there will be “kid friendly” items in the art auction.

The particulars:
May 14th, 2011 from 10am – 4pm

Dealer tables: $50: Email contact: alllal@aol.com

So whether you are a long time comic book convention veteran or want to experience your very first comic book show, come on out for the finest comic book convention – the 6th Hawthorne High School Comic Book Convention on May 14th.

Hawthorne High School
160 Parmalee Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

NBM and Papercutz at NYCC 2010

September 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New York

Press Release:

Friends in Comics:

NBM and Papercutz will be sharing a corner booth #2304 at the upcoming New York Comic-Con October 8-10 at the Javitts Convention Center. Upwards of 70,000 visitors are expected and we’ll have a busy booth of authors signing from both companies! Besides having our latest books to show and sell, here’s our schedule of appearances on authors you can meet which will include Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville, Greg Houston of Elephant Man and Vatican Hustle. On Papercutz‘ side, we’ll have Rick Parker and Stefan Petrucha who’ve done the best-selling Tales from the Crypt‘s Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, the infamous new Harry Potty spoof, and Nancy Drew:

Friday October 8th

10:00 to 11:00AM Stefan Petrucha and Neil Kleid

11:00AM to 12:00PM Greg Houston and Rick Parker

1:00 to 2:30PM Stefan Petrucha

2:30 to 4:00PM Neil & Greg

4:00 to 5:30PM Stefan and Rick

Saturday October 9th

11:00AM to 12:30PM Stefan

1:30 to 3:00PM Rick & Greg

3:30to 5:00PM Stefan

5:00 to 6:30PM Rick & Greg

Sunday October 10th

10:30AM to 12:00PM Greg & Rick

12:00 to 1:30PM Neil

1:30 to 3:00PM Stefan

Stop by and see us!

Marc Mason, NBM Publishing

New Jersey Comic Expo Plans Super Roster for June 19th

Press Release:

NEW JERSEY COMIC EXPO HAS SUPER ROSTER OF COMIC CELEBRITIES

Something For Every Comic Book Taste Will Be In North Jersey on June 19

More than 50 well known comic creators, toy and pop culture dealers will gather with fans at the Riverdale Armory on Saturday, June 19th for a day of dealing in comics, toys, pop culture collectibles, related DVD’s, costume play, food and fun. Special guest Gary Sohmers, the popular appraiser of toys, collectibles and memorabilia on the PBS TV series “Antiques Road Show” and host and producer of the radio show “Calling All Collectors” will offer free appraisals of comics, toys and pop culture related items during the expo.

“This is not a mega-expo,” says promoter Tom Jeron, “but rather more of a community event with a real big punch. We’ve been able to bring together a vast array of comic creators, toy designers and dealers who are interested in a chance to see their fans in a less intense venue than are otherwise available in the Metro area. The NJ Comic Expo caters to a broad range of pop culture interests and ages. We have an ongoing superhero and sci-fi fantasy costume contest with prizes hosted by Cosplay Confederates, photo opportunities with TV’s Batmobile, The Black Beauty, a working Lost in Space Robot and a local area Dark Knight style Batman with his own custom Batmobile.”

Comic creators who will be attending throughout the day include Denny O’Neil, Joe Staton, Irwin Hasen, Guy Dorian, Ian Dorian, Rich Mesick, Steve Mannion, Rick Parker, Bob Wiacek, Scott Roberts, Jim Salicrup, Ivan Brandon, Andy MacDonald, and Fernando Ruiz. Toy designers and comic companies on hand include locally based McFarlane Toys and retroprauneurs Captain Action Enterprises. Also appearing is the professional wrestler/actor Brimstone, and Blinky Productions a fan film production favorite. In addition Captain Action Enterprises will be doing artist portfolio reviews in search of new talent. Up and coming artists should be prepared with a portfolio and sketchbooks for review during the show.

The NJ Comic Expo is at the Riverdale Armory, 107 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Riverdale, NJ on June 19th, 2010. Show Hours are from 10am-6pm with an admission fee of $5, children under 3 are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information go to the shows website at www.njcomicexpo.com or to the shows FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/NJ-Comic-Expo/107521212620293?ref=ts or by email to tomlinpromotions@gmail.com .

The Ultimate Collectibles Show in Pennsylvania

Press Release:

We have a great convention Oct 3rd and 4th on Oaks Pa at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

We are planning 100 guests each day split between celebrity, comic,wrestling and Sports. There will be a total of 375 8 foot tables. 275 dealer tables and 100 autograph/guest tables.

Dealer tables are available for $150 for the weekend. Admission is $10 daily. www.mp-events.net

Early guest list-
Wrestling-Rowdy Roddy Piper, Chris “Wildcat” Harris, Rick Steiner, April Hunter, Terri Runnels, Sean Waltman (XPAC), Sharkboy, Sabu and many more.

Comic Guests-Rick Parker (Beavis and Butthead & Tales from the Crypt), Dawn Best (Sonic The Hedgehog/Archie Comics), Brian Kong (Fantasy Artist), Jim Kyle (Avengers Card Artist), Dave Hoover (Capt America) many more in the process of being confirmed.

Celebrity Guests-Ice T (Rapper/Actor), The Gorgeous Coco (actress), Erika Eleniak (Baywatch/Playboy), Ed Gale (Played Chucky in Child’s Play and Howard The Duck/1st East Coast Apperance), Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld), more

Sports-Jim Bunning (Baseball Hall of famer), Garry Maddox (1980 Phillies Star/Multiple Gold Glove Winner), Brian Propp (Flyers HOF), Tim Kerr (Flyers HOF), Denny McClain (Cy Young Winner), Tommy McDonald (Eagles/HOF), Andre Collins (Penn State/Reskins Great), Blair Thomas (Penn State Great), mush more.

We are adding people weekly. Dealers please email or call for space. Any questions or to join our mailing list email me at epoppel@yahoo.com or go through the website www.mp-events.net

This will be one of the top shows of the year. Don’t miss it. Comics, Sports, Non Sports, Toys, Wrestling and Collectibles all under one roof. 5,000 free parking spaces and 53,000 Square Feet.

Comic artists, writers, creators interested in joining our event email me. Thanks.