We're eight weeks away from the Maine Comics Arts Festival, which will be held in Portland, Maine on Sunday, May 17, 2009. It's been described at Northern New England's answer to SPX or MoCCA Fest or APE or SPACE.
This will be an opportunity for many local creators to show their comics, books, and other items. If you're into literary comics, graphic novels, mini comics or Web comics, then you've heard of some of these people. You'll get to meet these cartoonists, meet them, and, if you like, buy some of their work directly from them. There will be no comic book dealers at the day-long event.
I was glad to see Joe Staton on the list. Joe is a journeyman comic book artist whose work spans many superhero books through the years. I still have my copy of E-MAN that I bought at my local 7-11 store back when I was a kid in Lawrence, KS.
Anyway, I was reading Rick Lowell's excellent MECAF blog. Rick is the man who has put this together, and he runs the local Casablanca Comics shop. I cut & pasted & alphabetized the names from the his blog entries, creating a one-stop master list of the 48 cartoonists and studios.
The list below includes both featured guests, as well as cartoonists who paid for a table. I've checked and double-checked it for accuracy, but if you see something wrong, please tell me.
American Stronghold - Jeff Lok, Dane Martin
Atomic Pulp - Christopher Mills
The Boston Comics Roundtable
Corbett Features - Barry Corbett and Brian Codagnone
Dandelion Studios - Rick Silva & Gynn Stella Silva
Faux-Pas Industries (Sam Gaskin and Dane Martin)
Free Lunch Comics - Matt Ryan, Steve Kanaras
& Steve Kuster
On the Fly Publications - Dan Fleming and Chris Beckett
Trees and Hills Comics Group
The Underburbs - Joe Haley and T.J. Dort