Sunday, March 29, 2009

Maine Comics Arts Festival: Who's There?

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
& barekpublishing












Atomic Pulp - Christopher Mills













Gabrielle Bell













Marek Bennett








Ben Bishop














The Boston Comics Roundtable













Becky Cloonan




Corbett Features - Barry Corbett and Brian Codagnone













Michael Connor













Sam Costello





Dandelion Studios - Rick Silva & Gynn Stella Silva













Alexander Danner













Nate Doyle







Franklin Einspruch











Austin English













Faux-Pas Industries (Sam Gaskin and Dane Martin)













Chuck Forsman









Colleen Frakes












Free Lunch Comics - Matt Ryan, Steve Kanaras
& Steve Kuster







Zack Giallongo











Chris Giarrusso












Sarah Glidden













Mark Gonyea













David Jacobson












John Klossner













Lucy Knisley













Cathy Leamy





Mike Lynch













Dan Mazur












Juana Medina












Dave Naybor












On the Fly Publications - Dan Fleming and Chris Beckett













Jennifer Omand








Jeff Pert













Stephanie Piro













Jay Piscopo






Mark Ricketts












Joel Rivers













Aya Rothwell












Sarah Searle












Christina Siravo












Kean Soo













Joe Staton












Matt Talbot












Trees and Hills Comics Group













The Underburbs - Joe Haley and T.J. Dort








Jen Vaughn












Julia Wertz

8 comments:

Nick Fechter said...

Great, another cool Comic Art festival that I can't attend.

I'll go cry in the corner now :D

LennyBoudreau said...

Mike, It was awesome of you to do the work necessary to post this. It's a great primer for the event. I'll check out some of these creators online before I go to the show. Should be a kick!

Mark Anderson said...

Seriously, that's just a fantastic way to put that together, but how long did that take? Wowzers!


Goodness I wish I could be there. CURSE YOU GLOBAL RECESSION!!!!

Barry Corbett said...

Hi Mike. Thanks for adding our banner... and for keeping up with this fantastic blog. Don't know how you find the time to do all this work. Hope to see you at the Expo!

John Platt said...

I can't wait for this. I haven't been to a comics event since moving to Maine two and a half years ago. I look forward to meeting you!

Mike Lynch said...

Yeah, Nick, growing up in small Iowa and Kansas towns, it was AGONIZING to hear about cartoony events hundreds of miles away from me. Thank goodness for the Internet! And the next time I'm in Shreveport or New Orleans, I'll let you know! We'll have our own MECAF. The "M" will be for Monroe, my friend!

Lenny, Mark, Barry, John: thanks for your kind words.

The great news from Rick Lowell is that there are more guests to come!

Maine Comics Arts Festival said...

I was working on the guest list today and it seems as if we will have more than 70+ creators exhibiting at the festival. Thanks for everyone's support.

Joel Rivers said...

Nice to see us all up and that people are excited! I'm excited!