This weekend: The Maine Comics Arts Festival!

 The place to be this Sunday (May 23rd!) is the Ocean Gateway building where Portland be host to over 100 comic writers, artists, publishers and cartoonists and you!

The main festival runs from 10 AM until 5 PM on Sunday at the Ocean Gateway. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under get in free. In addition the Portland Public Library will offer programing on Saturday in the Rines Auditorium. This will include workshops and discussions on graphic novels, drawing (workshop for kids!), and more!All of Saturday’s events are free and open to the public. You can also stop by the library to see the comic art exhibit, featuring several guest from the festival) between now and May 22.

The Maine Comic Arts Festival is not your typical comic book convention in that there are no dealers selling books but the artists themselves showing and selling their work. This years featured guests include Jeff Lemire (DC Comics writer/artist of “Sweet Tooth”), Skottie Young (Marvel comics artist for “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ”) and Brian Wood (DC Comics writer of “DMZ,” “Northlanders” and “Demo.”)

This event is happening for the second time in our City thanks to Casablanca Comics owners and show organizers Rick Lowell and Laura O’Meara. The started the festival in 2009 as a way to promote comic art and allow the public to meet the folks behind the comic book pages. Since last year’s show was a success it was decided the event would be come an annual must!”The response was so overwhelmingly positive from the people who attended the show that we knew we would have to do it again.” says Lowell.

For more information visit http://mainecomicsfestival.com or call Casablanca Comics at (207) 780-1676.

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