Got back last night after a fantastic trip to Portland. The Maine Comics Arts Festival was a blast! I had so much fun, I didn’t even think to tweet. Lots of great creators came out to the show, and I found myself coming home with almost as many books as I brought – albeit from my fellow cartoonists.
The Boston Comics Roundtable was there in full force, dominating about six full tables on one end of the con hall. Some of the highlights included the brand-spanking new science fiction anthology collection, OUTBOUND #2, Dan Mazur’s heartbreaking “How It Crumbles” (complete with free cookie with purchase), Dave Kender’s Ragbox #1, and much, much more. Sharing a table was Charles S. Snow’s excellent Sordid City Blues and Cathy Leamy’s always hilarious “Geraniums and Bacon,” and the fabulous Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb had their impressive talents on full display.
Also in attendance were the folks from the Center for Cartoon Studies, with complete compliment of students, graduates, and professors, and picked up a giant pile of entertaining minicomics as a result. I had the good fortune to catch up with the legendary Cat Garza who I’ve known since the early ModernTales days, and finally picked up a copy of his Ignatz-winning Year of the Rat. And last, but certainly not least were Everett and Susan Soares, in full Sky Pirate regalia and the Free Lunch Comics crew, and I made sure to come away with the new Sky Pirates of Valendor trade.
Of course, the best part of the show was not the excellent day behind the table with a hall full of amazing creators, but the chance to go out and have dinner and drinks with them! After a trip on a ferry to the Peak’s Island Inn, and couple of rounds of free beer, we descended upon the Novre Res Bier Cafe, where we were confronted with a staggeringly giant 10-page beer menu. Suffice to say it was amazing. If you ever find yourself with the option of trying some of Dogfish Head’s Theobroma brew, do yourself a favor and try it. You won’t be sorry.
Thanks to everyone who came to show and visited us, and extra special thanks to Rick of Casablanca Comics for running such a great show!