MECAF 5 roundup

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in comics | 1 comment

Hats off once again to the wizards at Casablanca Comics for producing another stellar Maine Comics Arts Festival. With this, their Fifth Annual event, a packed house proved there’s a big appetite for this kind of brew. There was a robust line for Jeff Smith, who headlined the whole shebang. I was just as excited to see two of my students from Maine College of Art jumping into the mix. Miles Cooke and Declan McCarthy show off their latest here:

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In fact, MECA talents were in full force. Here’s alum Christina Siravo next to MECA faculty Michael Connor and his partner, Maria.

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Another MECA alum, Hannah Godbey, was the lovely assistant for Jay Piscopo, mastermind of Shipyard’s Captain Eli comics.

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Kori Handwerker, MECA alum also, is the happy author of Prince of Cats.

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In fact, all of MECAF is a purdy happy bunch. Raina Telgemeier personifies her work.

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I was pleased to meet fellow Flatlander Mark Scott Rickets. It’s not easy being From Away, and now his swell book, A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine will make things clearer. I’ve only lived on Peaks Island 21 years, so I’ll never be a Native. Sigh.

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I attended MECAF with my family, but we immediately split up, following our own noses. We united in fandom at Cara Bean’s corner.

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I finally introduced myself to a favorite illustrator, Renee Kurilla.

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And I found the latest from Ellen Crenshaw, whose zines I’ve bought in festivals past.

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Marty found a rare gem, 3D Death Curses, a limited edition collection of 3D art sure to unhinge your eyeballs, from the fellow below, aka Scarecrow Oven.

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Here’s our combined haul, not too shabby.

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Bravo to Casablanca Comics! Every year MECAF is unique, and the flavor just gets more KA-POW.

My ode to comic forces is still on view at Pinecone & Chickadee. Sha-ZAM.

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One Comment

  1. Sorry we missed each other.
    We got a great haul as well.
    It was nice to be at an event like that as “Mom” and see the whole thing through my kid’s eyes.
    MeCAF did a great job.

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