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This weekend, it’s MECAF

Stumptown is over, and now it is time for the other Portland—Portland, Maine—to host its comics festival. Unlike its West Coast namesake, Portland, Maine, is not well known as a teeming hive of comics activity, but there are some homegrown cartoonists, and this festival has attracted quite a few Boston and New York creators as well.

While it doesn’t advertise itself as a kids’ comic con, the lineup is heavy on all-ages creators: Andy Runton (Owly), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon (The Last Unicorn), Rick Parker (Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring), and Colleen AF Venable (Pet Shop Private Eye) leading the pack. Maine’s own Jay Piscopo, whose Capt’n Eli books are inspired by a Down East root-beer mascot, will be there as well. The one headliner who is not best known for his children’s work is superhero artist Joe Quinones.

The full guest list reveals a wider range of creators, including Carol Burrell, Cathy Leamy, and Mike Lynch. MECAF promises the pleasures of a small con; it is creator-focused (no card tables full of longboxes), affordable ($5 admission for adults, kids are free), and likely to be blissfully free of large crowds, which makes for a more relaxed atmosphere for creators and visitors alike. If I were in Maine, I’d make a day of it.



Yay! I’ve tabled at both previous MeCAFs, and it’s become the show I look forward to the most. The creator socializing is great, and Portland is so much fun to hang out in. Can’t wait for this weekend!

Thank you for the coverage of our upcoming show. Yes, the headliners this year do slant towards the all ages crowd as we have many families who attend each year. We strive to have a good mix of talent at each show. For example, last year’s featured guests included Jeff Lemire (“Sweet Tooth”) and Brian Wood (“DMZ” and “Northlanders”). Looking deeper at this year’s list there are creators who have done work for Top Cow, IDW and Heavy Metal for example. Who hope that there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And honestly, you can’t beat the view….the festival is on the shores of Casco Bay in a hall with large walls of windows overlooking the harbor. We hope that many of your readers can join us.

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