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If you’ll be in Portland  Miane this Saturday, be sure to stop by Casablanca Comics!  Zack Giallongo and Shelli Paroline will be signing copies of their Tricky Journeys books. Kids in costume will get a free comic!


Saturday, October 29th, 1-4 PM

Casablanca Comics
151 Middle Street, Portland Maine

New York Comic Con is this weekend! It’s one of the biggest pop culture events in the country, and Graphic Universe is a part of it.

Please stop by booth 1140 to see our latest releases and exciting new series. Meet our authors and artists and buy a signed graphic novel. You can even take home a free My Boyfriend Bites or Lily RenéeEscape Artist poster!

Here is our full book signing schedule:

Friday, October 14

Tricky Journeys and Twisted Journeys

2pm, Booth #1140 

Chris Schweizer – Tricky Journeys author
Shelli Paroline – Illustrator, Tricky Fox Tales
Yuko Ota – Illustrator, Detective Frankenstein
Alaya Dawn Johnson – The Goblin King and Detective Frankenstein
Zack Giallongo – Tricky Rabbit Tales

Saturday, October 15

The Elsewhere Chronicles
11am, Booth #1140

Bannister – All 5 ElseWhere Chronicles books

My Boyfriend Is a Monster
2pm, Booth #1140

Alitha Martinez – Illustrator, My Boyfriend Bites
Hyeondo Park – Illustrator, Under His Spell
 Evonne Tsang – I Love Him to Pieces

Sunday, October 16

Manga Math
11am, Booth #1140

Tintin Pantoja – Illustrator, The Lost Key, The Hundred-Dollar Robber, and The Ancient Formula

1-2pm at the Autographing Area

1. Colleen Venable – Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye
2. Stephanie Yue – Illustrator, Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye

Last weekend the Graphic Universe crew (Carrol Burrell, Robyn Chapman, and Colleen AF Venable) packed into a car and made a late night trip to Boston. The next morning we joined GU artists Stephanie Yue, Shelli Paroline, and Zack Giallongo to exhibit at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. MICE is a small 1-day comics convention put on by the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Art Institute of Boston.

To check out a slideshow of the event, visit the Art Institute of Boston flickr. If you look closely you’ll spot Carol, Colleen, Stephanie, Robyn, Zack, and Shelli.

Here are some of my favorite things about MICE.

Why aren’t more conventions free? Why should anyone pay admission to go shopping? Sure, there are also panels at conventions, but the exhibition hall is the real draw. Only the initiated will pay to attend a convention, the ones who already know and love comics. It’s refreshing to see a new audience of curious folks.

MICE is a small con in a small space for a small amount of time (one day rather than two). The crowd if friendly, there’s a real sense of community without the bustle and stress of a large show.

This year MICE was held at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus. The building was part college campus, part mall, part Japanese food court. How could I not love it?  Especially compared to the boring, sterile convention halls and hotel ballrooms where comic conventions are usually held.

The table fee was low, a ticket on the Fung Wah bus even cheaper.

MICE was a fun show, hope to see you there in 2012!

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