The Maine Comics Arts Festival is in its sixth year, and is held the third Sunday of May in Portland, Maine. The festival is run by Casablanca Comics of Portland, which been in business since 1987.
Who can participate?
The festival is open to anyone who writes, draws or publishes comics. There are no stores or convention dealers. The festival has an indie flair and is very kid friendly, although there are also plenty of books for an older, more sophisticated, audience.
How do I get a table?
There is an application process for tables in the fall. Everyone is welcome to apply, but there are always more applications than available tables. The selection committee is interested in seeing finished, produced work, specifically comics.
How much does it cost to exhibit?
As of 2014: a half table (4 feet) is $50 and a full table (8 feet) is $85.
Tables are provided, and they are 8 feet long. No linens are provided. Each full table comes with 3 chairs, each half table comes with 2. This is a one day festival so you will set-up and break down on the same day. There are no union workers. There are electrical outlets for some tables. Food and water is provided on site, and you can also bring your own food. Merchandise can be sent ahead care of Casablanca Comics. There should be wifi available.
How much does it cost to attend?
Admission is just $5 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free. There are volunteer opportunities.
What kind of events will take place?
There are panels and workshops on site throughout the day. There are private exhibitor functions and parties at night. There are over 120 exhibitors each year. Past featured guests include Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Kate Beaton, Jeff Lemire, Sean Murphy, Brian Wood, Raina Telgemeier, Becky Cloonan and many others. There are no media guests (television/ movies).
What kind of items will be available for sale?
The focus is on comics and books. There are no collectible comics (back-issues) at this show.
The show is very kid-friendly, as well as indie-friendly. It is not a big superhero convention, and there is no organized cosplay. There is onsite food, or other food options within walking distance. Portland is an amazing city with a vibrant food and arts scene. Come spend the whole weekend exploring!