BAR HARBOR COMIC CON
Greetings true believer! Welcome to all things related to Acaidia’s Amazing Bar Harbor Comic Con! A one day family fun comic & pop culture fun event. A show for Fans by fans!
Date: Saturday, May 4th 2019
Time: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tickets: $10 (us) Kids under 12 free with paying adult.
Advanced VIP Tickets: Coming Soon
Location: Atlantic Oceanside & Event Center 119 Eden Street Route 3, Bar Harbor, Maine
Presenters, panels, & Activities TBA.
Guest Comic Book Panel, with Artists and writers in the industry
Guest Authors & Writers Panel
Eager Games - Special Media Guest Charles Carter with ZED Game demonstration
Learn to Draw a super-hero with Bar Harbor Batman!
Costume and Cosplay contest Including Kids Cosplay
More to come true believers!
Confirmed 2019 Guest list, artist, authors, cosplayers, Gamers, and more below.
Get a table and join in the fun! Early Vendor Registration is open.
*Guest line up subject to change. Follow along on Facebook for the most up to date info.
Media Guest Chuck Carter: Eager Games with ZED
Eagre Games was founded in 2014 by esteemed video game artist, Chuck Carter. Mr. Carter had over twenty years in video game experience, starting with early work with Rand and Robyn Miller on the game Myst, developed by Cyan in Spokane, WA. After Myst, Chuck moved to Westwood Studios in Las Vegas, NV where he helped create Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2 and more. After Westwood Studios was acquired by Electronic Arts, Chuck’s talents eventually found their way to Vicarious Visions in Albany, NY where he worked on several titles including Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
In 2012, Mr. Carter moved to the great state of Maine, where he mulled over the idea of creating a game he had been thinking about since the 1990’s when he was still in Spokane. In 2014 he officially founded Eagre Games in Bangor, Maine focusing on beautifully immersive, non-violent games for people of all ages. Chuck has partnered with writers Joe Fielder (Bioshock: Infinite, Underworld Ascendant) and David Chen (Metal Gear Solid V, Narcosis) and famed voice actor Stephen Russell (Fallout series, Thief series) to bring together Eagre’s first title, ZED. Following further partnership with Skymap Games and Cyan, Eagre Games plans to release ZED in Spring 2019.
Add ZED to your Wishlist now on Steam:
Charles Carter will be making a presentation featuring ZED for the spring 2019 release.
Comic Book Guests
Rick Parker is an American artist, writer, and cartoonist whose humorous artwork has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Life magazine, and millions of Marvel comic books. Parker was one of the four original artists of The Pekar Project which brought the writing of the American autobiographical comics pioneer Harvey Pekar to the web. He is widely known as the artist of MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head comic book, published by Marvel from 1994 to 1996. Rick has been letter for many popular Marvel Titles including Spider-Man, Alpha Flight, ROM, G.I.Joe. and more! He wrote and illustrated his own graphic novel, Deadboy in 2010. Rick also drew the introductory pages of Tales from the Crypt for Papercutz from 2007 to 2009. Parker has illustrated a series of graphic novel parodies (written by Stefan Petrucha) for Papercutz Slices (Papercutz) — titles include Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, Harry Potty and The Deathly Boring, Breaking Down (a parody of the Twilight series), Percy Jerkson and The Ovolactovegetarians The Hunger Pains, and the Farting Dead.
Lisa Trusiani is an established writer and storyboard artist of both comic books and comic strips. She has written more than 100 comic books for Marvel Comics. Lisa was the assistant editor at Marvel and was the writer of Barbie when she first became a comic book character. Lisa served in a full-time, onsite editorial capacity from 1988 to 1990 for the Marvel/STAR Comics imprint, including these licensed properties: Alf, Bullwinkle and Rocky, Camp Candy, Care Bears, Count Duckula, Fraggle Rock, Heathcliff, Heathcliff Funhouse, Madballs, Muppet Babies, Police Academy, and The Flinstone Kids, plus Marvel's original Fighting American, and Damage Control. She also wrote Apartment 3-G for ten years --a weekly and Sunday newspaper strip which was syndicated by King Features.
Paul Pelletier is from Lewiston Maine and began work as a professional comic artist in the late 1980s. His first work appeared in Cosmic Steller Rebellers (hammac publications) and Wayward warrior (hammac Publications) later in Zen: Intergalactic Ninja! He has worked for renowned comics publishers DC Comics and Marvel Comics as well as for the now out of business Cross Generation Entertainment. His portfolio includes stints as regular artist or guest artist on such series as Darkstars, Flash, Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, Legion of Super-Heroes, Outsiders, Superboy and the Ravers, Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, Titans, She-Hulk, Fantastic Four, Exiles, Negation and Negation War. On top of that Pelletier has drawn special projects such as the mini-series Green Lantern/ Sentinel: Heart of Darkness or the One-shots Flash: Secret Files, Green Lantern: Secret Files and President Luthor Secret Files.
One of his most recent project was over 20 years in the making with Apha Productions Task Force Alpha: Forged in Fire Special Edition. Pelletier was one of the regular artists on Aquaman during DC's New 52, Titans, and currently works on Batgirl. He is most notably known for his work on Marvel Comics miniseries War of Kings with the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Fall of the Hulks"
Paul will be on the con floor to chat, sign books, and he will have a selection of original art from many of the titles he has worked on recently.
Christopher Mills is a freelance writer, editor and graphic artist with thirty years of experience in the publishing industry. A professional writer since 1990, he has scripted numerous independent comic books in a variety of genres, including LEONARD NIMOY'S PRIMORTALS, SHADOW HOUSE, THE NIGHT DRIVER, KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER, FEMME NOIR, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' CARSON OF VENUS, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS' THE MOON MAID, and the critically-acclaimed crime thriller, GRAVEDIGGER: THE SCAVENGERS. He is currently writing and publishing a new line of all-ages adventure comics under his Atomic Pulp imprint, beginning this Spring with SPACE CRUSADERS #1.
Special guest author Carrie Jones!
Carrie Jones, author of TIME STOPPERS, FLYING, NEED; CAPTIVATE; ENTICE; ENDURE: AFTER OBSESSION: GIRL, HERO; TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND, LOVE (and other uses for duct tape); SARAH EMMA EDMONDS WAS A GREAT PRETENDER, and co-edited DEAR BULLY!
Carrie is an active member of the Bar Harbor Rotary and has fought fires, taught gymnastics, dispatched police, fire and emergency people, edited newspapers and poetry journals and has won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award. Some of her books have been both New York Times and international best sellers.
When she is not working on her next book or making the community a better place she can be found blogging about writing and posting to her pod cast - Dogs are SMARTER than People.
*Writers, and Authors panel time TBA
Hinterlands Press, owned by Clif and Laurie Graves, is an indie publishing company in Winthrop, Maine. Hinterlands Press has published three books: Laurie's YA fantasies Maya and the Book of Everything and Library Lost, which are partially set in Maine and go across the universe from there; and Clif's The Wave of Time, an anthology of time traveling tales from pulp magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Sydney Ashcroft originally hails from Pennsylvania and is a die hard Penn State fan, but moved to New England over twenty years ago and has never looked back. She currently resides in Maine along with her daughter, a beagle, a cane corso, and a foster beagle. During the day she works full time in the information technology field and writes by night. Tea, chocolate, and folk music fuel her through the day and writing sessions. When she’s not writing or working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and dogs, going to see live music, and plotting shenanigans with her co-author.
Sydney can be found on Twitter @sydneyashcroft
We feature artists and creators of all kinds! From those in the “Industry” (See some of our special guest listed above) to those that freelance as graphic designers, self publish their own graphic novels, or self publish their own comics on the web.
Art Gowie is Maine artist “CORN APPLE”, whose style blends influences from comics and cartoons from the 1970s to the present, Japanese arts and crafts, and time spent in the woods and near the ocean. Born in Maine, he spent much of his childhood on Navy bases in Japan, Iceland, and several US states. During eight years in Japan, he loved traditional holiday festivals and watching artists of all kinds, from sushi chefs to kite makers. Commissioned work has included pet portraits from photographs; custom decoration on shoes and clothing; business signs, displays, and menu boards; childrens' book illustration; tattoos; and animation and characters for website and game applications.
Nick Anderson is the author and artists for Planet Ripple a series of comics about a cyborg girl who happens to be on the autism spectrum.
There is no curing or escaping autism. There are varied levels of it, though. It's a spectrum, and every autistic individual is somewhere on that complex spectrum. It's different for everybody. "Most people would never know that I have it now unless it was explicitly pointed out to them, but when I was a child it was pretty evident, and intense." - Nick Anderson
Nick thinks it is important not only that this group be positively represented in media so they can aspire to be like the characters they see in stories, but that other people can come to understand those with the condition.
Gentleman & Scholar Comics
Turner Huston and James Couture met long ago, under the guise of a summer track and field program in Lisbon, Maine. Their creative collaboration didn't start, however, until they co-founded a professional wrestling outfit on Turner's trampoline in his backyard. Years passed, and it was time to put childish things aside. Forays into Abu Dhabi and accountancy broadened their world view, and in 2014 they reconvened to start GENTLEMAN & SCHOLAR COMICS, putting out doodles, fanart far too focused on Howard the Duck and 90's Clone Saga Spider-Man characters, World War I horror comics, and slice of life comics burdened by the weight of verisimilitude like THE PUNCHIN' BAG and ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DOLLAR.
Alysa Avery - I am a freelance artist based in southern Maine. My work focuses mainly on fantasy and horror themes and fan art. I have experience in a variety of creative endeavors such as theatrical and special effects makeup, concept art, comics, portrait painting & caricature, set painting, costume construction, creature fabrication and prop making. In my free time I am likely to be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, doing outdoorsy things or taking naps with my cat. I like to have fun with anything that I do, and I try to incorporate that into my art as well. There is magic to be found in the mundane of everyday life if you know where to look!
Freelance artist from southern Maine
When characters come to life! We all wear masks metaphorically speaking, some of us take it to the next level. Cosplaying goes hand in hand with comic book conventions, and has been a tradition long before the term cosplay. Now it even has different levels and sub groups. We welcome cosplayers of all levels, from the novice crafters, to casual first timers. It’s about having fun and sharing an experience.
Costume and Cosplay Contest.
No real weapons, metal props, or projectiles.
Treat all cosplayers with respect. Harassment of any kind will result in being asked to leave the event center.
2PM Kids 12 and under Costume and & Cosplay Contest.
Must be accompanied by an adult( don not have to be dressed up, be present during contest line up and judging).
Prizes for most creative and best overall
3PM Costume and & Cosplay Contest.
Must register ahead of time.
Prizes for most creative and best overall
Bar Harbor Batman
With over 10 years experience of BatManing as M.D.I.’s Dark Knight, Bar Harbor Batman not only walks the walk, he talks the talk. Over the years His costumes and Convention and parade performances have reflected Batman in the Comics and Movies. As an artists and crafter he had fabricated or modified most of the costumes by Mold making batarangs, and bat fins for gauntlets, made resin classic Bat Symbols for costuming, and sewing body suits and capes.
He has officiated over a number of Costume contests and Cosplay competitions. Is Known for Dancing in the streets of Bar Harbor with a modified 1985 Ghetto Blaster and being mentioned on SNL weekend Update. Bar Harbor Batman is the host of Bar Harbor Comic Con.
Mawahaa! Maahawaw Maaahaaa! My name is Chris. I have been cosplaying as Chewbacca since 2015. I had fun going to convention and comic cons so I decided to create my own character, the Western Maine Wookie!
I have been cosplay guest at several conventions and comic cons now. I have also participated in other events, birthday parties, and charity causes. If you see me at an event you are at be sure to say hi, take a selfie, high five or fist bump me. Be sure to check out my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineWookie/
Do you have an event or charity that would like to book The Western Maine Wookiee?
Email Me Westernmainewookiee@gmail.com
*Remember Always Let The Wookiee Win*
We have gaming from Table top to video games on console or PC and more! This is a great place to meet other people that share your passion in grinding in an rpg, rolling dice, or getting fragged. Gaming will be located on the Lower Level of the Event Center. Take the Stairs, Elevator, or use the First Floor entrance facing the Hotel.
Warhammer 40K, Battle Tech, Shadespire, and more! Hosted By Downeast Gamers Guild.
DownEast Gamers Guild will be joining the 2018 Bar Harbor Comic Con. They will have several tables set up in the gaming hall and will be demoing a variety of miniature war games. Are you a gamer? Have you ever thought about getting into the miniature war gaming hobby? This is a great opportunity to come visit with the folks from DownEast Gamers Guild, ask questions, check out the cool models, play a few rounds or just connect with the local gaming community!
Nor’Easter Gaming Expo
Featuring free play table top library and a selection of video games to play.
– Don't get fragged!
Nor'easter Gaming Expo is Maine's homegrown gaming festival! The expo showcases local game makers and their games as well as other local creators, a game lounge filled with video and table top games, and panels about all things gaming! Visit them at (event name) to get a taste of their free play games library!
Find a hand knit geeky hat, comic, or rare collectible you have been looking for!
Watch for updates, More vendors being added
Northeast Collectibles - Connect with them for toys, comics, video games, and more. They have An Online Toy, comic and gaming store located in the Brewer Area.
Spring Morning Handcrafted
Unique Crafts and Works of Art Made in Maine.
When working by hand, flaws are inherent, and these flaws can be beautiful. It's the little imperfections in life that make us all unique, and the same goes for my works. I love working with natural materials and challenging myself with new and different pieces.