We're gearing up for the 2012 Coast City Comicon and we need your help to book great guests and special events!
Here's what the exclusive Kickstarter shirt is going to look like! The image will be centered on the chest.
We have the early sketches of the exclusive Kickstarter shirt from Ben Bishop! Get excited, people, because here it is! So boss.
There is now an EVENTS page on the official Coast City Comicon website! We'll be having pinball tournaments, Super Mario Bros. 3 tournaments, Street Fighter Roulette and we'll be recreating the Star Fox Weekend, an event that occurred in 1994, when Super Star Fox was released for the SNES!
Check out our website for more event updates!
Remember that you can use this Kickstarter project to pre-register for the convention! All backer levels at $35 and above -- with the exception of the two "The Dead Live" packages -- grant you access to the convention! Pre-register now!
Who are we?
We know who we are, but maybe you don't and that's okay! The answer to this existential question is fairly simple. We are Coast City Comics -- a comic and toy shop in the heart of the Arts District in Portland, Maine. Aside from comics, we sell all kinds of cool old toys, like vintage GI Joe figures and play sets, super hero toys, classic and modern video games, and t-shirts, which we design and print ourselves. If it's geeky and you need it, chances are that we have it or, at the very least, know where to get it. Visit our store's website or look us up on Facebook to learn more.
What is the Coast City Comicon?
In summer of 2011, we decided to put on a comic convention in downtown Portland, Maine -- something that had never really been done before. Knowing that we wanted to have the first ever Coast City Comicon in November, we spent the summer planning, booking venues, and contacting creators, vendors, and guest speakers. With virtually no budget, we put on an amazing convention featuring 50 vendors, video game tournaments, the east coast premiere of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, the release of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, and panels by special creative guests, including Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau and Renae De Liz. See this article by the Bangor Daily News to see photos and highlights from last year's convention.
Although the response from our 700 attendees was resoundingly positive, we knew we could do even better. The theme for this year's convention? More. We want more vendors, more guests, more panels, more special events, and we know you do, too. That's where Kickstarter comes in. By donating through Kickstarter, you have the opportunity to contribute to our next convention's success.
Where will the money go?
Every cent you donate to our project will go directly toward convention expenses. Even if we manage to break past our goal, we'll put all of it toward getting more guests for the convention and won't even keep a penny of it for ourselves -- that's how dedicated we are to making this an awesome convention!
How do the rewards work?
Of course we don't expect you to just give us money for nothing! What kind of topsy-turvy Bizarro universe would this be if we asked that of you? If you're just looking to help out our cause, but can't make the convention, there are still rewards to be had! Pick the Alpha-Level or Uncanny-Level packages to contribute to the convention and score some convention-related swag, like the t-shirt designed exclusively for Kickstarter donors. We haven't designed it yet, but here's a look at one of last year's shirts designed exclusively for our convention by artist Tony Moore! Keep an eye out on our Updates section for images of this year's poster, pin and shirt, designed by Ben Bishop!
If you're already planning on attending our convention, think of the top three donation levels as your pre-registration fee -- each donation level beginning at Astonishing and up includes a three-day pass to the convention. By "pre-registering" through Kickstarter, this becomes your convention. When you show up to the convention next fall, you can look around and proudly proclaim, "I helped make this happen." The more you give, the better the convention will be for you and your fellow attendees. Note to international backers: We very humbly request that you add $5 to your donation to account for the added shipping costs.
Invest in your convention experience today and make the 2012 Coast City Comicon the convention funded by the people for the people.
This year's convention will be held on November 9, 10 and 11. This year, the convention is at the DoubleTree Hilton in South Portland, across the street from the Maine Mall.
We'll be revisiting some of the events that got people excited last year, like the Super Mario 3 tournament, Wet Paint Project and, of course, we'll be having another Nerd Rave as our "opening ceremony" for the convention. We're adding some new things, too, like a Street Fighter Tournament, a recreation of Star Fox Weekend, we'll be having a pinball room, an art show, meet and greets with our special guests, more panels and more movie screenings. If you have ideas for things you'd like to see at this or future conventions, send us a message!
If you haven't checked out our Updates section, take a minute to check that out! We're always putting up information on our confirmed guests. So far, we've got Sean Murphy, Fred Van Lente, Alex Irvine, Alé Garza, Daniel Way and Ben Templesmith! We're still in talks with a lot of people, so keep checking back to see who else we confirm!