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We're gearing up for the 2012 Coast City Comicon and we need your help to book great guests and special events!

UPDATE 3.0!

Here's what the exclusive Kickstarter shirt is going to look like! The image will be centered on the chest.

UPDATE 2.0!

We have the early sketches of the exclusive Kickstarter shirt from Ben Bishop! Get excited, people, because here it is! So boss.

UPDATE 1.0!

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. 

Why Kickstarter?

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. 

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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    Jellyfish Ate My Brains-Level Package -- We've got some zombie jellyfish plushies generously donated by Tranifer's Wonky Critters! These little guys are super adorable and can be yours by pledging $10 or more! Pick yours up at the convention, or we can ship it to you!

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    Home-baked Goodness-Level Package -- Pledge at this level and Coast City Comics' own resident baker and chef, Jarrett, will bake you two dozen of his chocolate chip cookies! The price of this reward even includes shipping within the continental US! Jarrett will even hand-write you a personal thank you for backing this project. He equals Chad in niceness and handsomeness!

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    Black Mesa-Level Package -- this includes the mention in our program, the convention pin and an exclusive 10" x 13" print created by Ben Bishop, inspired by Half-Life 2. Each print is signed and numbered by Ben! For a look at what you'll be getting, check out our Updates section.

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    Cyclical-Level Package -- This package includes the convention pin, poster, shirt and a copy of Shia LaBeouf's new comic, "Cyclical"! He's been writing, drawing and publishing his own books from home, which is pretty much the dream, right? Check our Updates section for further details and an image of the book cover!

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    The Dead Live Large-Level Package -- If you read the introductory information about the convention, then you already know that Tony Moore designed exclusive t-shirts for last year's convention. We have some left and they are so exclusive it hurts. We have EIGHT LARGE shirts left, so pledge here if you need this shirt in LARGE. See our Updates section for images!

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    Tabletop-Level Package -- Local artist and game designer Jay Libby (known for his work on Dr. Who Adventures in Time and Space: Aliens and Creatures and G-Core) has donated 20 complimentary e-copies of his superhero role-playing game G-Core Deluxe. Fans of the classic Marvel Superhero RPG have hailed G-Core as the 'modern FASERIP'. If you love comics and tabletop gaming, this is a truly cool piece of SWAG! Folks who pledge at this level will also get the weekend pass to the convention!

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    Astonishing-Level Package -- this includes the mention in our program and a 3-day ticket to the event. This ticket grants access to all basic convention areas, including the vendor room, screenings and panels. Just bring a valid photo ID to get your ticket.

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    My Dinner with Kearney-Level Package -- If you're willing to sit through a couple of hours of fanboy rants about how great Warren Ellis and Alan Moore and Grant Morrison are in exchange for a free dinner, this is the reward package for you! Our own Ross Kearney will take you out for a magical evening at RiRa, one of the Old Port's most popular restaurants. Discuss the finer points of creator-owned comics or just sit and nod while he carries on -- because, believe me, he will. This package also includes full weekend registration to the convention!

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    Pinball Wizard-Level Package -- This includes the weekend pass to the convention, the exclusive t-shirt, the pin and the convention poster. This package also includes a special late-night pass to the pinball room so you can enjoy some pinball after regular convention hours. Doors will open at 2:00 am for the first ten people to pledge at this level!

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    God of Poverty-Level Package -- This package includes full weekend admission to the convention, and a signed, framed watercolor painting by Brandon Kawashima of God of Poverty from Nintendo's Kid Icarus! See our Updates section for a photo of this fantastic piece of artwork. Contact us with any questions!

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    Cowboys & Aliens-Level Package -- Want an industry professional to review your comic book script? Fred Van Lente, author of Cowboys & Aliens, Action Philosophers, and Marvel Zombies 3 and 4, will review your comic book script at the convention! Scripts can be up to 24 pages long and Fred will speak with you for up to 30 minutes! For more details, see the Updates section or shoot us a message!

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    Avengers Alliance-Level Package -- Want an industry professional to review your comic book script? Alex Irvine, author of Daredevil Noir, Iron Man: Rapture, Transformers: Exodus, and the Avengers Alliance Facebook game, will review your comic book script at the convention! Scripts can be up to 24 pages long and Alex will speak with you for up to 30 minutes! For more details, see the Updates section or shoot us a message! Remember that this package also includes the full weekend pass to the convention!

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    Punk Rock Jesus-Level Package -- Special convention guest Sean Murphy has agreed to meet with the first three people who pledge at this level during the convention! This will be a 20-minute meet-and-greet during the convention. See the Updates section of this project for full details of this unique reward. Note that if you pledge for this reward, you also get the weekend pass to the convention! What a deal!

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    Mouthy Merc Portfolio Review-Level Package -- Want a keen professional eye to evaluate your portfolio? Alé Garza has agreed to review artists' portfolios during the convention! Bring your art and Alé will check it out and give you a full evaluation. See our Updates section for full details of this reward. This package includes weekend admission to the convention!

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    I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts-Level Package -- Ever want to go on an investigation with real ghost hunters? Well, now's your chance! The wonderful people at Haunt ME have agreed to take one person along with them on one of their upcoming investigations! If you want to try your hand at being a paranormal investigator, this is the reward package for you! Your pledge of $100 or more also gets you the weekend pass, shirt, pin and poster! See our Updates section for further details!

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    Bishart-Level Package -- Own a piece of Coast City Comicon 2012 history! This package includes the original drawing, done by Ben Bishop, that was used to create the Coast City Comicon 2012 poster! You also get the weekend pass to the convention, the pin, poster, and convention t-shirt! See our Updates section for full details of this reward package or contact us with any questions!

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    Face of Poison Ivy-Level Package -- Get yourself a wonderfully gruesome Poison Ivy mask, designed and created by the generous folks at Shoggoth Assembly! This package also includes the convention shirt, pin, poster, and full weekend admission to Coast City Comicon 2012! See our Updates section for complete details and images of the mask.

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    MST3K Fanboy-Level Package -- Ever want to sit down and chat with Bill Corbett, voice of MST3K's Crow T. Robot? Now's your chance! This package includes full weekend admission to the convention, the Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt, the pin, the poster, and a 15-minute private meet-and-greet session with special guest, Bill Corbett! See our Updates section for details or contact us with questions about this unique package!

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    Top Cow Top Artist-Level Package -- Convention guest Christian DiBari has donated an original inked page from his comic Misdirection, an inked sketch of The Punisher, and a copy of In the Shadows, which is a collection of his sketches, to the Kickstarter project! He'll also do a headshot/bust of drawing of a character of your choice in inks and pencils on a sheet of 9" x 12" Bristol! This package also gets you into the convention! For images and details of this package, see our Updates section!

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    Custom Mouthy Merc-Level Package -- Pledge at this level to get the weekend pass to the convention and receive a free piece of custom art from current Deadpool artist, Alé Garza! He'll do an 11" by 17" headshot of any single character you want! See the Updates section for full details of this amazing package.

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    Omega-Level Package -- this includes the mention in our program, the convention pin, the exclusive t-shirt, the 3-day ticket, the convention poster, and a limited edition "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" silkscreen signed by Gunnar "Leatherface" Hansen.

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    Mouthy Merc-Level Package -- Pledge at this level to take a 2-hour workshop with special guest Daniel Way! Dan will be teaching 10 lucky attendees everything he knows about writing for comics. You'll also get the weekend pass for the convention! For more details on this amazing reward package, please see our Updates section.

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    Headshot-Level Package -- Holy moly, we've got an original watercolor painting from renowned comic artist Alex Maleev! This signed and framed painting is of the classic Daredevil villain, Bullseye! If you pledge at this level, you'll also receive the convention pin, poster, shirt, and a weekend pass to Coast City Comicon 2012! See our Updates section for a photo of the painting.

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    Eat Dinner with Crow-Level Package -- Here's your chance to break bread with Bill Corbett, voice of MST3K's Crow T. Robot! This package includes full weekend admission into the convention, the exclusive t-shirt, the pin, the poster, and dinner with special guest Bill Corbett! See our Updates section for details or contact us with questions about this unique package!

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    More Than Meets the Eye-Level Package -- This is pretty exciting stuff here, everyone. This package gets you the mention in the program, the weekend pass to the convention, the pin, the poster, the shirt, and, finally, a very special piece of celebrity memorabilia generously donated to us by Shia LaBeouf -- his expired driver's license! There's only one of these available, so act fast! You don't have to come to the convention to pick up any of this stuff. We're happy to ship this swag just about anywhere!

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