Comics and More Comics

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 9am

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Mark Scott Ricketts

Mark Scott Ricketts
Comic Book Writer

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Mark Ricketts (born December 9, 1955) is an American comic book writer, illustrator and cartoonist. He has worked for a variety of publishers including McGraw-Hill, Caliber Comics, Chaos! Comics, Mojo Press, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Moonstone (comics) and Image Comics. He won the 2000 Klasky Csupo screenwriting award for his teleplay “Whiskey Dickel, Int’l Cowgirl.”

Ricketts got his break in 1990, when Gary Reed of Caliber Comics agreed to publish his first book “Warpwalking”. Ricketts created many original comics under the Caliber banner, but dropped out of the comics scene in 1996 to pursue other interests. In 1999, longtime friend Brian Michael Bendis encouraged Ricketts to continue making comics and showed his work to Jim Valentino, then Image Comics publisher. In 2000, Image published the graphic novel Nowheresville– a mystery set in 1950s Greenwich Village that combines Beat Generation culture with hard-boiled pulp crime fiction.

Ricketts created many original graphic novels at Image, including Dioramas which was optioned by Venture Studios. He also created a graphic novel for Dark Horse entitled Lazarus Jack and wrote four issues of The Invincible Iron Man for the Avengers Disassembled event. Over the years, Ricketts has written stories illustrated by Mike Hawthorne, Sean Phillips, Tony Harris, Scott Kolins, Brian Michael Bendis, Eric Wight, Neil Gaiman, Micah Farritor, Mitch O’Connell, Leanne Buckley, Andy Kuhn, Phil Hester, Alex Ross, Mike Mignola, David Mack, Michael Lark, Terry LaBan, Guy Davis, Jim Calafiore, Jay Geldhof, Jill Thompson, Galen Showman, Andrew Robinson and Tim Bradstreet.


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Jeff Kline
Darby Pop Publishing launches new line of comic books with Jeff Kline’s “Indestructible”

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Los Angeles, CA – Darby Pop Publishing releases the first in its new line of all-original comic books with the publication of the satiric superhero tale — “Indestructible” – on December 11th. Published and distributed in partnership with IDW, “Indestructible” is the story of a not-so-heroic slacker (Greg Pincus) who is in the wrong place at the right time, thwarting a robbery with what the general public believes to be “superpowers.”  This ongoing series will explore the pitfalls of celebrity, and examine just how far an ordinary Joe will go to maintain his — potentially lethal — fame and the perks that come with it.

“Indestructible” was written by Jeff Kline, who has been responsible for more than 40 animated and live-action television series and pilots including Transformers Prime, and G.I. Joe: Renegades. “Indestructible” #1 is penciled by Javi Garron, inked by Salvi Garcia and colored by Alejandro Sanchez. Jose Lopez is providing the main cover, with Bernard Chang providing a special subscription variant cover.

Kline’s passion for storytelling led him to found Darby Pop Publishing in early 2013. David Wohl (Marvel, Top Cow Productions, and more recently, Radical Comics) is Editor-In-Chief.

Darby Pop plans to release new issues of “Indestructible” monthly, and a new title every other month. The second title to be released will be “City: The Mind in the Machine,” due out in February, 2014, followed by “7th Sword,” in April, 2014.

Founder Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) created Darby Pop Publishing with the goal of using the visual medium of sequential art — aka comic books — to tell all-new stories crafted by a small circle of friends. As a life-long lover of the form, Kline had been searching for years for someone with whom to partner who understood comics inside and out. It was upon meeting former Marvel and Top Cow Editor David Wohl that Kline knew he had finally found Darby Pop’s Editor-In-Chief.  The two have since reached out to many talented writers, artists, and comics professionals to build the team behind Darby Pop Publishing’s ever-growing array of original titles.

Darby Pop comic books are published and distributed by IDW Publishing.

MERI and Beer

Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 9am

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Ben Gilman
Senior Government Relations Specialist

Maine Economic Research Institute -

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Ben joined the Maine State Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In his capacity at the Chamber, Ben focuses primarily on utilities and energy, natural resources, and business regulation issues. Previously, he served as director of Government Affairs with the Maine Energy Marketers Association, director of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, and as director of Outreach and Economic Development for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Ben received his BA from the University of Maine, Orono, JD from the University of Maine’s School of Law, holds a certificate in International Law from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in the State of Maine.


Fred Forsely

Fred Forsley
Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard’s Summer Festival
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Maine native Fred Forsley is the founder and co-owner of The Shipyard Brewing Company, the largest brewery in Maine and a national leader in the craft brew industry.

Shipyard grew out of the Kennebunkport Brewing Company and Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub which Forsley began in 1992 as a way to turn around a troubled retail development in Kennebunk, Maine. These two businesses became the centerpiece of the property and, along with The Shipyard Brewing Company, continue to prosper today under Forsley’s guidance.

Gray, Maine native Fred Forsley is an entrepreneur. Forsley has been involved in a number of business startups involving real estate development, recycling, health care, direct response marketing, and the food and beverage industry. At age 19, he started Fred Forsley Realty and became one of the youngest real estate brokers in Maine to own his own firm. In 1995, he formed a 50:50 partnership with the Miller Brewing Company to extend Shipyard’s distribution throughout the United States. In April of 2000, Forsley made the strategic decision to buy back Miller’s share of the company and Shipyard became an independent brewery once again.