The Coast City Comicon




“Hillbilly Bob Zombie” Screening and Q&A   Cumberland Room  11:00 – 12:45

Starring Sal Lizard, “Hillbilly Bob Zombie” is a spoof horror flick that pokes fun at the zombie genre and hillbillies. We’re gonna screen that for your enjoyment, then Sal will be around for some Q&A afterward! If you’re looking for a good laugh, this is definitely the movie for you.


I Love Being a Turtle (Fan)!      Whaleback Room  11:00 – 12:00

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” super nerd JK Woodward (Star Trek/Doctor Who) and writer Erik Burnham (Secret History of the Foot Clan) discuss the evolution of the TMNT universe and its fans. Once the discussion wraps up, these two esteemed creators will challenge each other to a TMNT-themed draw-off!


Horror Comics on the Rise?       Monhegan Room  11:00 – 12:00

Horror comics got a bad rap when the Comics Code Authority came about, and many of the themes prevalent in pre-CCA horror comics were banned for many years. Even in a post-CCA industry, horror comics struggled to reclaim their place in the market. In recent years, though, comics fans seem to be buying more and more horror-themed books. Mort Todd and Rachel Deering discuss the possible reasons for this rekindled love of the macabre, as well as their own feelings toward horror books.


Super Lucha Explosiva                       Outside    12:00 – 2:00

Just one year ago, Super Lucha Explosiva debuted at Coast City Comicon 2012. Now, witness the epic return of Maine’s premiere wrestling group!


Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers LIVE!                   Whaleback Room      12:00 – 1:30

Join Rondo Hatton award-winning horror hosts Penny Dreadful XIII and her lupine husband Garou for a live horror host screening. Get the full horror host experience as they introduce a classic film and interject their deliciously punny commentary throughout. It’ll be a truly hexcellent time.


The Art of Parody: Get Rich Quick with Quick Wits       Monhegan Room   12:00 – 1:00

Cartooning legends Mort Todd (Cracked Magazine) and Rick Parker (Papercutz series, Beavis and Butthead) talk about writing and drawing for parody comics and magazines. Learn how to expertly make fun of an existing property to create your own original works. Whose cartooning skills will reign supreme when these two old farts challenge each other to a parodical superhero-themed draw-off?!


 (Bat)tle for the (Cow)l: Drawing Batman    Cumberland Room   1:00 – 2:00

“Batman Incorporated” artists Yanick Paquette and Chris Burnham discuss the caped crusader and what it means to be a Batman artist. What liberties can they take with costume designs? What’s in store for Batcow? Watch as these two DC superstars battle it out on paper with a Batman-themed draw-off. Who will win?!


From Digital to Physical: Getting Your Webcomic Published       Monhegan Room   1:00 – 2:00

“Axe Cop” creator Ethan Nicolle and “Battlepug” creator Mike Norton talk about their experiences getting their webcomics published through Dark Horse. Learn how to take your webcomic to the next level and become a published creator.


Leatherface Chili Cook-Off    Cumberland Room   2:00 – 3:00

Horror Icon Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is joined by a panel of esteemed local chefs to judge YOUR chili! Joe Ricchio (host, “Off the Wagon with Joe Ricchio”), Adam Powers (co-owner, Elsmere BBQ), Jay Villani (owner, Salvage BBQ) and Brian Kowtke (kitchen manager, Congress Bar & Grill) act as judges in this horror-themed chili cook-off. Do you dare to taste Leatherface’s homemade chili?


MST3K Q&A with Crow, Tom Servo, and Pearl Forrester    Cumberland Room   3:00 – 4:00

MST3K alums Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mary Jo Pehl discuss the ins and outs of their experience with the beloved franchise that made talking during movies a new art form. Got a question you’ve been itching to ask? Now’s your chance! (Caution: Stupid questions will be met with the gang’s legendary brand of ridicule)


Methods of Murder: How to Kill in Comics      Whaleback Room   3:00 – 4:00

Join ‘Escape From Jesus Island’ illustrator Mortimer Glum as he constructs a comic book page from script in real time, recreating one of the grisliest deaths in Issue 1. EFJI writer Shawn French and letterer Peeter Parkker will also be on hand to discuss this Maine-made Apocalyptic comic book series.


Bump in the Night: Comparing Horror Comics and Films                Cumberland Room   4:00 – 5:00 

Film stars Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) and comic writers Tim Seeley (Revival) and Rachel Deering (Anathema, Creepy) contrast and compare horror comics and movies. How do you achieve scares in each medium? What works, and what doesn’t?


Off the Wagon with Joe Ricchio      Whaleback Room   4:00 – 5:00

Former food editor of Maine Magazine and host of Food Coma TV Joe Ricchio returns to Coast City Comicon to screen his NEW show, “Off the Wagon with Joe Ricchio.” Joe’s expanded his horizons beyond Maine food culture, and is here to drop some knowledge about the best places to eat between here and Boston.


A Rural Noir: Creating the World of ‘Revival’        Monhegan Room   4:00 – 5:00

Smash Image hit “Revival” creators Tim Seeley and Mike Norton talk about creating the world in their comic book and how it went from a limited mini-series to ongoing title. What inspired their story, and where do they go from here? Stick around to the end as these two challenge each other to a horror-themed draw-off.


Costume Contest    Cumberland Room   5:00 – 6:00

Did you come to C4 2013 dressed to the nines in your best cosplay? Then enter this year’s costume contest for your chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights for the rest of the weekend! Judged by cosplay masters Jena Kitten, Justin Hamner of the Maine Ghostbusters and Jeffrey Dumaine of the Mandalorian Mercs.


Horror Documentary Sneak Peeks       Whaleback Room   5:00 – 6:00

The creators of “Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary,” a documentary tracking the creation of  ‘Pet Sematary,’ and the creators of “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a documentary on New England horror films, will screen teasers of their upcoming movies. Kip Weeks, who starred in “The Strangers” and hosts “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” joins the creators for Q&A following the screenings.


Labors of Love: Creator-Owned Comics       Monhegan Room   5:00 – 6:00 

Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts) and Rich Woodall (Johnny Raygun) discuss what it takes to publish creator-owned titles. How do you get the book published and, possibly even more difficult, how do you get people to buy it?


Let’s Talk About Sex: Discussing Gender in Comics      Whaleback Room   6:00 – 7:00

“Wonder Woman Earth One” artist Yanick Paquette and “Grindhouse” writer Alex de Campi talk about sex in comics. How are modern gender roles affected by pop culture, and what changes could,  should, and have happened in the comic industry?


Savage Streets Screening and Q&A    Cumberland Room   6:00 – 7:30

Stars Linnea Quigley, Robert Dryer, Brian Frishman, Scott Mayer, and Kristi Somers join us for the first ever “Savage Streets” East Coast reunion. Watch one of the most violent revenge films of the 80s, then stick around for the cast Q&A to follow.





Entertainment Experiment: One Year Later    Cumberland Room   11:00 – 12:00

If you came to last year’s Coast City Comicon, you may remember that Entertainment Experiment producer Barry Dodd announced the launch of their all-digital network. Want to know what they’ve been up to since, and what their plans are for the future?


Working Hard for the Money: Freelancing and Creating Your Own Titles        Whaleback Room    11:00 – 12:00

JK Woodward (Doctor Who/Star Trek) and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell) give you the skinny on what it takes to be a successful freelancer in the comic industry. Want to self-publish? They’ll teach you what it takes to do that, too! Stick around for a very special alien-themed paint-off at the end!


Cosplay: Not Just Dress-Up for Grown-Ups       Monhegan Room   11:00 – 12:00

Professional model and cosplayer Jena Kitten is joined by members of the Mandalorian Mercs and the Maine Ghostbusters to teach you all about cosplay from picking a character to building your own costume pieces.

Before You Knew My Name    Cumberland Room   12:00 – 1:00

Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated), Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters), and Lee Weeks (Daredevil) talk about the crappy jobs they had before they landed the big gigs that made them household names. Crazy editors, terrible deadlines, and books they did just to pay the bills. Learn just what it takes to make a name for yourself in the comic industry.


Dark Shadows Screening      Whaleback Room    12:00 – 1:00

Join actress Sharon Smyth Lentz (Sarah Collins, “Dark Shadows”) for a special screening of her favorite episodes of the classic TV series. Want to know more about the show? Stand by after the screening for Q&A with Sharon!


Drawing for Kids with Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline       Monhegan Room    12:00 – 1:00

“Adventure Time” artists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline run a kids’ drawing workshop. Bring your kids on by for a class on drawing basics with two incredibly talented artists. Space is limited!


Axe Cop Screening with Ethan Nicolle    Cumberland Room   1:00 – 2:00

Join creator Ethan Nicolle for a screening of the new Fox animated series, “Axe Cop!” Learn about the series’ humble beginnings as a webcomic created by a 20-something man and his younger brother and how it evolved to a Dark Horse graphic novel series and Fox TV series. Stick around to the end for an auction of a very special “Sleepy Hollow” prize pack generously donated by FOX23.


Skate Demo Sponsored by Long’s Board Shop            Outside    1:00 – 2:30

Long’s Board Shop’s sponsored skaters are gonna thrash so hard, it’s gonna knock your socks off. So bring extra socks. It’s November, people. It’s cold.


Pie and Burgers: How to Stay Fit While Working in Comics      Whaleback Room    1:00 – 2:00 

The title pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond) and Rich Woodall (Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl) talk about food and comics.


How to Cartoon       Monhegan Room    1:00 – 2:00

Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy) and Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead) run a workshop on how to be a cartoonist. From concept sketches to final inked drawings, get a crash course on drawing your own cartoon characters. These two cartooning legends will strut their stuff with a cartoon-themed draw-off.


Rifftrax Screening with Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy    Cumberland Room    2:00 – 3:00

Bill and Kevin screen a very special episode of Rifftrax Shorts for you! Could this be a riff within a riff? Will they riff their own riffing?! Nope. But it’s still going to be awesome. Got a question that didn’t get answered at the MST3K panel? Ask it here!


How to Write Comics       Monhegan Room    2:00 – 3:00

Comic writers Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters), Alex Irvine (Daredevil Noir), and Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes) give you the ins and outs about writing comics: formatting, plot and character development, scripting and anything you can think of. If you want to write your own comic, this is the panel for you!


Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Screening and Q&A    Cumberland Room   3:00 – 4:30

Join “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” stars Linnea Quigley and Gunnar Hansen for a very special screening of this classic cult film, followed by a Q&A session.


Kids Costume Contest      Whaleback Room    3:00 – 4:00

Sunday is Kids Day at Coast City Comicon, and that means today’s the day for the Kids Costume Contest! If your costumed kids want a chance to win a prize for dressing up, bring them by the contest to be judged by Jena Kitten and members of the Maine Ghostbusters and the Mandalorian Mercs!


Lay ‘Em Out: Formatting Comic Panels and Pages       Monhegan Room    3:00 – 4:00

Eisner-nominated illustrator Douglas Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby) shows you how to layout a comic book page so that it’s pleasing to the eye – more accurately, he shows you how to lead your readers’ eyes to the most important things on the page! If you’re an aspiring comic creator, this is a tremendously important skill to learn! Get a crash course in comic layouts and a sampling of Doug’s particular brand of hilarity and snark in this workshop.


Haunted Maine: Searching for Ghosts in the Pine Tree State      Cumberland Room   4:00 – 5:00

“Haunt ME” creators and cast talk about their past year of paranormal investigations right here in Maine. Want to know where the real hauntings are in Maine? This thrill-seeking crew will tell you where to go.


Crossing the Streams: Writing and Loving Ghostbusters Monhegan Room    4:00 – 5:00

Long-time “Ghostbusters” comic writer Erik Burnham and long-time fans Justin Hamner, Ramon Juanso Jr., and Mike Marshall of the Maine Ghostbusters talk about our favorite paranormal investigation and elimination team. How do you keep the franchise alive with original stories after nearly 30 years? How do you keep the LOVE alive after nearly 30 years?


The NPC Screening    Whaleback Room   4:00 – 5:00

Created by George Dalphin, “The NPC” is an upcoming web-series about D&D-style tabletop roleplaying games/ You’re getting the first sneak peek at a very cool series! Cast and crew will be available for Q&A after the screening. (That includes our own Ross Kearney, who helped film the series!)


Yo, Joe!: GI Joe Through the Years      Whaleback Room    5:00 – 6:00

“GI Joe” artists Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, and “GI Joe: Renegades” producer Jeff Kline discuss the evolution of GI Joe and its fans. After the chat, Tim and Mike will challenge each other to a GI Joe-themed draw-off!




* The Film Festival will be taking place after regular con hours. Exact date and time is still being determined.




Everybody wants to be the hero, but do they have what it takes? Faced with his increasing popularity and demand to fulfill his responsibility as the new hero on the block, a young man wants to profess his love to his longtime girlfriend and reveal to her his super hero alter ego. Only, his plans are foiled when a new villain arrives and an unlikely ally intervenes.











SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES will be the first-ever documentary about New England horror. The film will dissect popular conventions within the genre and identify how they’re driven by the history, eerie settings, and social issues of the area. And through discussions with genre luminaries, local directors, actors, horror fans, and New England natives, the film will also help us to discover if the area’s history and passion for local horror are strong enough to help grow an independent film industry.









In this loving homage to 70s and 80s Italian horror films, a medium named Stella Buio helps a family reconnect with their loved one, literally, as he’s brought back from the grave to wreak havoc on them all.











A group of college students go to the woods for a weekend of partying. They end up in a town with strange inhabitants, a sinister past, and are being stalked by a serial killing psycho.













The Bridgewater Triangle sits within the Southeastern portion of Massachusetts, and includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences; the most prominent of which include the legendary Hockomock Swamp and the infamous Freetown/Fall River State Forest.  The triangle’s traditional boarders are revealed by connecting the dots between the town of Abington to the North, the town of Freetown to the Southeast, and the town of Rehoboth to the Southwest.

The region hosts an unusually high volume of reports involving strange occurrences, unexplained mysteries and sinister activities.  From ghostly hauntings and cryptic animal sightings, to UFO encounters and evidence of satanic ritual sacrifice, the Bridgewater Triangle serves as one of the world’s most diverse hotspots for paranormal activity.

The first-ever feature-length documentary on the subject, The Bridgewater Triangle explores the history of this fascinating region.  The film features a number of local residents providing first-hand accounts of unexplained occurrences.  In addition, an all-star assembly of paranormal researchers, folklorists and authors provide expert analysis regarding the many mysteries of the triangle.





THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL is a film that introduces a fascinating aspect of world pop culture that is of great interest to cineastes, one previously unknown to the western world!

Photo comics are a medium alien to American audiences, but in Italy they are very tightly aligned with the Italian cinema as many film directors, actors and writers cross over from comics to film and back. Frederico Fellini got his start in comics and his film The White Sheik is about his days creating these photo novels.

In dark contrast to American comics, European titles feature super-villains as protagonists rather than super-heroes. Following in the sinister footsteps of Fantomâs, Diabolik, Kriminal and other sinister characters, KILLING (known in the US as SADISTIK) was introduced in 1966, following the relaxation of censorship for movies and print by the Catholic Church in Italy.

THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL film covers the background of the socio-political, religious and psychological status of the era as the documentary relates the history of nero fumetto (noir comics) with their evil stars, and the foto romanzo (photo comics) unique to Italy, which set the stage for SADISTIK’s horrific photo novels!

Director SS-Sunda did dedicated research to dig up much previously unknown information on the creation of the character and provides entertaining and amusing interviews with the actors from the photo comics. The actors appeared in a range of cinema classics, horror, spaghetti western, sci-fi and Euro exploitation films by such directors as Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and give great insight on why the comic series was so unique, popular and controversial.

The actual director of the photo comic series, Rosario Borelli, was in films like Antonio Visconti‘s Rocco and his Brothers, sang pop tunes written by Ennio Morricone and starred in a King of the Jungle photo comic series! The actors in the comics can be recognized from such films as Purple Noon, I Clown, Blood & Black Lace, Danger: Diabolik and others. It is even revealed that the character’s stylized skeleton outfit was designed by Carlo Rambaldi who went on to work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters and E.T.

The interviews are intercut with rare graphics and footage from the era along with new clips of SADISTIK in outrageous action. The film has a cool original score composed by a cadre of international musical artists.

But the most stunning aspect is that Sunda has done what many in the original comics have died trying… he has unmasked the King of Crime and reveals his true identity! The actor who played SADISTIK was originally under contract to not publicize who he was.

The photo comic has a huge international following from South America to Turkey, where 13 Turkish action films based on the character have been released since the 1960s. There is a swelling cult fan base in America as the series appeals to fans of foreign film, comics, horror and spy fans and even aficionados of masked wrestling!

The film has had a successful run in Europe where it won the Public Award, voted on by attendees of the Italian Nightmare Film Festival. It has had only one screening in the United States so far, last month at the prestigious San Diego International Comic Convention (in conjunction with the San Diego Independent Film Festival) where it received Special Mention.

American producer Mort Todd will be on hand to introduce the film and give a question-and-answer session after the screening. Mort Todd writes the English version of SADISTIK and is also the Writer-Director of the upcoming SADISTIK: STRIP & KILL animated series.


Interested in performing at this year’s convention? Then please contact Jarrett at