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MeCAF Goodies Recap

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of going to the second annual Maine Comics Arts Festival on Portland’s waterfront. The event grew dramatically compared to the first year – in fact, it seemed to about double in size – but kept the same happy, friendly atmosphere it is becoming known for. If you followed the #MeCAF tag on Twitter, you probably noticed the overwhelming amount of positive vibes coming from the attendees and exhibitors at the show. Hopefully, the show will keep the positivity as it grows in the coming years.

One of the cool things about MeCAF is the fact that there are no shops selling back issues or trades. All of the stuff sold at the show is coming right from comic creators. Rather than recap the entire show (again, it can just be summed up in the word awesome), I present all the cool art and books I bought this year. If you come next year, it’s worth remembering that the fact no shops are hocking wares doesn’t mean the show is necessarily light on the wallet.

Apologies for the sometimes terrible pictures – a lot of these books and prints aren’t pictured anywhere online, and the weather in Maine isn’t photo-friendly this morning.

Down” by Mr. Oblivious.

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Revenge of the Literary T-Shirt!

People. Love. T-shirts.

In the year and a half or so that I’ve been writing this blog, the most popular post by far has been my round-up of literary t-shirts. In the face of overwhelming demand for shirts that show how bookish and clever you are, I’ve decided to go back to the well. Geeky shirts? Cool shirts? Nostalgia? Jerseys? This list has it all.

Scroll on down for 14 more of the raddest shirts you can get your grubby little mitts on.


Not a Book! from Busted Tees – Might as well start off the list with a shot across the bow of e-readers. Yes, I think devices like the Kindle are very cool. Yes, I think the future of books relies, in part, in embracing digital. Yes, it’s cool to get new releases cheaper than hardcovers. But it’s time to face the fact that, while you’re reading, it’s not a book.

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Photographic Interlude!

brooklyn tumbledown

Not really any words to go with this picture – just one of my favorite beers on one of my favorite hikes. For those interested in the “and books” part of this site, note that I’m currently reading The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni and didn’t remember to include it in the picture.

Photo and Twitter Updates from the 2009 Maine Brewers Festival #mebrewfest

Luke at and I added a Flickr photostream of pictures from the #mebrewfest to and you can see lots of fun twitpics from @shipyardbrewing and @seadogbrewing of the Maine Beer Writers Guild and Maine Brewers Guild table. And don’t forget to check out for up-to-the-minute Tweets from everyone at the festival. And by all means, if you’re here (or going to be here) come say hi! Cheers.

Are You a Book Advocate or a Book Snob?

snobI see a lot of crossover when I look at the worlds of craft brewing and independent bookselling.  Both are (or at least frame themselves) as small, scrappy upstarts facing off against corporate behemoths.  Both small breweries and indie bookstores promote themselves as local, unique, and a vehicle for creating choice in the market.  Whether the product is something intangible like customer service or as physical as beer, both argue that you get a higher-quality experience by going with the little guy.  And, let’s face it, beer geeks and book geeks can be equally obsessive about their passions.

When I was scrolling through the Beer Advocate forums today, I noticed a question that comes up every few weeks on the site – “are you a beer advocate or a beer snob?”  Meaning, do you celebrate good beer and try to share that appreciation with everyone, or do you scoff and turn your nose up at people who drink something you don’t deem worthy?  Are you happy when a beer you like is embraced by the general public, or are you upset that it’s becoming palatable to a mass market?  Essentially, do you want the world of beer to be inclusive or exclusive?

Substituting the word book for beer creates an interesting question for booksellers and book lovers – are you a book advocate or a book snob? Continue reading

Extreme Beer Fest 2009 – Session 1 Recap

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Extreme Beer Fest 2009

Extreme Beer Fest 2009

One of my favorite holidays every year comes on the third weekend in February, when Beer Advocate hosts the Extreme Beer Fest at the Cyclorama in Boston.  From the Alstrom brothers themselves;

Extreme Beer Fest … Cometh! The firestorm of creativity sparked by American craft brewers rages on during the original, and 6th annual, Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, MA this February 20 & 21, 2009! Discover big, bold, creative, and unique offerings that will change the way you think about beer forever. Make sure to bring an open mind & palate. Dare to drink different. Join us!

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Kate the Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery

There’s something you should know about getting the best beer in America – it ain’t easy.

Kate the Great is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  In December of 2007, Beer Advocate magazine named Kate the Great the Best Beer in America (and 2nd-best on Planet Earth), based on the beer reviews posted online at  Since Portsmouth is such a small brewery, and because an imperial stout takes so long to brew and age, Kate only gets a very limited release – approximately ten barrels per batch, brewed once or twice a year.  This works out to about 900 22oz bottles and five barrels put on draft.  Of course scarcity only breeds further demand, and the beer has become something of a phenomenon since the high rating from Beer Advocate.  After missing the January and June releases last year, I needed to get to Portsmouth this year to sample some Kate before the taps ran dry. Continue reading