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Bangor author and illustrator Mark Ricketts to celebrate new book release with May 14 launch party

Posted April 22, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

A Flatlander, by definition, is anyone not originally from Maine. We forgive them. Really, we do. In fact, we want to help. And so does Maine writer and illustrator Mark Ricketts, himself a recovering Flatlander. His desire to share what he has learned about the state in the past decade has led him to create the hilarious new book, “A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine,” which offers natives, visitors, transplants, wary guests, and native animal species an illustrated guide to the Pine Tree State.

The book, which is actually filled with humorous drawings, silly cartoons, and made-up stories, is officially slated for publication on May 14. Flatlanders and natives (no native animal species, please) alike are invited to join Ricketts to celebrate the book’s release at the Isaac Farrar Mansion, 17 Second Street, Bangor, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event, in conjunction with Bangor Greendrinks’ May gathering sponsored by the Bangor YMCA, will feature live music, a digital slide show, a framed print raffle, and other surprises and fun goodies.

“Mark Ricketts is an extremely talented writer and illustrator who has worked for some of the largest magazines and publishers in the nation as well as for cool independent comic book companies,” said Dean L. Lunt, publisher of Islandport Press. “He has even written Iron Man comics! We are very excited to work with Mark not only on this clever and really funny guidebook, but also on a wonderful children’s book that we will release in 2014.”

Ricketts, who is originally from Arkansas, has lived in Maine for seven years where he has provided illustrations and cartoons for a variety of local publications and companies, including Bangor Metro Magazine, Maine Ahead, and The Maine Edge. He has also written and illustrated for such national publishers as McGraw Hill, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine, Playboy Magazine, August House Books, and others.

Bangor Greendrinks is a family-friendly gathering focused on building community around Green businesses, organizations, and ideas in the Bangor area. The organization also supports Maine breweries and home-brewers, including Strong Brewing Co. which will provide drinks for the occasion. The event is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged to help support the organization’s activities.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, please call 207-846-3344, visit www.islandportpress.com, or e-mail info@islandportpress.com.

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