Let your nerd flag fly

Posted Nov. 17, 2011, at 9:10 p.m.
Contestants line up for a costume contest at last Friday's Nerd Rave at SPACE Gallery.
Contestants line up for a costume contest at last Friday's Nerd Rave at SPACE Gallery. Buy Photo
Darren Landry (far right), in his Red Mist costume, and his son Cain, dressed as Kick Ass, both of Saco, eat lunch at the Green Elephant restaurant during a break from the Coast City Comicon in Portland on Saturday.
Darren Landry (far right), in his Red Mist costume, and his son Cain, dressed as Kick Ass, both of Saco, eat lunch at the Green Elephant restaurant during a break from the Coast City Comicon in Portland on Saturday. Buy Photo
Juliana Lawrence of Portland, dressed as an Andorian from Star Trek, sorts through boxes of used comics at the Coast City Comicon in Portland last weekend.
Juliana Lawrence of Portland, dressed as an Andorian from Star Trek, sorts through boxes of used comics at the Coast City Comicon in Portland last weekend. Buy Photo
A Wonder Woman fan dances at the Nerd Rave last Friday night at SPACE Gallery during Coast City Comicon in Portland.
A Wonder Woman fan dances at the Nerd Rave last Friday night at SPACE Gallery during Coast City Comicon in Portland. Buy Photo
Matt Barter, dressed as Dr. Livingtston, his wife Rebekah, playing the role of Livingston's &quotlovely assistant" and their kids Milo, 7, as Mario, and Oliver, 3, as Luigi, pose during Coast City Comicon in Portland. The Barter's live in Richmond.
Matt Barter, dressed as Dr. Livingtston, his wife Rebekah, playing the role of Livingston's "lovely assistant" and their kids Milo, 7, as Mario, and Oliver, 3, as Luigi, pose during Coast City Comicon in Portland. The Barter's live in Richmond. Buy Photo
Nick Reddy of the band War Animal performs at the Nerd Rave to kick off the Coast City Comicon in Portland last Friday.
Nick Reddy of the band War Animal performs at the Nerd Rave to kick off the Coast City Comicon in Portland last Friday. Buy Photo
Darren Landry (left), in his Red Mist costume, and his son Cain, dressed as Kick Ass, both of Saco, sort through comics at the Coast City Comicon in Portland on Saturday.
Darren Landry (left), in his Red Mist costume, and his son Cain, dressed as Kick Ass, both of Saco, sort through comics at the Coast City Comicon in Portland on Saturday. Buy Photo
Scott Clavette of Gorham poses Last Friday night as Aquaman outside the Nerd Rave at the SPACE Gallery, the kick-off event for last weekend's Coast City Comicon in Portland. By Saturday morning Clavette transformed himself into Quentin, an X-Men character.
Scott Clavette of Gorham poses Last Friday night as Aquaman outside the Nerd Rave at the SPACE Gallery, the kick-off event for last weekend's Coast City Comicon in Portland. By Saturday morning Clavette transformed himself into Quentin, an X-Men character. Buy Photo
Ghostbuster fans Juston Hammer (from left) of Rumford, Ryder Wood of Shapleigh, Cory Nicholson of Portland, and Dwight Blache of Westbrook, arrive at the Coast City Comicon in Portland last Saturday. &quotFind us on Facebook at 'MaineGhostbusters' for all your paranormal eliminations," said Hammer.
Ghostbuster fans Juston Hammer (from left) of Rumford, Ryder Wood of Shapleigh, Cory Nicholson of Portland, and Dwight Blache of Westbrook, arrive at the Coast City Comicon in Portland last Saturday. "Find us on Facebook at 'MaineGhostbusters' for all your paranormal eliminations," said Hammer. Buy Photo
PORTLAND, Maine — Scott Clavette showed up for the Nerd Rave as a bleached blond wearing a skin-tight Aquaman costume, complete with pitchfork. By Saturday morning he had transformed himself into a purple-haired Quentin, the nerdy character in the X-Men series.
Clavette was one of about 750 people to attend last weekend’s first Coast City Comicon in Portland. The three-day comic book convention billed itself as “a place to let your nerd flag fly.”
It kicked off with a rave at SPACE Gallery last Friday night. It continued at the Eastland Hotel where over the next two days many of the attendees wore costumes based on their favorite fictional characters while checking out the vendors’ exhibits and challenging each other in geeky video and card games.“It’s really fun to take on a persona of someone else,” said Clavette, of Gorham. “It’s fun to jump into a character who’s outlandish-looking — and here it’s OK.”

Darren Tilley, 33, moved to Maine from England, where he always had been a big fan of movies based on comic books. He arrived at the rave wearing a handmade Captain America costume.

“I didn’t think Portland had much of nerd scene, so I was curious to find out,” said a pleasantly surprised Tilley.

“You don’t get into comics when you’re the popular kid, you know what I mean?” he said. “When I was younger, ‘nerd’ was a derogatory term. Nowadays it’s used affectionately for anybody who likes this stuff.”

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