PortConMaine: Maine's Geek Culture Celebration! June 23-26, 2016
A Home Run for our 15th Year! A MONTH of Con Activities!
It's our 15th year, so we should do something awesome, right???
Out of left field comes this AMAZING announcement for our community-- we're going to have a MONTH of convention activities this year, as well as an additional space at the Maine Mall!
For the WHOLE month of June we'll be renting the space across the street next to Best Buy, the old Summit Adventure Space.
What this means for you:
- 7,800 more space during the convention to run a GAMES ARENA OF AWESOME. Our gaming will be at the mall this year- allowing us to run panels inside (only one tent, woot woot!) and to spread out our vendors and artists.
- Another room for artisans, authors, and other miscellaneous craftsman. Details on signing up coming soon, but it all amounts to more space to showcase amazing artists!
- A MONTH OF ACTIVITIES. No lie: we'll have something for most of the days of June. Tournaments, Dogeball, a Nerdy Flea Market/Swap Meet, Karaoke... So much awesome. And right at the Maine Mall! Each activity will either be a small fee for non-preregistered attendees or free/discounted rate just for pre-registered attendees, so make sure to Pre-Register by June 1st!!
- You should totally follow us on Facebook. FOR REAL. If you don't want to miss out, don't miss the announcements! Make sure notifications are turned on and that you see our announcements. You might have missed this news. Why? You're not following us! Follow us and make sure our announcements show up (under notification settings).
This is going to be the most epic of years. There will be so much fun, with a calendar of events coming soon. Join us as we make June the best month, and celebrate our fandoms with tons of amazing events. More information coming soon... (Along with some more guests, some more sponsors... the things we've lined up are crazy. Did I mention you should totally follow us on Facebook? Yup. Do that. This is going to be win.
Maine Game Club (Game Organization)
PortConMaine is proud to welcome the Maine Game Club to the convention this year!
The Maine Game Club is a membership based club where students who are interested in digital art, programming, and/or marketing work together to create a videogame/app that can somehow benefit a local community partner. We spend the year collaborating with the student chosen community partner before donating the product to them.
The end product will be a successfully marketed and fully developed video game and/or app.
Students will be programming in C# with the Unity Game Engine, doing 3D modeling in Autodesk 3DS Max, creating 2D art in Photoshop/Illustrator, and marketing their work all over the world. Participants will also be able to test for and acquire national based certifications in everything that's being covered.
The Maine Game welcomes all currently enrolled juniors and seniors in the greater Portland area to sign up for the club. Admittance to the club is dependent upon school GPA, attendance, previous experience in curriculum, and individual merit.
Meetings will be held at Ci2 Lab at USM in Portland, Maine from 2:30 – 4:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Panels & Events:
Chuck Carter (Video Game Industry)
PortConMaine is proud to announce Chuck Carter will be joining us as a guest in 2016!
Once upon a time Carter helped create Myst and worked on 26 other video games including the Command and Conquer and Red Alert franchises, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Nox, Pacman World Rally, Kyrandia and many others – Carter worked on TV shows like Babylon5 (as a digital Matte Painter) as well as having contributed work on Star Trek the Experience and Disney’s Mission to Mars motion rides. His illustration and animation work has been seen on the BBC, National Geographic, US Dept. of Defense, Homeland Security, Scientific American, NASA, Caltech and JPL as well dozens of additional publications and organizations.
Currently Carter is the founder of Eagre Games and working frantically on their first first person adventure game, ZED.
Brief Description of the game:
“Zed” is a first person, explorative adventure into whimsical dreamworlds. This beautiful and meditative game encourages curiosity and imagination. The Dreamer needs your help – there are mysteries to solve and memories to unlock. We at Eagre Games have long been immersed in these dreamscapes and cannot wait to share them with the world.
About Eagre Games:
Eagre Games was founded by Chuck Carter, one of the developers who brought Myst into the world along with helping create more than two dozen additional titles - including numerous AAA products like the Command and Conquer and Red Alert series and many others. Eagre Games is based in Orono, Maine and believes that games don’t have to be violent to be compelling. We are dedicated to bringing interesting, immersive and beautiful worlds to market so anyone can play and lose themselves in our creations.
Panels & Events:
Bill Brock (Crypto-Expeditionary)
PortConMaine is proud to announce Bill Brock will be joining us in 2016!
Bill Brock is the Team Leader of Monsters Underground on Destination America as well as the founder of Team Rogue. Brock has made it his life mission to identify unknown creatures around the world. As a Crypto-Expeditionary he has been all over the world looking for creatures from Bigfoot to the giant bat known as the Olitiau. Now he brings his hunt to Maine as Team Rogue. Team Rogue has been responsible researching and publishing some of the best footage of Bigfoot to be seen from Maine. Brock is also a accomplished author and speaker, co-writing a book focusing on the connection between the ancient mound builders and the paranormal. He has also given speeches to thousands of people on Bigfoot and the origins of the Sasquatch. He continues his journey researching Cryptids and the Paranormal in Maine and around the world.
Panels & Events: