PORTLAND – The past several years have seen more and more comic book characters make the jump to TV and the big screen and dozens of works of fiction go from the page of text to a page of storytelling art. Stephen King’s “Gunslinger,” Laurell K. Hamilton’s “Anita Blake” and so many more have received the comic book treatment. With Marvel comics releasing movies such as “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” and other cinematic comic book translations in the works, more and more people are rediscovering comic book collecting.

And, Sunday, March, 2, Primate Promotions will bring the free 23rd edition of the Portland Comic Spectacular to Verrillo’s Convention Center.

“Comic books are increasingly becoming a highly regarded storytelling medium,” said convention promoter Dave Cummings of Monkeyhouse Entertainment. “With noted authors such as Orson Scott Card, George RR Martin, Stephen King and so many more jumping into the fray, it’s no surprise that comic book reading is on an upswing – even becoming an accepted learning tool by teachers across the country.”

Vendors from across New England will be on hand at the Portland Comic Spectacular selling comic books for readers, as low as 25 cents each, and comic books for collectors, where demand and rarity dictate price.

“With so many good things happening in comic books these days, we are inviting all attendees to join us at no admission charge,” said Cummings.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Verrillo’s Convention Center is at 155 Riverside St.

For table space or more information, e-mail [email protected], or call 978-462-2788.

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