Maine author and illustrator Mark Scott Ricketts will sign copies of his new humor book “A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine” Saturday, June 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. on at Owls Head General Store, 2 South Shore Drive.

Ricketts’ tongue-in-cheek, 104-page, fully-illustrated “guidebook” offers natives, visitors, transplants, wary guests and native animal species an illustrated guide to the Pine Tree State. The book introduces readers to characters such as Ranger Dickie Todd, Earl Hornswaggle and Ricketts’ own cartoon doppelganger, who serve as the book’s Maine guides. The trio help lead readers through quizzes and puzzles about Maine, as well as a look at the state’s history, lingo, flora, fauna, culture, shopping and tall tales.

Ricketts, who is originally from Arkansas, has lived in Bangor 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 also has written and illustrated for such national publishers as McGraw Hill, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine and others.

The book is published by Islandport Press. For more information, call 846-3344; email; or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or