Appearance Schedule

To book Jay Piscopo for school and library visits, please contact Tami Burke at

May 7, 2016
Free Comic Book Day
Jay will be at Bull Moose in the morning and Casablanca Comics in the afternoon doing free superhero sketches

June 4, 2016
Portland Public Library
Portland, Maine

June 11, 2016
10:00 - 6:00
Concord, New Hampshire

October 23, 2016
Portland, Maine


Ahoy, Santa!

View photos at this link. Check out a video clip HERE.
Saturday, November 28, 2009: Jay Piscopo and the Capt'n Eli crew took to the high seas to welcome Santa to Portland, Maine.

On this blustery Saturday, kids of all ages boarded a Casco Bay Lines ferry for a scenic tour of Portland harbor while reading The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli comic books and enjoying refreshing Maine-made Capt'n Eli's Soda and snacks from The Inn on Peaks Island.

Capt'n Eli author/illustrator Jay Piscopo led the kids in welcoming Santa aboard the ferry and kicking of the start of a peaceful holiday season.


Buy a Book and We'll Give a Book!

Read press release HERE.

Buy an Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli graphic novel and, for every book sold, we'll donate a book to the METRO toy bus to help "stuff a bus" with toys and books for Maine kids in need.

Order HERE or visit Casablanca Comics in Portland or Windham, Maine. Buy Capt'n Eli at Casablanca and receive a free bottle of Capt'n Eli's Root Beer!

WHAT: METRO Stuff a Bus: Bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to help Maine children in need this holiday season.

WHEN: Friday, December 4 -- 11:30a.m.-5:30p.m.

WHERE: METRO Pulse on Elm Street in Portland, Maine
(Off Congress St., across from the Portland Public Library.)

The first 100 people to donate a gift on December 4 will receive a free bottle of Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer!

Donations are welcome prior to December 4.

FMI: Visit or call 207-774-0351


All Aboard with Jay Piscopo and the Capt'n Eli Crew

View photos from last year's cruise at this link.

All aboard for Santa's arrival in Portland, Maine!
Saturday, November 28
11:00am - 12:30pm

Join Jay Piscopo and the Capt'n Eli crew aboard a Casco Bay Lines ferry for a magical cruise of Portland Harbor with Santa and his elves.

Share a ride with Santa as we make merry with special musical performances, a reading by Portland, Maine graphic novel author Jay Piscopo of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and complimentary refreshments from Capt’n Eli’s Soda and The Inn on Peaks Island. There will also be free Capt'n Eli Collectible Card Games for all the kids!

$8 Adults
$4 Children
Tickets include refreshments.

Tickets sold in advance at:
Casco Bay Lines
56 Commercial St.
Portland, Maine
FMI: 207-774-7871


Georgetown Record: Capt'n Eli & Jay Piscopo

“Not only is the art incredible but the stories are well written. This is such a value to our kids." ~ Stephanie McSherry, Literacy Coach, Penn Brook Elementary

Artist and author Jay Piscopo shares tips with Georgetown students
By Theresa DeFranzo/ Correspondent
Wed Nov 18, 2009, 07:03 PM EST

Georgetown, MA - For Jay Piscopo, comic books were his entryway into reading. But since then he’s done much more than just read comics.

Piscopo, the author and illustrator of “The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli,” an all-ages graphic novel series, has been making state-of-the-art children’s entertainment for nearly 20 years. Last week, the Georgetown PTA sponsored an appearance by Piscopo at the Penn Brook School, where he introduced students in grades 2-5 to the art of graphic storytelling.

Piscopo said it was comic books “that got me into reading. Comics are a great way to get kids to read.” The ’40s, he said, were known as the Golden Age of comics and the ’60s and ’70s were the Silver Age. These two periods had the biggest influence on him.

“Batman and the TV show were a huge influence,” he said. “Tarzan was also a big hero of mine.”

To date there are two volumes of “The Undersea Adventure of Capt’n Eli,” with a third volume scheduled to come out next year. According to the author, Capt’n Eli is a graphic novel series in the tradition of Jules Verne, Herge, and classic comic strips like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

With his companions Jolly Roger, a 200-year-old parrot, and the faithful seadog Barney, Capt’n Eli takes readers into a mesmerizing world of time travel, high-tech ships, flying mini-subs, robots, lost civilizations and undersea empires in conflict.
Piscopo’s passion for using the computer as his canvas led him to develop his unique signature style of combining 2D characters with 3D backgrounds.

What Piscopo did last week with the students was not only talk to them about storytelling, but also show them how to draw — step by step — two famous characters: Dracula and Frankenstein. And for those students who were hesitant to give it a try, Piscopo had this advice for them.

“It doesn’t matter how well you draw,” he said. “It matters how well you get your idea across.”

The great thing about creating just one character is that many more come from it.

“Cartoonists do this all the time,” he said. “They take one character and make more than one from it.”

If you ever find yourself running out of ideas of what to draw, just ask someone to scribble quickly on a blank piece of paper. That’s right — he said you’d be surprised what ideas will come to you using this technique.
After he had a student volunteer scribble for him he said, “I see so many things in this one.”

Stephanie McSherry, literacy coach at Penn Brook, seconded Piscopo’s assertion that graphic novels can help kids get involved in all different kinds of reading.

“I’ve learned over the last year and a half that you can engage kids through graphic novels,” said McSherry. “I got interested last year on how a great piece of artwork and a great story going together can capture a reader.”

She added, “Not only is the art incredible but the stories are well written. This is such a value to our kids. It’s our responsibility to expose our kids to as many different genres as possible.”


Portsmouth Herald: Capt'n Eli Family Fun Day

View photos and video from the 2nd Annual Capt'n Eli Family Fun Day at the Regatta Banquet & Conference Center in Eliot, Maine.

Spending a rainy day with Capt'n Eli
Also a teen race car driver and giant inflatable whale

By Gina Carbone
November 15, 2009

ELIOT, Maine — The intrepid Capt'n Eli, a 13-year-old race car driver and a giant inflatable whale came together on Saturday for the second annual Capt'n Eli Family Fun Day.

During the free event, held at the Regatta Banquet & Conference Center, Jay Piscopo sketched characters from his graphic novel series, "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli."

Pass modified driver Sulo Burbank, 13, of Gorham, Maine, let kids check out his race car, which was parked outside next to an Eliot fire engine.

Children danced to the sounds of the Rick Miller Trio and drank Capt'n Eli's Soda, which is a sponsor of Burbank's racing.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation brought a 60-foot whale into the banquet hall for kids to walk through, and set up a table full of stuffed animals and marine information. The event functioned partially as a fund-raiser for the Portsmouth-based nonprofit organization.

Event coordinator Tami Kennedy said they had seen about 200 visitors come in by around 1:30 p.m. on a day of pouring rain, with people already waiting outside before they opened at noon. She estimated by 4 p.m., at the end of the event, they would have welcomed around 300 people.

"We've had a great response," Kennedy said. "The objective is to get more fans and to give people an awareness of the series and who the characters are."...READ MORE


This Saturday: Capt'n Eli Family Fun Day

Check out photos from last year's event at this link.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Capt'n Eli Family Fun Day
WHEN: Saturday, November 14 -- Noon-4:00
WHERE: Regatta Banquet & Conference Center
Route 236 - Eliot Commons - Eliot, Maine
Directions at this link

Calling kids of all ages! Join the Capt'n Eli crew for a day of family fun. Come get your hands on a free superhero sketch by Jay Piscopo, creator of The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli graphic novel series.

Blue Ocean Society will take you inside a life-size finback whale and introduce you to real life sea creatures you can hold in your own hands. Rock out with the Rick Miller Trio and hilarious all-ages improv comedy with The Escapists.

Meet 13-year-old race car driver Sulo Burbank and check out his cool car. Enjoy Shield's hot dogs and delicious Capt'n Eli's Soda.

Admission is free but you can help Capt'n Eli support healthy oceans with an optional donation to Blue Ocean Society.

Capt'n Eli: Brodart PRIME Kid Safe Graphic Novel

Kat Kan lists Jay Piscopo's The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli in Brodart's PRIME Kid Safe Graphic Novels.

For more about Brodart's Kid Safe Selector, visit this link.


Jay Piscopo at Marshwood Great Works School

Follow this link to the Marshwood Great Works School website to check out photos from Jay Piscopo's interactive drawing workshop.

Jay is the author and illustrator of the all-ages graphic novel series, The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli. For more about his workshop for schools and libraries, visit this link.