CA – The Lady Bugs Anthology Signing

Press Release:

Join the Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creators League (The Ladybugs) for our next stop on our SUMMER SIGNING TOUR: ARSENAL COMICS!!

We’re bringing the Ladybugs’ PREMIER ANTHOLOGY to Newbury Park on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM!! The Ladybug Anthology features 15 comic book and short stories by members of the Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creators League (aka The Lady Bugs), a group dedicated to creating a safe space for women who love comics to create, make friends, and HAVE FUN! Stories range from sci-fi hijinks to test day jitters in elementary school!!

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Lucy Keifer
Tanya Bjork
ZombieTeddie
Nellii Bug of Graphic Ramblers
Jenn Bazilius
Rachel Poulson
Ashley Rubay
Vanessa Fogelquist
Courtney Davis
MOM Comics
Adventures of Aws
Mos Dakky Comics
Angelica McLaughlin
Joie Brown
Alexandra Smith
Christine Hipp of Bounty Hunter Space Besties: a webcomic
Meli Maldonado

Special Thanks to our Behind-the-Scene heavy-lifters:
Consulting Editor: Barbara Randall Kesel
Cover Artist: Angelica McLaughlin
Cover Letters: Ali Guerin
Project Manager: MOM Comics
Production Artist: Christine Hipp
Anthology Layout & Design: ZombieTeddie
Publishing Coordinators: Alexandra Smith & MOM Comics

RSVP on Facebook!

Arsenal Comics & Games
2333 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 499-6197

 

My Little Pony Creators Hoof It to Baltimore Comic Con 2016

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Press Release:

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year, the show welcomes numerous guests who have worked on My Little Pony, including Katie Cook, Andy Price, Nei Ruffino, Chad Thomas, and Thom Zahler. Tickets to the show are now on sale!

Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that hails from the mitten state (as in Michigan, not that she is in the state of being a mitten). She currently puts an inordinate amount of time in on her creator-owned book, Gronk: A Monster’s Story (www.gronkcomic.com, printed through Action Lab Entertainment), as well as writing and drawing for IDW’s smash-hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has also worked as a writer and/or illustrator on Adventure Time Comics from BOOM! Studios, Haunted Mansion for Marvel, Munchkin for BOOM! Studios, Fraggle Rock for Archaia and Star Wars for Scholastic Books. Her mother thinks she is funny.

Andy Price, a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, is the main artist on IDW’s incredibly popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. When he’s not drawing ponies, Andy also contributes to Littlest Pet Shop (IDW), Wordgirl (BOOM! Studios), Adventure Time: Candy Capers (BOOM! Studios), Samurai Jack (IDW), Quantum Leap (Innovation), Haunted Mansion (Marvel), and Betty and Veronica (Archie).

Nei Ruffino, who has done a variant cover for IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is the creator of her self-published fantasy comic The Secret Life of Crows. In addition to writing, drawing, and inking a number of titles in her career, she is renowned as a colorist, working on projects such as Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel), Green Lantern (DC), Batman (DC), Superman (DC), Tales of Wonderland (Zenescope Entertainment), Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope Entertainment), and too many more to mention! She is also partner to the Rothic brands, working on titles like REM 8 and Southern Nightgown.

Joining us in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion in 2016, Chad Thomas is a freelance cartoonist working out of the greater Dallas area. Chad began drawing at the early age of 3 by obsessively watching old Disney cartoons. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design from 1999-2003, earning his degree in Sequential Art, and began his career shortly after. Chad has provided art for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW), My Little Pony: Friends Forever (IDW), Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (BOOM! Studios), The Middleman (Viper Comics), Mega Man (Archie), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures (IDW), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures (IDW),

Thom Zahler is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. His early professional credits included lettering gigs for Marvel’s Crimson Dynamo, Claypool’s Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and DC Comics’ Looney Tunes. His self-published comic, Love and Capes, was later released through IDW, Also for IDW, you can find his more recent work writing and penciling IDW’s Long Distance, My Little Pony, My Little Pony: Friends Forever, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. “We’re hyping these guests as My Little Pony creators, but in fact they are so much more than that,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These folks are a multi-talented bunch of individuals, with a wide range of noteworthy title credits and publishers on their resumes. Whether you’re coming for the sake of Ponies or for their many other works, we know you’re going to love these guests!”

TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
While they are available, be sure to take advantage of discount rate arrangements we have made with hotels near the Baltimore Convention Center. For all the details, see: baltimorecomiccon.com/about/hotels

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 17th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

HeroesCon 2016 Announces Panel Schedule

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HeroesCon has released their panel schedule for this weekend’s convention:

THURSDAY JUNE 18th

Kick-Off Party with Milkfed Criminal Masterminds
Decade of Casanova Art Exhibition

7PM Buffalo Wild Wings NASCAR Hall of Fame

FRIDAY JUNE 17th

2:00 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP I: COMIC BOOK STORYTELLING – a CRASH COURSE!

SCAD PROFESSOR TOM LYLE gives you a rousing workshop that highlights the basics of comic book storytelling. He’ll help you find your own voice through pictures. Just like the big guys.

2:00 pm
Room 203A
MATT KINDT

What’s MATT KINDT been up to? Quite a lot and Adam Daughhetee (Dollar Bin Productions) talks to this busy creator about Dept H, Mind MGMT and much, much more!

2:00 pm
Room 207AB
Comic Book Women Presents: STRESS AND THE FREELANCER

Being your own boss can be great, but the responsibilities and stress can be enough to send you hightailing back to the office. Never fear–you can be a successful freelancer and learn how to manage whatever comes your way. Join Comic Book Women’s panel of savvy pros for tips on everything from scheduling to ergonomics to building a community of other freelancers. Featuring MONICA GALLAGHER, MARISA LOUISE, KATA KANE, JESSI JORDAN, and more!

2:00 pm
Room 206
SELF PUBLISHING

CHRIS BRENNAMAN (Owner/Operator of AtlantaGeekScene.com) sits down with a group of creators who really walk-the-walk and have gone into business for themselves: JIM RUGG (Supermag), JASON GONZALEZ (La Mano Del Destino), RYAN CECIL SMITH (Style and Fashion Zine), and RICHIE POPE (Newdini).

2:00 pm
CONVENTION FLOOR-COSPLAY STAGE-HALL C
Cosplay and Charity

A discussion of the various ways cosplayers are giving back to the community, and proving that heroes sometimes really do wear capes.
Panelists: Cherlyn Lambeth, Michael Cox, DJ Spider

2:30 pm
Room 208
SIXTH GUN 50TH ISSUE CELEBRATION

Come celebrate the Golden Anniversary of one of the best comics of the past decade. Moderator CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Crogan Adventures) sits down with creative team supreme CULLEN BUNN and BRIAN HURTT.

3:00 pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories: 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The Quick-draw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

3:00 pm
Room 209/210
Let’s Make a Hero!

Everybody loves a hero – they’re the characters you root for and the people you want to be. Award nominated duo COMFORT and ADAM, with special guests panelists RON MARZ and BRIAN SCHIRMER lead this panel in two parts: first, you’ll learn what makes great heroes in both writing and in art. Then, the panelists will invite the audience to participate in creating a new hero which will be designed and
drawn live.

3:30 pm
Room 203A
INTROVERT VS EXTROVERT

Featuring ERICA HENDERSON, BRIDGIT CONNELL, MONICA GALLAGHER, KATA KANE. Creators can lead a solitary life so what’s it like when they jump into the big comic convention scene or start promoting their work? Hear tales of their struggle and ultimate success as they wade through the comic landscape. Presented by JIMMY AQUINO of COMIC BOOK INSIDER

3:30 pm
Room 206
REN AND STIMPY

MIGHTY YOUNG JOE RAUCH sits down with legendary animator BOB CAMP to celebrate the cartooning genius that is REN AND STIMPY. Hard to believe ol’ Stinky is 25 years old and still missing!

3:30 pm
Room 207AB
THE ART OF COVER PAINTINGS

Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) and (Artist Proof with) Adrian Johnson land the primo gig of sitting down with three of the greatest Cover Illustrators around: BILL SIENKIEWICZ, SCOTT HAMPTON, and BASIL GOGOS. WOW!!!!

4:00 pm
Room 201
SCAD WORKSHOP II: CHARACTER DESIGN-DESIGNING UNIQUE CHARACTERS

If you’ve ever wondered what makes us love our favorite superheroes, sci-fi rogues, and anime champions this workshop will delve into the process of what makes them so effective. Using examples from Star Wars to Adventure Time we will explore just how important it is to have a clear story/concept when you’re creating these heroes and villains. Everything from color choice, to posture, and powers should reinforce this storytelling foundation. This workshop will analyze what works and teach how to create or enhance your own characters. Instructed By Professor Rashad Doucet (Oni Press, USA Today, Invader Zim, Alabaster Shadows).

4:00 pm
Room 203B
SUPERHERO PSYCHOLOGY: How Weakness, Trauma, and Loss is Turned into Strength, Service, and Resiliency

A group of psychologists from the staff of SOUTHEAST PSYCH explore common psychological issues that arise from superheroes and the relevance that superheroes can have on the lives of everyday people. From the staff of: JONATHAN ANSLOW, Psy. D, FRANK GASKILL, Ph.D., CRAIG POHLMAN, Ph.D., DAVE VERHAAGEN, PhD, ABPP

4:00 pm
Room 207CD
LGBTQ CULTURE IN COMICS

CAP BLACKARD (Nerdy Show) sits down with some of today’s most exciting comic’s talents BROOKE ALLEN, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, KEVIN WADA, KRIS ANKA, TAMRA BONVILLAIN to discuss the state of LGBTQ Culture in comics today and where it is headed in the years to come!

4:00 pm
Room 208
MARVEL HOUSE STYLE?!

BRIAN STELFREEZE, CHRIS VISIONS & SANFORD GREENE always defy expectations and categorization with their art and lately they’ve been bringing their unique gifts of style and storytelling to Marvel fans with brilliant work on books like Black Panther, Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways, Spider-Gwen, and Scarlet Witch. Spend an hour with them and moderator Chris Arrant and hear how they got here!

5:00 pm
Room 206
WRESTLING AND COMICS

Join Referee CHRIS BRENNAMAN (Owner/Operator of AtlantaGeekScene.com) for a Battle Royal with wrestling comics’ pros JASON GONZALEZ, ROBERT NEWSOME, KYLE STARKS, JB ROE, and EVAN DORKIN (better check him for foreign objects!). Brace yourself and watch that turnbuckle!!

5:00 pm
Room 209/210
INKWELL AWARDS

Celebrate 6 years of recognizing and awarding comic’s finest inkers at HeroesCon
Joining our host BOB ALMOND and spokes-model MS. INKWELL:
A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY JIM STERANKO! And guest speakers: creator MIKE GRELL and award-winning author J. DAVID SPURLOCK!  Surprise creator guests!  See the live results of who was chosen on last April’s ballot as your favorite 2015 comic book ink artists! Who will enter the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame? And the FIRST 20 non-member ATTENDEES will win a DOORPRIZE in a post-ceremony giveaway! Please join us!

5:15 pm
Room 208
DMC MEET AND GREET
Tickets available in lobby

5:30 pm
Room 201/202
COMIC REPRINTS– an In-depth look

This is Golden Age of Comic Reprints, but there is so much material published with more every Wednesday. ANDY MANSELL moderates an all-star panel CRAIG YOE (YOE! Books), CRAIG FISCHER (TCJ), MICHAEL EURY (Back Issue) and TOM HEINTJES (Hogan’s Alley). We will look at this topic at length and discuss the following topics: Complete runs vs. BEST OF Collections, Paper vs. PDA, the importance of introductory materials, what deserves to be reprinted (and perhaps what doesn’t) A MUST FOR ALL CLASSIC COMICS FANS!!!!

5:30 pm
Room 203A
HORROR COMICS ROUNDTABLE

Join Aaron Haaland (A Comic Show, Nerdy Show) as he talks craft with some of the best Horror comics’ creators around. FRANK BARBIERE (Five Ghosts), JEREMY HAUN (The Beauty), DREW MOSS (Terrible Lizard), KYLE STRAHM (Haunt), DAVE WACHTER (Breath of Bones), and JOHN LEES (And then Emily was Gone).

5:30 pm
Room 203B
COLOR US LUCKY…

to have six great colorists on one panel LAUREN AFFE, LAURA MARTIN, CHARLIE KIRCHOFF, BRIAN REBER, MATTHEW WILSON, NOLAN WOODARD. Moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) will keep order and keep the colorists within the lines.

5:30 pm
Room 207AB
BATGIRL IN TRANSITION

Adam Daughhetee (Dollar Bin Productions) talks to BABS TARR, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, and BRENDEN FLETCHER with about the changing of the guard on everyone’s favorite Batgirl.
I wanted to call it YvonneCraigslist, but cooler heads prevailed.

5:30 pm
Room 207CD
BERGEN STREET

Find out about this incredible Comics Collective: Shawn Daughhetee (Dollar Bin Productions) meets THE BERGEN STREET IRREGULARS: MICHEL FIFFE (Copra), TOM ADAMS (Bergen Street Comic Press), and CHARLES FORSMAN (Revenger).

7:00 pm— THE CON IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY, BUT THE FUN DOESN’T STOP!!!!

7:30 PM
HEROESCON’S DRINK AND DRAW BEGINS ACROSS THE STREET AT BUFFALO WILD WINGS / NASCAR HALL OF FAME!
BE A MULTI-TASKER: DRINK AND DRAW

COME CREATE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND BUY SOME GREAT ART AND HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TEAM CUL DE SAC AND PARKINSON’S SATURDAY
HURRY: ONLY ONE MORE SHOPPING DAY UNTIL FATHER’S DAY

SATURDAY JUNE 18th

11:00 AM
Room 203A
DR. STRANGE THROUGH THE DECADES

Join ROY THOMAS, FRANK BRUNNER, GEOF ISHERWOOD, and RICHARD CASE as they look back on four decades of the Sorcerer Supreme!

11:00 am
Room 203B
GET GRAPHIC AT THE LIBRARY

Graphic novels and comics are an important and popular literacy tool for the modern library. This panel will share the history of graphic novels at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the importance of the format with regard to literacy development and programs and materials offered for free at the library. We’ll also discuss challenges aiming to remove graphic novels from library collections.

11:00 AM
Room 206
KEEPING UP WITH THE DORKIN-DYERS

Moderator JOE RAUCH sit down with EVAN DORKIN and SARAH DYER as they update us on BEASTS OF BURDEN, CALLA CTHULU, an upcoming episode of BEN 10(!) and lots more! Don’t miss it!

11:00 AM
Room 208
SPOTLIGHT ON STERANKO

Legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator JIM STERANKO is interviewed by his partner in crime, award-winning author, J.DAVID SPURLOCK. Controversial topics include: The true Father of the graphic novel; why Captain America Winter Soldier is dedicated to Steranko who, has been called one of the 10 Toughest Guys in Comics; followed by the Flamingo Bar fight, motorcycles, death-defying escapes, redheads, Marvel, Spielberg and more. Don’t you miss it, Pal.

11:30 AM
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP III: MINI-COMICS: A LITTLE FUN

Cartoonist and SCAD professor David Allan Duncan leads students young and old through the process of drawing, producing, and distributing mini-comics! Learn about the planning, storytelling, and drawing that goes into making a mini-comic. Create a mini-comic and a little sketchbook during the workshop. Materials provided, so come join the fun!

11:30 AM
Room 207AB
EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION

Adam Daughhetee (Dollar Bin Productions) discusses the process of editorial illustration with four of the best: RICHIE POPE, REBECCA MOCK, NATALIE ANDREWSON, and CHRIS KINDRED.

11:30 AM
Room 209/210
LET’S MAKE A VILLAIN!

Creating great villains is essential for making great stories, whether you love their every appearance or just love to hate them. Award nominated duo COMFORT AND ADAM joined by DAVID PETERSEN and CHRIS SIMS lead this seminar in two parts: first, you’ll learn what makes great villains in both writing and in art. Then, Comfort & Adam will invite the audience to participate in creating a new villain which will be designed and drawn live.

12:00 pm
Room 203B
Comic Book Women Present: COLORISTS-WHAT WE DO!

Join moderator ANDREA PURCELL as she talks to TAMRA BONVILLAIN (Wayward, Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur), MARISSA LOUISE (Escape from New York, Robocop), MARIA VICTORIA ROBADO (Jem and the Holograms, Littlest Pet Shop), and CHRISTINE BRUNSON.

12:00 pm
Room 207CD
MARVEL X-MEN

CAP BLACKARD (Nerdy Show) holds court with some of Mutant MARVEL’s best. RAMON VILLALOBOS (E Is For Extinction), MARK BAGLEY (All New X-Men), CHAD BOWERS (X-Men ’92), and MARCIO TAKARA (All New Wolverine).

12:30 pm
Room 203A
SEXY VS. SEXUALIZED

Several of today’s most erudite comic creators tackle a challenging subject: the fine line between sexy and sexist in comic art. Join moderator MARGUERITE BENNETT and panelists KRIS ANKA, BABS TARR, KEVIN WADA, and JEN BARTEL for a provocative, mature discussion.

12:30 pm
COSTUME STAGE HALL C
(1:00 pm) – ANNUAL CLASS-PICTURE COSPLAY PHOTO

NOTE: If you plan to be in the picture, please be at the STAGING AREA ON THE CONVENTION FLOOR no later than 12:30pm

12:30 pm
Room 206
IFC (INDEPENDENT FABULOUS CREATORS)

These talented cartoonists work by their own rules and make fabulous comics. JOE RAUCH talks with JIM RUGG (Street Angel), TOM NEELY & KEENAN KELLER (The Humans), ALEXIS ZIRITT (Space Riders), AARON CONLEY (Sabertooth Swordsman) and RICH TOMMASO (Dark Corridor) to see what makes their work special.

1:00 pm
Room 201/202
PANEL BY PANEL

KEVIN COLDEN, MISS LASKO-GROSS, BOBBY TIMONY. Come join these great cartoonists as they draw YOUR story. Moderator Jimmy Aquino of Comics Insider will take story ideas from the audience and the artists will draw it live! Help create your own comic!

1:00 pm
Room 208
HIP HOP AND THE COMICS

CHRIS BRENNAMAN (Owner/Operator of AtlantaGeekScene.com) talks comics and Hip Hop with the music legend DMC, ED PISKOR (Hip Hop Family Tree), and SANFORD GREENE (Hip Hop Variant Sampler). This will be the one everybody is talking about all weekend. Come and enjoy!!

1:30pm
Room 203B
THE BIG OWLY HOOTENANNY

Join Owly creator ANDY RUNTON and his friends for an amazing hour of fun! We’ll sing, craft, learn how to draw Owly, and listen to an Owly story. You don’t have to be a kid to join, just young at heart!

1:30pm
Room 207CD
DEADPOOL

It’s CULLEN BUNN, REILLY BROWN, and DOMO STANTON and it’s moderated by – Aaron Haaland (A Comic Show, Nerdy Show). Stop reading and get over here now.

2:00pm
Room 203A
THE FUTURE OF VALIANT IS HERE!

Find out what summer 2016 and beyond hold for the most celebrated publisher in comics today as an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff detail a brand-new wave of must-read titles! Featuring news and artwork from upcoming blockbusters like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, HARBINGER RENEGADES, and SAVAGE, alongside 4001 A.D., DIVINITY, NINJAK, and more, join panelists MATT KINDT, LEWIS LAROSA, RAFER ROBERTS, and BRIAN REBER right here to find out what’s coming next for Valiant.

2:00 pm
Room 206
ROMANCE COMICS—A CELEBRATION

Editor/Publisher extraordinaire CRAIG YOE! And his special panelists–comics’ historians MICHELLE NOLAN, JACQUE NODELL and contemporary Romance practitioners JUNE BRIGMAN (Brenda Starr, Mary Worth) and MEGAN LEVENS (Ares & Aphrodite) — examine one of the richest and underrated genre in comics! Bring a lot of tissues or better yet—a squeegee!

2:30 pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP IV Drawing Dynamic Anatomy for Comics

Figure drawing is the single most important aspect of visual storytelling in cartooning and comics. Whether you are drawing super stylized images of fantasy characters, crime fiction detectives or superheroes, the ability to communicate through your figures is critical. Professor Dove will talk about and show you the different approaches to inventing dynamic figures based in correct anatomy for comics’ application through several drawing demos. There will also be a Q and A period at the end of the demos to answer and demonstrate solutions to your specific figure drawing and anatomy questions.

2:30pm
Room 207AB
GREEN LANTERN—A CELEBRATION

CHRIS BRENNAMAN (Owner/Operator of AtlantaGeekScene.com) sits down with RON MARZ and DARRYL BANKS to discuss one of the most celebrated and entertaining eras for the Emerald Warrior(s).

2:30pm
Room 208
THE MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS PANEL

Last year’s HeroesCon marked the very first-ever Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Panel. Masterminds KELLY SUE DECONNICK and MATT FRACTION return with beloved collaborators including but not limited to VALENTINE DE LANDRO, GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON — plus Milkfed managing editor LAUREN SANKOVITCH and Lt. Trouble, KIT COX. We’ll talk current projects, what’s new and what’s upcoming for Milkfed. There will be giveaways

3:00pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition.

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The Quickdraw is held on all three days, so we need those pencils back!! It’s just like the 3D glasses.

3:30pm
Room 203A
STELA: DIGITAL COMICS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Digital comics are changing every day, and Stela is leading the digital revolution! Join the Stela team, along with superstar creators JEN BARTEL (Crystal Fighters), FABIAN RANGEL JR. (Santos), JASON COPELAND (Santos), and SARAH DYER (Calla Cthulhu) as they discuss the advantages of an infinite vertical scrolling digital format, and why comics optimized for your smartphone is the revolution that comics’ fans have been waiting for.

3:30pm
Room 206
WRITING NOVELS IN THE MULTIVERSE

Comics, television, video games, and movies all have original novels being set in their rich and exciting worlds. For example, CLAY AND SUSAN GRIFFITH have written the first original FLASH novel that intimately ties in with the TV show, and crosses-over into their upcoming ARROW novel. Join them and their editor, STEVE SAFFEL of Titan Books, as they reveal the secrets of tying in with such exciting properties as ALIEN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, DISHONORED, PREDATOR, PLANET OF THE APES, MASS EFFECT, and more.

3:30pm
Room 207CD
SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-WOMEN & MEN

Oh, what a talented web they weave. Luckiest moderator ever JOE RAUCH gets to sit down with JASON LATOUR, ROBBI RODRIGUEZ, CHRIS VISIONS, VANESA DEL REY and STACEY LEE. There is talk of a RICO RENZI sighting too.

4:00pm
COSPLAY STAGE HALL C
Building a Superhero

Our panel of experts will tackle all aspects of a single cosplay costume, from planning to fabrics to props and the final reveal. If you’ve ever wondered how much work can go into a build, this is the panel for you!
Panelists: Riki LeCotey, Chris Donio, Sean Patton, Amberle Linnea, DJ Spider

4:00pm
Room 203B
ARCHIE 2.0

CHRIS BRENNEMAN (Owner/Operator of AtlantaGeekScene.com) talks with VERONICA FISH (Archie), FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife with Archie), and ERICA HENDERSON (Jughead) about all the new things concepts happening at Archie, This is NOT your parent’s Riverdale!

4:00pm
Room 207AB
MIKE GRELL

MICHAEL EURY (Back Issue magazine) sits down with MIKE GRELL the legendary writer/artist behind GREEN ARROW, JON SABLE: FREELANCE, STARSLAYER, WARLORD and so many more.

4:00pm
Room 209/210
CREATURES IMAGINED AND REAL

For this year’s mega-panel, cartoonist BEN TOWLE and critic CRAIG FISCHER corral a host of talented creators to discuss the improbable animals (fictional and real) that stomp and slither through our favorite comics. Craig begins by presiding over a chat with GABRIEL BÁ and FÁBIO MOON about the elegant vampires, saddled bears, and Lovecraftian monsters they introduced to the Mignolaverse flagship title B.P.R.D. Then Ben presents the preliminary work he’s done on his future graphic novel In the Weeds—and why he’s chosen to draw his central characters as badgers, rhinos, bears, and other animals. Finally, librarian and Women Write About Comics contributor JENNIE LAW leads three world-class dinosaur artists—DUSTIN HARBIN, BUDD ROOT and WILLIAM STOUT—through a talk about the challenges and joys of drawing giant reptiles

4:30pm
Room 208
MARVEL-BEYOND THE AVENGERS

Moderators Cap Blackard (Nerdy Show) and Aaron Haaland (A Comic Show, Nerdy Show) return to MARVEL with special panelists: BEN CALDWELL (A-Force), RYAN STEGMAN (Inhuman), STEVE EPTING (Velvet), and JOE QUINONES (Howard the Duck).

6:00 pm CONVENTION FLOOR CLOSES

BUT THE ART AUCTION IS NOW OPEN—COME OVER TO THE WESTIN AND SPEND SOME HARD-EARNED SCRATCH ON SOME REALLY GREAT ORIGINAL ART. BIDDING BEGINS AT 8:00, BUT THE GAWKING (AND OCCASIONAL DROOLING) BEGINS NOW!!!!!

SUNDAY JUNE 19th

12:00pm
Room 201/202
SCAD WORKSHOP V: Storyboards: The Basics

You’re watching one of your favorite films and an emotionally powerful scene begins playing. It’s your favorite. You love how the main character gets their revenge/finally gets to eat dinner/saves the day. You think it’s awesome how the final shot pulls out to reveal the hero standing on a cliff looking over the sea as the sun comes up over the cliffs behind him. Epic. End film, roll credits. What made that scene so great? Was it the music? The visuals? The camera moves? The composition and framing and precise rule of thirds so meticulously applied to the- hang on a second, what? Don’t fret. SARAH MYER (BFA, MFA SCAD Sequential Art) is here to explain the challenges and storytelling potential of one of the most important aspects of film: Storyboarding.

12:00 pm
Room 203A
The 6th Annual INKING Panel

A peek behind the curtain of some of the industry’s most respected professionals. Learn more about their origins, their process and what motivated them to become COMIC BOOK INKERS! Join us as we discuss the fine art of the fine line with KARL STORY (Thors) DEXTER VINES (Amazing X-Men,) MARC DEERING (Supergirl) WADE VON GRAWBADGER (Empress) WALDEN WONG (Guardians of Infinity) with Moderators: BRANDON PADGETT and TERENCE HOSKINS

12:00 pm
Room 203B
ALL AGES PANEL—A HEROESCON TRADITION!

CHRIS SCHWEIZER (of Crogan’s fame) hosts. This year it is an all-star panel of first-timers to the All Ages including BROOKE ALLEN (Lumberjanes), ANDY HIRSCH (The Baker Street Peculiars), PAULINA GANUCHEAU (Another Castle), REBECCA MOCK (AT: Candy Capers), MATT KINDT, and BRIAN HURTT (Poppy and the Lost Lagoon).

12:00 pm
Room 207AB
ADAMS & SIENKIEWICZ

Moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) sits down with two of comics’ all-time great artists: NEAL ADAMS and BILL SIENKIEWICZ, This will be as enlightening as it will be entertaining.

12:00pm
Room 207CD
CRIME PANEL – happy noir year!

JOE RAUCH talks crime, dames, guns, double crosses, triple crosses and more with JUSTIN GREENWOOD (The Fuse), JOHN LEES (And Then Emily was Gone), RICH TOMMASO (Dark Corridor), CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, and IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (High Crimes) and we know for sure somebody’s gonna squeal.

12:00 pm
Room 208
‘There’s been a break in the continuum’: The 10th Anniversary of CASANOVA.

CRAIG FISCHER sits down with the creative team of the Award-winning series CASANOVA!
Writer: MATT FRACTION, Artists: GABRIEL BA and FABIO MOON, and Letterman: DUSTIN HARBIN along with MILKFED managing editor LAUREN SANKOVITCH.

12:00 pm
Room 209/210
AFTERSHOCK

Launched in April 2015, AfterShock Comics is a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse. Featuring: RAY FAWKES, MARGUERITE BENNETT, JUSTIN JORDAN and FRANK BARBIERE.

1:30 pm
Room 203A
OMINOUS STUDIO

Meet the creators of Ominous Studio: BART SEARS, RON MARZ, ANDY SMITH, TOM RANEY as they discuss their plans for the future with moderator SEAN HUSVAR.

1:30pm
Room 203B
QuickDraw—A HeroesCon tradition.

We give you #2 pencils and Bristol board; you give us 20 minutes and your feverish inspiration. Then we have an Art Instructor judge the results and we, in turn, give the winner some fabulous prizes. It’s a win-win. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the following age categories 0-10, 11-15, and 16 to 99. The Quickdraw is held EVERY YEAR, so we need those pencils back!! Be there!

1:30 pm
Room 207AB
LATOUR LIVE DRAW(L)

JASON LATOUR (Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Winter Soldier) shows everybody how it’s done. Last year, this was the panel with the most buzz; this year—we have a vastly improved sound system.

1:30 pm
Room 208
NON-COMPLIANCE WITH TEAM BITCH PLANET

KELLY SUE DECONNICK, VALENTINE DE LANDRO, Milkfed managing editor LAUREN SANKOVITCH and Lt. Trouble, KIT COX. A LOT OF ANGRY WOMEN. Probably the most fun you’ll have all year.

1:30 pm
Room 209/210
Teaching Comics Series: THEORY IN PRACTICE

ED PISKOR (Hip Hop Family Tree) and JIM RUGG (Street Angel) sit down with moderator Shawn Daughhetee as they talk about their experiences teaching comics. Piskor leads comics’ workshops and boot camps around the world. Rugg is a faculty member at the School of Visual Art where he teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program. They discuss instilling a foundation of comics’ knowledge, encouraging growth and development, and working with the future of the industry. Get ready for a practical lesson in teaching theory!

2:30 pm
Room 201/202
THE COMICS CANON: RELOADED!!!! FIRE!!!!!

Comics are being studied in Colleges, High Schools and even Grade schools. Isn’t it time to establish a CANON to have some basis of a standard reading list? Maybe, maybe not, but if so, WHAT belongs in the CANON? Heroes’ own ANDY MANSELL will try to keep the peace between Academics ANDY KUNKA University of South Carolina Sumter, DEREK ROYAL University of Texas at Dallas, CRAIG FISCHER Appalachia State, CMS Librarian, MARK ENGLEBRECHT and our two favorite Editor/Publishers/ Historians CRAIG YOE and TOM HEINTJES. We tried this a few years ago and didn’t get very far, but we had a lot of fun getting there. Join us, and plan to participate if you’d like. It’s the perfect way to end a great weekend.

2:30 pm
Room 203B
FASHION IN THE COMICS

Nerdy News Network presents Fashion and Comics: A hero in a hoodie?! Leather jacket costumes?! Join TRAVIS GRIMM and COURTNEY FLANAGAN along with their special guest BRIDGIT CONNELL as they discuss fashion in comics and superhero costumes, and how they have also influenced fashion today in clothing brands and cosplay.

2:30 pm
Room 207CD
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS—AN APPRECIATION

Heroes’ own KARLA MARSH and fellow Jem fanatic ROXANNE RISKY talk all thing JEM with JEN BARTEL and MARIA VICTORIA ROBADO.

3:00 pm
Room 203A
DYNAMIC WATERCOLOR DEMO

No more muddy watercolors! For those getting started in watercolors, TONY MOY will review some basic skills, techniques and tools to begin your journey.  A demo will cover creating a variety of washes, textures and lines all while creating a dynamic, hero related painting.  Bring your questions and enjoy the show!

3:00 pm
Room 207AB
LIVE COMIC PENCILLING DEMO!

Comics artists SANFORD GREENE (Power Man & Iron Fist, Army of Frogs) and BEN CALDWELL (A-Force, Prez) live-draw comics pages while discussing their processes, common storytelling concerns, tricks etc. page art from previous comics work will also be displayed on-screen and their development discussed. Questions from the audience throughout the demo are encouraged!

3:00 pm
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Cosplay Q & A

Curious about cosplay? Burning questions about the “right way” and the “wrong way”? Wondering if it’s true that anyone can cosplay?  This annual panel is a great jumping off point if you’re new to the hobby and also a chance to get re-inspired if you’re starting to feel jaded.
Panelists: DJ Spider

6:00 pm CONVENTION ENDS

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

CA – Jay Unplugged Signing

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Cartoonist James Florence, creator of Jay Unplugged, appears at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Plastic City Comic Con Holds Inaugural Show on July 30th

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Plastic City Comic Con holds their inaugural event for comics, toys and pop culture fans in North Central Massachusetts on Saturday July 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Leominster Veterans Memorial Center. Jam packed with comic artists, writers, creators, and vendors! FREE ADMISSION! Guests include:

  • Paul Kupperberg: Former editor of DC Comics and Weekly World News. Writer of Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Archie.
  • Joe Caramagna: Writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers Assemble. Creator of Further Adventures of Wyatt Earp.
  • Veronica Fish: Artist for the New Archie Series, Pirates of Mars, and The Wendy Project.
  • Andy Fish: Artist and Writer for several books including How to Draw Graphic Novels, Dracula’s Army, and Geeks and Greeks.
  • Joe St. Pierre: Artist for Spider-Man, Venom, Batman, Deadpool, and Transformers. He is also the creator of the New Zodiax.
  • Sean Wang: Artist for the Tick and Meltdown for Image Comics. He is also the creator of his hit Sci-Fi series Runners.
  • Rich Woodall: Writer of Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl for Dark Horse. Artist for the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology and creator of Johnny Raygun.

Further details and the full guest list may be found on the website at the link

MI – A2CAF Signings

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Vault of Midnight is very pleased to host the following creators for signings throughout the A2CAF weekend:

Saturday, June 18, 2016

12:00-1:00 Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, Copper)

1:00-2:00 Cece Bell (El Deafo, Sock Monkey) & Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda, Rocket & Groot)

2:00-3:00 Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales)

3:00-4:00 Ben Hatke (Nobody Likes a Goblin, Zita the Spacegirl) & Zack Giallongo (Star Wars: Ewoks, Broxo)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1:30-2:30 Nathan Hale

4:00-5:00 Kazu Kibuishi

Vault of Midnight
219 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-998-1413

WA – Future Quest/Cryptocracy Signing

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Comic creators Jeff Parker and Pete Woods appear at I Like Comics on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM!

Jeff will be in promoting his new series from DC Comics, Future Quest!

Written by Jeff Parker. Art by Evan Shaner and Steve Rude.
When the adventurous and inquisitive Jonny Quest and his adoptive brother Hadji make a startling discovery in the swamplands of Florida, they are pulled into an epic struggle between the Space Rangers and a dangerous villain who threatens the galaxy. Now it’s up to the combined forces of Team Quest, Inter-Nation Security, Space Ghost, and a host of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest action heroes to stop him and save their universe!

Pete will be in promoting his new creator-owned book from Dark Horse, Cryptocracy.

Written by Van Jensen. Art and Cover by Pete Woods. For time beyond memory, the Nine Families watched from the shadows, believing themselves shepherds and manipulating whole societies as they saw fit. Nothing happened that they didn’t observe or control. Outsiders knew naught of the Families, much less threatened them. Until now.

As a bonus, everyone who gets Cryptocracy #1 and signs up for the series will be entered to win a 9×12 Commission of Gary, the leader of the Grays!

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I Like Comics
1715 Broadway Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 852-8890

NYC – Baggywrinkles Signing

00000000-baggywrinklesJoin tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood for a reading and signing event at the South Street Seaport Museum on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM celebrating her new book Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea!

Baggywrinkles is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with “a sheer and unremitting sense of joy” [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier].

Learn more about the South Street Seaport Museum on their website.

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South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 748-8600

5th Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

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Press Release:

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago for its fifth year on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 11am to 6pm, with over 200 local, national, and international exhibitors at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 North Halsted Avenue. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comics artists, publishers, and fans, both in Chicago and the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Comics, prints, and other artwork will be available for purchase, and in addition to the expo itself, several off-site events will occur throughout the weekend.

In addition to art for sale, the expo also features workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions with special guests Chester Brown, Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Sammy Harkham, Cathy G. Johnson, Laura Park, Patrick Kyle, Trina Robbins, and Leslie Stein. Independent publishers appearing at CAKE include 2D Cloud, Alternative Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, Retrofit Comics, Secret Acres, and a number of Chicago-based publishers. For a full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit the website.

CAKE is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization and would not be possible without the help of generous donations from supporters and sponsors, including Blick Art Materials, Busy Beaver Button Company, the Center on Halsted, Graham Crackers Comics, Challengers Comics, Halfwit Coffee, Print Ninja, Quimby’s Books, and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

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For more information about the expo, please visit www.cakechicago.com.

CA – Rory Wants A Pet Signing

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Cartoonist Liz Climo signs at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at noon to sign her latest book RORY THE DINOSAUR WANTS A PET!

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

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