HeroesCon 2018 Announces Last Round of Guests

HeroesCon has announced more new guests for their 2018 show including Paul Azaceta, Ryan Bodenheim, Ivan Brandon, Bridgit Connell, Michelle Delecki, Juan Doe, Monica Gallagher, Keith Giffen, Craig Hamilton, Scott Hanna, Scott Kolins, Rick Leonardi, Al Milgrom, Rags Morales, Joe Quinones, Tom Raney, Ben Templesmith, Mark Texeira, John Van Fleet, Adam Warren, Scott Wegener, and more! HeroesCon 2018 takes place NEXT WEEK on June 15-17, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

PAUL AZACETA | AA-1016 
Outcast, Graveyard of Empires, X-Men, Spider-Man

DUANE BALLENGER | AA-1128 
Haunted Samidge, Uptight, Wide Awake 666

STEVE BIRD | AA-618 
Robin, Detective Comics, The Crow

RYAN BODENHEIM | AA-816
The Dying & The Dead, Red Mass for Mars, Bloodshot, Black Panther, Wolverine

IVAN BRANDON | AA-1015 
Black Cloud, Drifter, Viking

BOB CAMP | AA-420-422
Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats

J CHRIS CAMPBELL | AA-1127
Creator of Neatobots, Zig Zag & Publisher of Wide Awake Press

VIC CARRABOTTA | AA-502
Golden Age Artist for Atlas Comics & Marvel Comics

STEVE CONLEY | AA-512
The Middle Age, Bloop, Astounding Space Thrills

BRIDGIT CONNELL | AA-1110
Brother Nash

JARED CULLUM | AA-1125 
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pea Green Coffee Cup

RICK DAVIS | AA-628 
Sheena, Negative Burn, Warrior Nun

MASON DICKERSON | AA-1121
Take-Out Deluxe, Los Tres Perdidos, Peach Tree, Patty Island

JUAN DOE | 
Dark Ark, American Monster, X-Men:198, Legion of Monsters, Fantastic Four

MIKE FREIHEIT | AA-1120 
Monkey Chef: A Love Story, Tales of Freelancia, Go F*ck Myself!

ERIK FREITAS | AA-1130 
Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Ninja Turtles

MONICA GALLAGHER | AA-1216 
Part-Time Princesses, Bonnie N. Collide Nine to Five, Boobage

KEITH GIFFEN | AA-303 
Legion of Super-Heroes, Lobo, Ambush Bug, Justice League, Scooby Apocalypse

JOSHUA GREATHOUSE | AA-614 
Boom cover artist

CRAIG HAMILTON | AA-1515
Aquaman, Starman, Fables, The Spectre

SCOTT HANNA | AA-302 
Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men

JAMES JAMESON | AA-304 
American Gods

SCOTT KOLINS | AA-304 
Flash, Avengers, Justice League, Spider-Man, Larfleeze

RICK LEONARDI | AA-1401 
Cloak and Dagger, X-Men, Spider-Man 2099 

BRIAN LEVEL | AA-807 
Avengers, Spider-Man, Namor, Inhumans, Deadpool, Batman, Hellblazer

CHRISTOPHER MITTEN | AA-1519 
Rasputin, Umbral, Wasteland, 30 Days of Night

CHRISTOPHER MOELLER | AA-1503 
Lucifer, Iron Empires, Magic:The Gathering 

RAGS MORALES | AA-529-530 
JSA, Hawkman, Amory Wars

JOE QUINONES | AA-701
America, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, Black Canary/Zatanna

TOM RANEY | AA-509 
Infinite Crisis, Batman-Superman, Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher

BRIAN REBER | AA-1315 
Spider-Man, Deadpool, Venom

BUDD ROOT | AA-607 
Cavewoman

NIKKI RYAN | AA-1517 
The Family Trade

RON SALAS | AA-830 
Six Million Dollar Man, Northguard, Prince Valiant, Amazing Spider-Man

STORME SMITH | AA-1130
Buño Books

JOHNDELL SNEAD | AA-621 
Robyn Hood, Grimm Fairy Tales, Back to the Future, Rez

CHRIS SPARKS | AA-724
Team Cul de Sac, The Art of Richard Thompson

DURWIN TALON & GUIN THOMPSON | AA-1505 
Beautiful Scars, Bonds, Batman

BEN TEMPLESMITH | AA-1518
The Squidder, Choker, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse

MARK TEXEIRA | AA-1603 
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Sabretooth, Jonah Hex

ROB ULLMAN | AA-1129 
Atom-Bomb Bikini, Old-Timey Hockey Tales, Traffic & Weather

JOHN VAN FLEET | AA-1504 
Batman, Typhoid, The X-Files

DAVE WACHTER | AA-1011 
Breath of Bones, The Guns of Shadow Valley, Godzilla: Cataclysm

ADAM WARREN HERO INITIATIVE: BOOTH-1022
Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen 13

SCOTT WEGENER | AA-1204 
Atomic Robo

JOHN WYCOUGH | AA-620 
Star Wars, G.I.Joe, Doctor Who, Transformers, Fear Itself, Chaos War

A.C. ZAMUDIO | AA-1507 
The Sixth Gun, The Remains

CARLOS NICOLAS ZAMUDIO | AA-1508 
Death Follows, We(L)come Back, Imaginary Drugs

CANCELLATIONS:
ROGÊ ANTONIO
PATRICK DEAN
MICHELLE DELECKI
JOEY ELLIS
MATT FRACTION
MATT HORAK
CASEY JONES
HOPE LARSON
JACKIE LEWIS
BRITTANY PEER
JAMES ROBINSON
CHRIS VISIONS

For the full guest list with table assignments please go here….

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TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

BUYING AN ADVANCE PASS MEANS YOU’LL GET ANY ADVANCE INCENTIVES WE OFFER, FREE!

ENTRY WILL BE $25: FRI $25: SAT $20: SUN / AT THE SHOW ITSELF, SO YOU SAVE AS MUCH AS $20 BY PURCHASING ADVANCE PASSES TODAY! TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY CREDIT AN UNUSABLE TICKET TOWARD FUTURE TICKET PURCHASES.

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.

SF – Toon Talk: Infinity War and Beyond

Brent Anderson, Steve Englehart, Mike Friedrich, Al Gordon, and Steve Leialoha appear at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Press Release:

Before Thanos battled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, he was known to Marvel fans as one of the most dangerous villains in comic book history. On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Cartoon Art Museum welcomes a star-studded pantheon of comic book creators to discuss these game-changing cosmic Marvel Comics of the seventies and eighties, with an insider’s look at the comics of Jim Starlin, the subject of the Cartoon Art Museum’s current retrospective exhibition.

Special guests include Brent Anderson (Astro City), Steve Englehart (The Avengers), Mike Friedrich (Captain Marvel), Al Gordon (Fantastic Four), and Steve Leialoha (Warlock).

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Cartoon Art Museum
781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 227-8666

OR – Where We Live Anthology Signing

Kurt Busiek, Aaron Duran, Paul Tobin, Tony Parker, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Marissa Louise, Jeromy Cox, Dustin Weaver, and more appear at Books with Pictures on Wednesday, June 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign the WHERE WE LIVE charity anthology.

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Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 498-8499

Hero Initiative Brings Tom Raney & Rick Maygar to Phoenix Comic Fest 2018

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in need, is spending its Memorial Day weekend at Phoenix Comic Fest on May 24 thru 27 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Hero will have TWO great artists exclusively at its booth #1485 – 1487AvengersCaptain America, and Star Wars artist Rick Maygar will be joined by X-MenSuperman, and Incredible Hulk artist Tom Raney! Both will be signing and doing sketches all weekend, so make sure you bring your books and boards!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the floor will be collecting for Hero when you get your books signed as well. Please swing by on Arthur Adams, Jim Calafiore, Joyce Chin, Katie Cook, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Scott Godlewski, Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Design, Scott Kolins, Andy Kuhn, John Layman, Albert Morales, Marat Mychaels, Dan Panosian, Tony Parker, Brian Pulido, and Stuart Sayger!

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

Press Release:

Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

NYC – Rob Liefeld Pop Up Shop

Rob Liefeld, co-creator of Deadpool, Cable, Domino, Shatterstar, X-Force, appears at a pop up shop on Tuesday, May 15th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. Details and VIP tickets available at the link…

CA – Despicable Deadpool #300 Variant Signing

Writer Gerry Duggan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Uncanny Avengers, Analog) appears at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM to sign his final issue on DEADPOOL! 

Despicable Deadpool #300 is the final issue that Gerry is writing and we are honoring him with a party. Come down and meet the writer of the “Merc with a mouth” and celebrate on the opening weekend of Deadpool 2.

**cosplay encouraged!!!!

Free admission, autographs and laughs! We will have an exclusive variant available only at the website that features Deadpool vs. Domino.

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Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-658-6047

CA – Road To Avengers: Infinity War Signing + Q&A

Press Release:

Get a look at the behind-the-scenes of Marvel’s films leading up to Infinity War on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Select artists will be here to talk about their work on film. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new “Road To Avengers: Infinity War Vol.2” book.

*Special Marvel Cinematic Universe items will be available in store only! Don’t miss out!
*The artists will not be discussing or showing anything from Infinity War.

Admission:
$5 general admission
VIP tickets also available online

Featured Guests:
Ryan Meinerding – head of visual development
Jackson Sze – senior concept illustrator
Anthony Francisco – concept artist
Phil Saunders – concept artist
Jerad Marantz – concept artist
Bryan Andrews – storyboard artist

Event Schedule:
1:00 – 2:00 Artist Discussion Panel
2:00 – 2:30 Q & A
2:40 – 3:00 Intermission/Break
3:00 – 4:00 Book Signing

Ticket Types:
VIP Admission – Guaranteed entrance and seating in the first 2 rows. No waiting in line for entrance. Will be first to line up to get items signed. Limited to 2 tickets per person per purchase

General Admission – Guaranteed entrance. First come first serve seating, standing room available. Limited to 4 tickets per person per purchase.

Event Guidelines:
Due to limited quantity of copies, we will not take book orders over the phone prior to the panel & signing. Please plan to arrive early to purchase. Books are available at first come first served basis.
Due to time constraints, each attendee is allowed only 2 signing items per person. Artists will not be doing sketches.

If you do not purchase a book from us for signing, and you bring your own book, then an outside signing fee of $10 will be charged at the door.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

TX – Mark Waid Signing

Meet Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid at Bedrock City Comic Co’s Westheimer location on Wednesday, May 23rd from 4:00 -7:00 PM.

Waid is known for his Marvel books such as Avengers, Captain America, Champions, Fantastic Four, and, of course, Daredevil.

Waid’s DC titles includes one of the best selling comics of all time, Kingdom Come, plus The Flash, and Superman: Birthright!

…and don’t forget about his run on Archie or the exclusive Bedrock City cover of Archie #1

This signing is free with the purchase of at least one Mark Waid comic.

CGC services will be provided by Bedrock City Comic Co

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

KS – FCBD 2018: Avengers #1 Signing

Writer Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Mighty Thor) appears at Elite Comics to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018!

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Elite Comics
11842 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 345-9910

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